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Extra Badass Taps at Lamar for a while

Just for a week or two there'll be more Badass taps at South Lamar while we retire some old beers and add new ones

Extra Badass Taps at Lamar for a while

As far as I'm concerned it's always a good day when we can add a Badass Tap or two to the wall, even if only briefly. Sometimes it happens when seasonals run out before the next one is ready to ship, or when brewers are out of stock of one of our menu beers. Sometimes it's when we change a menu beer. This time it's a little from column B and a little from Column C.

Of all the new Austin breweries that seem to open up on an almost monthly basis these days, Jester King is turning out to be one of the most interesting. Let's look at the evidence. Firstly they launch with a 3.5% English Dark Mild called Commercial Suicide. Their second beer was a rye IPA called Wytchmaker, a style that's uncommon but not unknown (Bear Republic Hop Rod Rye is in the same region, for instance). They've put out a few limited releases that caught the attention of the local beer geeks, one of which was offered as a selection on Michael Jackson's Rare Beer Club, and even before they started shipping beers they were already thinking two, three, four years ahead with barrel-ageing in mind.

Partly because of the barrels and partly because they've been busy putting in new fermenters at the brewery, Austin is going to find itself without Wytchmaker for a few weeks, so that seems like a good opportunity to tap that keg of Black Metal Russian Imperial Stout they delivered here a few months ago. As imperial stouts go this one's up there with the best. In fact this is the one that was selected for the Rare Beer Club. It's a powerful beer full of coffee, chocolate, dark fruit and high-roast malt flavours, and the 10.4% ABV makes it a sippin' beer.

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Every Christmas I like to hold back one keg of Coffee Porter to tap around this time of the year, usually between Devil's Backbone and Lost Gold, but since Real Ale have changed their seasonal lineup and made Lost Gold a year-round beer and bottled it, (and how happy am I about that?), now seems as good a time as any to tap Austin's favourite coffee beer. Real Ale is another brewery that's entered into the experimental arena with their Mysterium Verum series which, so far, has mostly consisted of ageing some of their seasonals and anniversary beers in wine barrels. We have a keg of their Vol XIV waiting in the wings. It's the barrel-aged version of last year's anniversary beer, a rather tasty American Strong Ale.

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Last year Sierra Nevada announced a partnership with the monks of the New Clairvaux Abbey in California "to create the only authentic Trappist-style Abbey ales in America". The first beer, a dubbel, was released a few months ago. Sierra Nevada rarely disappoints with their beers and this one lives up to their high standards. The other two styles being brewwed at the abbey are a saison and a quadrupel, and the saison is hitting the shelves as we speak.

Now, I'm not one to question anyone as experienced and respected as Ken Grossman, but I don't see saison as an abbey style ale. Just the opposite, in fact. Saisons are also known as farmhouse ales because that's where they were traditionally brewed, during the winter and spring months before the weather became too warm to brew, to be enjoyed during the summer months and harvest before brewing resumed in the autumn. Either way I'm sure it's going to be another superb SN offering.

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And speaking of saisons, it must be very close to the time that Independence Brewing's summer seasonal starts hitting the bars around Austin. We've already had our final keg of Rood delivered (and have almost emptied it), so in the hiatus between Rood and the saison we'll tap a keg or two of Independence's regular lineup of beers starting with an Austin Amber. Hopefully the saison will be ready soon because it's one of my favourite beer styles, one of my favourite local summer seasonals, and it was our biggest selling seasonal draft beer of last year by a country mile.

I wish I could give dates for when all these beers are going to be tapped but it all depends on how quickly the beers already on tap are going to be finished off. I can say for sure that the Sierra Nevada Ovila will be on within a day or two. All other tappings will be announced on the Drafthouse Twitter feed and you can always see what we have on tap at the South Lamar Taplister page

Jim Hughes, Head Beer Nerd, Alamo South Lamar
“If I had all the money I’ve spent on drink… I’d spend it on drink.” ~ Sir Henry Rawlinson

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