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This Week in Craft Beer: Petrol Celebrates 4/20, Drink of Ages at The Hay Merchant and More

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Every week we try to harvest all the news in local craft beer and serve it up so that you don't miss out on events that may have slipped past you each week. From brewery events to pub crawls and breaking craft beer news, if something is going down, we will try to round it up here on This Week in Craft Beer

Drink of Ages Radio at The Hay Merchant Sunday, April 14

The guys over at Drink of Ages on News 92 FM have a pint glass giveaway this Sunday at The Hay Merchant. The first 100 fans through the door at 11 a.m. on Sunday will receive a free Drink of Ages pint glass. Plus, Hay Merchant will be tapping a cask of Karbach bourbon barrel-aged Hellfighter for the event.

While we are on the topic of Drink of Ages, if you haven't checked out Houston's first craft beer radio program, you really are missing out. I had a chance to go visit with hosts Preston Brown and Jon Denman in the studio this week and it's no wonder so many of you have already tuned in to the show. They have a great hour-long program focusing on local beer and local music -- which just happen to be two of my passions -- and up until they made the mistake of asking me to come on, they have managed to bring on some really talented, important musicians and craft beer personalities as well.

If you want to hear my interview with the guys, plus a talk with the far more interesting Shane Welch -- the founder of Sixpoint Brewery in Brooklyn, New York -- check out the show this Saturday at 7pm on 92FM or download the podcast starting Sunday.

Those of you have been hanging around Eating...Our Words for a while may remember my last run in with Shane back when Sixpoint launched in Texas last year. I am happy to say there was no chugging contest this time around.

Welcome to Texas, Southern Tier and Founder's Brewing

To think that just a year ago, I was begging traveling friends to forgo packing underwear so they could fit bottles of Founder's and Southern Tier in their suitcases... No longer! The two breweries arrived in Texas this month and consumers have been quick to embrace both brands. Kegs of Founder's Kentucky Breakfast Stout and Southern Tier Creme Brulee, among others, were floated in record pace at bars around town. Bottles from both breweries should be arriving in stores shortly, so keep your eyes peeled.

Petrol Station Celebrates 4/20 Saturday, April 20

Petrol Station is back into full time party mode after taking it easy during its recent kitchen remodel. After the success of Ash Bash, Petrol's next big event is its annual 4/20 spring fling. Kegs planned for the Saturday event include Founder's Kentucky Breakfast Stout and Old Curmudgeon, Stone Vanilla Bean Smoked Porter. Southern Tier Creme Brulee and more. If you are wondering why I keep mentioning Kentucky Breakfast Stout or KBS for short, I will give you five words: Bourbon Barrel Oatmeal Coffee Stout. It really is every bit as good as the hype although I think that the regular Breakfast Stout is excellent as well.

You can rest assured that the beer I mentioned won't be the only great beer on tap next week at Petrol Station. I snuck a look at some of the kegs last time I was in and I am sure you won't be disappointed with the selection on Saturday. You will just have to show up to find out.

Grand Opening Festivities Continue at Growler's with Lone Pint and Ronnie Crocker Friday, April 12

Growler's continues to roll out the red carpet for its grand opening. Tonight both Sierra Nevada and Lone Pint will have featured tastings of their portfolios beginning at 4 p.m. with Sierra Nevada and continuing from 7 to 10 p.m. with beers from Lone Pint. Customers with a Growler's 32-ounce growler will receive one free fill of Ruthless Rye from Sierra Nevada or Gentlemen's Relish from Lone Pint.

Additionally, Ronnie Crocker from the Houston Chronicle's Beer, TX blogwill be on hand tonight from 6 to 9 p.m. to sign copies of his book, Houston Beer: A Heady History of Brewing in the Bayou City. If you haven't picked up the book, it is a fantastic look back into the city's past and is an excellent read for history buffs, beer nerds or anyone who loves Houston.

Next week: A look at Austin Beerworks, plus testing the freshness of Growler's CrafTap system.

I had a chance to swing up to Austin this past week and the guys at Austin Beerworks were nice enough to open their doors and talk with me about the brewery and their plans for 2013 and beyond. Look for a full write-up plus a tasting of a few of their beers next week on Eating...Our Words.

Also on tap next week is a look at just how well Growler's counter-pressure CrafTap system -- one of the only systems of its kind in the entire country right now -- keeps beer fresh in the growler. We will be opening up a nearly two month old growler to see just how fresh eight week old draft beer can be.

Joshua Justice is a freelance writer and native Houstonian. When he isn't writing, you can find him pulling taps behind the bar at The Flying Saucer. Follow him on Twitter at @JoshuaAJustice.

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