Tired of maintaining a long-distance relationship with alcohol that lives in Kentucky? Then descend upon Drink Local Night: a surprisingly affordable, Tipsy Texan-curated event at the Carillon ballroom that's fueled by 18 Texas producers, from ATX legend Tito's to Garrison Brothers, young guns who actually believe in the theory of a second gunman.
The night's showcase is the crowning -- by judges like Bill Norris and Lara Nixon -- of the Official Drink of Austin from among five finalists, survivors of a still-open contest in which both bartenders and armchair mixologists like yourself (and other, better armchair mixologists) submit local-boozy recipes as they reach for a grand prize that exceeds the average 1950s NFL player's annual salary ($1000!).
As a guest, you'll of course sample those finalists, and get tastes of new releases like San Antonio's Canadian-style Rebecca Creek whiskey, a small-barreled .36 Caliber bourbon from Ranger Creek, a southwestern take on London Dry from Waterloo Gin, and, rumor has it, a cask reserve barrel of Balcones Rumble, made with Mission figs and wildflower honey, sweeter than Ghostface breaking Mariah's ovaries.
Since after gorging on these juices-like-wine you'll be hungry like the wolf, they'll have bites courtesy of the Carillon, West Austin Southern-comforters BC Tavern, and the highly anticipated Swift's Attic -- in other words, you'll eat so much, people will think you're Oliver Stoned.
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