10 Texas beers to enjoy all summer long

Texas brewers know just the kinds of beers we need to combat the heat. Here are 10 mostly Austin beers (and a cider-wine hybrid because it’s divine) to keep you cool all summer long.

Arianna Auber / American-Statesman. Brazos Valley Brewery, in Brenham, has made a peach wheat with a couple of sneaky musical references.

Austin Beerworks Einhorn: The essential summer beer of Austin was recently put into powder blue cans decorated with unicorns (‘einhorn’ means unicorn in German) and sent all over town. Crisp, a little tart and very refreshing, the Berliner Weisse-style brew might not be as rare a find as the mythical horned horse now, but it’s not any less beloved. The North Austin brewery has even helpfully supplied a map to help us locate a six-pack, although you don’t have to rush out to find it: Einhorn will be available throughout the summer.

Live Oak Hefeweizen: A lot of the beers on this list are new, seasonal or small-batch, or some combination of the three. This one’s on here because it’s trusty — easy to get both in cans and on draft and always the straw-colored, aromatic gem we expect — and we should never take it for granted. Go get some.

The ABGB’s Rocket 100 Pilsner: This one is another reliable Austin brew and one of the beers that helped to cement the ABGB’s win as the Great American Beer Festival’s Brewpub of the Year. A pre-Prohibition example of a pilsner, it’s brewed with corn, one of the ingredients that German immigrants to our country would have used. Take it home in a growler or, better yet, a three-pack of crowlers.

Hops & Grain River Beer: Modeled after light lagers like Coors Banquet, with corn in its grain bill, River Beer is intended to accompany you on all your boat rides on Lake Travis, your tubing trips down the San Marcos River, anytime you are in or over a body of water in Texas. With it, Hops & Grain is hoping to attract people who drink the likes of Coors and Budweiser, but it’s flavorful (even a little sweet, thanks to the corn) and will no doubt be the favorite of regular craft beer lovers, too.

Adelbert’s Mango Wit: As I noted in a roundup of beers suited for springtime imbibing, the year-round Mango Wit is especially suited for the spring and summer months thanks to its sweet tropical notes. Now that it’s summer, let me just go ahead and quote myself: Adelbert’s made the Mango Wit with lemon peel and real, true, juicy mango, and let me emphasize the word “juicy” again. That’s exactly how this beer tastes: as if Adelbert’s filled cans with the sweet liquid squeezed from pounds of mangoes, threw in some citrus for balance and carbonated the result.

Brazos Valley Millions of Peaches Peach Wheat: Probably, the Brenham brewery is making a reference with the name and the can design to the Allman Brothers’ “Eat a Peach” record. But the six-pack I stumbled on at Whole Foods immediately made me crack a grin because Millions of Peaches is, to me, a nod to the insanely catchy ’90s diddly “Peaches” by the Presidents of the United States of America.

I bought the cans for the memory of belting out “millions of peaches, peaches for me” the summer in between high school and college and that alone, without knowing a thing about the beer, but fortunately it’s delicious. In the wheat beer, the sweet nectar of one of Texas’ most beloved fruits is preserved without being overly cloying, a danger that some fruit beers can face.

Arianna Auber / American-Statesman. Got any outdoor summer activities planned? Don’t leave your six-pack of Oasis at home.

Oasis, Texas’ You May All Go to Helles and I Will Go to Texas: Are your Texan heartstrings tugging yet at this Davy Crockett reference (and well-placed beer pun)? Even if they’re not, the Lake Travis-area brewery has crafted a beer, light and thirst-quenching, that seems tailor-made for our state. The cans are a limited release, so don’t miss them.

Zilker Brewing’s Parks & Rec Pale Ale: Brewed in collaboration with the Austin Parks Foundation to celebrate Zilker Park’s 100th anniversary, the seasonal pale ale, now in cans, doubles as a good cause. A portion of the proceeds from the beer, made with old-school hops like Centennial to emphasize bright citrus notes, is being donated to the Austin Parks Foundation for Zilker Park’s upkeep. Not that you needed an extra reason to go buy it, right?

Arianna Auber / American-Statesman. Zilker Brewing’s newest canned beer was made to highlight Zilker Park’s 100th anniversary.

Jester King Foudreweizen: The brewery’s big and boozy Boxer’s Revenge, a a barrel-aged sour strong ale, releases this weekend, but it’s not exactly conducive to summer drinking. Buy a few bottles of that to go, since it ages so nicely, but don’t miss out on Foudreweizen. The collaboration between Jester King and Live Oak Brewing is also back and so nicely captures what both breweries do best.

It was made when wort brewed at Live Oak and inoculated with its hefeweizen yeast was taken to Jester King to transform at the hands of the native yeast and bacteria, alive in the walls of the farmhouse brewery’s foudres, and the resulting Foudreweizen tastes in essence like a funky wheat beer — bonkers good.

A crowler of Pinthouse Pizza’s latest IPA: Both locations of the brewpub are producing fresh examples of the hazy, juicy IPA they’ve perfected, from the This Is Juice at the flagship on Burnet Road to the Electric Jellyfish IPA that the South Lamar brewpub can’t seem to make enough of. IPAs generally aren’t my go-to style on hot summer days, but Pinthouse makes the beer low in bitterness, albeit with the aroma and flavors that hops can impart. Like the ABGB, both locations have crowlers.

Texas Keeper Cider’s Grafter Rosé: The best drink of 2016 is back in bottles and available at the cidery starting tomorrow afternoon, where you can sip it while enjoying barbecue from the new LeRoy and Lewis. This year’s Grafter Rosé, dry, spritz-like and tart, is made with Rome Beauty apples and Texas-grown Tempranillo and Carignan grapes.

6 Austin breweries with outdoor beer gardens for springtime imbibing

Jester King Brewery, located a little outside of town, is one of the most picturesque breweries in the Austin area.

Now that it’s springtime, we want to spend all of our time outdoors, soaking up the sunshine before it gets too hot — in what will sadly be just a short couple of months.

In the meantime, here are a half-dozen Austin-area breweries that will deliver the transcendent outdoor experience so precious to many a beer lover.

Jester King Brewery

13187 Fitzhugh Rd., jesterkingbrewery.com.

It’s not an exaggeration to say that the farmhouse brewery in the Texas Hill Country is a veritable oasis, with much of the seating spread underneath the shade of tall leafy trees that are strung with twinkling lights to brighten the night. The surrounding landscape is made all the more meaningful when you realize that Jester King makes beers like the sublime and simple Le Petit Prince with the help of natural features around it, giving it a strong sense of place.

Arianna Auber / American-Statesman. Oasis, TX Brewing has irresistible views of Lake Travis from its upper-story taproom and patio.

Oasis, Texas Brewing

6550 Comanche Trl., otxbc.com.

OK, technically the Lake Travis-area brewery in the Oasis complex doesn’t have the greenery that surrounds many of these other spots, but it’s got the view: Oasis, Tex Brewing is located on a deck high above the lake and guarantees Instagram-worthy sunset photos that will have you gasping in delight. The beers — such as the juicy Metamodern Session IPA — are also pleasing to the palate and light enough in alcohol that you can have more than one.

Live Oak Brewing

1615 Crozier Ln., Del Valle, liveoakbrewing.com.

The nearly 20-year-old brewery moved from one tiny warehouse space in East Austin at the end of 2015 to a much bigger location built on 22 acres of land near the Colorado River and the local airport. Although there’s plenty of indoor seating in the taproom, you’ll be lured outside on a nice day. The beer garden is nestled, appropriately, underneath a majestic grove of live oaks where you can enjoy the classic Hefeweizen with food truck grub.

Middleton Brewing

101 Oakwood Loop, San Marcos, middletonbrewingtx.com.

When this brewpub south of Austin upgraded to a brewing system 20 times bigger than the previous one, the owners made everything else better, too, by moving into a specially built brewery complete with an expansive patio that has seats in the sun or the shade, depending on your preference. Middleton Brewing is also staffed with dog lovers who often bring their pooches to work with them, and your own furry friends are welcome to run around outside.

Hi Sign Brewing has just officially opened, but it’s already got a patio with pretty wooded views.

Hi Sign Brewing

1201 Bastrop Hwy., hisignbrewing.com.

Not far from Live Oak Brewing, one of Austin’s youngest breweries has a modest acre of outdoor space to play with but has already made the most of it — Hi Sign Brewing’s recent grand opening celebration had a crawfish boil and a disc golf tournament out there. Visitors to Hi Sign, sipping on beers like the juice-like New England IPA, can hang out on the deck or in the tree-lined yard beyond where lights have been strung and tables set out.

Treaty Oak Brewing & Distilling

16604 Fitzhugh Rd., Dripping Springs, treatyoakdistilling.com.

Off the same road as Jester King but much closer to Dripping Springs, this “brewstillery” ranch just about has it all: live music, food, play areas for the kids, plenty of outdoor seating both in the sun and in the shade and, perhaps best of all, a variety of beers and cocktails depending upon what you’re craving. (The distillery added a brewing program that launched at the end of last year.) With so much on offer, you’ll find it hard to leave the scenic serenity that pervades Treaty Oak.

Bars and other hangouts that take you far from SXSW

Although today — with rain, the start of South by Southwest and the arrival of President Barack Obama — might be best spent at home, Austinites will eventually want to get outdoors and explore their city.

Just, you know, not during the festival, which runs through next Sunday and takes over much of downtown and surrounding neighborhoods.

Want to avoid the crowds and chaos of SXSW, while still getting out and having fun? These bars on the outskirts of Austin are ready to serve you — and the many others flocking from Austin’s core over the next 10 days. The Brass Tap’s owner, Steve Sheets, has even noticed a rise in visitors during the week of the fest, although not enough to keep you from having a good time.

In no particular order:

The Brass Tap, 204 E. Main St., Round Rock. The beer bar’s 60 taps rotate through a variety of beers each week, so you can visit multiple days and will probably find something new to try each time.

Photo by Laura Skelding / American-Statesman. Oasis, TX Brewing's Bowsaw Pils is a draft-only offering at the Lake Travis brewery.
Photo by Laura Skelding / American-Statesman. Want a lake view with your beer? Visit Oasis, Texas Brewing in the Lake Travis area.

Oasis, Texas Brewing and Infamous Brewing, 6550 Comanche Trl. and 4602 Weletka Dr. Turn a weekend afternoon into a Lake Travis beer crawl with a visit to these local breweries. Infamous’ three-year anniversary party is next Saturday, with lots of good beers on tap for the occasion.

Treaty Oak Distilling, 16604 Fitzhugh Rd, Dripping Springs. This Hill Country destination just about has it all: cocktails, food, live music, a play area for the kids, even helicopter tours. This weekend, the distillery is also hosting the inaugural Hill Country Kitetail Fest starting at noon Sunday.

The Growler Bar, 1300 FM 685, Pflugerville. This just-opened craft beer spot from a father-and-son team has more than 50 taps for beers, cold-brew coffee, even wine, and you can stop in quickly to fill up a growler or stay awhile to nurse a pint or flight.

Moontower Saloon, 10212 Manchaca Rd. This dog-friendly hangout in far South Austin promises plenty of seating on an oak-shaded patio. Plus, there are food trucks, a volleyball court and often live music.

Live Oak Brewing, 1615 Crozier Ln., Del Valle. Now opened seven days a week from noon to 8 p.m., the new brewery comes with a beer garden shaded by towering live oak trees. Sit beneath one while sipping on one of Live Oak’s European-style beers, like the tart Berliner Weisse.

Ski Shores, 2905 Pearce Rd. The restaurant’s easygoing atmosphere, juicy burgers and a solid selection of cocktails and local craft beers, as well as lakefront views and a playground for the kids, makes Ski Shores a go-to spot for locals looking for laid-back fun on a huge deck.

Texas Keeper Cider, 12521 Twin Creeks Rd., Manchaca. Starting tomorrow with a grand opening celebration, the far South Austin cidery is ready to welcome visitors to the Texas Keeper taproom, which was renovated out of a historic farmhouse on a scenic 20-acre stretch of ranch land.

Oasis, TX Brewing offers good beer, food and Lake Travis views

Photo by Laura Skelding / American-Statesman. Oasis, TX Brewing's Bowsaw Pils is a draft-only offering at the Lake Travis brewery.
Photo by Laura Skelding / American-Statesman. Oasis, TX Brewing’s Bowsaw Pils is a draft-only offering at the Lake Travis brewery.

I always look for silver linings.

It’s not too hard to find one when I think about all the rains that have fallen on Central Texas in the past month: Lake Travis is nearly full again. That means it’s time to explore all the things to do in and around it; for my Austin360 cover story that runs tomorrow, I did exactly that, visiting eateries by the lake and checking out fun activities like Shore Club Volente Beach’s water park. But my most favorite Lake Travis haunt (because I am a beer writer, after all) was Oasis, Texas Brewing in the Oasis complex. It’s truly got it all: good beer, good food and stunning Lake Travis views.

Here’s my write-up of Oasis, Texas Brewing in tomorrow’s paper.

Oasis, Texas Brewing Co.

6550 Comanche Trail. 5 to 10 p.m. Thursday, 2 p.m. to 12 a.m. Friday, noon to 12 a.m. Saturday and noon to 10 p.m. Sundays. otxbc.com.

Drink up, Austinites.

You won’t just be thirsty for the beers. You’ll keep gulping in the glorious sight of Lake Travis too — an infinity of blue water far below. Those two tantalizing liquids will draw you to the taproom of Oasis, Texas Brewing, located on the top floor of the Oasis complex, again and again. There’s not a more scenic place in town to drink beer right from the source.

It helps that the beers are good, of course. From its start last year, Oasis, Texas Brewing has always known exactly what the focus is under head brewer Spencer Tielkemeier: sessionable beers in easy-to-travel cans. That’s especially perfect for the brewery given its lake location — light lagers and pale ales packed full of flavor are ideal for outdoor drinking — and it’s no doubt contributed to the brewery’s early success.

Currently, there are four dry, easy-drinking beers on the year-round lineup: the Luchesa Lager, the Slow Ride Pale Ale, the London Homesick Ale and Metamodern Session IPA, the most recent release.

These and more (including a barrel-aged series called Lake Monster) are all available during Oasis, Texas Brewing’s Thursday through Sunday taproom hours. Skip the long waits at the Oasis restaurant and go upstairs to the brewery, where on weekends there is often live music, food trucks and plenty of seating both inside and along a deck showcasing those gorgeous lake views.

If you aren’t sure which of the beers you want, try a flight of all six for $10 or get a half-pour for $2.50. Pints are $4.50.

Events: Grab a beer this weekend at the ABGB or Billy’s on Burnet

Two beer events are returning this weekend — one to bestow some care on an adorable bunch of shelter dogs and another to show some love for an unappreciated but oh-so-good beer, the lager.

First up on Saturday is an Austin Pets Alive benefit at the pizza-focused brewpub the ABGB, followed by a lager festival featuring beers from many local breweries at Billy’s on Burnet. Come thirsty.

The ABGB's American Pale Ale series has raised thousands to help out Austin Pets Alive's long-stay dogs.
The ABGB’s American Pale Ale series has raised thousands to help out Austin Pets Alive’s long-stay dogs.

The ABGB’s APA Release Party

Noon to 7 p.m. Saturday. Free. 1305 Oltorf St. theabgb.com.

The ABGB and Austin Pets Alive are celebrating the release of the fourth American Pale Ale brewed to promote the adoption and care of APA’s long-stay dogs. A $1 of every pint sold goes toward this program; the three prior APA APA beers and additional fundraising at the brewpub have so far raised more than $12,000. In addition to the newest pale ale, there will also be a dunking booth, a doggie swimming pool, a cornhole tournament and more.

Each beer in the APA series is single-hopped to showcase the characteristics of the hop used. This edition, according to a press release, “will feature Mosaic, a hop known for a complex array of tropical fruit, citrus, berry, herbal, earthy and pine characteristics.”

“The ABGB believes American Pale Ales share a noble characteristic with these long-stay dogs looking for homes: they are like a trusted best friend,” according to the press release. “Their beauty and strength is found in being steady, friendly and reliable.”

Austin Beer Guide’s Lager Jam 2

1 to 5 p.m. Saturday. $25. Billy’s on Burnet, 2105 Hancock Drive. austinbeerguide.com.

Photo by Laura Skelding / American-Statesman. Oasis, TX Brewing's Bowsaw Pils will be among the beers available at Austin Beer Guide's Lager Jam 2.
Photo by Laura Skelding / American-Statesman. Oasis, TX Brewing’s Bowsaw Pils will be among the beers available at Austin Beer Guide’s Lager Jam 2.

The lager isn’t like it used to be — the bottom-fermented beer is better than ever thanks to the craft brewers who are bringing it back to life. So many breweries have such tasty takes on the lager that the Austin Beer Guide is throwing the Lager Jam for the second year running. This year’s is even bigger, with 20 beers from 11 Texas breweries on tap.

Get your ticket soon (they sold out last year) for access to a sudsy selection that includes Austin Beerworks GalLager, a watermelon lager; Live Oak Speisse Grodz, a cask-conditioned grodziskie-style smoked lager; and Oasis, Texas Brewing’s LuchaMosa, a kellerbier with blood oranges. Austin Beerworks’ Lager Jam collaboration, a Vienna lager with soured peach juice, will also be available.

Tickets will get you three Lager Jam pours, a limited-edition Lager Jam pilsner glass and an onsite screen-printed T-shirt from Fine Southern Gentlemen that will feature art by Dusan Kwiatkowski. You can also try buying the glasses, the shirts and the beers a la carte at the event.

Whisler’s to celebrate 2-year anniversary on June 28

Photo by Emma Janzen / American-Statesman. Whisler's celebrates its 2-year anniversary on June 28.
Photo by Emma Janzen / American-Statesman. Whisler’s celebrates its 2-year anniversary on June 28.

It’s almost time to raise your glass to Whisler’s new milestone: two years in business in the same old building that used to house the iconic Austin dive bar Rabbit’s.

The craft cocktail bar (one of my favorites in Austin and the best place, in my opinion, to get an Old-Fashioned) is throwing an anniversary celebration on June 28, a Sunday, complete with live music, barrel-aged cocktails and lots of food.

At the heart of Whisler's tequila-based Greenbelt is verdita, a mixture of pineapple, cilantro and jalapeno juice.
At the heart of Whisler’s tequila-based Greenbelt is verdita, a mixture of pineapple, cilantro and jalapeño juice.

Starting at 1 p.m., you’ll be able to enjoy grub from nearby Salt & Time and on-site food trailer East Side King Thai-Kun, as well as Austin Beerworks brews and a special barrel-aged beer cocktail from Oasis, Texas Brewing Co. The Lake Travis-area brewery has aged its award-winning London Homesick Ale in a bourbon barrel and will serve it Old Fashioned-style with an orange peel at Whisler’s.

Music will be provided by Odas Williams Soul Revue, with special guests to be revealed throughout the day.

Whisler’s anniversary party is also a good opportunity to try the bar’s seasonal cocktails if you haven’t yet this summer. The menu is always thoughtfully crafted — with a mix of classics and original creations by bar staff — and the current one is no exception.

I recommend the Greenbelt, a cocktail I mentioned in my Austin summer cocktails round-up last month: “Whisler’s Greenbelt, a tequila concoction with genepy, velvet falernum and lime, is beautifully three-dimensional because of a final, little-known ingredient called verdita, made from pineapple, cilantro and jalapeño juices.”

For more information, visit whislersatx.com.

Lawsuit against Oasis, Texas Brewing dismissed

Oasis, Texas Brewing can continue to brew Slow Ride Pale Ale under that name after the case against the one-year-old brewery was dismissed in Colorado court. New Belgium Brewing had hoped to be able to determine which brewery had the right to the name.
Oasis, Texas Brewing can continue to brew Slow Ride Pale Ale under that name after the trademark case against the one-year-old brewery was dismissed in Colorado court.

Not so fast, New Belgium Brewing: Oasis, Texas Brewing can continue to make Slow Ride Pale Ale under that name after the lawsuit against the local brewery was dismissed by a Colorado judge.

Earlier this year, the two breweries became entangled in a legal conflict over the trademark for the beer name Slow Ride, which both claim to have the right to use. New Belgium, located in Fort Collins, Colo., took Oasis, Texas Brewing to court — but the U.S. District Court of Colorado recently granted Oasis, Texas Brewing’s motion to dismiss, citing that the jurisdiction of Colorado was not the appropriate one for the lawsuit, according to an Oasis, Texas blog post.

The judge also declined to transfer the case to a court in Texas.

The dismissal served as a nice victory for Oasis, Texas Brewing. “We will be steadfast in defending our rights to our beers and continue to brew and distribute (the original) Slow Ride,” the blog post said.

A statement from New Belgium Brewing on the brewery’s page about the lawsuit indicates that the court battle might not be over, however.

“This is in no way a reflection of the merits of our case, but simply a redirection to the US District Court of Texas as the proper venue to determine this case,” New Belgium said in the statement. “We remain open to settling this situation amicably and out of court. Short of that, we will continue to pursue geographic clarification as to rights and usage of our Slow Ride trademark brand in a Texas US District Court.”

The breweries also had a minor skirmish on social media yesterday in response to Bitch Beer’s post about the lawsuit’s dismissal.

Oasis, Texas Brewing’s Slow Ride Pale Ale is a big producer of sales for the Lake Travis-area brewery, which also makes three other core beers. Head brewer Spencer Tielkemeier said Slow Ride is “currently our best seller, accounting for a little more than 1/3 of our product sold.”

Share your love of the koozie at Austin360’s Bar 2211 party

Photo by Arianna Auber / American-Statesman. This koozie went with me to the beach and back. What stories could your koozie tell?
Photo by Arianna Auber / American-Statesman. This koozie went with me to the beach and back. What stories could your favorite koozie tell?

Chances are, you have a favorite koozie. A lucky koozie. A battered, well-worn koozie used to hold all the Austin Beerworks Fire Eagles you’ve had to drink while floating down the San Marcos River in the blazing summer heat.

You probably have a whole drawer or cupboard or bin full of all your other koozies, each with their own origin stories. The koozie you borrowed from your cousin at the Fourth of July picnic and never gave back. The koozie that holds bottles, not cans, with a long, slender neck and a zipper up the side. The koozie you bought just because it has the name of your favorite beer emblazoned on it.

I stuck my canned beers all last year in an Oasis, Texas Brewing koozie I’d picked up at the brewery’s opening party. It went with me to the beach, keeping my beer cool and sand-free, and it’s back in my koozie drawer now, waiting for my next sunny sojourn.

Do you have a favorite koozie? Show it off with a picture on Instagram that includes the #Austin360Drinks hashtag. Then, bring it with you to Austin360’s koozie party on March 28 at Bar 2211, an eastside bar that got its start selling only canned beer. We’re going to celebrate one of our favorite beer accessories there — because it’s time the koozie gets the spotlight in all its thermally insulating glory.

Oasis, Texas Brewing faces lawsuit from New Belgium over beer name

With so many new beers from craft breweries around the country releasing this year alone, it’s almost inevitable that one might have the same name as another a problem of trademarking that can often turn into an ugly legal dispute.

That’s what one local brewery now faces. Oasis, Texas Brewing Co. is being sued by New Belgium Brewing in Fort Collins, Colorado, because both claim to have the right to the name Slow Ride.

Photo by Rachel Rice / Lake Travis View. Oasis, Texas Brewing Co.'s head brewer Spencer Tielkemeier has been producing top-notch sessionable beers since last spring.
Photo by Rachel Rice / Lake Travis View. Oasis, Texas Brewing Co.’s head brewer Spencer Tielkemeier has been producing top-notch sessionable beers since last spring.

Oasis, Texas Brewing has been producing a pale ale under the name Slow Ride since the spring, when the Texas Alcoholic Beverage Commission gave the Lake Travis-area brewery label approval for the name. New Belgium also has a Slow Ride, this one a session IPA, that will be sold in Texas as the New Belgium Session IPA for the time being, until the lawsuit is settled, according to a post about the trademark dispute on New Belgium’s website.

The longtime Colorado brewery isn’t looking for money. Mainly, according to the post, New Belgium wants to clarify where either brewery can use the name Slow Ride (if one or both of them can).

Although Oasis didn’t register the name with the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office until Nov. 5, several months after New Belgium filed for the trademark with the USPTO, the Slow Ride Pale Ale “hit the market in mid-May, prior to (New Belgium’s) application for a trademark. Their assertion that brewing activities didn’t begin until August is simply untrue,” Oasis, Texas Brewing’s general manager Max Schleder noted on Saturday in a blog post titled “Stolen Ride.”

(With trademark rights, it’s often who uses first, rather than who files first, that determines who has the rights to the trademark. Confused? It took me awhile to understand all this legalese, but this post from a law firm specializing in trademarking helped a lot.)

Because “(Oasis, Texas Brewing) now claims exclusive nationwide rights in the mark,” New Belgium’s post said, “New Belgium has filed a claim in Federal District Court requesting a declaratory order from the Court that sorts out the rights of the parties.”

While New Belgium isn’t using Slow Ride on any of the session IPA labels in Texas, Oasis, Texas Brewing is continuing to produce its pale ale with that name. “We plan to keep making authentic and original craft beers, including Slow Ride…” Schleder wrote. “However, we now find ourselves having to spend large amounts of money on legal fees to protect what we believe to be rightfully and obviously ours  money that should be put towards the growth and support of a small, growing business.”

Oasis, Texas Brewing’s Slow Ride Pale Ale is a 4.8 percent ABV “American muscle beer at its finest,” according to the Oasis, Texas Brewing website, “super-charged with Chinook, Cascade and Columbus hops.”

Whole Foods Domain celebrating anniversary with Beer Bash

Whole Foods Domain, which has 41 beer taps at the indoor Draft Shack, is celebrating its one year anniversary with a Beer Bash on Friday.
Photo by Ralph Barrera / American-Statesman. Whole Foods Domain, which has 41 beer taps at the indoor Draft Shack, is celebrating its one year anniversary with a Beer Bash on Friday.

The Whole Foods Domain location opened last January with more than 45 taps at the indoor oyster bar and another seven at the outdoor bratwurst bar — making it the store with quite possibly the largest supply of craft beers on draft of all other Texas Whole Foods — and it’s been keeping shoppers satiated during their trips to the grocery store ever since.

To celebrate, the store is throwing a store-wide anniversary Beer Bash on Friday from 5 to 8 p.m. The festivities will feature beers from 17 breweries, both local and national, and food pairings to go along with them. Plus, growler fills will be $2 off that day. Participating breweries include seven from Texas, such as Uncle Billy’s, Revolver, Circle, Ranger Creek and even the cidery Texas Keeper, and the rest from around the country, such as Odell, Sierra Nevada, Atwater, Firestone Walker and more.

Unrelated to the anniversary celebration — but well worth noting — is the Goose Island tap takeover tonight from 6 to 8 p.m. The indoor bar is tapping some pretty elusive Goose Island beers including Bourbon County Brand Barleywine, Bourbon County Brand Stout, the Muddy, Sofie, Ogden and more. Given that the stout is such a highly rated beer each year it’s released, it’s a tapping you won’t want to miss.