Independence Brewing releases summer seasonal, RedBud, in cans

Independence Brewing's new summer seasonal, a Berliner Weisse, is named after a beloved Austin watering hole.

Independence Brewing’s new summer seasonal, a Berliner Weisse, is named after a beloved Austin watering hole.

After 10 years in business, Independence Brewing is only getting bigger. Besides renovating the tasting room to make it a better space for hanging out, the brewery has also been introducing new beers to thirsty Texans.

The one that will probably make the biggest splash this summer (it’s already looking like my go-to session beer) is RedBud, a crisp Berliner Weisse clocking in at a low 4.2 percent ABV. It’s hitting store shelves in six-pack cans and going on tap in bars now through late September, available in both formats in various locations in Austin, San Antonio, Houston and College Station.

RedBud was brewed to capture “the essence of summer,” according to a press release. “Inspired by (a) classically tart and refreshing Berliner Weisse flavor profile, RedBud is light and lemony with a crisp acidity. It is brewed with a lactic culture to create the classic sour-citrusy lemon flavor and finished with high carbonation.”

Independence founders Rob and Amy Cartwright named the summer seasonal after the popular local swimming hole Red Bud Isle, “which similarly provides much-needed refreshing relief during the long hot Texas summers,” according to the press release.

To celebrate the new beer, visit the brewery on Saturday from 1 to 7 p.m., where the first kegs of RedBud will be tapped. The tasting room, opened on Thursday and Friday evenings and Saturdays throughout the day, now sells Independence beers in 4 oz. samplers or flights and 10 oz. or 16 oz pours. For more information, visit

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