Austin’s Trail Foundation changes name to primary steward of beloved Butler Trail
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Birria Tacos never taste better than outside a gas station. The Tunita 512a beloved very small trailer from Austin selling birria – and selling frequently – took a three-month break for inspection and “some changes”, and suddenly returned on September 16 as Palo Seco 512. The tacos are loaded with brisket and cheese fried right on the grill, with consommé as a separate side. For a fun twist, try it in a bowl of instant ramen. Palo Seco 512 is located at 2400 Burleson Rd., open Tuesday through Saturday from 11 a.m. to 5:30 p.m., and announces the instagram when it sells.
Yes, there are tons of hard seltzers in the world right now. But the Austin brand Big country claims to be the “the very first fair trade certified organic hard seltzerand it’s launching across Texas at HEB, Whole Foods, Trader Joe’s, Sprouts, Total Wine & More, and independent vendors. This product comes from a manufacturer that has gone through a few pivots, starting with baked goods and canned cocktails, though the website now focuses almost entirely on seltzer water. There are four flavors in the 12-packs: Ripe Grapefruit, Passion Fruit Kiwi, Prickly Pear Peach, and Watermelon Pineapple.
Other news and notes
One of Austin’s favorite taco chains, Tacodelisupports the National Multiple Sclerosis Society with a new seasonal drink, Jalapeño Pepino Fresca. The base mix is cucumber, lime juice, and jalapeños ($4.50), and with an upgrade of Tito’s Craft Vodka, it becomes Tito’s Spicy Pepino. All orders of the vodka cocktail by November 4 will result in a $1 donation of Tacodeliand an equal donation from Tito’s.
Fierce Whiskers Distilleryin southeast Austin next to Meanwhile Brewing, celebrates its the first birthday September 24. In partnership with Virtue Craft Spirits and Liber & Co, they organized a Battle of the Bourbons featuring 10 bartenders from some of the best bars in town. Guests will be able to try the drinks and vote for the People’s Choice winner. There will also be live music from Molly Burch, a limited edition bottle release, bites and more. Tickets ($40) available at Eventbrite.
Of them Excellent chef competitors in Austin, Jo Chan and Amanda Rockman host a chef’s table two nights titled “Midnight in the Garden”. The top-secret location will be announced to guests before dinner, but the invitation promises Texas oak trees. The number of dishes is also a mystery, but dinner will never happen again. There are a few slots left on September 25 at 5 p.m., but 8:30 p.m. is sold out, as is September 24. Reserve ($225) or join a waitlist at tack.
Texas taps into its German roots on the weekend of September 24 (and beyond) with many Oktoberfests. In Austin, head to Meanwhile, the brewing, Hi Sign Brewingand easy tigerto name a few with very active PR teams. Bavarian from Kokoa beer hall in the Govalle neighborhood of East Austin, hosts the true Prince of Bavaria Konstantin Prinz von Bayernwhich arrives by air to carry on a tradition since 1810. Follow the links for more information on each festival.
sour duck market relies on local products, its partnership with the YMCAs is totally on brand. On September 28, the market donates 25% of all sales at the community center, and YMCAs team members will be on hand to chat with visitors. It takes about 10 minutes by car from sour duck at YMCAs Townlake and East Communities, so it could be a great day to start a new routine of snacks and walk-in classes.