Spicing things up with Mark Oldman

April 29, 2015

“This town is loaded with spicy food with everything from TexMex to Korean to Cajun,” says Mark Oldman, wine personality and author. In his “Heat Seekers, Best Wine for Spicy” session at the 2015 Austin Food & Wine Festival he recommended sparkling, white and red wines that can take the heat. The ever entertaining showman […]

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Tequila 512 is making the best tequila on the planet

April 27, 2015

Tequila 512 just pulled off something very few booze companies have ever done. The Austin brand won an impressive double gold medal and was awarded “Best in Show” at the prestigious 15th annual San Francisco World Spirits Competition. That’s pretty amazing for any spirit, but even more so from a tequila company that is less than […]

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These 9 Austin bartenders are shaking up the cocktail scene

April 16, 2015

There are dozens of bars throughout Austin that serve excellent drinks, flawlessly prepared with craft spirits and locally sourced ingredients. The rise of cocktails in Austin is riding the same wave of popularity as our foodie craze, with correspondingly high expectations for quality ingredients and impeccable service. Austin’s bartenders take their jobs seriously, pouring over […]

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Garage wins Official Drink of Austin competition

March 11, 2015

Austin’s best cocktail bars battle for recognition and bragging rights.   There are a lot of places to get a great cocktail in Austin, but only one bar gets to say it has the Official Cocktail of Austin. To earn that honor, the winners were one of six teams that had to run the cocktail […]

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Austin’s Best Bartenders:

March 7, 2015

Three bartenders who are shaking up the Austin scene This story was originally published in the Spring 2015 issue of Austin Man Magazine.  Cocktails have been around since the early 1800s, but it wasn’t until the past handful of years that bars in Austin started making pre-Prohibition-style cocktails in earnest. In the early 2000s, the […]

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Win tickets to Toast and Roast Texas wine event

February 26, 2015

Some of you love Texas wine. Some of you are skeptical about its quality. Here is your chance to taste the 20 Best Texas Wines all in one place and all for free. That’s right, What Are You Drinking is giving away a pair of tickets to the The Wine & Food Foundation of Texas‘s inaugural Toast […]

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Win tickets to “The Official Drink of Austin” cocktail competition

February 24, 2015

What are you doing on Thursday night? Do you want to go watch some of the most talented bartenders in Austin mix amazing cocktails in hopes that their concoction is crowed “The Official Drink of Austin”? Do you want to taste everything they make? Do you want to do it for free? Hell yeah! Here […]

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Real Ale Brewing has Extreme Makeover

February 17, 2015

Just in time for Texas Independence Day, my birthday and SXSW, Real Ale Brewing Company, will unveil a completely new look for its logo, packaging, and website. After 19 years of brewing craft beer and selling it in somewhat miss-matched bottles and cans, the brewery has made the bold move to update its image while retaining  elements […]

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3 whiskey cocktails guaranteed to keep you warm this winter

February 3, 2015

Late winter weather in Texas calls for whiskey to warm you up. But instead of heading to a bar for a beverage, What Are You Drinking brings you three winter warmer whiskey cocktail recipes to make at home. A Texas take on Irish Coffee Amanda and Nick Swift both love Scotch whisky. Amanda was born to love […]

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Texas by the Book: A Texas food & wine dinner with 3 Texas authors

January 26, 2015

On Friday February 27, 2015, the Cabernet Grill  in Fredericksburg, TX, will host a celebratory early-spring Texas wine dinner featuring fine Texas cuisine  prepared from recipes from the new cookbooks by chef and author Terry Thompson-Anderson and chef Ross Burtwell.  Russell Kane author of the new book, Texas Hill Country Wineries, will pair Texas wine with […]

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