If you're local to the DFW area and have had the chance to visit our retail location, you may have had the pleasure of meeting our very own mad scientist, Ian Fairley. From coffee history to modern coffee innovations, from best practices to experimenting against those practices, Ian's enthusiasm for all things coffee is readily apparent in first meeting him. In fact, his love for sharing all things coffee often takes him across the entire state of Texas (this is a big, ol' state)—and occasionally across the country! This summer, he has joined forces with the Bullock Texas State History Museum in Austin.

French explorer, La Salle's  300-year-old ship, La Belle, on display in the Becoming Texas exhibit.

The Bullock Museum is hosting a program called "Cool Summer Nights 2019," evening events on June 21, July 19, and August 9 -- free of charge, to get you out of the Texas heat and experience some "only in Texas" culture. The June event, "Identity," will feature their new first floor gallery, "Becoming Texas," an interactive and immersive exhibit designed to lead you through the last 16,000 years of the swath of land many of us call home today.

"Discover the Museum in a social and comfortable atmosphere. Whether coming in work clothes straight from the office, enjoying the atmosphere before heading to dinner, or capping off a day spent exploring the city, Cool Summer Nights will give you the freedom to engage and explore the Museum at your own pace and on your own terms."

Ian will be representing ACR on each of those evenings, serving samples of his famous cold brew (he works magic on the cold brew, y'all), pour-overs, and, if there's time, some super specialty drinks! Come for the coffee and sparkling conversation, stay for the tons of other Texas vendors, the community chalk art project, tunes from Breakaway Records, a photo booth, cocktails from Tito's Handmade Vodka, and so much more.

Hope to see you there!