South Austin Brewery has been doing collaborative tours with neighboring Casa Brasil Coffees since summer 2012, inviting people to learn about both beer and coffee-making processes at each of their locations, but the beverage producers hadn’t combined to make a coffee beer until recently.
Look for the brewery’s Crossroads Coffee Stout, made with fresh-roasted Brazilian beans from Casa Brasil, in stores today and in the coming week. It joins another new beer from South Austin, the Six String Saison, that was released last month. South Austin Brewery also cans the TPA, a Texas pale ale; Kol’ Beer, a kolsch; and Luckenbock, a bock.
Both of the new beers cap off a series of changes to the almost three-year-old brewery that includes a higher brewing capacity, a renovated taproom and new leadership (Eric Wolf, who started working as South Austin’s assistant brewer in late 2012, has taken over the brewmaster role along with Rus Hall). Part of those changes last year included a bit of a brand revamping — but live music is still central and will play often now that the taproom is open again on Fridays at 5:30 p.m.
(Music is so important to the brewery, in fact, that instead of listing recommended food pairings with each of the beers on the brewery website, South Austin offers musical pairings. Ray Wylie Hubbard and Bob Schneider songs should be consumed with the TPA, for instance.)
The Crossroads Coffee Stout, according to a press release, is big and robust and showcases Casa Brasil’s Brazilian coffee, but, at 6.8 percent ABV, it won’t leave you feeling too full. It’s “a beer that we’ve been developing for quite some time with our friends at Casa Brasil,” Wolf and Hall said in the release.
The Six String Saison, actually higher in ABV at 8 percent, is “a non-traditional take on the Franco-Belgian farmhouse ale,” and its Belgian yeast strain “produces complex flavors such as peach and black pepper, making the beer refreshingly spicy, citric and funky,” according to the press release. These can be found at Whole Foods, HEB, Central Market, Spec’s and myriad other area bars, restaurants and retailers.
And once the weather warms up, they’ll be joined by small-batch experimental beers available only in the taproom.
On Fridays from now on, South Austin Brewery, located at 415 E. St. Elmo Rd., will host a free tour with Wolf and Hall starting at 5:30 p.m.; then, their “Meet the Brewer” event will take place from 6 to 10 p.m. with live music from local and regional bands.