Arianna Auber, Austin 360

Arianna Auber

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Past articles by Arianna:

Natural wine in Texas? A wild, fluid concept still

Let’s get a couple of things out of the way: Natural wine is in its infancy in Texas, if you’re going by the generally accepted definition of it. And winemakers who might follow some of the principles of natural wine tend not to like that term, anyway.My first real exploration of what natural wine is came this time last year, when going to festivals was still a regular weekend activity for… → Read More

Long-awaited Hold Out Brewing opens near downtown Austin with beer, burgers

In between the low-slung building housing Better Half Coffee & Cocktails and the Quonset hut next to it that is about to become Hold Out Brewing is a massive, hollowed-out live oak tree at least 400 years old.A co-founder of both projects, Grady Wright can see it from the desk he wedged into a corner on the mezzanine level of Hold Out where he works now to stay distanced during the coronavirus… → Read More

Opening during coronavirus, Humble Pint brings Pacific Northwest vibes to Leander

The family behind new Leander brewery Humble Pint never expected their move to Austin from the Pacific Northwest in 1999 would be permanent. A software → Read More

Austin Cocktails at Home: How to make Contigo’s sparkling sangria

Now that it’s springtime, restaurants that adapt their menus with the seasons would no doubt be introducing fruity, refreshing cocktails for diners to sip on their patios.East Austin restaurant Contigo has a particularly epic patio, and while we can’t necessarily recreate that at home, we can at least make the sparkling sangria that had been on the menu there. (During the coronavirus… → Read More

Austin brewery's Lizzo-inspired beer is 'Good As Hell'

Although the craft beer industry remains largely male-dominated, a series of beers every spring seeks to highlight the increasing number of women joining → Read More

Coronavirus in Austin: Texas winery makes hand sanitizer using rosé

Lost Draw Cellars may well be the only winery in Texas that has decided to produce hand sanitizer — using rosé to do it.With Purell and other → Read More

How canned beer is saving craft brewers during the coronavirus pandemic — for now

About a week after the city closed down bars and restaurant dining rooms, Nomadic Beerworks ran out of 32-ounce crowlers — oversized cans that can be filled quickly with beer behind the bar — even though the South Austin brewery had stocked up three times the usual amount in anticipation of the since-canceled South by Southwest.Since then, the two co-founders, brothers who had turned a… → Read More

Longtime Austin brewpub NXNW permanently closes because of coronavirus

The 20-year-old North Austin brewpub North by Northwest has permanently shut down as a result of lost revenue from the coronavirus pandemic — and the uncertainty of when it would be able to open again.Owner Davis Tucker, a pioneer of the city’s craft beer industry, confirmed the closure Thursday, after employees had been told. He said he had decided to go ahead and shutter rather than drag it… → Read More

Karbach beers — including Aaron Franklin collaboration — to benefit service industry relief

One of Texas’ most prominent breweries had teamed up with lauded local pitmaster Aaron Franklin to release a pilsner at his annual food and music bonanza, Hot Luck Festival. That had been the plan, anyway, and then the coronavirus upturned it, as it has done with pretty much everything else.But Karbach Brewing has decided to go forward with the beer, launching it for a good cause. A portion of… → Read More

Austin Cocktails at Home: How to make Whisler’s Old Fashioned

If you’ve been to Whisler’s, chances are good that you’ve had the Old Fashioned — maybe it’s the one and only drink you order there — or you’ve heard, while sitting inside the popular East Austin bar, customer after customer tell the bartender to make an Old Fashioned.That’s because there’s something special about Whisler’s version of this arguably most classic of cocktails. It lacks frills, to… → Read More

Accio trivia: How well do you know ’Harry Potter,’ anyway?

Here are trivia questions based on the seven books (and not necessarily the eight movies) of the “Harry Potter” series.1. What animal can Professor McGonagall turn into as a registered Animagus?A. Barn owlB. Scottish terrierC. Tabby catD. Horny toad2. What is the first wizard treat that Harry tries on his inaugural train ride to Hogwarts after ordering every food item off the trolley?A. Bertie… → Read More

New Dripping Springs brewery, Fitzhugh, still in the works for summer opening

There’s no telling when shelter-in-place orders will lift, when bars and restaurants might be able to open again and when society starts, at least a little bit, to go back to normal amid the coronavirus pandemic. But the owners of an upcoming local brewery plan to be ready when it does.Fitzhugh Brewing is set to open late this summer on the same winding road in the Texas Hill Country where other… → Read More

A beer for the times: Zilker Brewing releases new Stir-Crazy Hazy IPA

Austin breweries may not be able to host you in their taprooms, but that doesn’t mean they all have stopped brewing fun new beers.Shortly after the city mandated in mid-March that bars and restaurant dining rooms close, in an effort to curb the spread of the coronavirus, one local brewer wondered whether offering beer to go — the main way, besides retail, that breweries have been able to… → Read More

How Austin families are celebrating Easter during the coronavirus pandemic

On April Fools’ Day this year, Lori Thomas and her family stuck a handful of "For Sale by Owners" signs in the yards of their neighbors, giving them a momentary shock, and then laughs, when they woke up that morning.Their Northwest Austin neighborhood is a tight-knit one. But another beloved spring tradition — Easter — is going to be a lot harder to celebrate in 2020.Normally, the neighborhood… → Read More

Austin Cocktails at Home: How to make the Roosevelt Room’s Death Valley

No doubt you’ve got a favorite drink at each of your oft-frequented Austin watering holes. Maybe it’s a spicy margarita on the rooftop patio of El Alma. The creamsicle-like frozen Orange Whip amid the Violet Crown Social Club’s dive bar vibes. Or simply an unfussy pint of local lager in the front beer garden of the Draught House.Whatever it is, you’re probably missing it right now — not just the… → Read More

Texas breweries see 71% drop in revenue because of the coronavirus

With bars, restaurants and their own taprooms closed across the state in an effort to stymie the spread of the coronavirus, Texas craft breweries are feeling the pinch in a major way. Taprooms — and the sale of their products at other on-premise venues — provide them significant revenue.The Texas Craft Brewers Guild surveyed its member breweries last week to learn the extent of the financial… → Read More

These Austin restaurants have cocktails kits so you can enjoy booze at home

With the arrival of spring often comes glorious patio weather. You might find yourself longing for an Aperol spritz on the all-white shaded patio at Juliet Italian Kitchen or for an ice-cold margarita at Guero’s tree-filled Oak Garden space.Times are different now, of course. These and other Austin restaurants have only the option of offering takeout service during the coronavirus pandemic. But… → Read More

Coronavirus in Austin: Free six-packs of Austin Eastciders to be given to service industry

One local cider company is offering a brief, boozy respite from the stress of unemployment with free six-packs for Austin’s service industry workers. → Read More

Coronavirus in Austin: The Draught House now offers beer to go through online ordering

The beer garden at the Draught House Pub & Brewery is one of the best spots in town to sit back with a pint. With the coronavirus pandemic closing down → Read More

Virtual tastings help Texas wineries connect amid coronavirus

One of the simplest, most fundamental ways that people can connect is over the dinner table with food and drink. And in these next few weeks, as an increasing number of cities and states in the U.S. issue shelter-in-place orders amid the coronavirus pandemic, such connection is going to be more essential than ever, Kuhlman Cellars founder Chris Cobb says.Located along U.S. 290 on the way to… → Read More