Austin’s Independence Brewing is releasing a beer in honor of the famous, but departed, “Liberty Lunch”, the famous Austin live music venue that closed in 1999 after a twenty year run. Located downtown at 405 W. 2nd, the former wagon yard, lumber yard and diner was used, in the early seventies, as the original venue for Esther’s Follies, and evolved into a legendary outdoor performance space for a menagerie of Austin acts, including Beto y los Fairlanes, The Uranium Savages, The Lotions and Extreme Heat. When Armadillo World Headquarters was demolished in 1981, parts of the structure were used to fashion a roof for the Liberty and it became an indoor place for a wide variety of acts, including Lucinda Williams, Townes Van Zandt, Jerry Jeff Walker, Joe Ely, Lyle Lovett, Omar and the Howlers, The Neville Brothers, Timbuktu 3, the Skunks, The 13th Floor Elevators Reunion, Billy Bragg, Jessie Winchester, Shake Russell and Dana Cooper, Uncle Tupelo, Son Volt, Wilco, The Replacements, The Wild Seeds,The True Believers, The Violent Femmes, Green Day, Beck, Alanis Morissette, Nirvana, The Foo Fighters, K.D. Laing, The Smashing Pumpkins, Robyn Hitchcock, Asleep At The Wheel, Dolly Parton, Hot Tuna, Spirit, New Riders of The Purple Sage, The Flaming Lips, Black Flag,Alan Ginsburg, Sonic Youth, Husker Du, Bob Mould, Iggy Pop, Bjork, Oasis, The Skatalites, The Cramps, Alex Chilton, Natalie Merchant, The Meters, George Clinton, Jessie Colin Young, Brave Combo, Kinky Friedman, Stevie Ray Vaughan, John Hiatt and Todd Rundgren. Whew!
Have a beer, it’s all that’s left of Liberty Lunch!