Throughout history, guilds have been crucial to the development of trades, from printmaking, which in turn expanded the possibilities of civilization, to paladin-ry, which in turn expanded the possibilities of...LEROY JENKINS!!!! From a guild dedicated to barreling barley, the first annual Austin Beer Week, kicking off October 24th.
Brought to you by the august body that is The Texas Craft Brewer's Guild, ABW is a whirlwind test of palate and stamina: 106 hop-centric events featuring 37 different breweries and pubs tapping their rarest of ales, curating gluttonous feasts, and generally organizing sudsy revelry on par with the fiercest game of Edward 40hands. No, Wizard Staff. Sample the rarest pints at tapping parties featuring the likes of crispin-barrel aged cider from the Draughthouse, barrel-aged Devil's Share and cask-conditioned Extra Special Bitter from Real Ale, casked Double Pecan Porter from (512), and the "Hopschool IPAs", a quartet of pale ales brewed by local pubs just for this week, each with the same ingredients save for the hops, which you're invited to guess (finally, people will respect the years you've spent studying...hops). Hunger busting events include Alamo Drafthouse's Live Oak-paired Inglourious Basterds German Feast, Whipin's Belgian/Indian dinner (showcasing North Coast Brother Thelonious, Chimay, Saison Dupont, and Lindemans Framboise), and Homefield Grill's Beer Before Breakfast -- finally a chance for a Belgian with your waffles.
Since beer should always be equal parts appreciation and idiocy, the good times roll with activities like the Draughthouse's Beerolympics (grain tossing! keg rolling!), a bike pub crawl, a beer pong championship, and a jack-o-lantern moustache carving contest, so even if you manage to put aside the Warcraft, you'll still have a holey night. (Leroy Jenkins.)