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Booze news: 5 new takes on beer in Austin
(Willard's Brewery Instagram)

As the weather cools off, it is prime time to get out and enjoy a new local brew—especially in a time when bars need support the most.


These five businesses are changing the landscape of beer and bars, challenging the norm and opening mid-pandemic.

Earthly Labs

Offering small-scale carbon capture technology, Earthly Labs provides breweries with the technology to make their beers in a greener way. This technology enables brewers to capture and reuse CO2, which combats the CO2 shortage industries often face and allows them to capture the CO2 and use it before it enters the atmosphere.


But is the beer produced with CO2 capture good? Earthly Labs CEO Amy George said yes, according to Craft Beer Austin, plus CO2 capture beer helps with head retention--making for frosty beers.

The Good Lot

Coming to Cedar Park on 2500 W. New Hope Drive, The Good Lot is a family-friendly beer garden that plans to open in 2021. The Good Lot will serve craft beers, both local and specialty, cider and wines. With food trucks planned, covered seating and non-alcoholic options, The Good Lot sounds like a perfect weekend afternoon.

Last Stand Brewing Company

Popping up on 7601 South Congress Ave., Last Stand Brewing Company opened its doors on Oct. 22, right next door to Southside Flying Pizza, which will provide food for the brewery. This is the brewery's second location, with another location on 12345 Pauls Valley Road.

The brewery and beer garden will offer favorites like the Citra Smash IPA, Fuzzieluscious IPA and Texas Forever Lager. Plus, if pizza isn't your thing, Southside created a menu of burgers just to go with the beer.

Vacancy Brewing

While it isn't open yet, Vacancy Brewing is coming to 415 St. Elmo Road this December. With three year-round beers, a sparkling new interior and a food truck search underway, Vacancy brewing is shaping up to become one of Austin's new favorite hangouts.

Willard’s Brewery

Serving the North Austin and Pflugerville crowd, Willard's Brewery comes complete with its own food truck. Located on 2400 Patterson Industrial Drive, Willard's has a "passion for well-crafted libations" and has been open since Oct.16. Willard's offers three beers from its own brewery: "Fistful of Fury" Hazy IPA, "Forbidden Helles" Lager and "Zero Hour" pale ale.

When you stop by, grab a braised beef taco or a Cubano quesadilla from Mojo, the on-site food truck.

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Tito's releases (not so?) ugly sweater line for the holidays, profits to charity

Tito's Handmade Vodka

Show your love for Tito's and for the community this year with a wide selection of not that ugly, uglyish, ugly, uglier, and ugliest holiday sweaters.

There's lots choose from, and plenty of accessories like scarves and socks, plus gear for your dog, too.

All of the items can be purchased online or at the Love, Tito’s Retail Store in Austin, TX. 100% of all net proceeds from online or in-store purchases go to one of the nonprofits we’ve teamed up with.

Click here to see the entire collection in the Tito's store.

Mac and Cheese Fest and Free Art Exhibit
Waterloo Greenway, Good Vibrations Installation


🗓 All weekend

🎨 Creek Show Art Exhibit

Check out this highly anticipated art exhibition with illuminated art along Waller Creek. Tickets are free and the event includes food vendors, dazzling lights, live music, and hands-on activities

All weekend 6 p.m - 10 p.m | 📍Waterloo Park

✨ Mozart's Light Show

This iconic holiday tradition lights up for the first time this holiday season starting this weekend! Reserve your spot for an enchanting light and sound performance, delicious hot cocoa, sweet treats, and some overall fun with your friends or family. The show runs till January 6th.

6 p.m and 9 p.m | 📍Mozart's Coffee Roasters - 3825 Lake Austin Blvd, Austin, TX 78703

🗓 Saturday

🥊 Kickboxing in the Park

This fitness event is free and open to the public. Get your morning started right with a "Fitness in the park" class for kickboxing! The class will be led by certified instructors and is a great way to get a cardio workout in while also honing your self-defense skills.

10 a.m - 11 a.m | 📍 Metz Park

🛍 The Front Market

Support local LBGTQ+ and female artists at this outdoor market with over 150 vendors. Get your holiday shopping out of the way at this event, with vendors for food trucks, handmade goods, raffles, hands on workshops and activities, and more.

11 a.m - 5 p.m | 📍Ani's Day and Night - 7107 E Riverside Drive, Austin, TX 78741

🗓 Sunday

🧀 Mac and Cheese Fest

Did someone say cheese?! If you're like me and always willing to get your hands on a bowl of mac and cheese, then this event is for you. Check out the Mac and Cheese festival happening this weekend to decide which vendor has. the best mac and cheese for yourself, and enjoy the bar with creative cocktails while you're at it. Tickets start at $45.

11 a.m - 3 p.m | 📍Lantana Place - 7415 Southwest Parkway