Cheer Up Charlies
"...To honor their farm to tumbler business model and celebrate the contributions of their organic grain growing partners, the folks at Still have settled on a country fair theme. But unlike the country fair where, as an impressionable youth, your author ate too many fried Oreos and vomited over the side of a Ferris wheel, this one has booze. [image-1-right]..."
"...23-30. Some of the select beers include a 2014 Voodoo Child, whiskey barrel-aged Hey Joe Coffee Stout that has been aged in the barrel for one year and is served on Nitro..."
"...The program, celebrating 40 years on TV, returned to KLRU’s Studio 6A to induct its inaugural Hall of Fame class. That the choices were obvious – Willie Nelson, Stevie Ray Vaughan & Double Trouble, UT football coach Darrell Royal, and ACL creator Bill Arhos – in no way diminished the proceedings...."
"..."Just kidding. I'm broker than the Ten Commandments!"..."
"...This summer, the usual breakneck pace of Austin restaurant openings slowed down a bit so we could all enjoy a dip in Barton Springs Pool, but don’t let that lull you into thinking you can finally catch up on your restaurant bucket list. This fall and winter, new openings and announcements are coming faster than you can say Vin Diesel...."
"...Fri. 16, Auditorium Shores, 7pm Second LP in two years for super indie Merge, Pile drove indie rock straight in a turnbuckle with the theatrical élan of front duo Sabrina Ellis and Andrew Cashen..."
"...ACL Radio creates an unprecedented partnership for commercial radio, a terrestrial station more in line with branded satellite formats (see "KGSR Rebrands as ACL Radio," Sept. 6)..."
"...The Weary Boys, a bare-knuckle, boot-stompin' string band whose raw, fast country songs once packed Austin beer joints, makes a rare return to the stage this Saturday at Antone's...."
"...DIY may have long been a buzzword in punk rock and home decorating, but recently it has become a mantra in the food and beverage industry, where corporate Goliaths are increasingly being toppled by local Davids. But this new breed of entrepreneurs couldn't succeed without the support of a public who not only value their communities but actively engage in them..."
"...Hot diggity dog! The Austin Chronicle Hot Sauce Festival may be entering its 26th year, but we aren’t slowing down. Our annual shindig benefiting the Central Texas Food Bank is attracting more talent than ever – both in our cooking demo tent and behind the scenes as judges...."
"...For those of us surviving the inherent cheerfulness of the holidays on a touch-and-go basis, it's also a time for fake smiles and hidden hangovers. Even though Mariah Carey reminds us every season that she doesn't care about presents (lie), we all know that waiting patiently underneath a poisonous clump of leaves is made more tolerable with a thoughtfully crafted hunk of chocolate or a bottle of barrel-aged whiskey..."
"...Somewhere between fermentation's homegrown past and the highbrow world of Michelin-starred gastronomy, the practice of curing and pickling swept its way across the food world. As farmers' markets continue to grow in size and popularity, home cooks are learning how to use preservation to better utilize each season's bounty..."
"...Ah, gluttony. Of the seven deadly sins, it is – as you might imagine after casting your beady eyes over the title of this column – my favorite..."
"...Despite major strides being made in the past few years by female chefs all across the country, the professional kitchen is still mostly a masculinized space. Women are still seen as being more at home in, well, the home than the fast-paced and often stressful environment of professional kitchens, and in the era of #MeToo, this gender gap feels more acute than ever before...."
"...It was high drama at the AISD board meeting Monday evening, climaxing with Trustee Ann Teich storming off the dais in protest after the board approved a resolution to change the names of four schools named for Confederate soldiers. Teich has opposed the name changes vociferously, but lost the vote, 7-2, then was ruled out of order when she tried to introduce a separate motion (not on the agenda) to also rename Stephen F..."
"...Austin Ewald: Sous chef, Jacoby's Restaurant & Mercantile, Grizzelda's..."
"...What to do when Austin bar culture has hit a peak? Go back to the basics. In the case of Nickel City – a new Eastside bar from former VOX Table beverage director Travis Tober, Via 313 owners Brandon and Zane Hunt, and Javelina co-owner Craig Primozich – that means serving "drinks" instead of "cocktails."..."
"...If print is dead, as has been suggested by the usual boys and girls who cry wolf every time a leaf drops, then there's a fierce plethora of literary zombies shambling through the Austin nightscape these days. Used to be, you couldn't walk two yards in this town without tripping over some unemployed bass player; now, the situation with reading series seems intent on reaching similar proportions...."
"...International racing fans are pulling into Austin for the third annual Formula One weekend, and with it comes a three-day, four-stage musical block party known as Austin Fan Fest. The free Downtown event, counterpoint to pricey Circuit of the Americas branded gigs by Kid Rock and Duran Duran, has been hit or miss in its first two iterations, putting on well-selected performers of local and national provenance amongst a swath of casino circuit has-beens like last year's headliners of Berlin, Foreigner's Lou Gramm, and Everlast...."
"...But with the securing of an actual physical location late last year, those idealistic nuts at Black Star Co-op Pub & Brewery have taken a major step toward proving me wrong and establishing the nation's first-ever cooperatively run brewpub...."