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Austin’s drinking events calendar, January 2018

Arianna Auber
Banger's is just one of the local bars participating in a barrel-aged beer bonanza in late January, with offerings like the Community Beer Co. Rum Barrel-Aged Legion on tap.

If you’re not one of the people participating in ‘Drynuary’ — which involves the completely heroic, if awkwardly named, task of abstaining from alcohol throughout the first month of the year — then bookmark this calendar for all of the boozy events happening in Austin in January. We’ll update it as more events are announced. (And remember: Always drink responsibly.)

Friday, Jan. 5

Adelbert’s Travelin’ Man Intercontinental IPA Release, 4 to 10 p.m. Adelbert’s Travelin’ Man has been overhauled to appeal to both the West Coast hop heads and the East Coast haze craze fans. Taste it at this debut, featuring cans.

Saturday, Jan. 6

Workshop: Homebrewing 101, 12 to 1 p.m. The Bullock Museum is hosting this class, led by SoCo Homebrew, about how to make your own beer, as part of the museum’s exhibit about Prohibition in Texas.

Sunday, Jan. 7

Harry Potter Trivia at Zilker Brewing, 6 to 9 p.m. Test your knowledge of the wizarding world at this trivia night featuring Muggle beer, the prize of a wand-making class and more. 

Monday, Jan. 8

The Craft Series at the Driskill, 6 to 8 p.m. This month’s beer dinner at the 1886 Cafe & Bakery features four delectable courses paired with four beers from Uncle Billy’s Brewery. $40.

Thursday, Jan. 11

New Year’s Wine Walk, 5 to 9 p.m. The Hill Country Galleria’s monthly social will help you explore the shops at the galleria while tasting wine from all over the world.

Friday, Jan. 12

Adelbert’s Contemplating Waterloo Release, 5 p.m. There are just over 200 bottles of this gin barrel-aged saison, which lends a complex array of lavender, juniper and oak notes to the palate, available in the taproom.

Saturday, Jan. 13

Save the Narwhal, 11 a.m. Pinthouse Pizza is tapping a four-year vertical, from 2013-2016, of Sierra Nevada’s malt-forward monster of an imperial stout, Narwhal. Other Sierra Nevada brews will join the taps.

Tuesday, Jan. 16

Mashup Series: Austin Beerworks & Wild Gift Coffee, 4 to 6 p.m. This series combining two beverage specialities is kicking off with tours and tastings at this North Austin brewery and nearby roastery. 

Wednesday, Jan. 17

Whiskey Dinner at the Driskill Grill, 6:30 p.m. The chefs at the Driskill have teamed up with the local Kooper Family Rye for a four-course paired dinner featuring cocktails and meaty cuts from Austin’s own Ranger Cattle. $89.

The Glenlivet Tasting and Dinner at Peche, 7 to 10 p.m. Sip on different expressions of the single malt Scotch whisky and enjoy a paired dinner with dishes like scallop risotto. $81.24.

Friday, Jan. 19

Brix & Ale’s Texas Whiskey Pairing Dinner, 6 to 8 p.m. The tavern and restaurant inside the Sheraton Hotel in Georgetown is hosting a five-course dinner with the stellar Texas whisky from Balcones Distilling in Waco. $75. 

Hops & Grain Beer Dinner at Whip In, 8 to 10 p.m. Enjoy Indian cuisine paired with five Hops & Grain brews, including the relatively new Haze County Double IPA. $50.

Saturday, Jan. 20

Banger’s 2nd Annual Barrel Bonanza and Smokeout, 11 a.m. The Rainey Street bar is celebrating the best in barrel-aged beer with the likes of Brash Brewing’s Hammer Smash Face, Firestone Walker’s Velvet Merkin and more.

Circle Brewing’s Cookies and Craft Beer Pairing, 1 to 4 p.m. Indulge in Girl Scout cookies paired with Circle brews at this afternoon tasting that, yes, will have a Girl Scout cookie booth so you can take more treats home with you.

Craft Pride’s Bishop’s Barrel Blowout, 3 p.m. Celebrate Saint Arnold Brewing’s big win at Great American Beer Festival with this carefully curated Bishop’s Barrel tap takeover and bottle release.

Sunday, Jan. 21

Greenhouse Craft Food’s Texas Barrel-Aged Beer Dinner, 6:30 to 9 p.m.Enjoy five barrel-aged brews from breweries including Red Horn, Bluebonnet and Community along with five expertly paired courses. $101.

Monday, Jan. 22

Mega Mutt Monday at Banger’s, 6 to 9 p.m. You and your dog can have happy hour together. Banger’s is also celebrating the release of Bell’s Brewery Hopslam, a double IPA with honey.

Wednesday, Jan. 24

NXNW’s Revolution Spirits and Craft Beer Dinner, 6 to 10 p.m. Cocktail and beer pairings at this four-course dinner will feature NXNW beers and Revolution spirits, including the Cafecito and the Amico Amaro.

Thursday, Jan. 25. 

Throwback Thursdays Launch Party, 5 p.m. Irene’s is shifting from Tiki Thursdays to Throwback Thursdays with classic cocktails. The new night will debut with a bottle of 10-year Old Rip Van Winkle from Irene’s reserves.

Slab BBQ & Texas Keeper Cider Pairing, 7 to 9 p.m. Chow down on three barbecue dishes with the ciders from this far South Austin cidery for only $18 per person. 

Friday, Jan. 26

?Blue Owl & Black Star Collaboration Release: Can't Quit You III, 3 p.m. This year’s collaboration between Blue Owl Brewing and Black Star Co-op will be a hazy New England-style sour IPA.

Saturday, Jan. 27

Rauchfest at Live Oak Brewing, 2 p.m. Celebrate all things smoked, from beer to food to cigars, at this all-day event featuring Live Oak’s smoked beers, as well as live music, a knife-forging demonstration and food trucks.

Ruggedman Brewing’s One Year Anniversary, 2 to 8 p.m. The New Braunfels brewery is celebrating one year in business with 16 different beers on tap — a mix of crowd favorites and new releases, including four barrel-aged beers.

Searsucker’s Cans & Jams, 3 to 6 p.m. Searsucker’s monthly live music series continues with tunes from Belle and the Beasts and discounted $4 cans from Independence Brewing. A portion of the proceeds from the cans go toward Service Dog Inc.

Wednesday, Jan. 31

William Chris Wine Dinner at Garbo’s, 6:30 p.m. Join the winemaker of this Hill Country winery for a paired seafood feast and meet-and-greet. $150.