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Introducing the South Lamar Texas Badass Tap

The Badass Tap has given us some of the finest beers on the planet. How about a Badass Tap just for the finest beers in Texas?

Introducing the South Lamar Texas Badass Tap

Over the past couple of years we've featured some fantastic beers on the Badass Tap here at South Lamar. Beers from all across the US, beers from Great Britain and Europe, beers from breweries that most of us are familiar with and beers made by brewers who are unfamiliar, beers of styles that we know and love and beers of styles known only to beer geeks.

Several of these delicious beverages have come from in-state breweries, including (but not limited to) the Real Ale Mysterium Verum barrel-aged series, Live Oak Old Treehugger, Independence Braggot, Jester King Black Metal and a handful of limited releases from (512). Since the number of Texas breweries is still expanding, and since some of them are brewing world class ales and lagers, it only makes sense to have a Badass Tap devoted entirely to beers from the Lone Star State. Apart from all the arguments about supporting local businesses, getting beer as fresh as possible and having a sense of pride in our local products, it means we'll have two premium beers on tap all the time!

I thought we should launch the tap with something a bit special, so it had to be (512) Whiskey Barrel Aged Double Pecan Porter, a beer which has become a legend in its own lifetime. Whenever word gets around that a batch is about to be released into the wild there's a buzz of excitement among local beer geeks, followed by frantic to-ing and fro-ing around town to find a bottle and much posting on Beer Advocate about which beer shop still has some and which has already sold out, together with commiserations for the unlucky ones who couldn't get off work in time and missed out, and scorn for those who scooped up more than their fair share.

There's almost as much of a frenzy among local beer bars to secure themselves a keg or two, and we've been fortunate to get at least one keg from each release and, in one instance, a firkin of cask-conditioned Whiskey Barrel Porter. Man, that was a good weekend. The keg that's just been tapped came to us in March, and it's been in our walk-in cooler the whole time so don't expect much in the way of ageing. It's going to taste pretty much the way it did when it came off (512)'s delivery van, and that's no bad thing. It's one of the tastiest beers to come out of an Austin brewery during the 12 years I've lived here.

Although there'll be plenty of high-end brews on the Texas Badass Tap it won't be exclusively for premium beers. There are plenty of Texas breweries making superb everyday beers, and by no means are those debarred or disqualified from the rotation. We have 24 taps here at Lamar and it'd be very easy to fill all of them with Texas-brewed beers and still have a lineup of quality ales and lagers in a full range of styles, but that would be to the exclusion of too many worthwhile beers from everywhere else, so while you might find a one-off release from Ranger Creek on the tap one week, there could easily be a keg of Live Oak Big Bark on there the next time you visit us.

We already have the next three Texas Badass beers in the building, plus a few others that are being cellared for the future. With all the seasonals, the Mysterium Verums (Vera?), the limited releases, the anniversary beers and the breweries whose beer we've yet to pour, there'll be no shortage of fine brews to look forward to

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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