As you may or may not know, the miles and points community is a community not only online, but in the “real world” as well. If you spend much time poking around Milepoint or Flyertalk you will see many “meet-ups” or “dos” (another word for meet-up) happening in various cities all over the world. These meet-ups give miles and points junkies a chance to get together and trade tips and stories, share food and drink, have a a good time, and give one another a great excuse for yet another flight. Many of these meet-ups have become formal events that happen annually or semi-annually. One of those is the Austin BBQ Do aka Austin Mega Do that has been going on for the last several days in the great state of Texas.
Since I live in Texas anyway, used to live in Austin, love BBQ, and love other miles and points junkies, I was clearly obligated to attend. Due to needing to be out of town several days next week for the Frequent Traveler University in New Jersey, I opted to miss out on the first few days of this event to be home with my kiddo, but did manage to sneak away with my husband to the last couple of events at the BBQ Do. From hearing the conversations, it sounds like I missed out on some quality BBQ those first few days! One of the highlights seems to have been Snow’s BBQ in Lexington that is only open on Saturday, and often runs out of BBQ pretty early in the day – expect a line! However, that was just one of about a half dozen BBQ joints that were visited on this trip.
We joined in the fun at Uncle Billy’s Brew and Que overlooking Lake Travis. It is right next to the famous Oasis restaurant. There was plenty of “serve yourself” BBQ and fixings to go around. The food was fine, but the view was incredible. It is a fantastic place to take in a hill country sunset. It was also great getting to see some familiar faces, and meeting a few new friends.
In addition to good food, there has also been plenty of beer to be found during this event – I mean, it is Texas after all, and what goes with BBQ better than cold beer? There were official stops at Austin Beerworks Brewery, the Spoetzel Brewery in Shiner, TX, and of course Uncle Billy’s Brew and Que made some of their own beer as well. We got the sampler and for the record, the coffee stout was my favorite. The hefeweizen was pretty good as well. From what I hear, there were unofficial “after hours” events that included more beer and other Austin-style drinks as well.
The last event will be lunch today at the Salt Lick. I am looking forward to that meal and another chance to hang out with some like-minded folks. If you have the time, I recommend joining on one of these meet-ups/dos in the future. It is a great way to learn more about a city, and make a few new friends (and in the case of the BBQ Do, gain a few more pounds in the process!).