Austin Beerworks created beer in honor of Driskill Hotel’s 130th anniversary

Photo by Mark Knight. The Driskill Bar is tapping a special Austin Beerworks brew during the Driskill Hotel's Christmas tree lighting on Nov. 29.

Photo by Mark Knight. The Driskill Bar is tapping a special Austin Beerworks brew during the Driskill Hotel’s Christmas tree lighting on Nov. 29.

Austin’s most storied hotel is celebrating 130 years in business this year — a big milestone that one local brewery, Austin Beerworks, is commemorating with a special brew.

Named after the Driskill Hotel’s founder, Colonel Jesse Driskill, the Cattle Baron Wheatwine is a rich and warming winter beer that goes on tap at the homey Driskill Bar starting today during the annual Christmas tree lighting. The 9.5 percent ABV brew will also be available for tasting at Austin Beerworks’ taproom.

The wheatwine (similar to a barleywine in style but with a heavy portion of wheat malt) was made with the hotel’s founder and his considerable project in mind.

“Cattle Baron Wheatwine is inspired by Colonel Jesse Driskill, who 130 years ago ambitiously brought luxury into the Wild West,” William Golden, Austin Beerworks’ head brewer, said in a press release. “Texas Red Wheat gives this beer a full and decadent body, and there’s nothing tame about it. It pairs perfectly with grilled meats, strong cheeses and cowhide chairs.”

You can find out what else it pairs with at the Driskill Hotel’s monthly beer dinner, this time featuring Austin Beerworks’ brews. The four-course Craft Series feast at the 1886 Cafe & Bakery on Dec. 12 will also pair three other beers from the North Austin brewery with cuisine from the Driskilll’s executive chef, Troy Knapp.

“The Driskill has seen and been through much in its 130-year history, but having a beer inspired by the founder is a first for us,” he said in the release.

The hotel’s tree lighting event starts at 6 p.m. today and will showcase seasonal sounds from the Arundel Ensemble String Trio. Lighting the tree this year will be one of the families that the American-Statesman’s Season for Caring campaign is hoping to help: the McGills. To read more about the family and their needs, visit statesman.com/season-for-caring-2016.


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