Starring Chris Pine and Jeff Bridges, the upcoming film “Hell or High Water” depicts scenes of rugged West Texas beauty, juxtaposed with the story of two desperate brothers, played by Pine and Ben Foster, who decide to hold up banks in an effort to save their family’s land.
And in Austin, the modern-day outlaw movie will be accompanied by something boozy: Uncle Billy’s Brewery and Smokehouse has made a lager inspired by “Hell or High Water.” The Hell or High Water LAWger, as the brewpub is calling it, was made with the addition of prickly pear — to give it just the right amount of West Texas flair.
“It’s a traditional-style German lager with a slightly sweet maltiness enhanced with earthy, sweet flavors and a beautiful, vibrant color from prickly pear cactus grown in West Texas,” Uncle Billy’s head brewer Trevor Nearburg said in a press release.
The prickly pear, assistant brewer Daytona Camps said in an interview, isn’t as sweet as you might think — instead, it contributes an earthiness to Uncle Billy’s Lazy Day Lager base. The prickly pear, which she said “represents Texas so well,” is added as a puree.
“I was not expecting to be able to brew a beer for a movie, especially one with Jeff Bridges and Chris Pine,” she said. “It’s still a mind-boggling experience, especially when we heard the cast and crew all really liked it.”
“Hell or High Water” debuts in limited release on Aug. 12 and more widely on Aug. 19. Also starting Aug. 12, the beer will only be available at Alamo Drafthouse’s South Lamar location, as well as Uncle Billy’s, until the small-batch brew runs out.