July 6, 2015

Pint Glass Nights - July 2015

Misc. pint glass nights around Austin for July.  Buy the beer, keep the glass.
Gingerman – Mondays, at 6 PM
July 06  Brasserie Lefebvre Blanche De Bruxelles
July 13 St. Feuilians Triple
July 20 Ommegang Hop House
July 27 Kasteel Cuvee de Chateau

Zax Pints and Plates – Wednesdays, at 6 PM
July 01  12 year anniversary and customer appreciation
July 08 Alaskan Brewing White Ale
July 15 Sierra Nevada Nooner Pilsner

Flying Saucer  - Wednesdays, at 7 PM
July 01  TBD
July 08 TBD
July 15 TBD
July 22 TBD
July 29 TBD
Draught House – Wednesdays
Check their twitter page for glass updates
Red's Porch – Thursdays, at 6 PM, Check their events page for glass updates

July 1, 2015

The Brü Revü - Victory Kirsch Gose

The Victory Kirsch Gose is only my second Gose after the Real Ale version and I am growing accustomed to this slightly sour and salty brew.  The Kirsch Gose takes the traditional gose style and adds tart cherries for a dash of sweetness.  The beer poured a gorgeous ruby pink hue with a slight white head that held an aroma of straight up sour and tart cherry notes.  The taste was tart from the get go with a big burst of sour cherry that immediately engulfs your palate with a nice tartness.  It’s on the back end where the sweet cherry notes kick in along with a slight salty hint. Even with the cherry sweetness the finish is fairly dry with the bready wheat briefly taking a peak.  A very refreshing and tantalizingly tart cherry brew that has a nice clean finish.  I can see myself drinking a lot of these sessionable brews this summer.

Victory Kirsch Gose

June 25, 2015

The Brü Revü - Independence Brewing Red Bud

The Red Bud is Independence Brewing’s Berliner Weisse that has been getting rave reviews around Austin and now I can verify it’s great.  We are sorely lacking a good sour beer in a can, although the numbers have been increasing of late.  The Red Bud is Independence’s summer seasonal and a perfect beer for the Texas heat.  The beer poured an opaque straw yellow with a huge fluffy head that dissipated quickly.  The aroma was tart and bready with more of a musky wheat aroma with an added lemon wedge.  The taste had an assertive lemony tartness from the get go that allowed the bready wheat to peak through at mid palate and then only to return at the dry finish. The yeasty breadiness left it’s impression on my palate between sips but was immediately erased with each return quaff by the the acidic tartness.  I found Red Bud to be very light and the tart sourness to be very refreshing in the growing Texas heat.  An easy drinker that is a welcome addition to my beach and pool beer rotation. Although it seems to disappear from the stores quickly, it is nice to have a locally canned readily available Berliner Weisse.  Cheers to Independence!

Independence Brewing Red Bud

June 18, 2015

The Brü Revü - Lagunitas Equinox

Another new-ish beer from Lagunitas and of course I grabbed one.  The Equinox is a pale oat ale brewed with Equinox and Simcoe hops and with load of hoppy goodness as Lagunitas consistently brings.  Equinox hops are not a variety I am fully familiar with but I saw the notes of Eucalyptus and I was intrigued.  The brew poured a golden orange with a full and fluffy white head.  The aroma was spicy and hoppy with notes of fruity pine and spruce tips which was a different take than most hop heavy brews.  The first taste had a much milder hop bite than expected although is more fitting with the Pale Ale designation.  The hops emerge after the initial intake as the flavors encircle your tongue with resinous pine and some citrus fruit like hop undertones. The malt profile adds a touch of sweetness to this more subtle yet still hop forward pale ale.  The oats lend a fullness to the mouthfeel that is otherwise very medium bodied.  While not an overall hop overload its a wonderful beer and another great one from Lagunitas, who can do no wrong. Slightly sweet with a complementary woodsy spicy and piney hop bite that makes this another great one from Lagunitas.

Lagunitas Equinox