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Backroads,  Beer Joints, BBQ

                                         ...and more

It's time to get out of the city and onto the back roads!

 

Your tour guides Erik and Laurie were born and raised in the rural areas east of Austin, and they know every watering hole, beer joint, dive bar, small-town festival, dance hall, and barbecue shack in the area. And now, they want you to come out and explore these places with them!

Tours depart Austin at Cavender's Boot City on South Lamar and head in the direction listed for that day. Your ride is a large, 15-passenger van with plenty of room to stretch out and store a cooler. Once we get out into the country, expect stops at places you have never seen before, and those that you thought died out 30 years ago. 

All tours come with an added value attached to your ticket, which could be rounds of beverages to a barbecue lunch. The goal is to get out out of the city and into a slower, more easy mindset, even if just for a day. 

Summer 2021

TOUR #1: July 24, 2021

Backroads, Beer Joints, & BBQ

Our first tour of the summer heads east of town toward Fayette and Lavaca counties. We'll make stops at a "country store", a few beer joints, and will find some classic Texas barbecue. Stops will include but are not limited to:

• Cistern Country Store & Bar - Store and deli by day, honky-tonk on weekend nights.
• Pavlas Tavern - A cultural institution along the railroad tracks in Moulton.

• Moulton Jamboree - Live music, cold beer, and barbecue!
• Moravia Store - Beer memorabilia museum and middle-of-nowhere dancing.
• Tofel's Place - A blink-and-you'll-miss-it beer joint in rural Fayette County.
• Leon's Country Store - Those Tex-Germans enjoy watering holes just steps from their churches.

Your ticket includes transportation and the first round at our first three stops. Bits of history will be sprinkled in along the way, and we might make a surprise stop or two.

DETAILS

• Tour departs at 11 a.m. and will return approximately 7 p.m.

• We will buy the first three rounds. Additional beverages and food is not covered in your ticket price.

• You can bring a small cooler on the van with food and drinks. Snacks are encouraged!

• It is recommended that you bring cash. Many of the stops are cash only establishments.

• Most stops will last around 30 minutes, though we will spend at least an hour at the Moulton Jamboree. The schedule is subject to change.

TOUR #2: august 21, 2021

Hill Country Backroads & Beer Joints

Our second tour of the summer heads to the Texas Hill Country. Expect some music along the way, for these stops are always a lively affair! Locations will include but are not limited to:

• Devil's Backbone Tavern — It's been around forever, but now with weekend music in their renovated hall.

• Fischer Bowling Club — Cold beer and old school 9-pin German-style bowling.

• Old 300 BBQ — Great chow right on the square in Blanco.

• Real Ale Brewing — It's been an institution forever, but have you been? It's right where we are going, so might as well stop in!

Your ticket includes transportation and the first round at our first two stops. Bits of history will be sprinkled in along the way, and we might make a surprise stop or two (there's a lot to do out there).

DETAILS

• Tour departs at 11 a.m. and will return approximately 7 p.m.

• We will buy two rounds. Additional beverages and food is not covered in your ticket price.

• You can bring a small cooler on the van with food and drinks. Snacks are encouraged!

• It is recommended that you bring cash. Many of the stops are cash only establishments.

• Most stops will last around 30 minutes or so. Decisions to stay longer or to venture off the scheduled path will be decided by a group vote. The schedule is subject to change.

TOUR #3: SEPTEMBER 18, 2021

Backroads & Beer Joints #3

Our September tour features some stops that are even new to us. The van heads east toward Lee County where we plan to get lost (almost) and blaze new trails to old towns hidden from the main highways you've taken a thousand times. Where are we off to? Glad you asked:

• Beerz Bar — La Grange: They serve cold beer, good burgers, and quail eggs. Sounds like a spot! 

• Que-Zeen — Warda: Our official barbecue stop! It's a new joint, so we'll give it a taste and see how it stacks up.

• Bottlenecks — Deanville: Live music most weekends and turkey shoots on Sundays. Plus a full kitchen and outdoor beer garden.

• Loebau Store — Loebau: You'd never know about this place if we hadn't told you, and that's how we came to know of this place. You could even drive right by it and wouldn't know it's a beer joint. This is as authentic as it gets.

Your ticket includes transportation and the first round at our first stop. Bits of history will be sprinkled in along the way, and we might make a surprise stop or two (there's a lot to do out there).

Tickets are $65 and can be purchased below.

DETAILS

• Tour departs at 11 a.m. and will return approximately 7 p.m.

• We will buy the first round. Additional beverages and food is not covered in your ticket price.

• You can bring a small cooler on the van with food and drinks. Snacks are encouraged!

• It is recommended that you bring cash. Many of the stops are cash only establishments.

• Most stops will last around 45 minutes or so. Decisions to stay longer or to venture off the scheduled path will be decided by a group vote. The schedule is subject to change.

• Please note that this is a van tour. The van has 15 seats and seating can be cozy. Riders must be able to enter and exit the van and should expect to have close neighbors.

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About Us

Some of you may have been on our popular dance hall tours which we have been hosting for a couple of years. These backroads tours open up new areas to explore, not just focused on a singular genre or style. While we may visit a dance hall every now and then, our objective here is to visit all the places we've missed in the past: beer joints, breweries, wineries, picnics, small-town festivals, and more. We look forward to building upon what we have learned on our previous tours and deliver an immersive experience not available anywhere else in Texas.

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