So Excited to Have Tapped: Celis Pale Bock

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There once was a milkman-turned brewer named Pierre Celis who was responsible for the revival of the witbier as we know it in Hoegaarden, Belgium, in the 1960s. In the 1990s he moved to Austin and founded the first craft brewery in town, which closed in 2001.

His daughter has revived the brand and they’re brewing at least three really tasty beers: a Belgian style wit, an East Coast-style IPA, and a pale bock. She says, “Austin has its first craft brewery back.  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 giving Austin a party of its history back.”

We’ve just tapped the pale bock (and I have the IPA and the wit in the wings waiting to go on), and it’s really really delicious. I sampled the lineup of all three beers and immediately ordered them all.

We hope you'll enjoy them as much as we do!

Here’s some further reading on the subject: The announcement of the brewery opening
and an article from when the original Celis Brewery closed in ‘01.

 

First Oktoberfest of the Year At Barbaro

Hacker-Pschorr Original Oktoberfest

Hacker-Pschorr Original Oktoberfest

It's September in San Antonio, and as far as we're concerned, it's early enough in the year to start serving up an Oktoberfest.

We opted for Hacker-Pschorr Original Oktoberfest, a Bavarian classic. The style is an amber "Marzen", a malty lager.

Come hoist a cold pint and help us celebrate the beginning of the end (we hope!) of summer.

Just Tapped: A Couple of IPAs

Fruitallica, a collaboration between Stone, Garage Project and Beavertown

Fruitallica, a collaboration between Stone, Garage Project and Beavertown

This week we tapped two new beers in the IPA category: Lone Pint Zythophile Vic Secret and a Stone/Beavertown/Garage Project collab called "Fruitallica." 

The Lone Pint Vic Secret is part of their Zythophile IPA series in which they use a single experimental hop to brew the beer. In this case, Australian Vic Secret hops are being used. From the Lone Pint tasting notes: "Appearance is hazy orange with a solid white head. Nose is light bready malt with a complex mix of pine, lemon grass, pineapple, and guava. Tastes initially of light malt sweetness and grapefruit; this is then followed by an equally complex flavor profile with hints of lemon guava, and basil." It's a 6.7% ABV IPA.

The Fruitallica, on the other hand, is a Double IPA from Stone Brewing (California), Beavertown (UK), and Garage Project (New Zealand). And check this out - the beer was brewed with kiwi, uzu and habanero. "Who knew kiwi fruit could be so metal," the folks at Stone say. "Add in a colossal hop character to ride the lightning of the subtle but fiery heat. Hops, fruit, heat... And Juiciness for all." It's an 8% ABV Double IPA.

Harvey Benefit Today Aug. 31st

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Re-post: ALL DAY THURSDAY, AUGUST 31st, you can visit participating bars (including us here at Barbaro) and order a SOUTHSIDE cocktail (Seersucker Gin, Lime Juice, Mint Leaves) OR a CAMPARI NEGRONI (Campari Liqueur, Seersucker Gin, Sweet Vermouth) to raise money to help repair the damage caused by Hurricane Harvey. ALL proceeds from the Cocktails, just $7 ($5 if you bring an item to donate!) will go to Hurricane Harvey relief efforts. AND the whole effort was engineered by Christopher Ware in record time, fully supported by scores and scores of great friends and colleagues. 

If $7 seems too low, pay $10, $20, hell, even $1,000, and the whole price of that drink will go to the relief fund. Top donators will receive a gift from hot spots like Barbaro, Battallion, Biga on the Banks, Chisme, Hot Joy, Peggy's on the Green and Twin Liquors, plus a four-course dinner for eight from the food truck Bombay Salsa Co. 

Here is a list of participating San Antonio venues:

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Just Tapped: Founders KBS

Founders KBS (Kentucky Breakfast Stout)

Founders KBS (Kentucky Breakfast Stout)

So... Founders is no longer an independently owned brewery, which is why you haven't seen it on the taps at Barbaro much recently. For the majority of our taps we try to select beers from breweries who haven't sold out to the man.

However, when one of your craft beer reps calls you up in April and says, "You've been allocated a 7 gallon keg of KBS. Do you want it?" You kind of say yes. 

The KBS - Kentucky Breakfast Stout - is a limited-edition imperial stout brewed with coffee and chocolate, then aged in oak bourbon barrels for a year. It's an 11.8% ABV sipper that tends to give you a nice warm glow. Barrel-aged imperial stouts are the best.

We were saving this beer for a special occasion, and this morning we woke up and realized that the weather in San Antonio is very autumn-like, and there's been a lot of negative shit happening this weekend for a lot of our friends at the coast and in Houston and all these other parts of Texas, and we thought that was a special enough of an occasion to tap this beer.

So if you're into the idea of a glass of Founders KBS, come see us today and get treated to some friendly faces. 

Stay safe, and know that you guys dealing with Hurricane Harvey in a more major way than we are in San Antonio are in our thoughts and in our hearts.

Hail to the Hop Thief! Just Tapped: Stone 21st Anniv DIPA

Stone Brewing "Hail to the Hop Thief" 21st Anniversary Double IPA

Stone Brewing "Hail to the Hop Thief" 21st Anniversary Double IPA

On one hand, we're sad because we just lost the Alpine Windows Up IPA. On the other hand.... we're bracing for stormy weather in San Antonio this weekend, and we have just tapped Stone Brewing's 21st Anniversary Double IPA: Hail to the Hop Thief.

It's a big beer. It's 9.8% ABV, 

It's a delicious beer, and it has some hops we're not familiar with, and it has wheat malt... 

Well, it's just what the doctor ordered as we wait and see what the weather has in store.

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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