Two breweries are better than one

On Saturday a group of Austin homebrewers invaded two Austin-area microbreweries: Thirsty Planet Brewing Company¬†and Jester King Craft Brewery, both of which were having open houses/tours for eager beer lovers like ourselves. The day was quite an adventure as we tried out all kinds of beers from very light wheat beers to sour stout ales and everything in between. My favorites were: Thirsty Goat Amber as well as Jester King’s Gotlandsdricka, an ale with juniper berries that was just outstanding, and Weasel Rodeo, an oatmeal stout with coffee and just a pinch of chipotle pepper, with just the tiniest bite to it. I was really excited to check both breweries out, having discovered Jester King beer a year ago when a friend had a bunch at a party, and stumbling across Thirsty Goat Amber at a restaurant and immediately falling in love with it. On the tour, Thirsty Planet’s head brewmeister Jake explained everything about their company and the brewing … Read more…

Bruised Egos

By Jackie Dana Winner, Fourth Place, The Eighth Annual Austin Chronicle Short Story Contest, 1999   “Give me the daggers,” he demanded in falsetto. From the first day he walked into class I knew Mr. McGinty wouldn’t be like our other teachers. Maybe it was because he was Australian, a foreigner. Maybe it was also because he used to teach at a boy’s boarding school. Didn’t he joke that it was going to be hard to adjust to teaching girls? He didn’t do things the way everyone else did, that’s for sure. Instead he set his own rules as it suited him. We were reading Shakespeare’s Macbeth, and he had assigned us each a part. “It’s a play. We won’t treat it just as cold words on a page,” he explained, his deep accent sending us all swooning. I wanted to view the play as he did. Maybe that’s why when he chose the other parts, I really hoped he’d … Read more…