Vigilante, a gaming bar, seeks to open with crowdfunded investors

Starting this fall, you won’t have to leave your board game at home when you want to go out and socialize: Vigilante Gaming Bar is going to have food, drinks and customized tables for playing more than 150 games in a fun open setting.

Opening at 7010 Easy Wind Dr. — in the same multi-use complex as Black Star Co-Op, off North Lamar Boulevard — Vigilante launched an investment campaign on NextSeed that, like the one for the Brewer’s Table and other local bars and restaurants, allows just about anyone to participate. The Brewer’s Table, an upcoming brewpub in East Austin, is just one of the places taking advantage of a new law giving ordinary people the ability to invest in projects important to them.

Vigilante is, too. The bar, which has CEO Preston Swincher and president Philip “Flip” Kromer at the helm, is raising between $75,000 and $150,000 “to help build the empty retail space into the quality full-service bar & restaurant our patrons demand,” according to the NextSeed campaign. The bar has gotten a little less than half of the $75,000 minimum so far but is banking on the intriguing concept to draw interest.

“Vigilante is the latest evolution of the mainstreaming of nerd culture,” the Vigilante team writes on NextSeed. “Formerly niche hobbies are becoming major profit centers: comic books are now movie blockbusters, video games outperform those blockbusters, gadgets are ubiquitous, geek chic is fashionable and (most pertinently) we are in the golden era of the board game. Board game cafes have proliferated nationally as hybrid game retailers/coffee shops.”

Photo from Vigilante. A rendering of a board game bar, Vigilante, that will offer a fun space to drink beer and play games.
Photo from Vigilante. A rendering of a board game bar, Vigilante, that will offer a fun space to drink beer and play games.

But this burgeoning concept of a “board game cafe” doesn’t “adequately serve craft beer and bar enthusiasts who prefer a well-designed atmosphere, full menu, wide beverage selection and tableside service,” according to Vigilante.

The bar will have local beers, like Thirsty Planet’s Buckethead IPA and Independence’s Convict Hill Oatmeal Stout, on tap, as well as “a food menu of re-imagined bar classics” (like sliders versus burgers, so grease doesn’t interrupt your gaming).

To help bring Vigilante’s vision to life in the remaining 20 days the NextSeed campaign runs, contribute at least $100 and consider yourself an investor who will receive a return with 18 percent interest. Invest $500 or more and you’ll start getting perks that go beyond financial, including a “Secret Society Membership.”

In the end, Swincher, Kromer and marketing director Zack Daschofsky hope to offer an “excellence-driven bar especially designed for the modern, grown-up nerd (we think that’s a compliment),” according to the Vigilante website.

Expect the 3,800 sq. ft. Vigilante to open at the end of this year, with hours from 11 a.m. to 2 a.m. daily. For more information, visit vigilantebar.com.

The Paramount to host an Olympics for beer lovers

Photo by Ralph Barrera / American-Statesman. Try a taproom-only beer at Blue Owl Brewing for American Craft Beer Week.
Photo by Ralph Barrera / American-Statesman. If you win the Beerlympics on Aug. 4, your reward is a free tour and tasting at Blue Owl Brewing.

Although most of us can’t bend it on the beam like Gabby Douglas or slice like a fish through the water like Michael Phelps, we can do one thing rather well — drink beer.

And to the Paramount Theatre, that’s worth celebrating. In honor of the 2016 Olympics, launching Aug. 5 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, the Paramount is launching the “Beerlympics” as a one-night competition in the American-Statesman parking lot at 305 S. Congress Ave. The $25 tickets get you automatic access to the boozy contest, which will have fun backyard and tailgating games like giant Jenga, flip-cup and more.

You’ll also get a special Beerlympics cup, and beverages come included.

To participate, either form a team of six or note when you sign up that you’re an individual, so the Paramount can add you to a team.

And if you and your teammates prove to be the best at beer-soaked fun, you’ll get a shiny gold medal for your efforts, of course — as well as something rather appropriate for games like these: a free brewery tour and beer tasting at East Austin’s Blue Owl Brewing. The top three teams, in addition to their medals, will also receive a free drink at the Beerlympics after-party at Aussie’s Grill down the street.

The Beerlympics, which begins at 7 p.m. Aug. 4, is the first event of Paramount Social Presents, a new type of programming aiming to “target the next generation of arts patrons and supporters,” according to the Paramount. Other upcoming events of Paramount Social Presents include a comedy show from Bridget Everett and a musical performance from the Skivvies.

For more information, visit austintheatre.org.

Four Hill Country wineries to open as part of incubator space

Contributed by Jeff Williams. A rendering of the winery incubator that Williams intends to open along U.S. 290 shows space for a future tasting room.
Contributed by Jeff Williams. A rendering of the winery incubator that Williams intends to open along U.S. 290 shows space for a future tasting room, but it won’t open with one.

The concept of winery incubators, common in the Pacific Northwest, has already begun to catch on in Texas with San Saba’s Wedding Oak Winery, which helped Old Man Scary Cellars get up and running late last year.

But there’s about to be another one in a prime location in the Hill Country — opening along U.S. 290, the road to Fredericksburg where many of Texas’ best-known wineries are located. Incubator owner Jeff Williams is now seeking four interested tenants who want to take advantage of the winery incubator concept: the business model that allows multiple small wineries to operate in one space, with equipment provided by the owner, as a way of keeping costs low until they can grow and move into their own much bigger building.

Williams and his wife, both investors in Stonewall’s Kuhlman Cellars, saw a need to offer room for smaller wineries along the 290 wine road, an expensive piece of real estate. And already, he said, he is getting interest from people aspiring to have their own winery or grow their current one.

“I’ve gotten one call from a winery that does about 1,000 cases a year but has run out of space and wants to be on 290,” he said. “I’ve gotten another call from a winemaker interested in venturing out and doing his own label. I heard from another guy who has an interest in winemaking. He doesn’t do it now, and he doesn’t want to mortgage his home to get into it. Those are exactly the kind of people we are trying to reach.”

Although Williams hasn’t settled on any of the four possible wineries that will eventually occupy the more than 4,600 sq. ft. building he’s about to start renovating, he’s figured out what it’s going to take to get them there. He’s wading through the permitting process with the Texas Alcoholic Beverage Commission and the federal Alcohol and Tobacco Tax & Trade Bureau. And he’s decided that each of the wineries will choose for themselves where to source their grapes — the incubator doesn’t come with a vineyard.

“That’s up to their business plan and what they want to be in the future,” he said. “If they want to be true Texas wine, they can work toward using all-Texas grapes.”

The incubator building is located in Stonewall, the same small Texas town where Kuhlman Cellars and other well-established Hill Country wineries, like Pedernales Cellars, have set up shop. The location — at 14725 U.S. 290, it’s the former headquarters of the Stonewall Volunteer Fire Department — is one of the biggest advantages of Williams’ winery incubator.

“One of the benefits of this arrangement is that they’ll learn from the experiences of people up and down the road,” he said. “The winemakers, the winery owners, they are amazingly cooperative when it comes to sharing information. They love to talk about their experiences, how they started, who they talked to, how they grew. That’s one of the keys to the winery incubator being successful, having access to these people.”

When the as-yet-unnamed space is up and running, each of the four wineries will be able to produce up to 1,500 cases per year.

“It’s a pretty simple concept — it amounts to being a co-working space,” he said. “If we provide the opportunity, the location, equipment, etc., for someone to make wine for a monthly rate, we’d win and they’d win. Wedding Oak has done one and it’s worked out very well.”

Williams intends to get the winery incubator opened by December. For more information, email him at jeffwilliams1409@gmail.com.

Celebrate return of “Harry Potter” with Muggle butterbeer

In just a few short days, new and old “Harry Potter” fans alike will hold in their hands the next installment in the wildly popular fantasy series: “Harry Potter and the Cursed Child.”

(This latest book will actually come in the form of a play that has debuted in London’s West End to dazzling reviews — but beware reading those reviews if you don’t want spoilers.)

No doubt many “Harry Potter” fans who remember the days of anxiously waiting for the next installment to come out at midnight, like me, are feverishly rereading each of the previous seven novels until another midnight release party at our favorite local bookstore. We’ve then got a lot more reading to do to finish “Cursed Child” as soon as possible and post our opinions all over social media. To keep our thirst at bay during all this page-turning, I offer up this sweet, nonalcoholic solution that Harry himself would approve of — Flying Cauldron Butterscotch Beer.

Photo by Arianna Auber / American-Statesman. Enjoy a bottle of Flying Cauldron Butterscotch Beer while you reread the "Harry Potter" books this week in time for the release of the new one.
Photo by Arianna Auber / American-Statesman. Enjoy a bottle of Flying Cauldron Butterscotch Beer while you reread the “Harry Potter” books this week in time for the release of the new one.

This bottled drink from Reed’s, a maker of nonalcoholic brews, isn’t exactly like the butterbeer Harry and his friends consume because it’s more like a cream soda with a strong butterscotch flavor, rather than the authentic frothy, frozen treat served at the Wizarding World of Harry Potter in Florida. But it’s a good substitute for Muggles like us.

American-Statesman food writer Addie Broyles and I tried out this butterscotch brew, as well as another Reed’s soda, a couple of years ago for one of our Austin360 Taste Test videos and concluded that it was rather sweet — but would we expect anything less of a butterscotch soda?

According to Reed’s, which clearly had a little fun marketing the Flying Cauldron Butterscotch Beer, “this delicious beverage is the first wizarding drink to have widespread crossover consumption in the non-wizarding world.”

Reed’s also notes on its website that “consuming this product has been known to accelerate wizarding abilities in borderline wizard cases.”

So get your hands on some in time for the new “Harry Potter” book that starts selling on midnight Sunday — you just might find all your old magical powers returning. (The easiest way to get a 6-,12- or 24-pack of Flying Cauldron seems to be through Amazon.com.)

And if you’re looking for a “Harry Potter” midnight release party to attend in Austin, BookPeople and Barnes & Noble are both throwing fun ones.

Strange Land Brewery expands with help of easy-drinking pilsner

Photo by Arianna Auber / American-Statesman. Strange Land Brewery's Austinite Pilz is available on draft in the taproom and in cans around Austin.
Photo by Arianna Auber / American-Statesman. Strange Land Brewery’s Austinite Pilz is available on draft in the taproom and in cans around Austin.

When Strange Land Brewery’s Austinite Pilz debuted in a bright red can just in time for summer this year, the reaction was immediate — make more of it. Make lots more.

But anyone familiar with Strange Land, a Westlake-area brewery that launched in late 2014, might find the 5 percent ABV pilsner an odd addition to the portfolio, which also includes more esoteric styles like the dry Ploughshare Saison and the full-flavored Alemannia Alt. From the start, Strange Land intended to stay away from the common hop-forward beers that many breweries prefer to make.

“It’s the beer we’ve been missing,” co-founder Tim Klatt said. “We thought the Ploughshare and the alt would be our flagships, but what did we know?”

He and co-founder Adam Blumenshein decided to “listen to the market,” which was clamoring for a beer like the pilsner that could lead new Strange Land fans into the brewery’s more unusual beers, still the favorites of the founding duo. But they’re doing it their way — the pilsner isn’t exactly a typical one. Normally, pilsners, as lagers, are made with bottom-fermenting yeast that make the style one of the trickiest and most diverse in the beer world.

The Austinite, however, is technically a style that doesn’t exist, Klatt said. He and Blumenshein are taking a historical approach with it: All pilsners began to ferment with lager yeast starting in 1842 thanks to the ground-breaking introduction of Pilsner Urquell, an Old World beer still made today. Before that, pilsners came about a little differently.

“In 1842, there was a big shift toward lager yeast and cold-temperature fermentation,” he said. “Our approach takes a hybrid ale-lager yeast and ferments it in the middle of ale temperatures, 70 degrees, and lager temperatures, 55 degrees. We’ve gotten a tremendous response in the taproom where people come in and say, ‘Oh, I hate pilsners, but I love this.'”

Neither Klatt nor Blumenshein are big fans of pilsners, either, which was partly why they struggled for so long with the idea of making one: “How can we make a beer that we think the market needs, but still have a beer that we can stand behind?”

Strange Land’s new beer comes at a good time for the brewery, which recently installed six new tanks — “We’re just collecting steel,” Klatt joked — that will significantly increase production to 10,000 barrels. That’s a far cry from the starting number of just under 2,000 barrels. The brewery also released newly designed cans, with the Ploughshare, Alemannia and the Entire Porter all joining the Austinite in their own striking colors. And Strange Land has a new set of investors “to help the business mirror the growth we now have with the tanks,” he said.

One of the core values of Strange Land, despite all this change, remains steadfast.

The brewery first released all of its beers on draft, letting each one become naturally conditioned in the keg rather than force-carbonated in a tank, a process most breweries choose for introducing carbon dioxide into their beers. Strange Land’s move into cans, after several bomber releases, didn’t change Klatt and Blumenshein’s stance on natural conditioning: It had to be done.

Never mind that hardly anyone else is doing can-conditioning, a process with shaky, sometimes even dangerous, results.

“What you’re seeing right now is that they’re packaging a still product,” he said, motioning toward Armadillo Mobile Canning’s temporary set-up in the middle of the brewery. “We dose it with sugar and a little yeast, and it comes alive in the can over the next couple of weeks, creating all the carbonation inside the can. Of course there are no manuals on how to do that. There’s a high likelihood these things are going to blow up.”

And blow up they did — Klatt said Strange Land had a number of product recalls and emails from consumers about cans exploding on them. That’s why the original Strange Land cans just had stickers on them, rather than full-on label design. But he, Blumenshein and their two employees, Brandon Vernon and Brandon Williams, figured out the can-conditioning process (soothing ruffled feathers with care packages of beer in the meantime) and decided that proper cans were now in order.

Photo by Arianna Auber / American-Statesman. A gruit is a style of beer made without hops that Strange Land perfected with an herbal backbone.
Photo by Arianna Auber / American-Statesman. A gruit is a style of beer made without hops that Strange Land perfected by giving it an herbal backbone.

“We fully stood by everything we were doing, even though it might have seemed insane,” he said. “What happens when you condition a beer is it changes the flavor of the beer, makes it so much more flavorful, than if you strip out the yeast and add bubbles to it. That doesn’t condition a beer; that just carbonates it.”

In addition to the four cans, Strange Land Brewery has a handful of bottle-conditioned bombers out on bar and store shelves, as well as at the brewery taproom opened on weekends.

One of the newest ones is the Apothecary Saison Gruit, a beer without hops that Strange Land originally made on a much smaller scale last summer. Instead of hops, it’s got wild rosemary, sweet gale, yarrow and mesquite honey, all of which contribute a lovely floral backbone to this old-fangled beer. Strange Land is also gearing up to produce the Headless Gentleman Imperial Bourbon Pumpkin Porter again for the fall.

These more experimental brews are all possible because of the Austinite Pilz, which Strange Land can’t make enough of at the moment. “It’s been really well-received,” Klatt said.

But don’t expect a Strange Land IPA anytime soon — that’s still not a direction that oddball Strange Land wants to go.

For more information, visit strangelandbrewery.com. Strange Land Brewery is opened 5 to 9 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays and 2 to 6 p.m. Sundays.

Austin named one of the next big craft beer cities

Photo by Arianna Auber / American-Statesman. Lambic fans, rejoice: Jester King is helping to bring the revered beers of Cantillon to Texas.
Photo by Arianna Auber / American-Statesman. Jester King Brewery is an integral part of Austin’s growing (and increasingly buzzy) craft beer scene.

Although Texas’ laws restrict cities like Austin from becoming the craft beer meccas that many places in Colorado, California and the Pacific Northwest already are, maybe there’s still hope for us: AmericanCraftBeer.com has dubbed Austin as one of the next big craft beer cities.

That’s thanks to breweries like Jester King Brewery, in the Hill Country, that make top-notch beer and have inviting taprooms and outdoor spaces for us to come and drink it at.

The beer-focused site listed three U.S. cities that are coming into their own in the beer industry. (There are others, but this trio is the most exciting of the bunch.) Besides Austin, American Craft Beer also listed Asheville in North Carolina and Minneapolis in Minnesota.

And of these, Asheville is the most well-known “of all the emerging ‘new craft beer cities’… (boasting) 15 breweries within its city limits alone — with cutting edge breweries like Wicked Weed, Twin Leaf and Hi-Wire generating lots of buzz — and dozens more spotted throughout the region.”

Asheville is home to Colorado-founded Oskar Blues’ first out-of-state facility, and within any luck, Austin’s own Oskar Blues brewery will also open soon.

About Austin, American Craft Beer noted that “for a city long known as a music, film, and tech capital — and as home to SXSW — Austin is fast becoming an important craft beer destination.”

The article, in addition to giving a shout-out to Jester King, also mentioned Hops & Grain, (512) Brewing and Austin Beerworks, but those, of course, are just a small number of the talented beer makers that Austin now boasts.

Argus Cidery, Adelbert’s Brewery now in cans

Photo by Arianna Auber / American-Statesman. Argus Cidery now offers its Ciderkin and Ginger Perry in six-pack cans.
Photo by Arianna Auber / American-Statesman. Argus Cidery now offers its Ciderkin and Ginger Perry in six-pack cans.

Now more than ever, breweries are making the move to cans. Selling their beers in aluminum cans, versus glass bottles, preserves the quality of the beer and means that people can drink it in more places — crucial for summertime imbibing.

So two local beverage producers, after offering their products primarily in bottles, are jumping on the aluminum bandwagon. Argus Cidery and Adelbert’s Brewery have both recently released two of their ciders and beers, respectively, in 12 oz. cans. Here’s what you can expect to find in local bars and stores now carrying them.

Argus Cidery

These are available, in addition to Austin, in cities like Houston, Dallas and San Antonio, as well as a few other states like Illinois and Colorado.

  • Ciderkin: Dry on the palate, this cider might not have the sweet burst of apple most of us expect from a typical American cider, but Argus likes to show off its wild side with all of its offerings. This one’s no different and offers a tart bite of fruit before finishing clean and bright.
  • Ginger Perry: This ginger ale doesn’t have any apple in it but is so good that you won’t miss it. It’s got the spicy snap of ginger without going overboard, with a dry pear palate that keeps it balanced. Like the Ciderkin, the Ginger Perry previously came in six-pack bottles.

Adelbert’s Brewery

Contributed by Adelbert's. Adelbert's Hibiscus Saison is now available in bright pink cans. The brewery has also released Naked Nun Wit in yellow cans.
Contributed by Adelbert’s. Adelbert’s Hibiscus Saison is now available in bright pink cans. The brewery has also released Naked Nun Wit in yellow cans.

The North Austin brewery announced a move to cans earlier this year, when it acquired a brewpub license to allow visitors to the taproom to take Adelbert’s beers home with them. These are two more — previously released on draft and in bombers — they’ll be able to grab and go. The cans are also appearing all over town.

Adelbert’s is celebrating the debut of these cans with a party on Saturday: the Wet Hot Adelbert’s Summer & Can Release Party. The afternoon will have lots of live music, food truck grub and those brightly colored cans, of course.

The new Prohibition Creamery combines booze with dessert

Photo by Nicolai McCrary. Prohibition Creamery, opening Tuesday, offers boozy frozen desserts in a welcoming East Austin bungalow.
Photo by Nicolai McCrary. Prohibition Creamery, opening Tuesday, offers boozy frozen desserts in a welcoming East Austin bungalow.

Opening in East Austin tomorrow, Prohibition Creamery is combining two of our favorite things by creating boozy ice creams, sorbets, shakes and floats.

Visitors to the ice cream shop, located in a 1920s-era bungalow at 1407 E. Seventh St., can also have the all-natural ice cream without alcohol. And for an extra kick, they can order a cocktail — like a Vanilla Bean Daiquiri or Tamarind Whiskey Sour — to go with their dessert.

Prohibition Creamery, according to a press release, was founded by Laura Aidan to bring together two of our “favorite indulgences — alcohol and ice cream — (producing) handcrafted ice creams with attitude.” Aidan makes the ice cream using old-fashioned methods that are more labor-intensive but allow “control of the source and quality of each ingredient, enabling Laura to get really creative with flavors.”

The flavors of these frozen treats include Whiskey Chocolate and Pineapple Tequila Sorbet, as well as Salted Caramel, PB&J and Ginger Caramel Brown Sugar. Even the toppings would make the old Prohibition supporters shudder, with Bourbon Whipped Cream and alcoholic pour-overs like espresso liqueur available.

In addition to the cocktails, Prohibition Creamery offers wine and beer from local spots like Austin Beerworks and Adelbert’s.

The 1,400 sq. ft. spot, despite offering all that booze, might take you back to that era of no alcohol with a look and atmosphere designed by Forge Craft Architecture + Design. “Prohibition Creamery features original 1920s hardwood floors, hand-milled dark walnut wood bar fronts, custom brass countertops and brass accents throughout,” according to the press release.

And there’s lots of room for relaxing with a dessert in hand, with large front and back patios, bar seating and a separate seating area that can be rented out for private events.

Prohibition Creamery is opened from 12 to 10 p.m. Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Sundays and 12 p.m. to 12 a.m. Thursdays through Saturdays starting tomorrow. There’s also happy hour from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. Tuesdays through Fridays. For more information, visit prohibitioncreamery.com.

Rogness Brewing going on hiatus with final party

One Pflugerville brewery is calling it quits — for now.

Photo by Emma Janzen / American-Statesman. The small operation of Rogness Brewing in Pflugerville still does all the bottling themselves, three years after opening, but the brewery has quite a roster of beers.
Photo by Emma Janzen / American-Statesman. The small operation of Rogness Brewing in Pflugerville is closing temporarily, with plans for a new brewery.

Rogness Brewing has announced that a final party on Saturday will be the last time that fans can drink at Rogness until “version 2.0,” which is currently in the works. The brewery is going on hiatus.

The news, certainly, isn’t all bad: “This is actually something we have wanted to do for a while now,” Rogness notes on its Facebook page. “We’re drawing up plans for a new and improved facility in downtown Pflugerville.”

At the moment, the brewery isn’t releasing more information on these upcoming plans, but Saturday will serve as one last chance to drink some of the beers that have become adored in Austin since the brewery opened as the dream of two former owners of the Austin Homebrew Supply Store.

Rogness Brewing is known for producing bombers of tasty offerings like the Rook, a Scotch Ale, and Joie d’Été, a Saison.

The Saturday hiatus party — “our last day open to the public at 2400 Patterson Industrial Dr.,” according to the Facebook page — will have Rogness’ two owners, Forrest and Diane Rogness, pouring beers throughout the day starting at 1 p.m.

Bid a temporary adieu to Rogness then. The party runs through 10 p.m. For more information, visit facebook.com/rognessbrewing.

Odell Brewing teams up with Alamo Drafthouse, Easy Tiger

Odell Brewing might be located in Colorado, but the brewery clearly loves Texas — recently collaborating with both the Alamo Drafthouse and Easy Tiger to make hop-forward beers.

Photo by Bret Gerbe for American-Statesman. The Alamo Drafthouse has always been a big supporter of craft beer and teamed up with Odell Brewing to make a beer in honor of "Star Trek Beyond."
Photo by Bret Gerbe for American-Statesman. The Alamo Drafthouse has always been a big supporter of craft beer and teamed up with Odell Brewing to make a beer in honor of “Star Trek Beyond.”

The Beyond IPA

Following their first partnership last year, Odell and the Alamo Drafthouse are again paying tribute to film through beer. This time, the beer is the Beyond IPA, crafted in honor of the upcoming “Star Trek Beyond,” which hits theaters on July 22. Alamo Drafthouse locations throughout Texas, Colorado, Missouri and Nebraska will all have the beer on tap, in addition to a few other Odell brews tapping throughout this month.

“It’s a pleasure to have our second collaboration with Odell available to Alamo guests at just the right time: when temperatures are rocketing upwards, and a cool, dark theater and cold beer are vital life support,” John Gross, Alamo’s director of national beer promotions, said in a press release.

The result of their liquid tribute to space exploration is “is a great big, floral, double IPA that effortlessly pushes the style out of the stratosphere,” he said.

For the Beyond IPA, the brewers focused on a little-used hop known as Comet. Although it was originally developed in the 1970s, the light lagers that dominated back then had no use for Comet’s aggressive hop profile — but now, of course, all that flavor is just what many brewers are looking for (and why the adventurousness of hop growers is so important).

“We were blown away by the intense grapefruit zest and sticky marijuana aromas while rubbing hop cones in the field,” Brendan McGivney, Odell’s director of brewing operations, said in the release.

The Tiger Whisper Pale Ale

Odell’s second collaboration with one of Austin’s beer-loving businesses, Easy Tiger, isn’t the first time that the East Sixth beer bar has teamed up with a brewery. Easy Tiger has also made beer before with Austin Beerworks — an Oktoberfest-style brew called Montecore.

This time, Easy Tiger and Odell made a pale ale called Tiger Whisper. Easy Tiger chef Drew Curren, beverage director Craig Collins, bar manager Matt Russell and ELM Restaurant Group Partner Chad Gluckson traveled to Colorado earlier this year to brew the limited-release, single-hop beer featuring the reliable, long-used hop Centennial. Tiger Whisper also has some ginger added into the brew for a little spice.

As a video on Easy Tiger’s Facebook notes, the bar went “in search of the perfect hop” with Odell’s help. Decide for yourself if they did when Easy Tiger celebrates the release of the beer on Tuesday. Pints of the Tiger Whisper will be $3 during the party.

In true Alamo style, the video about Tiger Whisper looks like the trailer to a fun, beer-focused film. Check it out at Facebook.com/EasyTigerATX.