A finger-licking land of savory bites, Uncle Billy’s boasts a menu loaded with slow cooked barbecued meats, including brisket, ribs, jalepeno cheese sausage, turkey and burgers, as well as light, contrasting salads. Though your Groupon isn't valid toward alcohol, Uncle Billy’s imprimatur remains home to handcrafted creations from brewers Amos Lowe and Brian Peters, who happily pour in-house beers alongside a rotating tap of favorites from breweries throughout Texas. Live music lights up the weekend nighttime air, and a liberal, dogs-welcome policy at the Barton Springs location keeps the outdoor patio cozy on sunny afternoons.
Texas is known for many things, and Texas Winos wants to make sure that wine and beer are two of them. To bolster their mission, the libation-loving staff of the business whisks visitors away on tours of area breweries and vineyards. Beer tours travel around the Central Texas area visiting local breweries and sampling their wares. During vineyard tours, guests sample an array of varietals while learning about the winemaking process from vintners. But it's not all drinking and learning. Many tours have themes, including Mardi Gras, Roaring '20s, and Superheroes and Villains, in which customers are encouraged to don apropos ensembles and pretend they can see through wine.
Freetail's small-batch beers rotate often to incorporate new releases like the experimental "five", made with five malts, five grains, five hops, five spices, and five yeasts. Soak up the suds with one of more than 15 pizzas, such as a barbecue brisket and mac 'n' cheese pie.
In many ways, the distilled spirits crafted by Crystal Creek Moonshine are a tribute to its community. The team hand-makes the moonshine right in Austin, using ingredients that they source locally and a spirit sourced from all those people that wouldn't stop dancing during the 1920s. Atop that base, they infuse inventive and exotic flavors ranging from sweet-and-sour goji berries to piping hot serrano pepper. And if a certain variety isn't available, the distillers invite customers to request a custom bottle.
Beyond its Texas ties, though, the story of this company's moonshine stretches all the way to Ethiopia. That's where co-founder Shane Berber was moved to action by the country's poverty. In response, he and co-founder Sam Wakefield opened Crystal Creek Moonshine as a charity-focused business, and now a percentage of the profits from each bottle sold goes to building water wells in Africa.