Beer and barbecue

Hey y’all,

Last weekend we were invited to a-friend-of-a-friends beer brewery – Circle Brewing Company. The Austin-based company was re-releasing the fall seasonal brew that took Austin by storm last year called SMOKIN’ BEECH Bamberg-Style Rauchbier.

I’ve been to a few breweries in my time and have got to say, I loved this one. For the open day, they had a food truck out the front selling Texas barbecue (genius!), pint size beer koozies (stubby holders for the Aussies) and free beer tokens. They also had really friendly staff and you could wander through the brewery and check out their gear.

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With beer at barbecue food truck. mmmm

I tried a few really good samples, but fell in love the Alibi Blonde. Pretty sure it’s going to be my beer of choice around Austin now. It was really good.

Anyway, we had a great afternoon. Drinking beer and hanging out with friends is just about the best thing to do on a hot Austin afternoon. Also, thanks to our friend Emily for thinking of us and for the photos. You got it going on.

Oh, and thanks Nicole and Jud for the pint koozies. They are awesome.

In other news, in 4 days I get to see my little brother Rohan!! He’s in the US on a holiday and is working his way down from the west coast to Austin on a Topdeck Tour. I’ve been following his tour itinerary (which looks beyond action-packed). Today says:

 GRAND CANYON TO MONUMENT VALLEY, UTAH

Our destination today is Monument Valley, part of the Navajo Nation, a semi-autonomous Native American-governed territory. First we’ll visit Cameron Native American Trading Post where you can buy Native American jewellery and art, before moving on to Monument Valley itself.

It is home to a unique culture and stunning natural beauty – a series of impressive sandstone buttes dot the landscape, the largest towering almost 300m tall. It will probably seem familiar, having been featured in numerous Westerns and other films such as Mission Impossible II, Back to the Future III, Thelma & Louise and even the Doctor Who TV series!

While here we have an amazing included Navajo guided jeep tour of the Valley. You’ll get an up-close look at the buttes and some other special places shown to us by our Navajo guide.

Awe-some. I would love to go on a tour with a Navajo guide and see all these culturally significant places. So cool. Tomorrow their tour bus will drive to New Mexico, then on to Austin on Sunday.

I haven’t seen him in months and in Australia we don’t even live in the same state, which sucks. So I don’t see him nearly enough. Therefore, we’ve got a lot to squeeze in. We’re going…

  • on a Texas barbecue crawl (to visit all the barbecue places we know plus find new ones),
  • to Allen’s Boots to get him decked out in country gear,
  • to see the ‘best Honky Tonk music in Texas’ at The Broken Spoke and have two-stepping lessons,
  • and Dave’s going to take him to a range somewhere to shoot AK47s.

Then we might take him stand up paddle-boarding on Lady Bird Lake, to Barton Springs, tubing or to a spring somewhere.

Laissez les bon temps rouler!

9 responses to “Beer and barbecue

  1. I like the sound of that Alibi Blonde, Kathleen. Hope it’s not too cold when we arrive there to try it 🙂 Rohan’s trek sounds SO good – I bet he’d loving every minute of it. And getting lots of photos. Be seeing you soon! Only 1 week to do before we leave Oz. Eeek!

  2. Look out K you might not fit into your wedding dress if you keep drinking beer, having bbq crawls and lazing around tubing all day…
    Enjoy your time with Ro.

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