For South by Southwest veterans like ourselves, the lure of free breakfast tacos, beer and enough free t-shirts to satisfy your sleep & workout wardrobes for a year definitely still has its pull. But, you do learn a couple tricks of the trade along the way that make you a bit more discerning.
Someone once said that the best beer in the world is the beer that’s cold, free and in your hand. We tend to agree, except that this accolade is made all the sweeter if that free beer you’re sipping happens to be of the delicious, artisan, craft variety rather than the standard ol’ white trash tallboy.
Because we care, and because we like to share, we’ve compiled this SXSW 2014 Guide to highlight SXSW parties with craft beer…some of it is even FREE. For locals and visitors alike, we’ve also included maps of craft beer friendly bars and breweries to visit both inside and outside of the “SXSW Zone.” So, whether you’re in town for the fest and want to find a beer bar within walking distance of your hotel, or you’re a local you wants to hide out with a good beer out of earshot from the downtown madness, we’ve got the goods, plus local beers to drink while you’re here. Last but certainly not least, we’ve got a way for you to get a safe, free ride home.
Check out all this in Bitch Beer’s 2014 Craft Beer Guide to SXSW…
Parties w/ Craft Beer
(a glaring all-caps FREE designates that the beer is free, naturally. An * means the show is co-sponsored by Bitch Beer)
The ABGB | Dribble Meetup | FREE ABGB pizza and beer | RSVP (waitlist only right now)
The Grackle | Brooklyn Countrification | FREE Brooklyn Brewery Beer from 2 to 3pm | RSVP
Brew Exchange | The Green Room (runs til Friday 3/15) | Discount on Beer from Green Flash | RSVP
Cedar Street Courtyard | CouchTrippin’ to Austin | Beer from Lagunitas | RSVP
Star Bar | Beer-tail Happy Hour | Green Flash Beer Cocktails | RSVP tba
White Horse | Bad Ass Bands | Beer from Breckenridge Brewing | RSVP
Cheer Up Charlies | Homesick Philly | FREE Victory beer from 5-6pm | RSVP
Black Sheep Lodge | SXOB | Special Keg from Oskar Blues | Details
The New Movement | DC Against The World | FREE Beer from Rogness Brewing Co. | RSVP*
The New Movement | Lalahaha 2 | FREE Beer from Boulevard | RSVP*
White Horse | Bad Ass Bands | Beer from Adelberts Brewing | RSVP
Hops & Grain | 13th Floor Music Showcase | $13 cover, H&G beer pay as you go | Details
The ABGB | Blakkr Release Party | Release of Real Ale / Surly/ Three Floyds collab | RSVP
The New Movement | No Play Music Presents | FREE Beer from Thirsty Planet | RSVP*
Craft Beer Spots to Visit Near Downtown
Staying downtown during SXSW? Here are some of the best craft beer spots within a stone’s throw of the action.
Craft Beer Spots Where You Can Bunker Down to Avoid Downtown Madness
Here are some of Austin’s best craft beer bars, breweries and brewpubs far from the SXSW crowds.
Local Breweries to Try While You’re Here
If you see any of these logos on an Austin tap wall, you’ll know you have the option to drink local.
Safe, Free Rides with Uber
We’re excited to be teaming up with Uber to give our readers safe, free rides home from all these beer-centric events during South by Southwest. UberX, which launches in Austin during the festival, will be FREE for all! And, now Bitch Beer readers can use the code below to ride in style with $30 off your first ride home with UberBLACK, Uber’s luxury car service.
Not familiar with Uber? Uber (www.uber.com) is an app that connects you with a driver at the tap of a button. Request a ride at any time using the Uber iPhone, Android, or Blackberry apps. You can track the arrival of your Uber on your smartphone, payment is cashless (no need to tip!), and you’ll even receive a text message when your driver arrives.To use this promo, simply download the Uber app and enter promo BITCHBEER. You can also sign up at uber.com/go/BITCHBEER!