Zelicks celebrates state independence with Texas-sized party

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Lifestyle Reporter
Costello performs March 1 at Zelicks Icehouse for the annual Texas Independence Weekend celebration.

A local Texas icehouse celebrated the Lone Star State’s independence with a weekend of tunes, brisket and booze.

Chase Katz, Zelicks owner, said the Texas Independence Day celebration at Zelicks Icehouse is the establishment’s biggest party of the year.

Katz said the celebration included plenty of beer along with 400 pounds of smoked brisket and 18 hours of live music.

The weekend was cold and wet, but Katz said the festivity went on and a great time was had by all.

“All the musicians came out and they killed it,” Katz said. “It was extra special.”

Along with live music, they also hosted live artists who did woodwork demonstrations.

Chase and his brother, Seth Katz, were born and raised in Texas. The siblings said they decided to pay homage to their state in 2011 by opening Zelicks.

The Katz brothers also own Dos Gatos Kolache Bakery, and Pie Society, a local pizza restaurant. Chase said Zelicks is different from other establishments because it is an authentic icehouse that stays true to its Texas theme.

“It is an outdoor-type bar, and we ice down all of our beer,” Chase said. “It is welcoming and in a social atmosphere.”

Robert Eklund, accounting graduate student, said he started frequenting Zelicks last semester. He likes the variety of Texas beers offered.

“It is a little quieter and not too packed,” Eklund said. “It’s a laid-back atmosphere.”

Melissa Richter, sociology senior, said the bar feels like a San Marcos staple.

“It’s real laid back and easygoing,” Richter said. “Most people I know, it’s their favorite bar in the square.”

Chase said the idea of opening up an icehouse came from his childhood experiences of visiting an icehouse near the family’s Houston-area home.

“I remember when my parents use to take me to the icehouse down the street to play pool,” Chase said.

Chase said Zelicks features simple décor with wooden benches, old picture frames and a simple pool table. Traditional southern games like washers, horseshoes and cornhole are offered.

Chase said Zelicks offers the common beers such as Bud Light and Dos Equis, but the owners want to keep the selection native. The draft selection is mostly from local breweries like (512), Circle and Thirsty Planet.

“Ninety-nine percent of our draft selection is from Texas breweries that bring local stuff,” Chase said. “We try to pull craft beer and work with local breweries, exposing San Marcos to the stuff that is just down the street.”

Chase said on Fridays the owners have a beer-tasting event. They like to invite local brewers to bring mystery kegs and talk about the beer.

Chase hopes to have other celebrations throughout the year.