Just Tapped: Alpine Windows Up

Alpine Beer Company 

Alpine Beer Company 

In case you haven't noticed by now, we're fans of West Coast IPAs here at Barbaro. And we're pretty dogonne excited to have just tapped Windows Up, an IPA from Alpine Beer Company in Southern California. So it's a Monday morning. So what, really?

Sip.

It's kind of a blessing to be able to tap this delicious craft beer all the way out here in San Antonio.

Mosaic and Citra hops are the stars here. From the Alpine website: "Piney aromas mingle with fruity notes, while hints of citrus fruit and an overall lingering resinous quality lend a touch of complexity to this dank IPA."

It's a 7% ABV pour, and it's just so, so good.

 

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Just Tapped: Green Flash Le Freak

Green Flash Le Freak

Green Flash Le Freak

Clocking in at a walloping 9.2% ABV, this beer from San Diego brewery Green Flash is a hybrid between a Belgian-style Trippel and a double IPA. 

It's a good marriage - provided you enjoy the bready sweetness of the Belgian style AND hoppy beers.

Just Tapped: Wussie Pils

Arogant Brewing (technically Stone Brewing Co.?) Wussie Pils

Arogant Brewing (technically Stone Brewing Co.?) Wussie Pils

Well, this is interesting. 

We carried the Stone Brewing Co. "Wussie Pils" a few months back just when the San Antonio temperatures were starting to make us sweat and many of our staff likened it to the Topo Chico of beer. It's amazing, crisp, refreshing, and best of all, pleasing to people who don't want hoppy beer... yet it's from Stone Brewing Co.

Crazy, right? Stone Brewing Co. is known for amazingly hoppy beer. Who would have thought?

Anyway, we became instant fans of this beer. We drank it up and recommended it to our thirsty San Antonio craft beer drinking friends and non-craft beer drinking friends alike.

Cut to present day.  What with this record-setting heatwave and all, we thought it would be fun to tap another keg for something to knock back in a moderate ABV range (5.8%) that would appeal to a wide range of beer drinkers, including the nerdier beer drinkers in our midst and the non-nerdy beer drinkers, too..

And then I Googled "Stone Wussie Pils" to write this post and realized that they're calling it "Arrogant Brewing" now. And the full name is, "Who You Callin' Wussie Pils".

I'm not sure if it's just a fun marketing campaign or not, but it seems that the Arrogant Bastard himself is claiming to be brewing a lineup of beers that includes the Arrogant Bastard Ale, the bourbon barrel aged Arrogant Bastard, and this pilsner. 

It's interesting, a little confusing, and not really that important at this exact moment in time because the beer is pretty thirst-quenching and it's been another hot San Antonio day.

Featured Craft Beer: Lone Pint Gentlemen's Relish

Lone Pint - A Texas Craft Brewery

Lone Pint - A Texas Craft Brewery

We recently tapped the Lone Pint Gentlemen's Relish, (on CO2), an English Brown Ale from a great Texas craft brewery! In the past, we've served this beer both on Nitro and on CO2, and the staff unanimously agreed that we liked the CO2 version better.

English Brown Ales are known for their nutty/toasty maltiness with hints of chocolate, and this beer is no exception. A commercial example of the style would be Newcastle Brown

The 6.2% ABV of the Gentlemen's Relish is nice, and it's light-bodied enough to be sessionable - even in the San Antonio summer heat. Come enjoy a glass!

 

Coming Soon on Draft

Dogfish Head Festina Peche

Dogfish Head Festina Peche

Beers coming soon to Barbaro's taps: 

Dogfish Head Festina Peche is a beer influenced by the Berliner Weisse style. Says the brewery:

In addition to fermentation with an ale yeast, Berliner Weisse is traditionally fermented with lactic cultures to produce its acidic (or green applie-like) character... To soften the intense sourness, Berliner Weisse is traditionally served with a dash of essence of woodruff or raspberry syrup.

”In Festina Peche, since the natural peach sugars are eaten by the yeast, the fruit complexity is woven into both the aroma and the taste of the beer so there is no need to doctor it with woodruff or raspberry syrup.
— Dogfish Head Official Website

We're also looking forward to a kolsch from Fredericksburg brewery Allstadt, an English Brown Ale from Lone Pint, and there are rumors that once we finish this awesome keg of Avery "Twenty-Four," we'll be following it up with Avery's Maharajah double IPA.

Ladies and gentlemen of San Antonio: It's gonna be in the 100s this week. Come drink awesome craft beer!

Just Tapped: Lone Pint Yellow Rose IPA

Lone Pint - A Texas Craft Beer Favorite

Lone Pint - A Texas Craft Beer Favorite

[San Antonio craft beer lovers! Please note the date in this post! Our beers rotate, and so this post is not a guarantee that we're going to have this beer on draft when you arrive at Barbaro.]

Okay, so... disclaimer aside... we've just tapped Lone Pint Yellow Rose, which is what I like to call the Pliny the Elder of Texas (forgive me, beer nerds who disagree). Yellow Rose is an IPA, and a pretty popular IPA at that.

Lone Pint also makes some other pretty delicious beers. In our cooler we're holding the Gentlemen's Relish on CO2 (our staff's preference over the nitro version, actually), which is an English Brown Ale that will replace the Avery Ellie's Brown when that keg finishes.

We also recently served - and LOVED - the Lone Pint Zythophile Ella, which was an IPA that is a part of Lone Pint's experimental IPA series. The Yellow Rose was actually a beer from this series, back when Mosaic was considered an experimental hop.

So if you're in town and looking for the Lone Pint Yellow Rose, we've got it while supplies last!

- SG

Coming Friday: Avery 'Twenty Four' Anniversary Double IPA

Avery 'Twenty Four', a limited release double IPA

Avery 'Twenty Four', a limited release double IPA

Tomorrow - Friday, July 14th - as San Antonio temperatures climb to a high of 99, we're planning to tap our brand new keg of Avery Brewing Company's 24th Anniversary Ale. It's called simply: "Twenty-Four," and at the time of this writing we are salivating in anticipation because we haven't even tasted it yet!

A little tap-tap-tapping on the interwebs tells us that last year's anniversary beer from Avery was a Brett fermented dark Farmhouse Ale, the year before that was a Brett fermented Wild Ale, and the year before that was an American Brown Ale that clocked in at 8.7% ABV. All of that sounds amazing.

 Well, this year's anniversary beer is a double IPA brewed with candi sugar, and it clocks an ABV of 9%.

We'll spare you the list of hop varietals. Suffice it to say that if it's anywhere near as tasty as, say, the Maharaja, we're going to drink the f--- out of it.

Where does that put our beer board? Unless it pops before tomorrow, we're still serving a keg of Stone Ghost Hammer IPA and the Knee Deep Citra. 

(In other beer news... Once the Stone Ghost Hammer pops, we're planning on putting a keg of a certain Texas favorite IPA we just received delivery on. Can you guess what that might be?)

 

- SG