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Openings and closings
A popular brewery in South Austin announced its permanent closure on July 26th. This was the final blow in a series of blows to the city’s craft beer industry. Founded in 2018 by owner Jeff Willis and head brewer Michael Waters, Skull Mechanix brows was best known for its wide range of lagers and pils, including Horimana Dry, a Japanese rice lagoon that became a staple in bars before the spread of COVID-19. With no pre-existing canning facility to quickly switch to a to-go model, the brewery has been in a precarious place from the start, even when it started offering beer-to-go in May. “In the end, the take-away beer would never save us,” the brewery said on its Instagram, “and it just got worse. We are very grateful that our whole family and staff stayed healthy. Please stay safe and responsibly support Texas Craft Beer. “
The Skull Mechanix closure comes after an already stressful month for craft brewers in the area. On July 22nd, the state reversed TABC guidelines, forcing many breweries to close their terraces again and return to beer-to-go service. “If the current trend continues and we are forced to stay closed for the rest [of the] This year, two-thirds of the breweries in Texas will be closed, “St. Elmo Brewing Co.’s chief brewer Bryan Winslow told Fox 7 Austin. Like many others, the brewery’s terrace was reopened to the public for less than a week, before it closed again – the third such shutdown since March. Still including some local operations Austin Beerworks and Hi-Sign Brewing have found ways to circumvent TABC’s unclear guidelines, with the latter being able to serve customers on a nearby terrace that is technically outside the brewery’s license. Parties interested in supporting the Texan craft brewing industry are encouraged to find more information and resources here.
Local coffee institution on July 21st Determine quietly opened its third location near the ACC Highland campus. The new room has a motif for the library design with a secret door and space for detached seating. The new location also takes advantage of measures recently put in place by Bennu’s sister locations in response to the novel coronavirus, including gallons of cold brew, delivery and the #BennuForYou pay-it-forward initiative. “When we opened the first site 11 years ago, we wanted to serve the community and be a welcoming place,” said co-owner Stephanie Williams in a press release. “What we have learned in the past few months at the East and South locations is that we must continue to adapt to serve people in such a way that everyone is as safe as possible and achieves their personal well-being.” Currently, guests have the opportunity to sit inside or outside in the tree-lined grove area of the new Bennu. The shop is open daily from 6 a.m. to 7 p.m.
Other messages and notes
On July 27, Austin was announced as one of 10 cities in the US and Canada to participate in Wing Showdown, a star-studded virtual food festival hosted by LA-based restaurant guide app Off the Menu in partnership with the Delivery service Uber Eats was designed. To kick off National Wing Day (July 29), celebrities like Snoop Dog, Shaquille O’Neal and Anthony Anderson are sharing their original wing recipes online, each from restaurants in the Austin area such as: Hello wings, Black Sheep Lodge, and Southside Flying Pizza. Participants can order the original creations of the grand piano exclusively from Uber Eats and vote for their favorites. The winner will receive a donation to the Center for Policing Equity on their behalf. A full list of participating restaurants and their corresponding celebrity recipe developers can be found here.
To raise money for three charities in the area, Emmer & Rye announced its partnership with some of the brightest stars in the Austin restaurant industry last week. From July 23rd to September 2nd, the popular Italian menu at the popular Ramery Street restaurant, Emmeroni’s, will feature an exclusive main course every Thursday made in collaboration with chefs such as Valentina’s Tex Mex BBQMiguel Vidal and happinessFermín Núñez. Fifty percent of the proceeds from the court will be split between charities Youth Rise Texas, Southern Smoke, and the Tavel Bristol Joseph Scholarship at the end of the series. For details on upcoming partnerships and weekly specials, visit emmerandrye.com.
It’s unclear if Austin-based Grammy-nominated psychedelic soul outfit Black Puma’s will cancel its upcoming four-day run at Stubbs BBQ after it was postponed back in May, but suffice it to say it doesn’t look good. Regardless, music fans from Austin can fill the concert-sized hole in their hearts with Stay Gold, Austin’s new Black Pumas beer 4. Tap Brewing Cooperative. Brewed with a blend of modern cryo hops and traditional dry hop, this 5 percent fruity pale ale adds a new seasonal offering to the North Austin brewery’s range of fizzy IPAs, heavy imperial stouts and gluten-free gruit ales. Sixpacks Stay Gold will be available starting Friday, August 7th, at select retailers and independent businesses such as WhichCraft Bottle Shop and Sunrise Minimart. A portion of the proceeds from the publication will be donated to the Austin Justice Coalition, the African American Youth Harvest Foundation, and the Austin NAACP.
The Roosevelt room joins people like Butterfly rod and The current by offering its unique artisanal cocktail creations to take away. The company’s new menu includes 11 of the bar’s most popular offerings, including the Blanco Tequila-Forward Lonesome Dove and the non-alcoholic Castaway with mint, cucumber and lime juice. Each batch cocktail bottle is delivered in 750 ml. or 250 ml. Size and contains instructions on glassware, serving suggestions, garnishing recommendations and additional pro tips from the RR staff. Delivery is currently made to customers within a 40 km radius of the lounge in the city center from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. and from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Orders can be placed by phone at 512-494-4094 or online at therooseveltroomatx.com.