LOKO Cuisine and Bell’s Brewery to Host Fruit & Fire Pairing at Pour House

lokocuisinelogoOn Sunday, September 24 at 11:30 a.m., LOKO Cuisine will set up shop at Pour House – Tampa (1208 E. Kennedy Suite 112, Tampa, Florida) to feature the offerings of Bell’s Brewery (Comstock, Michigan) at a Rare Beer & A Plate Lunch event dubbed Fruit & Fire.

As autumn draws closer with each passing day, the folks at LOKO Cuisine are using Fruit & Fire as an excuse to fire up the smoker “one last time for an end of summer BBQ that will bring the sweet and the heat.”  The centerpiece of this event will be the following spread of smoked brisket, fruit-infused sauces, and tasty sides:

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If that menu has your attention, you will certainly be all in on Fruit & Fire when you hear that Bell’s Brewery has selected 10+ rare and/or seasonal beers to pair with this summer BBQ.  The full taplist is as follows (click any beer below for description):

One pint/snifter (of equal value) is included with the ticket price, and each attendee will also receive a souvenir imperial pint glass from Bell’s Brewery.  If beer is not your thing, there will also be mimosas and wine available to choose as your included beverage.

Tickets are available now for the price of $26.75 each, and you can purchase your tickets by clicking here.  Ticket cost gets you all-you-can-eat brisket and sides; one beer (pint/snifter of equal value), mimosa or glass of wine; and a souvenir imperial pint glass.  Physical tickets will not be issued, but your name will be added to a paid list once the purchase process is completed. FYI: Everyone in your party will have to check in under the purchaser’s name at the door.  Please keep in mind that most LOKO Cuisine events sell out quickly, so be sure to secure your tickets to Fruit & Fire as soon as possible.  Prost!

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Cycle Brewing Marks Fourth Anniversary with Four Bottle Releases

Cycle4thCycle Brewing (534 Central Ave, St. Petersburg, FL) has taken to social media to announce that it will celebrate its Fourth Anniversary with four straight days of rare bottle releases beginning on Tuesday, August 15.

That’s right, Cycle Brewing is going 4 Beers for 4 Years for its Fourth Anniversary celebration, and the folks at the brewery are hitting fans with some mighty fine rarities during these bottle releases that span from Tuesday, August 15 to Friday, August 18.  It’s probably best for us to just skip all the pomp and circumstance, so here’s the full rundown on these featured celebratory beers:

  • 8 a.m. on Tuesday, August 15: Rare DOS 1, Whiskey Barrel-aged Imperial Stout (aged over a year) – $25 per bottle, bottle limit to be determined. Details:Rare DOS 1, this is Rare DOS that was aged over 1 year in the sweltering heat, just like Lost DOS for those who remember, and it was a good year and some of our finest beer that is nothing more than Beer, Barrel and Time.”
  • 8 a.m. on Wednesday, August 16: Hazelnut, Barrel-aged Hazelnut Imperial Stout with Cocoa Nibs – $30 per bottle, bottle limit to be determined. Details: Hazelnut with nibs is actually what we had in the first Hazelnut (black label, brown line hazelnut, the new art is reminiscent of it) and while the first label was printed before we decided to add nibs, we didn’t regret that addition and have created another batch.”
  • 8 a.m. on Thursday, August 17: Rare Noa (a collaboration with Omnipollo), Bourbon Barrel-aged Imperial Stout with Coffee, Cinnamon & Pecan – $30 per bottle, bottle limit to be determined. Details:Rare NOA, the collab with Omnipollo is a mash up of our stout and barrel aging and their adjunct expertise from Noa Pecan Mud Cake, this is a dream for those who want dessert beer – purists can skip this one, it is 100% unabashed adulterated decadence.”
  • 8 a.m. on Friday, August 18: Rare DOS Double Barrel (Sunday 2017), Bourbon Barrel then Cinnamon Vanilla Whiskey Barrel-aged Imperial Stout- $35 per bottle, bottle limit to be determined. Clarifying information on this beer: “Friday is perhaps the most confusing beer label, sorry, it’s accurate but tough to decipher if you don’t follow our beers closely, and probably even if you do. The non barrel aged stout we released on Sunday during TBBW, with coffee and cocoa nibs, was a completely different recipe from Rare DOS as we added a high percentage of Munich malt. Around the brewery we just called it Munich Stout, which is entirely confusing as it’s not a style and it’s not really related to Munich, Germany outside of the name of the malt so we decided not to call it that but then didn’t have a name and so we were left with the first batch we brewed being in barrels and we released the second batch as the Sunday beer. Now it’s “Sunday Stout“, that has been moved from its first barrels into Cinnamon/Vanilla whiskey barrels (whatever those are) and is being released on a Friday. It’s a mess, writing this is even confusing, we failed to clear anything up but damnit if this beer isn’t excellent.”

Quantities for all four beers are limited.  Bottle limits will be based on how many people are in line, and the brewery will establish those limits at the time of each release. This being the case, there is no need to disturb Cycle’s neighbors by forming a line hours before each release. With that said, the brewery does recommend that you arrive by 7:45 a.m. to be considered in the head count. All four of these bottle releases are CASH ONLY while there is a line.  Release times are for bottles only.  These beers will be available on tap at 5 p.m. on their respective release dates.

With just a glance at that list, it becomes quite clear that these bottles will sell out with a quickness.  If you are after one (or all four) of these beers, just make sure you are in line by 7:45 a.m. with cash in hand on the respective day.  Above all else, just remember to respectful of the brewery’s neighbors while in line and be sure to wish the crew at Cycle Brewing a happy anniversary while you are there.  Prost!

 

Escape Brewing Sets Date for 3 Year Anniversary Party and Bottle Release

EscapePartyOn Saturday, September 23 at 7 p.m., Escape Brewing Company (Trinity, Florida) will officially celebrate its Third Anniversary by hosting a ticketed party and special bottle release featuring three versions of its Bourbon Barrel-aged Seeds of Doubt Russian Imperial Stout.

After John McGregor and Matt Thompson cut their teeth making homebrew in their garages, they decided to leave their jobs in corporate America three years ago to found Escape Brewing Company.  Armed with just the American dream, a 3 BBL brew system, a taproom and limited distribution; Matt, John and their team have since established themselves in the Tampa beer community and endeared themselves to their countless fans and regulars in Trinity.  All the folks at Escape Brewing Company realize that the past three years of success would not have been possible without those fans, so they are going to throw one hell of an Anniversary Party as a thank you.  There are a lot of details to cover when it comes to this shindig, so let’s get to it!

The Basics

What – Escape Brewing Company’s 3 Year Anniversary Party & Bottle Release
When – Saturday, September 23 from 7 p.m. to 11 p.m.
Where – 9945 Trinity Blvd Suite 108, Trinity, Florida

The Beer

Those who attend this event will enjoy unlimited pours of 35+ beers from 10 or more local breweries.  Escape Brewing is currently in the process of compiling the list of guest breweries and featured beers.  We will update you with that information just as soon as we have it.

The Bottle Release

Attendees will also have the opportunity to purchase bottles of Bourbon Barrel-aged Seeds of Doubt Russian Imperial Stout.  The first two versions are as follows:

  • Seeds of Doubt Russian Imperial Stout Barrel Aged in a Knob Creek Barrel – $20 each
  • Seeds of Doubt Russian Imperial Stout Barrel Aged in a Four Roses Barrel – $20 each

The two versions above will have a total bottle limit of six (6) bottles per person.  This limit is aggregate, meaning you could do “4 Knob Creek and 2 Four Roses or 3 Knob Creek and 3 Four Roses or 1 Four Roses and 5 Knob Creek.” Basically, you can mix and match however you wish just as long as your total amounts to 6 or fewer bottles.

There will also be a third version of Bourbon Barrel-aged Seeds of Doubt available during this event, but this one is much more limited in quantity.  Thanks to their friends at Craft Street Kitchen, Escape Brewing got ahold of a hand-selected 13 Year Knob Creek barrel and you know they put some Seeds of Doubt in that bad boy.  Seeds of Doubt Russian Imperial Stout Barrel Aged in a 13 Year Knob Creek Barrel will be available for the cost of $25 each and will have a separate limit of one (1) bottle per person.

Ticket Info

Tickets for Escape Brewing Company’s 3 Year Anniversary Party and Bottle Release are available now for $30 each, and you can secure your tickets by clicking here (maximum purchase per person is two [2] tickets).   Ticket cost grants you admission into the party, a commemorative tasting glass, unlimited pours of featured beers, and the ability to purchase bottles of Barrel-aged Seeds of Doubt Russian Imperial Stout for an additional cost.

There will be no physical tickets issued.  Once you purchase your tickets, your name will be added to a Will Call list.  A proper ID matching the purchaser’s name will be required to claim tickets at Will Call.

This is strictly a 21 and up event, and tickets can only be purchased online.

More details are sure to be released as we get closer to the event, and we will update you with that information here just as soon as we receive it.  Stay tuned.  Prost!

Field Trip: An Evening with Lord Hobo Brewing Co.

On Monday, July 31, Cavalier Distributing welcomed Lord Hobo Brewing Co. (Woburn, Massachusetts) to the Florida beer scene with an industry-only event at The Dalí Museum.  We were lucky enough to score an invite to the event, and you know we took plenty of photos to document the festivities for you.

Just last week, we let you all know the exciting news that Lord Hobo Brewing Co. was arriving in Florida with a series of launch events set to take place from August 2 to August 12 (click here to read that post).  The party got off to an early start on Monday as representatives from Tampa-area breweries and craft beer establishments got together at The Dalí to introduce themselves to the crew and brews of Lord Hobo.  The evening was filled with damn good beer, tasty eats, great tunes and even better conversation held against a backdrop of Salvador Dalí’s artistic masterpieces.  It was a truly unique, craft beer experience that is probably best conveyed in a visual format.  Check out photos of the festivities below, and be sure to hit up one of the remaining launch events so that you too can get to know the amazing folks of Lord Hobo Brewing Co. while they are in town.  Prost!

 

**Click any photo below to enlarge, read descriptions, and/or view the gallery as a slideshow**

 

7venth Sun Brewery Gears Up for Grand Opening of Tampa Facility

7venthSunTampaPosterAt 11 a.m. on Saturday, August 12, 7venth Sun Brewery (Dunedin & Tampa, Florida) will officially open their new brewery and taproom in Tampa with a Grand Opening celebration comprised of collaboration beers, tasty grub, live music and plenty of good times.

Since first opening their doors in Dunedin in 2012, Devon Kreps and Justin Stange, founders of 7venth Sun Brewery, have firmly established themselves in the Central Florida craft beer scene.  Their lineup of Belgian-style brews, IPAs, barrel-aged beers, and oak-aged sours has earned 7venth Sun a stellar reputation that has craft beer lovers across the country eager to try anything coming out of the brewery.  Business has been good, and now Devon and Justin are ready to bring the 7venth Sun vibe to Tampa proper by opening a new brewery and taproom at 6809 North Nebraska Avenue.  It goes without saying that they have quite a bit planned for their Grand Opening Party on August 12, so let’s break it all down.

The Basics

What – Grand Opening of 7venth Sun Brewery – Tampa
When – Saturday, August 12 from 11 a.m. to 1 a.m.
Where – 6809 N Nebraska Ave, Tampa, Florida

The Beer

In addition to a full lineup of awesome 7venth Sun brews, this Grand Opening is going next level by featuring special collaborations with the following EIGHT breweries:

**UPDATE 8/11/17**  Here’s the full taplist for the event:

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The Food

7venth Sun has arranged for Ramen and Waffles Food Truck and Buddy Brew Coffee and Food to be on site to handle any grub and/or coffee needs you may encounter during the event.

The Entertainment

To keep the party going, Lowry Parcade will be onsite with a Pop Up setup of games, and live music will be provided by The Heavy Pets at 7 p.m.

This Grand Opening event is free to attend and pay as you go.  This is going be a hell of a good time so get your friends together, make a day out of it, and give 7venth Sun Brewery a proper welcome to Tampa on August 12.  Prost!

Magic City Brewfest Regroups, Relocates to Avondale Park

MCBFfeatureAfter unexpected issues with a previous venue, Free The Hops has found a new home for the 11th Annual Magic City Brewfest at Avondale Park (4101 5th Avenue South,
Birmingham, Alabama) on Saturday, July 29 from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m.

In a turn of events that absolutely no one saw coming, the Alabama beer scene was rocked a little over a month ago when Free the Hops had to announce the postponement of the Magic City Brewfest.  After a mad scramble and some diligent hard-work, organizers were able to lock down Avondale Park as the new venue for the iconic, original Free the Hops festival.  Sure, the date had to be changed and the event had to be trimmed down to one session as a result, but the 11th Annual Magic City Brewfest still promises to be one of the best yet by boasting over “175 types of beer from over 70 breweries.”  Since this event is absolutely packed with amazing beer, delicious food, incredible live entertainment and insightful beer classrooms, we have quite a bit of information to go over.  Let’s break it all down.

The Basics

What – 11th Annual Magic City Brewfest
When – One Session: Saturday, July 29 from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m.
Where – Avondale Park (4101 5th Avenue South, Birmingham, Alabama)

The Organization

“Free The Hops is a grassroots non-profit consumer advocacy organization whose successful lobbying efforts to reform hostile laws have helped make Alabama one of the most vibrant and welcoming beer markets in the USA. As a craft beer consumer advocacy organization, our mission is to work within our communities to educate the public, support the industry at large, and remain vigilant watch dogs on legislative processes. Started in 2004 by Alabamians with no ties to any alcoholic beverage business, Free The Hops was incorporated later that year and registered as an official 501(c)(6) non-profit in 2007. None of our members make any money off the grassroots effort.”

A New Focus

“This year, Free the Hops has overhauled their mission to focus more on education. We will be sharing a wealth of fun and useful knowledge, from an introduction to homebrewing and common off flavors in beer, to tips on pairing beer with food and maximizing your time at the festival. We will have an overview of the Cicerone curriculum, and details on various beer styles and serving methods.”

The Beer

In addition to showcasing over 175 beers from over 70 breweries, the 2017 Magic City Brewfest will also feature the following specialty releases:

  • Sponsored by The J. Clyde, the Alabama Cask Garden returns to feature one-off casks created by Alabama breweries exclusively for the Magic City Brewfest
  • The J. Clyde Fire Truck will be on-site to serve up some exclusive beers
  • This year’s Magic City Brewfest will also feature the Sister Cities Birmingham/Plzen Brewery Collaboration, a collaborative effort that had four Birmingham breweries (Cahaba Brewing Co., Avondale Brewing Co., Red Hills Brewing Company, and 5 Points Brewing) team up with breweries from Plzen, Czech Republic to create some exclusive beers for the festival.  Attendees will have the opportunity to vote for their favorite collaboration brew from this series

The full brewery and beer list for the 2017 Magic City Brewfest is in the process of being compiled.  Once it is completed, you can view it by following this link.

The Food

The following local restaurants will be on-site to serve up some tasty eats during the event:

Food is not included in the ticket cost.  Once inside the festival, attendees will be able to purchase tokens to exchange for food.

The Music

To keep the energy up throughout the event, the Magic City Brewfest will feature the musical stylings of The Yellow Dandies and Tropical Breeze Steel Band.

Ticket Information

Tickets for the 11th Annual Magic City Brewfest are on sale now for the price of $40 each, and you can purchase yours by clicking here.  That price grants you entrance into the festival, a commemorative tasting glass, the ability to sample over 175 beers, and access to live entertainment and educational classrooms.

We said it before and we will say it again: Now that all the details are covered, this is the part where we give the Magic City Brewfest – and this goes for its sister Rocket City Brewfest in Huntsville – our full, honest endorsement as one of the finest and best organized beer festivals in the country.  The circumstances behind the postponement were unfortunate, but the Birmingham beer community has bounced back from much more difficulty in the past.  Why? Because rally behind each other, and because we love our breweries, our city and our state.  So, let’s rally once again and sell out this Magic City Brewfest as a sign of appreciation to all the amazing people at Free the Hops that organized this event and inspired so much change over the years.  What say you?  Let’s do this.  Prost!

Funky Buddha Brewery to Screen Blood, Sweat, and Beer: A Craft Beer Documentary

bloodsweatbeerREDOn Thursday, July 13 from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m., Funky Buddha Brewery (1201 NE 38th St, Oakland Park, Florida) will treat their fans to a night at the movies by hosting the South Florida Premiere of Blood, Sweat, and Beer: A Craft Beer Documentary.

For this special edition of Funky Flicks, Funky Buddha Brewery will take on the persona of an art film house to present the area premiere of Blood Sweat, and Beer, a documentary that “highlights the explosive growth of the craft beer industry and tells the dramatic story of two breweries as they build towards opening day.”  The complete film synopsis is as follows:

Blood, Sweat, and Beer is a feature documentary about the explosive growth of the craft beer industry and the dramatic journeys of two start-up breweries. The film follows a trio of 23-year-olds as they struggle to start The Brew Gentlemen Beer Company in Braddock, PA. Matt, Asa, and Brandon hope their brewery will help this once-prosperous steel town bounce back from decades of neglect, violence, and population loss. The film also tells the emotional story of Danny Robinson, a boardwalk brewery owner and restaurateur whose empire is threatened by an aggressive trademark lawsuit that could leave him penniless. Four entrepreneurs, two brand new breweries, and one ultimate goal: to quench the thirst of the craft-craving masses.

At the conclusion of the film, founding members of Funky Buddha Brewery will open things up for a Q&A session focused on their experiences of building a brewery from the ground up.

Tickets for this event are available now for the price of $15 each, and you can purchase yours by clicking area.  Ticket cost provides you with “a seat at the screening, one draft beer, and bottomless fresh-popped movie popcorn.”  Tickets are limited, so grab yours while you can to ensure that you are one of the first in Florida to see Blood, Sweat, and Beer.  Prost!

 

Morimoto Asia to Host Inaugural Craft Beers and Bites Festival

unnamed (33)On Saturday, July 29 at 1 p.m., Morimoto Asia at Disney Springs (1600 East Buena Vista Drive, Lake Buena Vista, Florida) will showcase Florida craft breweries alongside gourmet food pairings at the restaurant’s first Craft Beers and Bites Festival.

Chef Masaharu Morimoto has long been an avid supporter of pairing fine food with great craft beer, and this practice will now have an opportunity to be on full display at the Morimoto Asia Craft Beers and Bites Festival.  Taking place on the restaurant’s second level, this event will feature the craft beers of eight Florida breweries alongside a menu of individual food pairings prepared by Morimoto Asia Executive Chef, Yuhi Fujinaga.  The full menu and list of paired breweries are as follows:

Tickets for the Morimoto Asia Craft Beers and Bites Festival are available now, and you can purchase yours online for the price of $40 each (plus tax & gratuity) by clicking here.  Ticket cost gains you entrance into the event and unlimited access to the beers and bites.  100% of all profits raised from the Beers and Bites Festival will go to benefit Children’s Home Society of Florida to aid in their mission to build bridges to success for children.

Tickets are extremely limited for the Morimoto Asia Craft Beers and Bites Festival, so be sure to secure yours as soon as possible because this event is sure to sell out.  Prost!

Funky Buddha Brewery Announces Buddha Bash Summer Concert Series

funkybuddhaBeginning on July 5 at 8 p.m., Funky Buddha Brewery (1201 NE 38th Street, Oakland Park, Florida) will pair their craft brews with local tunes every Wednesday this summer by hosting Buddha Bash: A Summer Concert Series.

In an effort to transform their Oakland Park location into a weekday summer destination for craft beer and music fans alike, Funky Buddha Brewery will serve as a venue for Buddha Bash, a showcase of local musical talent, on every Wednesday of summer.  Each show will go for 8 p.m. to 10 p.m., and there will be no cover charge at all.

Buddha Bash will launch on July 5 with “MC1, a one-man Garage Punk band consisting of Joe Koontz of Against All Authority fame, performing live on the front patio.”  We Got the Beats Record Store of Fort Lauderdale will also be in attendance “with an extensive collection of vinyl, selling records and keeping the jams going in between sets.”  Finally, the chefs from Funky Buddha’s Craft Food Counter & Kitchen will be serving up “a pig roast with all the fixins” to ensure that everyone is covered in the grub department during the show.

If you cannot make the kick-off party for Buddha Bash, here is a look at the full lineup of shows scheduled during the month of July:

  • July 5th – MC1, one-man garage punk band led by Joe Koontz of Against All Authority
  • July 12th – SNOWMOON, a female fronted indie rock trio hailing from Miami, FL
  • July 19th – Slow Coast, a Miami based band heavily influenced by Blues, Jazz and Rock n Roll
  • July 26th – The Takers and Leavers, a Ft. Lauderdale based alternative rock and indie band

More shows will be scheduled throughout the summer, and we will do our best to update this post with that information as it is released.

If you are in the Oakland Park/Ft. Lauderdale area and have been looking for something to break up the mid-week monotony, Funky Buddha Brewery certainly has you covered with Buddha Bash.  Be sure to check it out when you can.  Prost!

Austin’s Celis Brewery Plans Grand Opening, Launches with Three Year-Round Beers

Celis Pale Bock 2017On Tuesday, July 11, Celis Brewery (10001 Metric Blvd., Austin, Texas) – Austin’s original craft brewery – will officially return to the craft beer scene with a Grand Opening event that will showcase the brewery’s new facility and three Year-Round offerings.

Celis Brewery was originally founded in 1992 by famed Belgian brewer Pierre Celis and “gained national and international notoriety with its Celis White, a Belgian witbier that . . . Celis championed in his hometown of Hoegaarden, Belgium.”  This popularity led to rapid growth that eventually caught the eye of Miller Brewing Company.  The brewing giant ended up purchasing Celis Brewery, and the brewery eventually closed its doors in 2001.

Fast-forward to 2017 and things are looking up for the legendary Celis Brewery once again.   Christine Celis, Pierre’s daughter and partner in the original brewery, has painstakingly rebuilt Celis Brewery to reestablish her family’s brewing legacy, and the time to officially reopen has finally arrived.

“Austin has its first craft brewery back,” says Ms. Celis, founder and CEO of Celis Brewery. “It has been a labor of love to reopen Celis Brewery, and it is incredibly exciting to be back brewing my father’s original recipes like the famous Celis Wit and Celis Grand Cru using the proprietary yeast from Belgium. We are overwhelmed by the outpouring of support and enthusiasm we have found in Austin as we have started reintroducing our Celis beers around town in a series of tastings this month. We are thrilled to celebrate our return with a Grand Opening party on the 25th anniversary of the first grand opening. We are giving Austin a part of its history back.”

On July 11, the public will have its “first opportunity to tour the 22,000-square-foot brewery . . . that has the capacity to brew more than 50,000 barrels per year.”  Highlights from the tour will include the brewery’s “technologically advanced 50 HL BrauKon brew system, some of the original equipment from Belgium, and the new brewery’s taproom with its majestic centerpiece: the original Celis Brewery’s massive hand-beaten copper kettle from the early 1900s which has been converted into a beautiful bar.”  Showing off their state-of-the-art equipment will be fun, but the brewing team at Celis Brewery is most looking forward to using the Grand Opening event as an opportunity to convey their dedication to “the same stringent consistency and quality protocols that propelled the original brewery to prominence.”

True evidence of this dedication can only be found in the beer, and Celis Brewery will launch with the following three Year-Round offerings:

  • Celis White“The legendary “Father of Witbier” first brewed by Pierre Celis in 1965 is back. The signature witbier is made with the original Celis recipe including Cascade, Saaz and Willamette hops, coriander and orange peel, as well as the proprietary yeast strain from Belgium. This traditional witbier is hazy bright yellow with strong citrus with spicy fruity scents. Celis White sparkles slightly tart fruit flavors balanced with light maltiness and wheat. It finishes with complex citrus and spice for a refreshing taste that is perfect on a warm Texas afternoon.”
  • Celis Pale Bock“Christine Celis has revived her father’s Belgian Pale Bock recipe with the same amber color and lingering warm rich flavors as the original. It’s brewed with caramel malts, and Saaz, Willamette and Cascade hops, giving it a deep copper and a creamy Belgian-white head. The Pale Bock has dry berry with caramel-malt and citrus aromas, and delicious flavors of subdued berry, malt, a touch of citrus, hints of herbs and spices, and a touch of bitterness at the finish. This easy drinking, full-flavored beer is sure to inspire engaging conversations with friends.”
  • Celis Citrus Grandis IPA“Celis Brewery’s first new recipe is an East Coast style IPA made with the finest Azacca and Citra hops. This zesty Caribbean-inspired brew mingles juicy citrus and tropical fruit aromatics in its hazy golden depths. The IPA pours hazy pale orange with frothy, paper-white head. The effortlessly drinkable beer has bold flavors of grapefruit, orange rind and melons followed by light peach, passionfruit and pineapple notes. It finishes with lingering piney, hop bitterness that begs for a second sip.”

The three beers above will be pouring at the Grand Opening event, and they are also available “on tap at more than 100 bars and restaurants in central Texas.”  Celis Brewery plans to systematically roll out distribution with expansion “to Dallas Fort Worth in July, and San Antonio and Hill Country in August.” Bottles are expected to be available by August 2017, and the brewery plans to introduce more beers in fall as well – this includes the lauded Celis Grand Cru mentioned above.

With all the negativity recently raised in the beer community due to buyouts, it is more than refreshing to see a brewery comeback from such a situation.  If you are in the Austin area, this truly is an occasion that needs to be celebrated and recognized.  Whether you wait until the Grand Opening on July 11 or track them down early at a local pub, just be sure to raise a glass to Celis Brewery and welcome them back to the amazing craft beer scene it once had a hand in establishing.  Prost!

 

Christine Celis, Craig Mycoskie, Daytona Camps 2017
The Celis Brewery Team (left to right): Christine Celis, Founder and CEO; Craig Mycoskie, Head Brewer formerly of Rahr & Sons Brewing Company; and Daytona Camps, Brewer and daughter of Ms. Celis.