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Layover In Austin? Nearby Attractions You Shouldn’t Miss

There’s always a reason to dart quickly off the plane or stay a little longer when you fly into Austin Airport. Even if you’re in Austin for business, you better remember to pack some comfortable play clothes because you won’t want to miss out on the loads of fun near Austin-Bergstrom International Airport, ABIA. With attractions like McKinney Falls State Park, Cathedral of Junk, and Live Oak Brewing Company, there are always many opportunities to stretch those plane legs. Here are some must-see attractions near the Austin-Bergstrom International Airport, where you can relax and get acquainted with the city, or take one last look at Austin just before flying home. The Austin Visitor Center There’s no better way to explore an unfamiliar city than seeking guidance from the locals. So, right after landing, you should stop by The Austin Visitor Center to obtain a bit more information about the best attractions near the airport. The friendly staff loves to talk about the city's rich history, amazing restaurants, eccentric culture, exciting outdoor adventures, special events, and much more. In addition to providing visitors with impressive knowledge about Austin, the center offers a list of daily tours, free maps and brochures, complimentary WiFi, a convenient smartphone recharge station, and super clean bathrooms. McKinney Falls State Park Sometimes you just want to enjoy the great outdoors before or after a flight. Doesn’t this sound about right? Situated just minutes from the airport, McKinney Falls State Park is home to the most beautiful scenery imaginable, from limestone rocks to small waterfalls. The park is high on many bucket lists, with tourists drawn to a popular activity: fishing. Since a license is not needed to fish on the Ocean Creek shoreline, you [...]

By |June 18th, 2019|Visiting Austin|Comments Off on Layover In Austin? Nearby Attractions You Shouldn’t Miss

Live Oak Has The Beer Your Guests Want for Your Next Party

We Aren’t Just About Beer Craft beer is about a lot more than just the beer. If we were just about the beer, we could be in a huge industrial brewery cranking out flavorless beer on a rapid scale. We think Craft Beer is synonymous with community and the people that make up those communities. Small, local and independent breweries are increasingly becoming almost like community centers in that there are constantly fun events taking place under our roofs. One great part of our jobs here at Live Oak is getting to play host to your family and friends when you have something to celebrate. Whether it’s a party, wedding or other event, we have everything you need right under one roof (or tree canopy) to make it a huge success. When you decide to have your next event at Live Oak, you’re really doing yourself a favor. Because our friends, The Black Forest, are permanently parked out back and cooking up the best German comfort food in Austin! People love hosting events with us because of our convenient location (we’re close to Austin Bergstrom International Airport - great for out of town family and friends!), excellent outdoor space and outstanding beer. Hosting a wedding or party with us takes the food and drink off your plate in one easy shot! We Have More than Just Great Beer; you’ll Love Our Outdoor Spaces! When the weather is nice, our biergarten is a great place to be; you can even fully or partially rent this space for a party or event. We have a killer disc golf course that is free to use - we just ask that you check in at the bar before heading out. We'd [...]

By |April 26th, 2019|Beer Brewing, Brewery General|Comments Off on Live Oak Has The Beer Your Guests Want for Your Next Party

When to Visit Austin, Texas: 5 Important Considerations

Home to the Texas Longhorns, SXSW and Austin City Limits Music Festival, Austin is a true Texas gem. No matter what you love to do, you'll find something that speaks to you in this beautiful city. There's so much to do in and around Austin that you might not even know where to start planning your visit. You need to determine when you're going to visit first so that you can refine the list of activities and events in which you're interested. Here are five key factors you should take into consideration when setting the date for your trip. 1. Know What You Want Out of Your Visit Austin offers many possibilities for tourists. Knowing what you want to see and do before your visit will help you narrow down travel dates. For example, maybe your family wants to see a huge colony of bats fly out from underneath the Congress Avenue Bridge. The bats only emerge between March and October. Perhaps you want to attend the world-famous SXSW music festival, which happens in March. Some attractions and festivals require you to travel at a certain time of year. If you're more into the outdoors and want to explore nature in and around Austin, you'll need to take temperatures and weather conditions into account. You likely don't want to be out exploring the desert during the rainy season. Check travel blogs or go to Visit Austin to get more information about the best time of year to experience your favorite things in the city. 2. Know When the Hottest Events Are HappeningAustin is known for its incredible live music scene and diverse arts community. Of course, the city is also home of the University of [...]

By |March 7th, 2019|Visiting Austin|Comments Off on When to Visit Austin, Texas: 5 Important Considerations

Chill Out with Cold Fermentation

There’s no doubt about it: It’s a great time to be a beer lover. In Austin and across the country, there are more options than ever when it comes to experiencing unique, exciting beers from local breweries and microbreweries. Like many beer aficionados, you are probably also fascinated by the science that produces the differences between various types of beer. If you enjoy lagers, you’ll be interested to know that they are produced through a process called cold fermentation. Why is it used, though? Keep reading to learn more!  What is a Lager?  If you are lucky enough to visit Live Oak Brewing Company in Austin, TX, you will be able to take your pick from a number of enticing lagers. What exactly is a lager, though? Unlike ales, which use a top-fermenting yeast that attenuates, or converts sugar to alcohol, relatively quickly, lagers rely on a bottom-fermenting yeast that attenuates more slowly and to a lesser extent. Additionally, this type of yeast has a lower alcohol tolerance, and it is capable of fermenting a sugar called melibose. What all of this means for you, the beer drinker, is that the resulting lager has more sugar remaining. It is also clearer, more full-bodied and tastes mellower on the palate.  Fermenting Lagers  While one could argue that the primary distinction between ales and lagers is the type of yeast that is used, another factor plays a crucial role: the temperature at which the beer is fermented. While ale yeasts typically prefer temperatures of between 60 and 78 degrees Fahrenheit, lager yeasts ferment best at temperatures of between 48 and 58 degrees Fahrenheit. With cold fermentation, flavors that are derived from yeast, including phenols and esters, are rarely [...]

By |February 19th, 2019|Beer Brewing|0 Comments

Disc Golf and Brews in Austin Texas

Disc golf, also known as Frisbee golf, and craft beers make a winning combination, especially in Austin, Texas. It's just something to do with balmy weather, friendly competition and ultimate relaxation that brings out the distinctive flavor of European-style beer done right. If you are wondering where to play disc golf in Austin with access to the best beer in Austin, look no further than our nine-hole disc course at Live Oak Brewing Company.  What's So Special About Disc Golf in Austin? Rice University in Houston was one of the first locations where people participated in organized disc golf way back in the 1960s. Although they used trees as targets for their Frisbee throws, the game eventually developed into a sport played on official courses with official rules. By 1976, sport enthusiast Ed Headrick had established the Professional Disc Golf Association and the Recreational Disc Golf Association. He also helped to establish official rules for play.  Disc golf has come into its own as the fourth fastest-growing sport in the U.S. With approximately 400 new courses added annually from 2007 through 2017, more and more Americans are able to participate, and the professional disc golf circuit holds several established tournaments each year.  The state of Texas boasts hundreds of disc golf course scattered throughout the region, and Austin enjoys a concentration of those courses. The city is the central location for one of the largest retailers of disc golf equipment, Disc Nation, and you would be hard pressed to find an Austin resident who has not either played the game or knows someone who has, according to sports blogger and journalist Michael LoRé. Because disc golf is available in most sectors of the city, inexpensive, easy [...]

By |February 19th, 2019|Brewery General|0 Comments