Those who know me know that I love beer. I like a hoppy ale, a rich lager, an occasional oatmeal stout, and will pretty much only tolerate a “water beer” if it’s free. Sometimes, not even then. And I love the process of discovering new beers as much as I love drinking it.
As I prepared for my trip to the annual South by Southwest Interactive conference and festival in Austin, TX, I decided that I would ask my Austin-based friends for the best local beers that I should try while in town. The answers: Independence, Live Oak, Fireman’s 4 were must-hunt-downs. Shiner Bock and Lonestar would be on tap everywhere. The mission was clear: Amanda and I would attempt to try local Texas beers wherever we went. The result: tweeting our adventures and tagging our tweets #beersoftexas.
The adventure began on our second night in Austin, after a day of extreme frustration. We were booked at a hotel in Boondocks, TX (okay, about 20 mins outside of downtown, 30 mins in traffic which was pretty much the case) which would just make it impossible to experience SXSW as it must be experienced. Our Friday mission was to find a new hotel, at any cost. Thanks to divine intervention from the Patron Saint of Convenience, we scored a room off a last-minute cancellation at the Courtyard Marriott, across the street from the Austin Convention Center where SXSW events were taking place. Not only that, but right in our hotel was Champions Sports Bar & Restaurant. What we really needed at that moment was a beer (or two, or three), a burger (veggie for me, of course) and a place to watch the Big East basketball tournament. Score. Score. Score.
After a full day of #beersoftexas tweets, and telling those we met about this endeavor, we received a recommendation from Dave Kerpen at The K Buzz: turn the hashtag into a handle and start a Twitter account. We could then start other “beers of” accounts and monetize through advertising from local beer brewers all over the country. Brilliant! But would it work? Would anyone follow @beersoftexas? We would soon find out.
What follows is a Tweetcap of the #BeersofTexas Tour. Between the two of us we ended up trying nine different Texas beers and the winners were clear. If you’re a Texas beer expert, comment or follow @beersoftexas on Twitter and let us know if you agree, disagree, or if we missed anything! We’ll be back next year to do it again.
dwag29: After the day we’ve had, burgers and beers are most definitely in order.
dwag29: Shiner Bock in a bottle. Nope, not impressed. Best so far as been Live Oak’s Big Bark.