Drinking

Today we celebrate the final battle of the Texas Revolution, a fight that lasted all of 18 minutes. Sam Houston defeated Santa Anna’s army to win Texas independence from Mexico. According to legend, Santa Anna missed the actual battle because he was “entertaining” a young Emily Morgan in his tent. I say we salute that [...]

(map) Tis the season for festivals out West, and this one near Fredericksburg is one of the best. It happens next Saturday, April 26, from 11 to 7 at Wildseed Farms. Eight Texas wineries will pour tastes, and you can buy wine by the glass or bottle. Local restaurants and food trucks will provide the [...]

(map) This annual festival starts next Friday and runs through Saturday at The Backyard. There’ll be live music, food, and new this year, a bigger Craft BrewHaus, featuring local craft beers from Infamous Brewing, Twisted X, Jester King and more. Lake Travis SpringFest website

(map) Next Saturday from 12 to 5, Real Ale Brewing Company throws its annual anniversary bash with food, live music and beer. The list of brews on tap includes Firemans 4, Lost Gold IPA, 4 Squared, Brewhouse Brown, Rio Blanco Pale, Full Moon Pale Rye, Devil’s Backbone, Hans’ Pils, 18th Anniversary Gose, Hefeweizen, Sword Iron Swan, Real [...]

(map) This three-day event starts this Friday, and offers everything you could want from a small-town festival: parades (including a pet parade), food, live music, dancing, a biergarten, arts and crafts, a carnival, fun runs and more. Take the scenic route to town from any direction, and you’ll see why lawmakers named Burnet the “Bluebonnet Capital [...]

(map) Jeff Bridges and his band The Abiders are just part of the star-studded lineup at this annual four-day festival. The Old Settler’s Music Festival starts tomorrow in Driftwood and runs through Sunday. Acts include Robert Randolph, Bob Schneider, Big Head Todd and the Monsters, The Del McCoury Band, and 26 more. You can go [...]

(map) A hit last year, this “celebration of all things olive” is back this Saturday at Texas Hill Country Olive Company in Drippin’. Not just for olive-lovers, the festival offers local foods and wine tastings by 16 Hill Country wineries, including Messina Hof, Duchman, Lewis Cellars, and William Chris. There are samples from ten local restaurants, [...]

Striking Gold

In: Drinking

28 Mar 2014

Lately, Texas wines are on a gold rush, winning 11 gold medals at the 2014 Dallas Morning News TEXSOM International Wine Competition. Lest you think there was a local bias, 55 judges tasted 2,729 wines from 27 states and 20 foreign countries. That’s a lot of vino! Members of the Texas Fine Wines group (Bending [...]

Way Out Wineries

In: Drinking

22 Mar 2014

If you’re a Texas wine-lover, you’ll be excited to hear that we’ve got well over a dozen fantastic wineries nearby, within a 20-minute to one-hour drive. So whether you’re looking to entertain folks visiting from out of town, or just looking for a fun day trip, here’s a list that’ll have you saying “cheers!”

One of the most unique, exclusive, and fantastic events of SXSW takes place out West. For the 80s film “Red Headed Stranger,” crews built a replica of an entire old-West town out on Willie’s ranch near Spicewood. During South By, record labels throw one of the biggest parties out in Luck, Texas, complete with free [...]


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