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Austin Beerworks Challenges ACL Music Festival’s Misleading Craft Beer Sponsor Title

Plus Hopdoddy Burger Bar’s new menu, and more news

The beer hall at ACL Music Festival
The beer hall at ACL Music Festival
Nadia Chaudhury is the editor of Eater Austin covering food and pop culture, as well as a photographer, writer, and frequent panel moderator and podcast guest.

— Local brewery Austin Beerworks isn’t happy that Austin City Limits Music Festival’s beer sponsor Karbach Brewing is being touted as craft beer since it was acquired by massive beer conglomerate Anheuser-Busch-InBev in 2016. Austin Beerworks co-founder elaborated on his position to KVUE, saying that AB InBev is “the opposite of what craft beer is.”

The brewery clarified through Twitter that it’s fine with the fact that Karbach is the music festival’s sponsored brewery but doesn’t agree with the fact that its beers are being described as craft beer since Houston-based Karbach isn’t independent anymore. Kacbach’s brewmaster Eric Warner told Austin 360 that he’ll “always define [himself] as a craft brewer.”

After AB InBev purchased North Carolina brewery Wicked Weed Brewing last year, Jester King Brewery decided to pull out of its planned collaborative beer.

— Austin-based burger chain Hopdoddy Burger Bar updated its overall menus across the country. Changes include larger entrees and sides meant for sharing, like the parmesan truffle fries, the new Buffalo fries, and hot honey/sage sweet potato fries. For dessert, new milkshake flavors include the s’mores and strawberry shortbread. The new menu is available now.

— The co-founder and current chairman of Austin-born Tex-Mex chain Chuy’s, John A. Zapp, was charged with assault family violence in April after he allegedly hit his wife while in the car in March. According to the police affidavit as shared by Austin 360, “he punched her on the left side of the mouth. The punch caused bleeding and swelling to the left side of her mouth.

— McGuire Moorman Hospitality is launching a universal gift card that would work at all eight of its restaurants: Lamberts, Perla’s, Elizabeth Street Cafe, Clark’s Oyster Bar, Jeffrey’s, Josephine House, June’s, and Pool Burger. It’s available starting at $25 with increments of $25 dollars.

Josephine House

1601 Waterston Avenue, , TX 78703 (512) 477-5584 Visit Website


2320 North Interstate Highway 35, , TX 78681 (512) 255-2211 Visit Website

Pool Burger

2315 Lake Austin Boulevard, , TX 78703 (512) 334-9747 Visit Website


401 West 2nd Street, , TX 78701 (512) 494-1500 Visit Website

Hopdoddy Burger Bar

2600 Hoppe Trail, , TX 78681 (512) 310-2337 Visit Website

Austin Beerworks

3001 Industrial Terrace, , TX 78758 (512) 821-2494 Visit Website