Monday, November 30, 2009

Saint Arnold DR#9

Tomorrow is the big day for number nine in the SA Divine Reserve series. I am really excited about this one. Get em quick! A few hints from Frank:
While the usual fine beer stores will be getting the Divine Reserve #9 this week-Spec's, CMkt's, Whip, Whole Foods, Grapevine, etc., here's a few spots you might not check as well as a few new ones that will get some this week:

Spec's Bee Caves/71-they are open now!
HEB Brodie
HEB on Hwy 79 in RRk
Oak Hill Liquor
Live Oak Market
Twin Liquor-Hancock
Hyde Park Mini Mart
Wiggy's on 6th
Farm to Market-S. Congress

Good Luck and be nice out there!
(on tap-Dig Pub, Saucer, Draught House, Gman, Whip In)

Thursday, November 26, 2009

Happy Thanksgiving aka Boca Baby

I am here in Boca Raton visiting family, so the blogging will be a little slow for the next few days. But you shouldn't be reading the internets anyway, go carve the turkey!

This is what I picked up yesterday at Total Wine:

Tuesday, November 24, 2009


Originally uploaded by aaronchamberlain
NXNW's current sour ale. I know nothing of it. It was tasty though. Not as good as their Barton Kriek, but still quite solid.

Monday, November 23, 2009

A Good Beer Blog: The 2009 Yule Beer Blog Photo Contest

One of my favorite beer blogs is starting up its yearly photo contest. Have you entered ye? I have.

Turkey + Beer

What are you drinking with your Thanksgiving meal. My main selection:

I'll probably even have some wine. Why not, it's a holiday.

Friday, November 20, 2009

Decadent Imperial IPA on Jalapenos

Last night Flying Saucer had their semi-regular Randall night. This time they had Ska's Decadent Imperial IPA pulled through freshly cut jalapenos. I really enjoyed it, my favorite randallization so far. It tasted like the fresh jalapeno flavor replaced the hop flavor. I guess jalapenos>hops, flavor wise. Hops got crushed. A definite success.

What I want to see next with the Randall: Young's Double Chocolate Stout pulled through jalapenos.

And now the most boring video you will ever watch. At least it's only a few seconds long:

Ska Decadent Imperial IPA w/ Jalapenos from Aaron Chamberlain on Vimeo.

Southern Star Buried Hatchet Stout Can

Available soon, end of year. Cans of Buried Hatchet Stout. Saw this over at Texas Beer. A good beer to have chilling in yr fridge.

Thursday, November 19, 2009

Want This


Heard this is in town. Can't wait to try it.

I think it's about time for visit to San Antonio. Maybe after Thanksgiving.

"Hey honey, maybe we should go Christmas shopping in San Antonio. Sounds good right?"

Wednesday, November 18, 2009

Tuesday, November 17, 2009

Phoenixx Double ESB Label

Saw this on BeerAdvocate today. I still have not tried the Coffee Porter from the bottle. I hope to by the time this lands on shelves. I can't keep up with all these beers. That is good situation to be in I guess.

More info.

Monday, November 16, 2009

Sierra Nevada Glissade

Sierra Nevada are expanding, or rather changing up their lineup again:
Sierra Nevada Brewing will kick off 2010 like it did 2009 . . . with a new beer. Sierra Nevada Glissade Golden Bock is the brewery’s new winter/spring seasonal which debuts in January. The Helles Bock will replace Sierra Nevada ESB and will be available in multiple formats: 6-pack, 12-pack, 24oz and draft. Communications Coordinator, Bill Manley, described it as a “more balanced, malty beer” than ESB.

And if you are excited about that, consider what Manley sent me in an email earlier today: “This is the first new beer in a year that will be chock-full of new releases in celebration of our 30th anniversary.”

The Beginnings of Jester King

Jester King has finished fundraising, got a plot of land and snagged a warehouse. As you can see (above - picturewise and below - pressreleasewise) the brewery is not going to be in the "city." I like this. It will make the brewery a sort of destination for Austinites, similar to Real Ale.

From the brewery:
Jester King Craft Brewery is excited to report that it has completed fund raising, found a location and purchased a warehouse. After eighteen months of planning, fund raising began in June and finished this November with $500,000 raised. A 6,000 square foot warehouse has been secured, which is in the process of being disassembled and moved to the site of the Jester King Brewery.

The brewery will sit on four acres of ranch land in southwest Austin off of Fitzhugh Road (see map on next page). In addition to the brewery, the land will be the site of an olive grove. It should be a wonderful destination for artisan food and beer and local music.

Jester King is currently in the process of purchasing brewing equipment and becoming licensed. It projects to open in six to nine months during the spring or summer of 2010.

Saturday, November 14, 2009

Friday, November 13, 2009

Beer Packing Failure

My wife, who was unpacking my bag from SF, called me at work and said "one bottle broke."

"Ok, call me back when you know which one."

Please don't be the Peche Mortel.

"It was the peche-something."


Firkin Friday @ Draught House

Happening now. Bear Republic IPA.

Someother Newbies

Also, Specs on Brodie still has bottles of STONE 13.

Thursday, November 12, 2009

DR9 Bottling

Photo from @saintarnold.

I know your pumped. I am

Black Star Coop Finds Location

I should have jumped on the bandwagon awhile ago. Now things are getting exciting:
Located at N. Lamar and St. Johns, Midtown Commons is 4 miles from the University of Texas, 12 minutes from downtown Austin, and in close proximity to several transit options (including the future Capital Metro MetroRail).

Please join us at the property on Saturday, November 14th at 1pm for a special unveiling event to preview the future home of the world’s first co-operatively owned brewpub. The event will feature brief presentations from the Workers’ Assembly and Board of Directors, a viewing of the space, discussion of conceptual designs, and will be followed by a brief Beer Social. If you’re not yet a member-owner of the Co-op, please join online today!

Wednesday, November 11, 2009

Glass Night

Double time on the glass give aways tonight:

Double Bastard at the Flying Saucer.

Green Flash at the Draught House.

Wrap Ups with Video

First, the Flying Saucer Beer Fest brought to you by Beer Town Austin

Then, Wurstfest through the eyes of Austin Brew

And later, coming soon(ish), my wrap up of my trip to SF!

Stay tuned.

Tuesday, November 10, 2009

While we are on the subject

This is new too. Can't wait to try it.
The 2009 collaboration brew was created with John Mallet of Bell's Brewing in Michigan. Van Twee is a "mash-up" of the porter and dubbel styles blended with sour cherry juice from Michigan and brettanomyces in the secondary fermentation. It is a rich, dark beer capped by tan foam. Malty layers of chocolate and coffee trade on the palate with sour brett and dark fruit notes. Reminiscent of the famous fruit-filled chocolates of Belgium.

More New Beers in Austin

Twisted Pine Brewing


I've never heard of either brewery. They both have at least 4-5 beers now in the Austin market. I spotted them at the Spec's on Brodie. Twisted Pine had an Imperial Porter that sounds tasty.

Monday, November 9, 2009

Blogs Ahoy

Back from SF and we have another Austin beer blog. Why not, it's Monday, right?

Thursday, November 5, 2009


You already know about this of course, but Josh just posted some more info on BA. These will also be available:

Bear Republlic Racer 5 (cask)
New Belgium Eric's Ale
New Belgium Transatlantique Kreik
(512) Bruin, which will be randallized with Centennial hops
Avery Duguna IPA (most likely)
Bear Republic Mach 10

Great time to leave town, right? Bloody hell.

Beer Bloginnings

Not only are we getting more and more breweries in Austin, we are also bubbling with new beer blogs. Newest to the game: AUSTIN BREW

Hat Tip: BTA

Wednesday, November 4, 2009

Start it Up at Circle Brewing

Things are brewing at Circle Brewing, almost. The guys bought their brewhouse, which should be arriving in four short months. That must be kind of scary, and super exciting. As always with local (and non local) beer ventures, we wish them a hearty good luck.

Sounds Good to Me

Who joining me?

Beer and Bats

What does this have to do with beer? Barely anything, but it is pretty amusing.

Tuesday, November 3, 2009


I was able to pick up the Saison-Brett last night. I found it at Specs on Brodie for just under $13. I've heard it is also at Whole Foods downtown and these places. They also had this:

I passed on it, hopefully to try it later. I am trying to save money where I can for my upcoming weekend in San Francisco.

Monday, November 2, 2009


Available now in Austin. I will not go home today without a bottle of this. That is a promise.

Two Updates

Boulevard Tank 7. I had this Thursday evening at the Draught House. I tweeted about it earlier. It's good, really good. Boulevard's Smokestack Series are pretty much rocking through and through. Save for maybe their Double Wide IPA. Not my favorite, but not bad. Seek out Tank 7.

Flying Saucer Fall Fest. Just a picture to let you guys know I was not lying. We were there. Again, the lines kept us from staying. Maybe next year, when the boy is more mobile or we can find a sitter (that will be nice).

More Linkage to BTA

They launched their new page today. Looks good.