For their newest addition to the line-up, brewmaster Kirby Nelson, recently asked for permission to name their new Maibock after the Jon Dee Graham song "Big Sweet Life."
"That song has meant many things to me over the years," Graham says. "But the take-home is still the same: No matter what happens, or doesn't happen, no matter how you feel or don't feel... if you can only take enough steps back and take in enough of the bigger picture, you'll find it is almost unbearably beautiful. Every time.” said Graham
The singer-songwriter from Austin, TX doesn't do much drinking himself anymore but was elated by the request. When Graham and his band, The Fighting Cocks, played at the brewery in July, he relied on his bassist Andrew Duplantis to be "designated drinker".
"I did drink, for a long time," he admits. "Everyone involved agrees that the world is better off with me not drinking. [But] what higher honor is there than having a beer named after you or your work? A Grammy or a gold record is symbolic... while a beer is a useful, practical, real-world honor," said Graham.
Graham is an iconic figure in his hometown, alongside peers such as Alejandro Escovedo and his bandmates from the True Believers but he has recently taken a new focus, which is "taking the music to the people who appreciate it."
In 2013, Graham played 224 shows, not just in traditional venues, but also in living rooms, backyards and basements. The Castle Theatre's intimate upstairs balcony known as The Keep will be a fine example of his new intimate performance style.
Our venue's doors will open at 6:30 p.m. while music starts at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are still available at the door and at