This past weekend my wife, Isa, & I enjoyed a brisk, pre-spring, sun-filled drive around the southern environs of Austin, TX. What prompted this was an announcement from the Tejas Miatas, one week prior:
Date: Sat, 18 Feb 2012
Subject: [tejasmiata] Jester King Brewery-Salt Lick BBQ run Sat Feb 25th
I have been talking about going out to the Jester King Brewery for awhile so I have decided to plan a run out there next Saturday and then head over to the Salt Lick in Driftwood for some BBQ afterward.
We will meet at 2:00pm at the Y at Oak Hill which is the intersection of Hwy 290 and Hwy 71, in the Planet Fitness parking lot,7100 W. US Highway 290. We will leave at 2:30 sharp so that we make it to Jester King by 3:00, have some time to look around and then take the last tour at 3:30.
As most of us know about the Salt Lick, it is CASH ONLY. No credit cards. No separate checks. I do think they have an ATM but I would get cash before the trip just in case. It is also B.Y.O.B. so bring your ice chest and favorite beverages unless you just want water, tea, coffee, or sodas that they have. Please RSVP by Thursday Feb. 23rd so I have an idea of the size of our group for the brewery tour. Don’t fill up on lunch since we will be having an early dinner as we want to beat the crowds.
President – Tejas Miatas
2006 Galaxy Gray GT
Since it had been a couple months since last traveling up the Austin-San Antonio corridor, I decided it would be good timing to make some visits. I spent some time to visit my racing friends at H2R, now known as the Mazda Raceway at Harris Hill. Although there was no event going on, there was a good amount of activity in the clubhouse, & on the track. In reviewing raceway events progress with Philipp, things are moving forward well. A lot of their growing exposure has been due to the sponsorship brought onboard with Roger Beasley Mazda – it’s been a win-win for both parties!
Continuing north, I was able to assess the construction progress at the Circuit of The Americas (CoTA), from Piland Triangle. As the November 18th, 2012 Austin F1 USGP event gets closer, I’m sure somebody influential will get that little triangular road renamed. Any suggestions?
Check out the latest vertical construction along the future CoTA front straight!
(Click to enlarge – click twice for best detail!)
As is usual for my visits to CoTA, I stopped in for lunch at Wild Bubba’s Will Game Grill. Isa & I split a very tasty Southwestern Grilled Chicken Sandwich. It was the least “wild” item on the menu, but both my wife & I agreed it was VERY tasty!!! In addition, I was able to visit with my friend, Wild Bubba (Wyman Gilliam Jr.), & discuss future promotional opportunities that may be forthcoming. I ALWAYS enjoy my visits there!
Next, we traveled west to where Highway 71 & 290 split, at a Planet Fitness parking lot. This was the starting spot for this Tejas Miata Run.
The first leg of our run was drama free & taken at a leisurely pace. We had little trouble keeping our mostly Miata group of about 14 cars (I think) together.
From there we headed out, as a group, to the Jester King Craft Brewery. This, to me, was the highlight of this afternoon’s run. Located to the southwest of Austin, this craft-style brewery is following their brewmeister passion. They are garnering a strong & growing fan base for specialty craft-brewed beer.
Josh gave us a tour which really explained their passion, which does not follow standard logic. He is a former graphics designer (Josh is responsible for the unique brewery graphics & artwork); the founding partners are a former lawyer & a former investment banker. Regardless of the practicality of their brewing direction, in less than 2 years in business they are doing well!
Here’s some of Tejas Miatas run group after Josh’s barrel fermentation room explanation. Thanks Jon!
Later, once Josh found us out to be Miata driving enthusiasts, he confessed to enthusiast driving urges of his own. He blamed viewing past episodes of Top Gear. There’s nothing wrong with that, I say! We even encouraged him to consider getting into autocrossing with his daily driver Honda Civic.
After having sampled some of Jester King’s unique brew libations, we then traveled further southwest to the Salt Lick BBQ, in Driftwood, TX. We had only to wait 20 minutes for our 2 & 1/2 tables of seating. (Again, click to enlarge…twice for more detail!)
Everyone enjoyed a variety of Texas BBQ’d meats! They had this interesting circular pit where the succulent meat fixin’s originated. I hear you could order “burnt ends” – that’s what I’ll hold out for, next time.
This was a beautiful day to get out & about to see different things, reacquaint & make new friends. Racing Ready & Karlino enjoyed this day immensely. It was 217 miles well spent!
Thank you Tejas Miatas!