What’s that? You’re in the midst of a typical SXSW hangover/need food/maybe a beer yearning but don’t know where to go?
Relax dear reader, the answer is the Easy Tiger Bake Shop and Beer Garden at 709 E. 6th St (between Sabine and the I-35 frontage road).
This unique establishment fills the space previously occupied by the Texas Embassy bar, which served a great selection of local beers. During my chat with Billy Caruso of Easy Tiger, he mentioned that while they will have local beers, their philosophy is more about provided great American craft beers. He has certainly outdone himself, with beers on tap or in bottle from brewers such as Avery, Ommegang, Dogfish Head, Lagunitas, Brooklyn, Stone, and Ska and many others. Local beers include Real Ale and Independence (their Stash IPA is my personal favorite, so you *know* I’ll be there).
Easy Tiger will have 30 beers on tap, 24 glycol chilled lines running both inside and out (you won’t have to run back upstairs to get another brew), plus 6 unique beers on tap only inside.
But wait! There’s more! The crew at Easy Tiger make their own house made sausage (including vegetarian!), house cured meats including beef jerky, pastrami, and corned beef. These delicacies are offered by the 1/4 pound, 1/2 pound sandwich, or 1 pound Full sandwich (!!!). They also serve cheese plates from local Antonelli’s cheeses, and snack boards in three styles; German, Italian, and New York.
As if that wasn’t enough, Easy Tiger makes breads and pastries. With the bake shop, in-house sausage and meat curing and great beers, they have it all.
Easy tiger also has a wine list and softer beverages. All in all it looks like a little oasis in the craziness of SXSW, and for the record their menu includes the four basic food groups of SXSW; alcohol, sugar, meat, and caffeine.
Easy Tiger is open Monday through Sunday 7:00 am-2:00 am, with the beer garden open from 11:00 am-2:00 am. The kitchen stays open until last call at 1:45 am, so it’s a great place for that post showcase late night snack.
Check out their Facebook page here.