Cheers to Beer!

Beer tasting at Antonelli's Cheese House. Photograph by Whitney Arostegui

Now that the new craft brew laws have been signed and have gone into effect, breweries are starting to make some changes that will benefit their business and give Austinites more access to their products!

Hops & Grain has received its Brewpub license, allowing them to sell beer on-premise plus cans and growlers to take home. They are also expanding their taproom hours to Thursday and Friday from 2–8 pm, Saturday and Sunday from 12–6 pm.

Jester King Brewery also recently sold its first beer ever at the brewery and plans on changing their license to sell beer to go by the end of summer.

A number of other names in our city's beer scene like South Austin Brewing Company and Twisted X Brewing Company are working hard to get their spaces ready for serving brews. A great way to find out more about breweries and brewpubs in Austin is to pick up the summer's Austin Beer Guide, which can be found for free around town.

Update: Congrats to Community Beer Company
Peticolas Brewing Company and Rahr & Sons Brewing Company for winning medals in the 2013 U.S. Open Beer Championship! More information on the awards here.