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

Tue 29 Jan
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:

Sun 03 Feb
Hell Yes Project: APA! LongStay Spotlight -Jazzy & Lady Red
Show 9:00AM

The primary focus of ABGB’s partnership with Austin Pets Alive! is with their Long Stay Dogs: amazing dogs that have been with the shelter for 300+ days and are still waiting for their forever homes.

To help Austin Pets Alive Long Stay Dogs find these great dogs homes we hold monthly volunteer sessions designed to shine a light on deserving doggies and help them find forever homes. This month session is taking place on a Sunday morning! We’ll join the APA! Campus Cleanup crew at the APA!’s Town Lake Animal Shelter.

This is a 2-hour shift during which we will be improving the visual impression of the grounds of our Austin Pets Alive! TLAC location. We’ll be cleaning outdoor surfaces (benches, chairs, sidewalks), tidying up the kennel signs and equipment bags, raking or sweeping away pesky leaf piles, etc. In general, we’ll be giving the shelter a little makeover! There will be cleaning supplies, rakes and trash bags but if you have anything extra of the like please feel free to bring to use yourself or to donate. It’s highly suggested that you bring your own set of protective gloves (garden, household, nitrile, etc)! Here’s more details:

Jazzy and Lady Red are the dogs we’ll be spotlighting with our efforts!
Jazzy (with the world’s most magnificent ears!)
Lady Red (who looks amazing in a tutu!)

Even if you can’t join us, we still need you. Share every post you see and get in on saying of “Hell Yes!” to finding these great pups a forever home!

Sat 09 Feb
Austin Subaru Presents Sweet Barks: A Benefit for Austin Pets Alive! Featuring The Dogist
Show 12:00PM

Austin Subaru Presents Sweet Barks: A Benefit for Austin Pets Alive! Featuring The Dogist

That’s right, The Dogist is coming to APA! Sweet Barks 2019!

This year, Sweet Barks, the annual Austin Pets Alive! Doggie Lovefest and Fundraiser, will give you the chance to have your dog photographed by Elias Weiss Friedman, the world’s most famous dog photographer, and the chance to be featured and star on The Dogist’s Instagram! With over 3.4 million loyal followers, your pup could become Insta-Famous!

Click here to purchase raffle tickets for a photo session!

Sweet Barks is the biggest, sweetest, most fun dog party of the year. Last year’s event at The ABGB raised over $25,000 for APA! This free event is the day when we get to celebrate our relationship with our true loves… our dogs! We’re excited to announce our vendors and sponsors that will be here for the full-on celebration of pups:

Our Sponsors!
Austin Subaru
PAZ Veterinary & Fine Southern Gentlemen

Our Vendors!
Get Wagging
Pawsome Dog Treats Delivery
Tomlinson’s Feed
Honey I’m Home
Amurica TX
The French & I

In addition to the interactive fun and frivolity with our amazing vendors, there will be lots to see and do for you and your pup:

Adoptable Pups!

Pet Portraits!
Kissing Booth!
Treat Station!
Live-Printed T-shirts And Dog Bandanas!
Customized Graffiti Trucker Hats!
& More!

If you’ve got a dog-related or dog-loving business and you’d love to be a vendor or part of this frivolity, please contact Millie at Please send all media inquiries to Mark at

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

[ Save the date! More details to come! ]

Laissez les bon temps roulez with us! We’ll be partying all Saturday afternoon and we want you and your pup here!

A Doggie Mardi Gras Parade! Come have your pup “bark for beads” @ 4pm. All dogs dressed in costume can bark for beads and be registered for a chance to win a special raffle contest! Have fun! We’d love to see your floats and krewes!

There will be special stuff on the menu via Chef Tim! Think Gumbo. Think Andouille.

King Cake, that is!

Jimmie Dreams & The Crescent Soul Revue

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.