— Game of Thrones actor Kristian Nairn, who plays Hodor, stopped by Wu Chow for dinner last night.
— Live Oak Brewing Company's lawsuit against the state over brewery distribution rights continued as it went in front of a court earlier this week. The brewery, along with Peticolas Brewing Company and Revolver Brewing, are looking to change the law so that breweries would be able to sell their beers on their own.
— Austin's hotel boom continues with a new downtown one from Marriott on East Cesar Chavez and Trinity streets, which will include a restaurant and three bars.
— Now, in order to drink at the Greenbelt and Bull Creek Park, you'll need a permit.
— Snow's BBQ pitmaster Tootsie Tomanetz was given a lifetime achievement award from the Giddings Chamber of Commerce, presented to her by Kerry Bexley.
Blessed to be asked to present Ms Tootsie with her Life Time Achievement Award from the Giddings CofC Well Deserved pic.twitter.com/pELlMOgZkj— Kerry Bexley (@snowsbbq) August 17, 2016
Just heard they're closing El Azteca in Austin. Here’s hoping whatever mixed-use development replaces it serves cabrito that's half as good.— SPOON (@spoontheband) August 17, 2016
— Austin's craft beer scene (including Blue Owl's sour beers) and local-focused and fermentation-happy Emmer & Rye as some of the reasons the city is "smart," according to National Geographic.
— Spun co-owner Ashley Cheng spoke to Austin Monthly about how they settled on opening a liquid nitrogen-based ice cream shop.
— USA Today explored the appeal of Alamo Drafthouse: food, drink, and interesting movie line-ups.
— American Express' guide to Austin includes tacos and barbecue from Veracruz All Natural and Kerlin BBQ, and more.