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It’s a good day for “John Wayne” and “Annie Oakley” when they get to snack on salt licks and special pellets while they are getting ready to serve an entire wedding full of people – but this isn’t just your average pack donkey…
Nope – these are high-class “beer burros!”
It’s a hot new trend that’s sweeping the Southern states – and in particular, Texas Hill Country. Local event planner Alisha Randig opened up to KTBC Fox 7 Austin about how she got involved in this whole new trend…and what it’s like to have an unusual “herd” of bartenders.
For Alisha, it all started when a local BBQ joint called and asked if starting up the beer burro business would be an option – they had already been getting calls for them from large corporate clients.
“They called me knowing I had a ranch, and asked if I’d be interested in doing it,” Alisha said. “There was one venue in Wimberley that started doing it a long time ago, I had seen it before but it never crossed my mind to do it.”
But, after getting the first two burros – “John Wayne” and “Annie Oakley” – her business has taken off like wildfire. And she’s not the only one!
Apparently, these “beer burros” are so popular that folks all over California, Arizona, New Mexico, and beyond are demanding to have them serve guests at their weddings.
The lovable, and well-mannered animals are not only there for a unique drink serving experience by carrying a variety of booze in their saddle packs – but they also create a special photo opportunity the “selfie generation” is hungry for.
For Alisha and her company Texas Hill Country Events, their original pack of two burros has grown to a total of six and she is licensed and ready to travel all over the state for events. An unexpected turn for her business, no doubt, but a great way for a local company to keep innovating and serving the community.
Check out Alisha’s story below and for more info, visit her company’s website txhillcountryevents.com!
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