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Austin brewery hosts michelada competition on Cinco de Mayo

Arianna Auber

Margaritas or mint juleps — Austinites have a choice to make Saturday, which doubles as Cinco de Mayo and Derby Day. Now, they have a third option, as if the first two aren’t tantalizing enough: micheladas.

Independence Brewing is hosting Austin Michelada Madness, a competition between a variety of local bars and restaurants to determine which one makes the best michelada, a delicious savory beer cocktail. And the judges? Anyone who buys a ticket for the May 5 event. 

Participating places include Frank, Austin Java, Buffalo Billiards, Opal Divine’s, Nomad and Halcyon. Michelada Madness will also be locals’ first taste of the upcoming South Austin Beer Garden, a homey bar opening on Manchaca Road south of Slaughter Lane very soon. (As the name suggests, the two-story spot will focus on beer, but there will be food trucks and other drinks, too.)

In celebration of Cinco de Mayo, Independence is also hosting live luchador matches and folklorico dancers, and there will be local artisan vendors, food trucks and dog adoptions from the Austin Humane Society. Ten percent of the event’s proceeds benefit the local animal rescue organization.

Michelada Madness is taking place at Independence, at 3913 Todd Ln., from 4 to 10 p.m. on Saturday. Here are other Cinco de Mayo events happening in Austin then. And Derby Day events.

And if you get a thirst for micheladas after the competition, never fear: Austin has plenty of bars and restaurants where you can go for a good one, including Independence itself.