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'East Side Cool Party' brings eight Austin breweries together for charities

Each beer will give 10 percent to the designated East Side charity.

AUSTIN, Texas — Beer is something that usually brings us together. But Saturday some Austin breweries are giving that a new meaning. Lazarus Brewing Co., Zilker Brewing Company, Blue Owl Brewing, The Brewer's Table, Hops and Grain, Southern Heights Brewing Co, Friends & Allies Brewing Company and Oddwood Ales came together to raise money. 

Each brewery had their own charity it was raising money for. Lazarus Brewing was the group that started the whole event. 

"We teamed up with a few other breweries on the east side and started the party, and now this year it's grown to now eight east-side breweries," said Marcus TenHarmsel, the GM of Lazarus. 

Each brewery sold glasses that helped its individual charity and some even did other things to help raise more money.

Blue Owl decided to play yard games to raise extra funds. As for why each brewery had a different charity the founder of Blue Owl said it best.

"In our case, we're a pretty diverse group of breweries and people, and we all had our own thing and charity that we really wanted to donate towards," said Jeff Young. "At the end of the day, all of the money is going to great use, so it makes it worth it."

According to the event's Facebook page, here is the charity of choice and what their specials were for each brewery: 

  • Lazarus Brewing Co. - Cool & the Gang (English pale mild, kettle-soured with Earl Grey tea) [collaboration with Blue Owl]
    Live Music from 12-7pm
    50 cents from every beer will go to benefit Bike Texas

  • Zilker Brewing Co. - Nuthin’ but a “C” Thang
    Live music and spicy bites from Spicy Boys Chicken
    Benefiting Explore Austin

  • Blue Owl Brewing - Cool & the Gang (English pale mild, kettle-soured with Earl Grey tea) [collaboration with Lazarus Brewing] and Czech Czech releases
    Shotgun tour with Jeff at 1 p.m., Ooga Booga Waffle trailer 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. and patio games from 2 p.m. 7 p.m.

  • The Brewer's Table - Lager Rhythm (rye, oats, wheat, foeder fermented)
    Pulled pork sandwiches and music in the afternoon 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. in the Lager Garden
    Benefiting Bunker Labs, a veteran's entrepreneurial organization

  • Hops and Grain - Texas Honey IPA
    Johnny Cupcakes pop-up 12 p.m. to 5 p.m. and Swing Theory playing 2 p.m. to 4 p.m.
    Food Monger providing a BBQ-focused menu
    Benefiting East Austin Conservancy

  • Southern Heights Brewing Co. - '93 Bronco (hazy IPA)
    Crawfish by Hoodoo Crawfish starting at 1 p.m. until sold out
    Benefiting Habitat for Humanity

  • Friends & Allies Brewing Company - Beer TBD

  • Oddwood Ales - NZ IPL
    Saturday Morning Cartoons Party 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. Cartoons, games, sugary brunch food and sweat pants
    Benefiting Central Texas Food Bank