“De-hazed” New England IPA, 8 other beers to celebrate release of new Austin Beer Guide

I’ll be blunt: You might have other ideas about how to spend the night of April 20. But just in case you’re not all about cannabis culture, Austin Beer Guide is throwing its spring/summer release party at the Draught House.

For beer lovers, that’s the place to be on Thursday, when the Austin Beer Guide authors will celebrate the debut of another free issue exploring local beers and the beer community. Several special brews from Austin producers are going on draft, including a collaboration between the Draught House and Austin Beer Guide called Don’t Haze Me Bro. The clarified IPA, done in the juicy style of a New England IPA, will come with free glassware if you order it.

An Chih Cheng / American-Statesman. The Draught House is once again the site of the Austin Beer Guide release party.

Another beer to watch for is Friends & Allies’ new Kick Start Belgian Golden Ale with Flat Track Coffee. That will also be on tap on Saturday during the East Austin’s brewery’s grand opening celebration, but you might want to relish the unusual style early. In it, notes of berry, apple and pear mingle with hints of dark chocolate.

Plus, North by Northwest and Last Stand Brewing have collaborated on Mr. Rogers, an imperial pale lager with Citra and Mosaic hops that the two breweries created for Dripping Springs’ Founders Day this weekend.

Here’s the full list of beers to enjoy starting at 6 p.m. Thursday.

  • Draught House/Austin Beer Guide: Don’t Haze Me Bro
  • Blue Owl Brewing: Saison Puede Farmhouse Ale
  • Hops & Grain: Dispensary IPA
  • Jester King: Super Ultramega Hyperforce
  • Friends & Allies: Kick Start Belgian Golden Ale with Flat Track Coffee
  • North by Northwest: Mr. Rogers Imperial Pale Lager
  • Last Stand Brewing: Oatmeal IPA, double dry-hopped with Citra and Simcoe hops
  • Zilker Brewing: Hellsner, a step-mashed summer lager
  • Independence Brewing: Illustrated Man Dark Sour

For more information about Austin Beer Guide, visit austinbeerguide.com.

Catch the ATX Brewpub Collusion during Austin Beer Week

The brewers of a handful of local brewpubs collaborated on a pale ale recipe for a special Austin Beer Week event, the ATX Brewpub Collusion.
The brewers of a handful of local brewpubs collaborated on a pale ale recipe for a special Austin Beer Week event, the ATX Brewpub Collusion.

Austin Beer Week — which starts Friday and runs through Nov. 6 this year — celebrates local brews through a multitude of events at bars, breweries and restaurants throughout the week.

This time around, a half-dozen of Austin’s brewpubs are doing something new to highlight the collaborative spirit that so often defines the beer industry locally and beyond: the ATX Brewpub Collusion.

Brewers from the ABGB, Black Star Co-Op, NXNW Restaurant & Brewery, Pinthouse Pizza, Red Horn Coffee House and Brewing Co., and Uncle Billy’s Brewery & Smokehouse are each releasing a special collaboration beer — a pale ale made using a specific recipe. The brewpubs came up with this recipe together, but each one then made the pale ale using their own particular style and techniques, guaranteeing that the beer will taste differently at each brewpub.

During Austin Beer Week, you’ll be able to try each version at all of the brewpubs starting with Black Star Co-op on Oct. 28.

The brewpubs created the idea of the ATX Brewpub Collusion after conversations at a recent gathering for the Texas Craft Brewers Guild, an organization that fosters and develops the natural camaraderie among the state’s brewers. The ABGB, Black Star and the other Austin brewpubs decided to create a pale ale with a pilsner base and only Columbus and Mosaic hops, but they could interpret the recipe with their own twists beyond those parameters.

Here’s the schedule for each ATX Brewpub Collusion release during Austin Beer Week. (Each of the links will take you to the corresponding Facebook event.)

If you try all eight of the beers and post photos of them with the location on Instagram or Twitter and the hashtag #ATXBrewpubCollusion, you’ll be entered into a drawing for the chance to win a prize. Three winners will be chosen at random and announced through social media.

Tomorrow, look for a guide to Austin Beer Week in this blog that will help you sort through and select among all of the fun events.

Local breweries, bicyclists team up for 1400 Miles ride

Although it’s too late now to join the ride, it’s not too late to donate to the cause.

Davis Tucker of North by Northwest is once again leading the two-week journey on bicycle from Austin to Denver to help raise awareness of prostate cancer, the second leading cause of cancer death in American men. The ride, called 1400 Miles to mark the distance between the two cities, is not quite a week in — and the riders, most of them local brewers or brewery employees like Tucker, are still seeking donations. All money raised will be split between Pints for Prostates and the Prostate Conditions Education Council.

Josh Hare, second from right, and Davis Tucker, far right, on their bike journey from Austin to Denver to raise money for prostate cancer education.
Josh Hare, second from right, and Davis Tucker, far right, on their bike journey from Austin to Denver to raise money for prostate cancer education. Photo from @1400_Miles.

Tucker, Josh Hare of Hops and Grain, Todd Ewing of Odell Brewing and Jim Sampson of Twisted X, as well as Bryce Randle and Stephen Bontempo, are hosting community rides and beer events throughout the remaining week through New Mexico and Denver. They’ll be in Albuquerque tomorrow, in Salida, Colo. on Wednesday, and in the Lyons/Boulder area Sept. 27. The final stretch is in Denver on Sept. 28, where most will remain in town for the Great American Beer Festival that kicks off on Oct. 2. (It’s no coincidence that Tucker, who first came up with the idea for the 1400 Miles trek last year in honor of NXNW’s brewmaster Don Thompson’s recovery from prostate cancer, has timed the ride to finish up just before GABF.)

Each community bike ride and beer event along the way will also feature a much larger means of transportation: NXNW’s Beerliner Bus, a 1974 refurbished bus with four beer taps, three video screens and a commercial kitchen used to cook up beer-inspired food.

Hare has been keeping Austinites up-to-date on their progress through daily blog posts on the Hops and Grain website. His post today seems to sum up the 1400 Miles ride pretty accurately: “We’re raising money for a fantastic cause every step of the way, bringing up the awkward conversation that is prostate health with a bunch of guys that we’ve never met before.  Makes the miles seem a little less rough when, at the end of the day, we’re riding for something bigger than ourselves.”