Wine might be the traditional beverage that comes to mind when you think about tastings, but spirits are the newest rage for gourmet flights and tasting events. Scotch tastings are increasingly common, and infused vodkas are not far behind. In the Southwest, it’s all about tequila. Thanks to a strong Mexican-American tradition, cities like Austin have come to embrace the south-of-the-border booze, and many local drink spots now offer tequila tastings that are sure to impress.
Austin's craft beer scene has been growing rapidly. From crisp ales to hoppy IPAs, and everything in between, the city boasts some noteworthy microbrews. Naturally, we have our fair share of watering holes to enjoy a few cold ones. Here are some of my top picks: