Celis Brewery Hits the Colder Months with Seasonal Release of Celis Grand Cru

CelisgrandcrulogoCelis Brewery (Austin, Texas) has announced that Celis Grand Cru has officially returned for a Seasonal run with availability on draft and now in 12 oz. cans.

A true revival of the original recipe “created by Pierre Celis in 1967 in Hoegaarden, Belgium”, Celis Grand Cru is a Belgian-style Tripel “brewed with pale barley malts, along with Saaz and Cascade hops, and the same proprietary yeast strain that has been used in Celis White since 1965.”  This award-winning recipe produces a “well-balanced” experience that has “complex fruity flavors with spicy accents and a delicate sweetness with a lingering dry finish.” Meant to be sipped and savored, Celis Grand Cru (8.6% ABV) promises to be an “ideal beer choice for festive winter gatherings and indulging in with friends during the colder months of the year.”

“We are excited to reintroduce Celis Grand Cru this season, both on tap and now in cans,” says Christine Celis, founder of Celis Brewery. “Celis Grand Cru was the second beer my father created back in 1967 at Celis Brouwerij in Hoegaarden, and now we are brewing it for the second time in the new Celis brewery. The higher alcohol content of Grand Cru makes it an excellent style to be savored on special occasions. It is the perfect ale to take to holiday parties to impress your friends.”

Celis Grand Cru is hitting distribution now and will be available through March 2019, while supplies last.  You can expect to find this Seasonal offering available in 12 oz. cans and on draft at select craft beer-friendly establishments located throughout the state of Texas.  Prost!

Vital Information for Celis Grand Cru from Celis Brewery

Release – Seasonal, November 2018 – March 2019
Style – Belgian-style Tripel
ABV – 8.6%
Featured Hops – Saaz & Cascade
Fun Fact – On Celis Grand Cru’s origin: “Celis Grand Cru Tripel was first released by the original Celis Brewery in Austin during Autumn of 1992 using the same recipe as Pierre Celis brewed in Hoegaarden. Grand Cru developed a strong following among beer lovers all over the world during in the 1990s. Celis Grand Cru Tripel won several awards including a Silver medal at the 1998 World Beer Cup and Gold medal at the 1998 Great American Beer Festival (GABF).”
Suggested Food Pairings – “Pair it with rich, fatty, or creamy foods, like short ribs, roasted pork loin, or grilled lamb with a festive meal. It’s excellent with soft cheeses triple crème and deserts such as ginger spice cake.”
Availability – 12 oz. cans & draft
Distribution – Texas

Celis Grand Cru Tripel

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Celis Brewery Brings Dubbel Coffee Porter Back for the Fall

CelisDCPCelis Brewery (Austin, Texas) announced today that it has officially begun the Seasonal Release of its wildly-popular Dubbel Coffee Porter, and this year it is available for the first time in 6-packs of 12 oz. cans.

Created by Christine Celis in 2014 and now recognized as “the world’s first Dubbel Coffee Porter”, Celis Dubbel Coffee Porter is a hybrid-style Porter brewed with Hallertau and Millenium hops, international cold-pressed coffee sourced from Summer Moon Coffee Bar in Austin, and a yeast strain typically used in Belgian-style Dubbels.  This interesting mix of ingredients produces “pleasant tastes of subdued berries, dark malts, and equal amounts of coffee and cocoa from the infusion of the coffee blend.”  Weighing in at a warming 7% ABV, the “robust yet smooth, rich-bodied” Celis Dubbel Coffee Porter promises to be “a perfect cozy beer for the festive months of fall and winter.”

“It blew our minds how quickly we sold out of our Dubbel Coffee Porter last fall,” says Christine Celis, founder of Celis Brewery. “It is an incredibly popular beer. To make sure we have enough of it this year, we increased our production. Lots of people asked for it in cans. We heard you loud and clear. This is a delicious coffee porter brewed with Guatemalan and Mexican coffee beans.”

Celis Dubbel Coffee Porter is rolling out now and will be available as long as supplies last.  You can expect to find this Seasonal Release available in 6-packs of 12 oz. cans and on draft at select craft beer-friendly establishments located across the state of Texas.  Prost!

Vital Information for Dubbel Coffee Porter from Celis Brewery

Release – Seasonal/Limited, Fall 2018 (launching in late October)
Style – Porter
ABV – 7%
Featured Hops – Hallertau & Millenium
Yeast – A strain of Belgian Dubbel yeast
Added Ingredients – Cold-pressed coffee from Summer Moon Coffee Bar in Austin, Texas
Suggested Food Pairings – “The Celis porter pairs really well with seasonal dishes and holiday parties. The acidity of the coffee married with the roasty malt flavors enhance the caramelized deliciousness of a holiday ham. The berry and cocoa flavors of the porter are an excellent accompaniment to smoked brisket. Flavorful Stilton and blue cheeses are delicious with the dark contrast of the porter. For those who enjoy black coffee with desert, this coffee porter is a match made in heaven with dark chocolate cakes.”
Availability – 6-packs of 12 oz. cans & draft
Distribution – Texas

Celis Brewery Introduces Juicy IPA as New Year-Round

IMG_2294Celis Brewery (Austin, Texas) has officially named Celis Juicy IPA the winner of its “IPA Challenge”, a distinction that has made the beer the newest addition to the brewery’s lineup of Year-Round offerings.

Back in August of this year, Celis Brewery held its first IPA Challenge by asking “beer drinkers to vote for their favorite of the four Celis IPAs” entered into the competition.  The IPA selected as the favorite would then go on to “become the next year-round beer to be canned and distributed statewide” in Texas.  Celis Juicy IPA won the competition in a landslide by earning 1,290 of the 3,000 votes cast.

Just as its straightforward name would lead you to believe, Celis Juicy IPA is a “hazy pale orange” Juicy India Pale Ale that is brewed with Citra, Azacca, Idaho 7, and Simcoe hops to produce “strong notes of citrus and tropical fruit aromas and . . . frisky yet flirty flavors of guava and papaya.” The beer’s “classic juicy character” offers a full-bodied experience that culminates in a “smooth, non-cloying finish” featuring “a refreshing hop bitterness that is floral and lingering.”  Coming in at 7% ABV and 65 IBUs, Celis Juicy IPA aspires to be an “approachable” option that “brings hop lovers a juicy satisfaction as well as helping new-to-IPA fans ease into their hop palate.”

“Hazy IPAs are crazy popular right now,” says Daytona, brewer, Celis Brewery. “I really wanted to brew this style that I also love to drink. It’s a very refreshing type of beer, and I love the fact that these kinds of IPAs have a hop characteristic without the big bitterness. We created an easy-drinking and true-to-style New England hazy IPA that craft beer fans and newcomers alike enjoy. This beer has been extremely well received by people in Austin in its limited release, and now we’re happy to share this delicious brew with more beer lovers across the state.”

Celis Juicy IPA is available now as a draft-only offering at “hundreds” of craft beer-friendly bars, restaurants and retailers in Texas.  6-packs of 12 oz. cans are expected to be available in the Austin area at the end of October 2018 and then hit Celis Brewery’s entire distribution footprint in Texas by January 2019.  Prost!

Vital Information for Celis Juicy IPA from Celis Brewery

Release – Year-Round; Draft-only release begins in October 2018. Cans hit Austin at the end of October & the rest of Texas by January 2019
Style – American India Pale Ale/Hazy or Juicy IPA
ABV – 7%
IBUs – 65
Hops – Citra, Azacca, Idaho 7 & Simcoe
Availability – Draft-only to start with 6-packs of 12 oz. cans to follow 
Distribution – Texas

Celis Brewery’s Pale Bock Now Available in Cans

CelisLogoCelis Brewery (Austin, Texas) has officially announced that Celis Pale Bock will have availability in aluminum cans beginning in June 2018.

Now the third original recipe from Celis Brewery to find its way into cans, Celis Pale Bock is an easy-drinking, Belgian-inspired Bock bier “brewed with caramel malts with Saaz, Willamette, and Cascade hops.”  Boasting “delicious flavors of berry, malt, and a touch of bitterness at the finish”, Celis Pale Bock (4.9% ABV) promises to be “as refreshing on a hot day by the lake, as it is as satisfying with a burger at a cookout.”

“Our original recipe Belgian Pale Bock is a great beer for any occasion,” says Christine Celis, founder of Celis Brewery. “Now that it is available in cans, people can enjoy Celis Pale Bock at their favorite outdoor activities. This is our third heritage beer to be packaged in cans this year. Our Celis White and Celis Raspberry have been incredibly popular in cans, and people have been clamoring for Pale Bock to be distributed in cans too. Here it is.”

Celis Pale Bock will hit shelves in 6-packs of 12 oz. cans in late June and 16 oz. cans will turn up in the near future.  Along with the cans, you can also find this Year-Round beer available in 6-packs of 12 oz. bottles and on draft at craft beer retailers, bars and restaurants located throughout Celis Brewery’s distribution footprint in Texas.  Prost!

Vital Information for Celis Pale Bock from Celis Brewery

Release – Year-Round, cans arrive June 2018
Style – Bock
ABV – 4.9%
Hops – Willamette & Saaz
Availability – 6-packs of 12 oz. cans, 6-packs of 12 oz. bottles & draft (16 oz. cans coming soon)
Distribution – Texas

 

Celis Brewery Begins Canning the Iconic Celis White

mockups-design.com / graficzn.com.plCelis Brewery (Austin, Texas) has officially announced that it has sent cans of Celis White out for distribution.  

To ensure that their flagship brew “is fully portable just in time for spring and summer outdoor activities”, Celis Brewery has packaged Celis White “in aluminum cans for the first time.”  Originally created by Pierre Celis in 1965 and revived with the brewery in July of 2017, Celis White is brewed with its original recipe and “sparkles with remnants of Coriander and Orange Peel”.  Weighing in at an easy-drinking 4.9% ABV, this signature Witbier promises an experience that is “refreshing, . . . light and effervescent.”

Selling our beer in cans offers more choice and accessibility for beer-lovers in Texas,” says Christine Celis, founder of Celis Brewery. “Our beer has been so well received on tap and in bottles, and now people can crack a Celis White at festivals and fun outdoor activities like a day at the beach, camping, picnics, boating, and anywhere glass bottles aren’t allowed. Celis White in cans with its refreshing taste is perfect to enjoy on a warm Texas afternoon. We’ll introduce other beer in cans soon.”

Celis White is available now in 6-packs of 12 oz. cans, 12 oz. bottles and on draft.  You can expect to find this Year-Round offering available at fine craft beer establishments located in the areas of Texas that are normally serviced by the following distributors:  Brown Distributing Co. Inc. in Austin; Andrews Distributing in Dallas, Fort Worth and Corpus Christi; Silver Eagle Distributing in Houston; GLI Distributing in San Antonio; M. L. Wismer Distributing in Baytown; Kristen Distributing Company in College Station; Del Papa Distributing Company in Galveston, Beaumont and Victoria; and Tri-City Distributors in New Braunfels, TX.  Prost!

Vital Information for Celis White from Celis Brewery

Release – Year-Round, cans launch March 2018
Style – Witbier
ABV – 4.9%
Featured Hops – Cascade, Saaz & Willamette
Recommended Glassware – Witbier Glass
Availability – 6-packs of 12 oz. cans, 6-packs of 12 oz. bottles & draft
Distribution – Texas

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.