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bluebonnet beer company: boozy fun found down I-35

By Tyler Malone

Texas if full of thirsty people, so locally crafted beer (not just something shipped in from some exotic place like Houston) is on the move down I-35, north to the city of America’s weirdest bats and best beers. This past Tuesday was the ribbon cutting at Bluebonnet Beer Company, a brewery run by David Hulama, a man who’s damn proud to be filling glasses with his own beer and doing his own damn thing.

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It’s rare to hear people say that they don’t like beer, or that they don’t drink the goodness on a daily basis, or who use the phrase microbrew, but that’s Round Rock, a city wide-eyed for the future and what businesses such as Bluebonnet Beer Company will bring. More than a few city employees and Round Rock locals were more than elated to dive into more than a few pours of one-man-made craft beer. Their genuine reactions were something savory. Women who only drink Muscat wine and men who haven’t graduated from blue and silver Keystone cans since high school walked through the brewery’s bay door and into a mystical place like Narnia, a wondrous world where what’s ordinary is new and strange and a challenge. “Oh, this is how beer can taste!” Saliently, in the new brewery in the wild woods past Austin, I hung out with people who were having fun. They were celebrating at a boozy feast, something sort of a fully clothed mythical orgy of good times.

Bluebonnet Beer Company is something of a rarity in the Austin area, where breweries vie for pilsner supremacy and IPA dominance, with subtle distinctions between taste but deep arbitrarily fraternal lines alliances drawn. Bluebonnet is one man with a few tanks and a drive to make beer to share with thirsty humans, it’s pretty as idealistic as brewing can get. The platitude “I make beer I want to drink” was never spoken by Mr. Hulama, because the act of crafting beer is enough, not marketing, not causing a fuss by comparing styles or demarcations, just creation. The best thing anyone can do is head over to Bluebonnet’s tasting room and drink, talk, share the wealth of knowledge that beer lovers keep on their tongues.

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When Bluebonnet beer pictures sprinkled Instagram feeds, a few people asked about where this place was, but more asked how the beers were. It’s strange, wanting someone to motivate you with their opinions instead of immediately wanting to experience it for themselves. Experiment, nuance, intrinsic happiness, all that’s too much of that is missing when it comes to Austin beer. The hype and criticism hinders putting lips onto a glass and having a drink. Beer is that simple, but the culture isn’t. We are alive here on Earth, drink! It’s that simple.

Can I like this beer? I don’t know, can you? For the love of beer, expand your world as the universe expands. For the love of beer, drink new beer. Bluebonnet Beer Company will fill you with beer 5 to 8, Friday through Saturday.

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Brewer/proprietor, David Hulama

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not LSD (long, slow distances) but BEER (boozy, enjoyable, easy running)

There was nothing chasing the runners except bliss, still, they ran as fast as they could at Circle Brewing Company’s 0.5K micro marathon. The key is to just shuffle your legs, really. Speed walk at the pace one would take on the way to the bathroom in the middle of Avengers: Age of Ultron. And just like the servers at Alamo Drafthouse, the only real goal is to (quickly) walk the line between speed and spillage.

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At Circle’s micro marathon, drinkers put human evolution to the test in three heats comprised of thirsty humans and one three-legged white dog, an embodiment of innocence and perseverance. Everyone with thumbs held two squeezable Silipints, unbreakable, immortal pint glasses filled with whichever Circle brew runners wanted to save from hitting the parking lot and guzzle at the end of the race. Simplicity is the soul of happiness, and the only thing runners had to do was wear and bib, drink until their heat, then keep their brews above a spill line marked on the cup.

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The micro marathon is something remarkable. It’s not a seasonal release party or anniversary celebration, it’s a beer-fueled competition that encourages conversation as well as the purest form of a good time: drinking with strangers and doing your best to leave them in the dust. When holding two pints full of beer and doing some absurd form of speed-strutting, the least of us can become the greatest. There was no lull, either, only laughter and exaggerated stretching as the summery smell of sunscreen mixed with sweat. But the 0.5K was nothing to sweat over, and it’s something to certainly look forward to next year.

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(mis)adventures in Denver: GABF part 1

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It’s a packed house at Freshcraft

By Daniel Reifsnider

As I’m sure all of you already know, the Great American Beer Festival ended over two weeks ago, and the subsequent hangover is finally starting to subside for us here at Stay Hoppy. Suffice it to say we hit it hard, and GABF hits hard back. Sadly, we were warned last year, but we thought we could overcome, but if this ongoing hangover is any indication we should’ve listened better.

Let’s just start at the beginning and see if we can find our way back. Be sure to check out the end for the highlights if you’re one of those tl;dr people.

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2014 texas craft brewers festival recap

By Daniel Reifsnider

Always stylishly late to the party, it’s time for the Stay Hoppy recap of this year’s Texas Craft Brewers Festival (TCBF), which happened this past Saturday, September 27th at Fiesta Gardens.

It was a day filled with mirth and happiness in all the right and wrong ways, with brewers and beer lovers coming together in a blessed union that transformed the peaceful park of Fiesta Gardens into an undeniable storm of relentless beer drinking and overall debauchery.

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a friday night at infamous brewing with the beer diaries

By Daniel Reifsnider

This past Friday, Carlos was successful in wrangling me from the confines of my after-work routine, and convinced me to join him in a trek out to Infamous Brewing for the latest showing of The Beer Dairies featuring Infamous Brewing.

After a lazy drive up 620, Carlos and I eventually arrived in a foreign land named Hudson Bend, which is home to Infamous Brewing and a group of people who like to go by the name of Benders. If you don’t know about Benders, they tend to exemplify the “I do what I want” spirit of Texas, which I suppose is even more reason to found a brewery named Infamous here.

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