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.


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