Archive for: October 2013

Austin in a Day


Austin LogoFBy: Batli Joselevitz, Lily Morris, Sheila Buenrostro

 

9:00 a.m. Austin Visitors Center

Start your trip to Austin at the Visitors Center to get  ideas of how to spend your day.

Address: 209 E 6th St Austin, TX 78701
Phone Number: (512) 478-0098
Price: Free

10:30 a.m. Mount Bonnell & 360 Bridge

For the best view in town head over to Mount Bonnell. After walking up a long set of stairs, you will be standing at one of the highest vantage points, overlooking both Lake Austin and the Hill Country. After leaving there, make sure to take the scenic route to the next destination by taking the 360 Bridge, also known as the Pennybacker Bridge, only four miles away!

Address: 3800 Mt. Bonnell Rd., 78731 & 5300 N Capital of Texas Hwy Austin, TX 78730
Price: Free

11:30 a.m. Farmers Market


For a mid morning snack, make your way over to Highland Mall for the Barton Creek Farmers Market where you can find fresh food, music, and local artisans.

Address: 6001 Airport Blvd Austin, Texas 78752
Price: Free

1:00 p.m. Mexic-Arte Museum


Founded in 1984, the Mexic-Arte Museum is a great way to learn about the traditional and contemporary culture of Mexico and Latin America, which has been very prevalent in the state of Texas and Austin. The current exhibit “Creating La Muerte: Jose Guadalupe Posada 100th Anniversary,” is a must see!

Address: 419 Congress Ave., Austin, Texas 78701
Price: Free admission on Sunday

2:00 p.m. Castle Hill


One of the defining characteristics of Austin is its art scene. Castle Hill is an outdoor blank canvas for local graffiti artists to display their talent. Plus, it makes a great background for an impromptu photo shoot.

Address: 1100 Baylor St, Austin, Texas 78701
Price: Free

4:00 p.m. South Congress


One of Austin’s most well-known streets, South Congress, will provide you with an endless array of shopping, dining, live music, a killer view of Austin’s skyline. It is home to the infamous “i love you so much” wall, the perfect background for a picture with your loved ones. If you still have room for dessert make sure to check out Amy’s Ice Cream, we recommend Mexican Vanilla.

Address: 1600 S Congress Avenue, Austin Texas 78701
Price: Varies

6:30 p.m. South Congress Bridge


As the day comes to an end, head north towards the South Congress Bridge to watch thousands of bats emerge from beneath the bridge and into the sunset.

Address: 100 South Congress Ave., Austin, Texas 78701
Price: Free

8:30 p.m. Downtown Austin

And finally, save the best for last! Hit up the town whether it be Stubbs for barbecue and live music, Dirty 6th, Rainey Street, or even a local coffee shop…everyone is guaranteed a good time in Austin, Texas.

Address: All Over

Price: Varies

Tapped Out: The Explosion of Craft Beer in Austin

By: Jeffrey Kahn, Austin Powell, Joshua Fechter

Craft Pride is an example of the growing craft beer industry in not only, Austin, but the state.  The bar has 54 beers on tap that are produced in microbreweries throughout Texas. (Photo by: Austin Powell)

Craft Pride is an example of the growing craft beer industry in not only, Austin, but the state. The bar has 54 beers on tap that are produced in microbreweries throughout Texas. (Photo by: Austin Powell)

 

         Everything is not bigger in Texas, this according to a study by the New Yorker showing the number of craft breweries in the country.  However, the Lone Star State does crack the top ten by coming in eight.  Thanks to legislation passed by the state legislature in June 2013, craft brewers, or microbreweries, now have easier access to distributing their product to a larger audience.  Craft breweries currently contribute $608 million to the states economy, however, that number is expected to $5.6 billion, according to a study by the Texas Craft Brewers Guild.  Austin and its surrounding areas currently have 15 microbreweries.  Austin is also celebrating its fourth annual Austin Beer Week this week with many bars across the city holding events to recognize craft beers in Austin.

 

 

 

       Uncle Billy’s Brew and Que is one of Austin’s finest hybrid brewery-restaurants in town. Located off of Barton Springs in South Austin, Uncle Billy’s brings locals home-brewed craft beer. Michael Waters, head brewer, has been brewing professionally since 2009 and takes huge pride in brewing consistent, great craft beer. Waters believes Austin has a great craft beer community with a lot of growing left to do. Check out more on Waters, Uncle Billy’s, and craft beer in the videos embedded below.

 

 

Craft Beer Infographic

THIRST: A Ghost of Trees Past

The THIRST art installation was installed around Lady Bird Lake to commemorate the 301 million trees lost in the 2011 Texas drought.

By Alsha Khan, Kelly Eisenbarger, Rachel Marino and Becca Wright

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