Jester King's GRAND Opening

Shit was slamming at the Jester King Grand Opening. And it got even more mobbed after this.

As they say, this is where the magic happens.

They had the biggest event I've ever seen at a brewery. The lines were long, but not horrible. The food smelled great, but I did not have any. We brought goldfish and graham crackers for the kid, I stole some of those. The beers, which I had, were great (stop using that word). I had a couple glasses of the Boxer's Revenge. Really enjoyed that one, want more. A Black Metal and Rye IPA were had as well. A lot of bike and car enthusiast were there adding to the crowd. Facial hair enthusiasts too.

Weird face.

My Last Pint, Orlando Style

Finally made it out to Orlando Brewing over the Christmas holiday. Check, check, check it out.

Rescue Me

Awhile ago we went to go see the fire department. Santi wore his new hat, which Javier gave him for Christmas.

In the truck.

They turned the light on for us. Thanks guys. I think Santi liked it.


First Skate Sesh

Sorry for the lack of updates. We've been hella busy moving and whatnot.

This was Santiago's first real session with his new skateboard.

He liked rolling it in the grass.

"No, like this dude."


Barber Shop Brewpub Opening

This weekend is the big weekend for Barber Shop Brewpub in Dripping Springs:
DRIPPING SPRINGS, TX - January 27, 2011 - Don’t be fooled by the name, the only need for sharp scissors at this barber shop is for cutting a grand opening ribbon. With a nod to its location’s history, The Barber Shop, a new brewpub in downtown Dripping Springs, Texas, opens for business this weekend.

Owned and operated by long time Dripping Springs resident and competitive homebrewer John McIntosh III and his business partner Dave Niemeyer, the bar promises a local pub atmosphere with community-style tables, darts, a dedicated dominoes table, and big screen television for sports. The beer tap line-up features a heavy emphasis on the area’s burgeoning community of microbrewers.

“Dripping Springs is just a stone’s skip from brewers gaining national acclaim including Real Ale, Jester King, 512, and Thirsty Planet,” notes McIntosh. “The Barber Shop was created to celebrate and support local and our selection definitely reflects that.”

Wine drinkers will also be able to sip and eat local as The Barber Shop offers wine selections including hometown favorite Bell Springs Winery, and is working closely with The Goodnight Diner, located just a couple of blocks down. Chef Jana Muniz is not only creating a custom nut mix for snacking, but also a convenient takeaway bar menu with easy to order, walkable eats.

The Barber Shop’s building started its life around November 1924 as a wooden and tin garage. In 1938 it was given its rock exterior and served as a garage and gas station until around 1960. After that, it was not used commercially for most of the next 25 years when it was then remodeled and turned into a barber shop.

“While Dripping Springs old timers may chuckle at calling this building ‘the old barber shop,’ that’s what it was for the past quarter century and that’s the sign that was still up when we took over,” muses McIntosh. “Plus it had ‘bar’ in the name so we went with it.”

Repurposing the bar’s name and sign is in line with much of the building’s revitalization which includes walls made from leftover tin from a friend’s barn and a bar built from wood salvaged from a family member’s home remodel. D├ęcor includes garage memorabilia and dozens of decades old beer cans that revealed themselves during the remodel.

“We feel fortunate to be in such a unique location and we’re keen to maintain a sense of history and community,” says McIntosh, a University of Texas graduate who also studied at Oxford where he acquired his appreciation for the local pub. “The Barber Shop warmly welcomes all, but if your family was around when the building was first built, you get dibs on the dominoes table.”

The Barber Shop is located at 207 Mercer Street, Dripping Springs. Hours:
Wednesday and Thursday: 3pm-10pm
Friday: 3pm-12am
Saturday: 11am – 12am
Sunday: 12pm - 7pm

For more information visit the brewpub’s website at www.barbershopbar.com or on Facebook at www.facebook.com/barbershopbar.


Killing Time in Dallas

This was on the way home from Christmas vacation in Florida.


Euro Beer #3 - The Hairy Lemon

From Craft Austin:

In fall of 2007 my wife and I traveled through Europe for 10 weeks. We ate a lot of food and drank of a lot of beer (and wine). Not enough food, not enough beer. Still in Dublin:

Euro Beer #3 - The Hairy Lemon

I know. Another Guinness. Hey we were in Dublin, give me a break. And as this little series is chronological, you will probably see a few more before we head to London. Get used to it.

We were waiting for our buddy to get out of school. Why not wait with a pint. If you go to Dublin, go to Hairy Lemon and sit in the front window nook. Great for a beer or two and people watching. Travel tip of the day, whoopdedoo.

For more euro foodage and drinkage, go here.

The Hairy Lemon
41 Lower Stephen St.

Dublin door.


Orlando, Day 4

Day four, day five, day six . . . who cares . . . This was the day we went to Disney to see Dad and Co. 

Unimpressed. We took more photos, but I guess not with my camera. Send me yr photos: Dad, Jess, Kri, Jason


Box Boy

This was all on his own.

Orlando, Day 3

Wait where is Day 2? I guess we did not take any photos on day 2 (Christmas Eve). Too busy shopping I guess.

Christmas morning. Santi got his favorite snack in his stocking.

Then Mama got him a toy guitar.

Future guitar god?

Or maybe skate god? He loves it, really.

Chillin after presents.

Fam dinner at Mama's.


Orlando, Day 1

The night before leaving for Florida I got an early Christmas gift from the Dels. Sick. Santi loved it. Little did he know he had his own coming in a few short days. Santa was coming.

Early flight style. Ooooo man, the line for security was insane leaving Austin. This lady did not help things move any quicker.

Still made all our connections and what not. That night we went to Orlando Brewing with Homeless to shoot a couple My Last Pints and to test their wares. Pleasantly surprised.

Then we followed a hot lead on a fat burger downtown. Pretty good stuff.


2010: Best and Worst, beerwise

From Craft Austin:

Best: Truthfully, I can't think of the "best beer" I had in 2010. I know I had some good ones. But none really pop into my head as the best . . . Peche Mortel was amazing back in January. Ohhhh and Jubel...too good. Sierra Nevada's four 30th anniversary beers were all solid, the stout and barleywine being my favorite. (512) Whiskey Barrel Double Pecan Porter was delicious most of the time. My bottle was perfect. Ok, now I remember, THE BEER is Grand Teton Double Vision Dopplebock. INSANE, no that is too far, it was close to insane - perfectly delicious.

I will also note my great pleasure in seeing the openings of our newest breweries: Thirsty Planet, Jester King (loved that Black Metal Stout last week) and Black Star. And it was exciting to follow the development of breweries like Hops and Grain, South Austin Brewing and Circle Brewing.

Now the worst: Live Oak Primus. It pains me to say this. I used to love this beer. I was so looking forward to it this year. I could not get enough of it last year. This year, after several pints, I'm just not feeling it. Something is off, it's leaving me flat, unaffected. I only include this as my worst beer, because it did not live up to it's past mighty form. Maybe I changed. I'll keep chasing the dragon though. I want my Primus passion back.