I’ve had to celebrate Austin Beer Week at home, mostly, due to my hectic schedule the past few weeks. But then Saturday rolled around and I had the perfect opportunity to escape from my house and head out to (512) Brewing for their 5th anniversary party. I’ve had a special place in my heart for (512) since my first sip of their Pecan Porter. I am *that girl*, the one who tweets joyfully when I’ve tracked down and purchased a bottle of Whiskey Barrel Aged Double Pecan Porter. It’s safe to say I’m a (512) Brewing Company junkie, and that label remains safely in place after tasting this year’s anniversary beer, Five, an Imperial Stout. Creamy, rich and full flavored without a trace of bitterness, this is one damn fine beer.
One thing I very much appreciate about (512) Brewing is that we can bring our 4 year old along. The brewing company welcomes children as long as they are supervised. My kidlet rocked out to the music, explored the grassy areas behind the buildings and in the middle of the parking lot, and petted a lot of dogs. We both stood and watched one hard rock band play, and admired the drummer’s full back tat of the Virgin Mary. My son thought the drummer was smart for keeping a spare stick in his pocket.
My best tip I can give anyone going to a (512) Brewing party is to go early for up close parking, or be prepared to park down the street and walk. And when you go early, you’ll have shorter lines for the coveted special brews.
If I can get away on Monday, October 28th, I’m going to Draughthouse, where (512) is partnering with my absolute favorite chocolatier, Delysia, to present a beer and chocolate pairing. The list of pairings reads like erotica to my tastebuds, with offerings of (512) Bruin paired with Delysia’s Pumpkin Spice Truffle, and Pecan Porter with Delysia’s Pecan Porter Wort-Infused Chocolate Truffle, Five Imperial Stout with Delysia Pecan Cayenne Chocolate Bark, and more. Be still, my heart. Read more here and then go show some love to Delysia on her Kickstarter site, where she is hoping to raise money for a production kitchen and chocolate education center.