Alamo Drafthouse teams up with Odell Brewing to make saison

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Photo by Arianna Auber / American-Statesman. The Alamo Drafthouse beer team traveled to Colorado to help brew a beer with Odell. The French (Hop) Connection is being tapped next month.

Because a movie pairs best with a pint of beer, the Alamo Drafthouse has always had a solid beer list — and in May, one of the brews on it will be one that Drafthouse employees had a hand in making with Colorado’s Odell Brewing.

Photo by Arianna Auber / American-Statesman. The Alamo Drafthouse beer team traveled to Colorado to help brew a beer with Odell. The French (Hop) Connection is being tapped next month.

Photo by Arianna Auber / American-Statesman. The Alamo Drafthouse beer team traveled to Colorado to help brew a beer with Odell. The French (Hop) Connection is being tapped next month.

The Drafthouse decided to collaborate with Odell in honor of the upcoming Drafthouse Films French crime thriller “The Connection,” releasing this summer. The beer will be a small-batch offering available in stores and on tap at Drafthouse locations in Texas, Colorado and Missouri, according to a press release. Plus, these locations will also have mini Odell tap takeovers throughout next month.

The collaboration brew, the French (Hop) Connection, is a nod to the film not only with the name. The saison features more than 112 lbs. of sought-after French hop varietals Aramis and Triskel.

“I knew (Odell) would love the challenge of pairing a French-style beer to our new French crime thriller,” Drafthouse founder Tim League said in the press release.

He joined the Drafthouse’s beer team in Fort Collins, Colo., a couple months ago for one final tasting and brewing session with Odell. The brewery wanted to create a beer that would complement the film, which hits theaters on May 15.

“We were able to to source both Triskel and Aramis hops from a grower in France,” Odell head brewer Bill Beymer said. “It was the first time we used these two varietals, so it was really pleasing to see the way the sweet, spicy character, with hints of citrus and herbs, complemented the saison.”

Drink the French (Hop) Connection while watching “The Connection,” a 1970s-era crime thriller starring Academy Award winner Jean Dujardin as real-life Marseille magistrate Pierre Michel, who relentlessly crusaded to dismantle the most notorious drug smuggling operation in history, the French Connection. Some Drafthouse locations will have special beer dinner screenings to go along with the flick; keep an eye out for further details on those dinners.

And in the meantime, here’s a fun look at the making of the beer.


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