During South by Southwest, Austin wants to show off all its best stuff, from the restaurants to the live music — and beer, too. The Austin Beer Garden Brewing Co., which will have live music throughout the week, just put on tap one impressive new brew sure to please locals and tourists alike.
Called Fiona, the apple sour is made with more than 300 pounds of Texas-grown Honeycrisp apples, an apple variety that can be pricier at grocery stores than other apples because of its crisp balance of tartness and sweetness. Fiona is the latest in a small-batch line of sour beers that the ABGB has been releasing at the brewpub (I haven’t tried all four of the others in the sour lineup, but the sour pear beer last fall was very tasty).
“Our series of sour beers were created with a very specific goal: to create a sour with a clean, bright, citrusy taste. A lemony greeting on the palate — without adding lemons,” the ABGB’s Mark Jensen said via email. “Harnessing the power (and magic) of lactobacillus, our process took all the steps of the traditional scientific method (repeated experimentation!) to finally produce the results we wanted.”
Those results are a refreshing beer, Jensen said, that features a pound and a half of apples per gallon.
“The fruit’s aroma and tartness lead the way, delivering a refreshing flavor that marries with the lacto to create a distinct, crisp finish,” he said in the email. “Fiona pours golden and bright, like early spring sunshine.”