Austin Twitter to Trump: Don’t tax my Topo Chico

President Donald Trump announced his method Thursday for paying for that border wall he commissioned Wednesday: a 20 percent tax on all goods imported from Mexico.

White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer said the plan would generate $10 billion a year and “easily pay for the wall,” according to the Associated Press.

Later, Spicer said the 20 percent tariff was just one of several options available to the administration to pay for the wall.

The announcement set off a firestorm on Twitter. Users were quick to point out the many things imported from Mexico that would balloon in price if the tax is approved by Congress, like cars and car parts ($24 billion worth, according to CNN Money), telephones ($11.9 billion), refrigerators ($4.1 billion), tomatoes ($1.8 billion) and beer like Corona, Modelo and Dos Equis ($2.8 billion).

But you know what else comes from Mexico?

Topo Chico.


You know what Texans love?

Topo Chico.

The wonderful mineral water drink started trending on Twitter in Austin shortly after Trump’s tax announcement. Users were passionate, to say the least.

Other users were dispirited about the taxation of other alcohols such as tequila, Corona and Dos Equis. Republican South Carolina senator Lindsey Graham called the plan “mucho sad.”


What about you? Do you think the tax plan will get approved? What item would you hate to see get taxed?

Austin brewery hosts Harry Potter-inspired yoga classes

Divination, Transfiguration, Defense Against the Dark Arts, Potions and…yoga?

OK, yoga wasn’t exactly a part of the Hogwarts curriculum, but let’s be real, Harry Potter and his pals got themselves in some pretty hairy situations, and they could have used some serious stress relief. Well, one Austin brewery is combining three of the world’s greatest things — the wizarding world, yoga and beer — for a magical Sunday offering that’s making national headlines.

Image courtesy Circle Brewing Company
Image courtesy Circle Brewing Company

Circle Brewing Company hosted a “Harry Potter-Inspired Yoga for Halloween Class” on Sunday to “Celebrate the life of Lily and James Potter, on the eve of their passing, through a series of magical asanas turned yoga poses” (in the Harry Potter books, Harry’s parents were killed by Lord Voldemort on Oct. 31). It’s a special version of the brewery’s regular “Pints & Poses” class, normally held every Sunday. Not only was the brewery decorated for Halloween, but every yogi in attendance received a free wand.

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According to Cosmopolitan, the class consisted of classic yoga poses with a Harry Potter twist.  “There were also cat and cow transfigurations, some Slytherin cobra action, and wand-wielding backbends to summon a Patronus and cast off Dementors,” Cosmo reports.

There was even a papier-mâché sorting hat.

I don’t know about you, but I’ve got some serious FOMO. The good news? Since the first class was so successful, Circle Brewing is hosting Harry Potter Inspired Beer Yoga 2.0 – Pints & Poses on Nov. 20, the same weekend that “Fantastic Beasts and Where To Find Them” premieres in theaters across the country. For $20, witches, wizards, Squibs and even Muggles can take part in an hour of hatha yoga practice (wand included!), followed by a pint of Harry Potter-inspired beer (not butterbeer, sorry) in the tasting room.


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This Texas church’s anti-craft beer ad seriously backfired

“Craft beer is the devil’s craft.”

Well, at least according to one church in the Texas Panhandle.

FOR COVER LAYOUT Corner's outdoor patio bar features a selection of craft beers as well as regionally inspired cuisine and cocktails. (Tamir Kalifa for American-Statesman)
Corner’s outdoor patio bar features a selection of craft beers as well as regionally inspired cuisine and cocktails. (Tamir Kalifa for American-Statesman)

The Anchor of Hope Baptist Church in Canyon, Texas ran an ad in The Canyon News last week denouncing craft beer. The ad cited no less than 10 Bible verses condemning “booze” and claiming that Jesus and the Disciples drank grape juice, not wine, with a line at the bottom questioning, “Will we sell the youth of Canyon for the revenues of booze?”

One local bar says yes. The Imperial Taproom in Canyon posted a photo of the ad on their Facebook page on Oct. 7, offering a dollar off a bar tab for anyone who brought a copy of the ad into the taproom.

The church, which firmly “stands against booze,” according to the ad, probably didn’t see this coming.


(h/t San Antonio Express-News)

Budweiser is now named ‘America,’ just in time for election season

“I’ll have two bottles of America, please” is a phrase you might be saying if you’re at a bar this summer, now that Budweiser has re-named it beer after this great nation of ours.

In this Oct. 25, 2005 file photo, bottled and draught Budweiser beers are shown at Foley’s Bar in St. Louis. (AP Photo/Tom Gannam, file)

The re-branding is a part of Budweiser’s “America is in Your Hands” campaign, set to last from June 1 until the presidential election in November. Cans and bottles will be available for purchase on May 23 and will be decorated with phrases from the Pledge of Allegiance and with lyrics from “America the Beautiful” and “The Star Spangled Banner.”

There will also be a special line of “America” cans and bottles inspired by Team Budweiser, the brand’s six Olympic and Paralympic athletes. That design will feature a magnified view of the Statue of Liberty’s torch.

Here’s a preview:

“These cans and bottles aim to inspire drinkers to celebrate America and Budweiser’s shared values of freedom and authenticity,” the press release from Anheuser-Bush (Budweiser’s parent company) reads.

Lest you think this is simply an election year gimmick, the temporary new name highlights “what should be the most patriotic summer that this generation has ever seen,” according to Budweiser’s vice president Ricardo Marques. Indeed, this summer will see the 2016 Rio Olympic and Paralympic Games and the first U.S.-hosted Copa America Centenario.

And that’s not to mention all of the 4th of July parties and frat parties that are sure to go down this summer.

Some people aren’t too happy with the new name, however. Budweiser, while one of the top-selling brews in America, is owned by a Belgium-based company, which has made some domestic beer advocates angry on social media.

Regardless, there will be no escaping the new “America” labels this summer. Here’s to you, America.

United States of beer: What beers are most likely to be on menus in every state

Priceonomics’ “United States of Beer” map was inspired by the growing number of breweries across the country, which the San Francisco-based data blog believes accounts for increasing “geographic variety in the beers people drink.”

Check out the Austin360 brew guide launching online this week. Pictured: Beer flight at Pecan Street Brewing. Emma Janzen/American-Statesman
Pictured: Beer flight at Pecan Street Brewing. Emma Janzen/American-Statesman

Using data from, they set about answering a number of questions about beer culture in all fifty states.

First up, they identified the most common beers on menus. Like a dozen other states, Bud Light is the most common feature on menus in Texas, according to the data blog.

Only a few states —  like Montana where Shiner Bock is curiously the most popular menu beer — had something that deviated from the big three macro brews (Bud Light, Coors Lite and Miller Lite).

Appearing on nearly half of all bar and restaurant menus, Hill Country-brewed Real Ale Fireman’s #4 is the beer most likely to be on Austin menus.

Just for fun it seems, Priceonomics also created a “PBR Index” to rank cities by their availability of American hipsters’ favorite beer. According to their data, as little as 14 percent of bars and restaurants in Austin serve PBR.

PBR lovers are much more likely to find places where they belong up in Saint Louis, Mo. or Madison, Wis.

And by Priceonomics’ reasoning, Austin is not too snobby when it comes to beer. Their top 20 “Beer Snob Cities” are based off the percent of bars and restaurants that do not serve Bud Light, Miller Lite and Coors Lite.

What do you think, Austin? Do those stats appropriately represent Austin’s beer culture? Should more places serve PBR? Should less?

Head over to the Priceonomics blog to explore more of their state-by-state stats.