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Local craft breweries win big in this serving of Austin restaurant news

Local craft breweries win in this serving of Austin restaurant news

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South Austin mainstay The ABGB took home the gold at the Great American Beer Festival. The ABGB/Facebook

Editor's note: We get it. It can be difficult to keep up with the what’s what and who’s who of Austin food. But we have you covered with our weekly roundup of the freshest Austin restaurant news. 

South Austin mainstay The ABGB took home the gold for the second time at the Great American Beer Festival in Denver this past weekend, winning Large Brewpub of the Year and Large Brewpub Brewer of the year accolades. Two beers — Rocket 100 and Velvet Revolution — also took home golds, in the American or international-style pilsner and Bohemian-style pilsner categories, respectively.

This was also a great year for Texas at the highly competitive event, with Houston’s Saint Arnold Brewing Company winning the Midsize Brewery of the Year nod, and Austin golds for Lazarus Brewing’s Amandus, Pinthouse Pizza’s Bearded Seal, Real Ale Brewing’s Real Heavy, and Austin Beerworks' Super Awesome lager. Oasis Texas Brewing’s Luchesa lager, Save the World Brewing’s Lux Mundi, and Real Ale’s Firemans 4 took home silvers.

Downtown restaurant Forthright is expanding its service to dinner starting October 20. Chef Ashley Neave (formerly of Justine’s Brasserie) will be dishing up new spins on classic French dishes like steak frites, niçoise salad, and braised short ribs, Thursday through Saturday.

2nd Street Social, the monthly shindig from 2nd Street District, is offering one more reason to come out and party. Starting with the October 12 edition, a different participating restaurant will feature an affordable prix fixe meal as part of the festivities. The Bonneville will be kicking things off with a New American three-course meal featuring a choice of local house soup or salad, chicken under a brick or orecchiette and veal meatballs, and a Mexican chocolate cake with cinnamon chantilly or a lemon meringue tart for $30. Esperos Soho, La Condesa, League of Rebels, Yummi Joy, and Rae Cosmetics will also be offering special deals.

Want to go to New Braunfels’ famous Wurstfest without worrying about the drive? Twisted Texas Tours is offering a BYOB-friendly package featuring transportation to the festival with live onboard music, drink specials at Waller Creek Pub House, and plenty of water. Believe us, after the work of squeezing into lederhosen, you’re going to need it.

Stiles Switch BBQ may soon be famous for more than their barbecue. The restaurant was recently featured in a JetBlue Card commercial starring comedian Randy Sklar. The spot was part of the brand’s Race the Dish series, featuring Randy and his brother Jason racing to see which is quicker — traveling for world-famous dishes or making the dish from scratch at home. 

As always, there are plenty of can’t miss events on the horizon for Austin food obsessives.

  • L’oca d’Oro is hosting iconoclastic Texas winemaker John Rivenburgh for a dinner during regular service on October 17.
  • Alcomar’s Flavors of Mexico series continues on October 31 with a mole-focused menu paired with mezcal.
  • Chef Michael Fojtasek of Olamaie will be tailgating with Laura Loomis and Jason Dady of San Antonio’s Two Bros. BBQ, Mat Gonzalez and Kelsey Small of Rattle Creek Meat Co., and Evan LeRoy of LeRoy and Lewis at a Biscuits and Barbecue event October 21 before the UT vs. OSU game.
  • New York Times columnist David Tanis will be at Jeffrey’s for a cookbook launch and luncheon on October 26.
  • Dolce Neve gelato is offering limited-edition single-origin chocolates in collaboration with well-known artisans through the end of the month.
  • And the Texas Book Festival is hosting two special brunch events in collaboration with visiting authors. First on November 4, Emmer & Rye chef Page Pressley will host Mark Bittman on the anniversary of his guide How to Cook Everything Vegetarian. Then Olamaie’s Fojtasek will welcome Top Chef judge Gail Simmons for a three-course meal inspired by Simmon’s Bringing It Home: Favorite Recipes from a Life of Adventurous Eating.