San Antonio Music Awards 2014: Best Guitarist

San Antonio Music Awards 2014: Best Guitarist

San Antonio Music Awards 2014: 10/1/2014
Sky High: Getting acquainted with Christopher Ware’s Paramour

Sky High: Getting acquainted with Christopher Ware’s Paramour

Food & Drink: Christopher Ware leads our group into a lofty conference space with mile-high ceilings, two giant wooden tables and possibly the comfiest... By Jessica Elizarraras 10/1/2014
San Antonio Music Awards 2014: Best Album

San Antonio Music Awards 2014: Best Album

San Antonio Music Awards 2014: 10/1/2014
Beaches Be Trippin\': Five Texas Coast Spots Worth the Drive

Beaches Be Trippin': Five Texas Coast Spots Worth the Drive

Arts & Culture: Let’s face it, most of us Lone Stars view the Texas coast as a poor man’s Waikiki. Hell, maybe just a poor man’s Panama Beach — only to be used... By Callie Enlow 7/10/2013
San Antonio Music Awards 2014: Best Vocalist

San Antonio Music Awards 2014: Best Vocalist

San Antonio Music Awards 2014: 10/1/2014

Search hundreds of restaurants in our database.

Search hundreds of clubs in our database.

Follow us on Instagram @sacurrent

Print Email

Bottle & Tap

Shopping list: Beer

Photo: , License: N/A

There are several notable recent beer releases to add to the try-this list.

Saint Arnold Endeavour, which began life as Divine Reserve No. 11 when it was released last year, has returned for year-round distribution. The double IPA, like the pumpkin imperial stout seasonal released last fall, comes in a 22-ounce bottle.

West Coast brewers developed the double IPA style, sometimes referred to as imperial IPA, as the demand for bigger and bolder hop flavors grew. Saint Arnold brewers use Pacific Northwest hops Simcoe, Columbus, and Centennial distinct citrus flavors.

"It is amazing to me that 15 years ago, we would have struggled to sell three cases of this beer, but the public is clamoring for it today," said Brock Wagner, founder of the 18-year-old Houston brewery.

Samuel Adams is preparing new releases in its Single Batch series of beers. The smoky and slightly sweet Cinder Bock and the style-bending Dark Depths Baltic IPA are on shelves now.

Next up in the series are Verloren Gose and Norse Legend. Verloren, German for "lost," is an unmalted wheat-based gose style beer with a touch of salt and coriander.

The Norse Legend is fashioned after the Finnish sahti style and has rye malt for spicy notes and earthiness from several aromatic specialty malts. It was then aged on juniper berries for the flavor of evergreens. Jennifer Glanville, a brewer at Boston Beer Co., says she experimented with this style for nine years before finding just the right juniper berries and combinations to make it work.

Stone Brewing Co.'s Old Guardian Barley Wine, a beer I have sought out every time I left the state, has just hit shelves in Texas. If you've ever had Stone's Arrogant Bastard Ale, you can imagine what a barley wine ale from this brewery would be like. Enjoy it while there is still a little evening chill in the South Texas air.

Indy gets Friendly

The beers of Austin's Independence Brewing Co. will be featured at the second monthly Beerducation series at The Friendly Spot in Southtown (7pm Thu, Mar 8). Come learn about the brewery, the beer styles, and the inspiration behind Independence's take on them.

Yours truly is hosting, but we'll also get to hear from brewers Michael Waters and Adam Gonzales. For this fuzzy pair, the series' name may be temporarily changed to Beard-ucation (think ZZ Top but with brewers paddles instead of fuzzy guitars).

Freetail gets funky

Freetail Brewing Co. has tapped the Saison d'Schoppe, the winning beer for Funkiest of Show at the 2010 Alamo City Cerveza Fest homebrewing competition. Award-laden Austin homebrewer Mark Schoppe created this Belgian style beer with tons of great spice character including coriander and peppercorns.

Travis E. Poling is beer writer for the Current and is co-author of Beer Across Texas: A Guide to Brews and Brewmasters of the Lone Star State. You can hear him March 8 at The Friendly Spot Ice House leading the monthly Beerducation series.

We welcome user discussion on our site, under the following guidelines:

To comment you must first create a profile and sign-in with a verified DISQUS account or social network ID. Sign up here.

Comments in violation of the rules will be denied, and repeat violators will be banned. Please help police the community by flagging offensive comments for our moderators to review. By posting a comment, you agree to our full terms and conditions. Click here to read terms and conditions.
comments powered by Disqus