2016 hasn’t been the easiest year for many of us, after the deaths of icons like Prince and David Bowie, the Pulse nightclub tragedy in Florida and the incredibly contentious presidential election.
So the Alamo Drafthouse and Independence Brewing have teamed up to bring us a beer that will help us bid adieu to the year: the End Credits 2016, a chocolate hazelnut porter available at all of the theater’s Texas locations. The winter warmer is exactly the kind of beer you’ll want to relax with while curling up to a film at your neighborhood Alamo.
“This year was memorable, to say the least. Between Bowie, Prince and a never-ending presidential fistfight, we felt it important to send it off with a bang — like, light it on fire and back away slowly kind of bang,” John Gross, Alamo’s director of national beer promotions, said in a press release about the beer. “Working with our longtime pals at Independence to craft a perfect ‘you made it through 2016’ beer was a real pleasure — and truly the very least we could do.”
For the End Credits 2016, the Drafthouse and Independence Brewing — whose Austin Amber label design pays homage to the local theater chain’s iconic sign — wanted a style that was seasonally appropriate. They chose one, the porter, that Independence has never made before, adding Ghana cocoa nibs and hazelnut to supplement the subtly sweet flavors of the malts.
“It’s everything you could want in a porter and then some,” Independence’s head brewer Brannon Radicke said in the release.
Pair End Credits 2016 with one of these films coming to theaters in December. (Hint: a certain galaxy far, far away returns in the hopes of being a stand-alone splash, and there’s no doubt a new “Star Wars” flick also helps take away those 2016 blues.)
For more about Independence Brewing and other Austin beer, wine and spirits makers, check out the Austin360 Boozery Guide.