Beer Makes It Better

Our guiding philosophy ​is: Beer Makes It Better.  A fresh, hot slice of pizza. A great band on a Saturday night. Hanging out in our beer garden with friends and dogs.  Hell Yes, beer makes things better. But it’s bigger than that: We believe our beer has the power to make our community better.

​The Hell Yes Project is our way of putting this philosophy into action. We team up with non-profit partners that share our passions. Making our city a place where kids don’t go hungry, where it’s safe and fun to bike, where our Veterans are respected, and where our treasured Barton Springs Pool stays pristine are just some of things we say “Hell Yes!” to making happen.

We donate 5% of profits to our Hell Yes Project Partners. To do it, we do fun and cool stuff, we host events and parties, and usually, enjoy a beer or two along the way. We’re always looking for people like you to join us and prove the truth of our philosophy. Check out our partners below!


Upcoming Hell Yes Events

Sun 17 Feb
Hell Yes Project: Ghisallo Cycling Initiative Marathon Station
Show 10:00AM

From Our Friends At Ghisallo Cycling Initiative:

We are in need of 30-40 Aid Station Volunteers!

As one of Austin Marathon’s Charity Partners we run one of the Aid Stations (where runners get water) during the event. We have our captain and co-captains set, but need A LOT of general volunteers who help with set-up, water hand-ups, and tear down. It is an easy and fun opportunity, and is easier and more fun the more people we have on-site.

Our station is at mile 20 and will be located at at Conley-Guerrero Senior Activity Center ( in Central East Austin, where we have our Golden Rollers ( senior tricycle program.

Here is the site to sign-up to volunteer for our Aid Station at Mile 20:

The main Event Dog site doesn’t let you sign-up for partial shifts, and many people prefer a shorter than 6hrs shift on a Sunday morning. So, like last year we will internally split this into two shifts, 7am-10:30am and 10am-1:30pm.

Full (6hrs, 7:00am – 1:00pm)
First (3.5hrs, 7:00am – 10:30am; set-up and hand-ups)
Second (3.5hrs, 10:00am – 1:30pm; hand-ups and tear-down)

We will be providing breakfast for the 1st shift, lunch for the 2nd shift, and snacks for everyone! If you are interested helping with the Aid Station, please sign up on this Google Form in addition to the Event Dog one so we can plan for the two as well as full shift needs:

If people can work the “Full (6hrs, 7am – 1pm)” shift that would be greatly appreciated!

Tue 26 Feb
Hell Yes Project: At The Central Texas Food Bank
Show 6:00PM

Are you ready to Volunbeer with us?

The ABGB, as part of The Hell Yes Project, is teaming up with the Central Texas Food Bank on the last Tuesday of the month for an evening of volunteering at the Food Bank’s warehouse.

And, after a shift of putting your hands, heart and soul to work, you can enjoy the satisfying taste of a cold ABGB beer. That’s what we’re calling Volunbeer Night, and we want you and your crew to join us.

Different good times are planned for each month! Activities, speakers, and music are all coming up on tap! Come for the first one, February 27th, as it will feature a behind-the-scenes tour of the Food Bank and all its amazing abilities to serve our neighbors in need!

Mark your calendars for the last Tuesday of each month. The shift runs from 6pm-7:30pm, and brews and events go 7:30pm-9pm. All volunteers must be 21+ and provide proof of ID for beverage service. Please drink responsibly and make prior transportation arrangements as needed.

Join us for a cooperative effort in giving-back, and unwinding! Claim your spot here:

Tue 26 Feb
2019 Rabble Rouser
Show 7:30PM

Our annual rollicking Rabble Rouser returns! Please join Texas Observer staff, local music faves Shinyribs and TC Superstar, and the fine folks at the ABGB for a night of music, fun, pizza and, of course, beer. This is your chance to support the important independent, investigative reporting we do here at the Observer simply by showing up, drinking some beer, and listening to some great music.

Admission is $30 in advance/$35 at the door. The first 100 tickets sold include a beer. All tickets come with a free Observer Fight for Truth koozie. We’ll also have cool merchandise and membership packages ready for the taking, plus the return of our Rabble Rouser silent auction.

Join us February 26 at ABGB, 1305 W Oltorf St, Austin, TX 78704. Doors are at 7:30 p.m.

Sat 02 Mar
The Mardi Gras Dog Parade
Show 2:00PM
Laissez les bon temps roulez with us! We’ll be partying all Saturday afternoon and we want you and your pup here!
Come have your pup “bark for beads” and be registered for a chance to win a special raffle contest!
This year’s event will be raising funds and awareness for the super cool folks of Pug Rescue Austin! They will be onsite collecting donations! And get this, they will also have adoptable pugs here! Adopt one, and you’ll totally be ready to let the good times roll!
A Doggie Mardi Gras Parade! at 4pm. All dogs dressed in costume are eligible to participate! Have fun with it! We’d love to see your floats and krewes! The parade will take place in The ABGB parking lot, making one big fun lap following a Second Line marching band.
Lots of special stuff on the menu via Chef Tim! Think Gumbo. Think Andouille.
King Cake, that is!
Jimmie Dreams & The Crescent Soul Revue at 5PM
Thu 07 Mar
Hell Yes Project: Barton Springs Pool Cleaning
Show 11:00AM
@ Barton Springs Pool!

Come help keep the pool sparkling for the swim season by jumping in to help Friends of Barton Springs Pool. The group meets the first Thursday of the month. The pool is closed, so it’s so nice to be there when we have it to ourselves.

We’ll be doing the 11a-1p shift, but there are 9am and 1pm shifts, too! …and check it out, everyone that volunteers to join will be welcome to come to the ABGB afterwards for a ‘slice of love’ on us.

Please tell us you’re coming by saying “Hell Yes!” in the comments. And we’ll share the official signup link when it’s available.

We believe that beer makes it better. Times with friends, a hot slice of pizza, seeing a great band, and, after a nice dip in Barton Springs and some time on the pool’s hill, getting something cold to drink. Hell yes, beer makes all of these things better. But we also believe that beer has the power to make our entire community better. The Hell Yes Project’s goal is to prove this idea true. The Hell Yes Project harnesses beer’s innate goodness and puts it into action improving our city and enriching the lives of lots of folks.

Hell yes, the ABGB loves Barton Springs Austin TX. Long before we ever broke ground on the ABGB, we had many a “meeting” on the pool’s hill dreaming the place up. It’s near (thank goodness) and dear to our hearts. We think think it’s one of the best things about our city (and pretty much, Planet Earth, too). So Hell Yes to doing our part to celebrate and preserve it for us and for future generations. That’s why it’s a Hell Yes Project.

Please join the Hell Yes Project facebook group for more discussion, ideas, and community! If you want to say "Hell Yes!" to volunteering with our partners, here are some volunteer links:

The Hell Yes Project In Action

Build-A-Bike Lunches Earn Ghisallo Cycling 87 Bikes For Kids Programs

Beer + Pizza + Party = Bikes for Kids! It was a winning formula for a great holiday lunch idea and it earned the Ghisallo Cycling Initiative 87 new bikes to use for their innovative programs to help local-area kids have the opportunity to learn to ride their bike to the park, the pool, their friend’s … Continued

The ABGB Joins Sierra Nevada To Brew IPA Benefiting Camp Fire Recovery

The Austin Beer Garden Brewing Co. joins over 1300 craft breweries across the country to brew #ResilienceIPA. 100% of sales of the beer will go to the Sierra Nevada Camp Fire Relief Fund to support those impacted by the Camp Fire. The effort is being organized by Sierra Nevada Brewing Co. The craft brewing pioneers … Continued

ABGB Day at The Central Food Bank

This crew. These fine folks. The ABGB Team created 4,608 pounds of Stew Bags today that will contribute to an incredible 3,840 meals to Central Texans at risk of hunger. And, we had such a good time, too. Sharing laughs with each other and helping others is so worth your time. Grab some of your … Continued

Our Hell Yes Project Partners

These awesome people are near and dear to our hearts. We say “Hell Yes” to all they do to make Austin a better place to live.

Austin Pets Alive!

Promotes and provides the resources, education and programs needed to eliminate the killing of companion animals by developing comprehensive, innovative programs that targets key groups of animals and pulling directly from euthanasia lists. They saved thousands and thousands of dogs and cats since 2008.
In addition to hosting adoption events here with them, we brew a beer on a regular basis for them! It’s an American Pale Ale that features a different variety of American Hop in each batch. $1 of every pint sold of the beer goes to benefit APA!, and specifically, their Long Stay Dogs.

Friends Of Barton Springs Pool

The Friends of Barton Springs Pool creates a community of people dedicated to restoring, improving and maintaining the pool and surrounding grounds through organizing, advocacy, volunteer work, education and fun.
We jump into to help with monthly pool cleanings and in 2015 organized the largest pool jump ever into Barton Springs Pool to help shine a lot on their efforts. Over 1200 people jumped into the pool at once!

Ghisallo Foundation

Their primary mission is to develop youth who safely and expertly integrate bicycling into their daily lives, to teach participants self-sufficient cycling skills, and to facilitate the experience needed for youth cyclists to be peer leaders.
We have a lot of fun with these folks. Bike rides to Barton Springs Pool, bike rides to the fireworks on the 4th of July, and during the Winter holidays, we’ve hosted Build-A-Bikes where folks come eat pizza, drink beer, and put together a bike for a deserving kid. To date, over 50 deserving kids have received a great new bike at the holidays through this program.

Save Our Springs Alliance

The Save Our Springs Alliance works to protect the Edwards Aquifer, its springs and contributing streams, and the natural and cultural heritage of the Hill Country region and its watersheds, with special emphasis on Barton Springs.
You’ll find their table out in front at some of our events, our beer at some of their events, and look for a party here with them this Summer!

The SIMS Foundation

The SIMS Foundation is a local non-profit that assists our music community with mental health & recovery support.
We hosted a party here in January that featured an all-star cast of Austin musicians (White Denim, Shinyribs) celebrating the life and music of David Bowie. It raised over $2.6K!

Aids Services of Austin

The mission of AIDS Services of Austin is to enhance the health and well-being of the community and people affected by HIV and AIDS.
We throw a great big party for them on “Freddie For A Day” every year that celebrates Freddie Mercury. It’s also a registration kickoff for Austin’s Aids Walk and shirts from past events have become collectors items. Always one of the best parties of the year!

Austin Habitat For Humanity

Austin Habitat for Humanity is dedicated to ending the cycle of poverty housing and the deeply held belief that everyone deserves a decent, affordable place to live.
We spent a day building a house, played games of Stumpf, hosted a dunk tank of Austin’s best brewers, supported a Christmas musical, and raised more than $8,000 to help build a house for a deserving family from Morocco.

Foundation Communities

Foundation Communities creates housing where families succeed. They provide people with an affordable, attractive place to call home as well as opportunities right at their doorstep to transform their lives.
We’ve have had a lot of fun bringing pizza parties to kids in South Austin to reward them for their participation in the after-school program. We’ve got some great things in the works with them for 2018.

Health Alliance for Austin Musicians

Provides access to affordable health care for Austin’s low-income, uninsured working musicians, with a focus on prevention and wellness.
We have hosted several musical showcases for them and have also been lucky to have hosted their HAAM Day closing party for the last couple of years!

Central Texas Food Bank

Bigger than Massachusetts! That’s the area that Central Texas Food Bank covers, bringing more than 45 million meals to its community last year and into the hands of families and local nonprofits.  The ABGB, teams up with the Central Texas Food Bank on the last Tuesday of the month for an evening of volunteering at the Food Bank’s warehouse. And, after a shift of putting your hands, heart and soul to work, you can enjoy the satisfying taste of a cold ABGB beer.We call it Volunbeer Night, and we want you and your crew to join us.