We love food as much as we love beer as much as we love food, and our brewing philosophy reflects the kitchen, the seasons, and the unrelenting sunshine of central Texas. The beer lineup focuses heavily on the versatility of lagers and the influence and beauty of wood in fermentation. In fact, to say we’re heavily lager forward is to ignore the fact that our current menu consists entirely of foedered lagerbier. This was not an accident. With absolutely no disrespect toward ales, we want to push the boundaries of what lagers can be. And, you know what, we’ll slip an ale in there a some point in time. Maybe.
Much like the fluidity of the kitchen menu, the house beers reflect our experimental nature. While we hold tight to two core beers, even these will adapt and evolve with our palates and our temperaments.
The Common Lager
It’s only right to pay homage to our mentors, and, with our fearless leader, Jake Maddux, calling Anchor Brewing home in a past life, we wanted to respect the great brewing ancestors with our version of the flagship steam beer. Crisp, bready malt notes shine through the floral pop of Cascade and Northern Brewer hops on the nose.
OG: 12.2°P | IBU 25 | ABV 5.1%
The lagerbier scene in Austin, TX is truly something special within the United States, and we sincerely hope to positively contribute to that reputation. Hence, Vor Ort, or “In Place”, a tribute to the German brewing traditions of Central Texas. This light lager consists of German Pilsner malt, flaked maize, and a rotating variety of hops to finish with a bright, clean bouquet of continental hop delight. The first iteration featured German Perle, a beautiful hop with earthy notes and hints of mint. Round two of Vor Ort introduced the wild Czech hop Kazbek.
OG: 10.5°P | IBU 21 | ABV 4.5%
Beets by Drew
Inspired by the beet fries from East Side King, this beer shines a pinkish hue of red from the addition of roasted red beets. A smorgasbord of mint in combination with the German Perle hops adds to the floral and minty aroma that finishes with a sharp but pleasant earthy bitterness. This is the first of a series of beers in our Crop Circles Series, a series of field lagers dedicated to the seasons that are fermented in our light toast Foeder Crafters oval to segue each season into the next.
OG: 11.9°P | IBU 35 | ABV 5.5%
Idee Fixe *On Tap Now*
We love a good tribute (as indicated by damn near every beer on the menu), thus, it only felt appropriate to pay homage to our Executive Chef Zach Hunter and his most recent stint at the beloved Austin restaurant Fixe, a beautiful take on southern cuisine. In music and literature, the Idee Fixe is the recurring theme or obsession of a piece of work, the axis around which all events revolve. This beer highlights our obsession, our fixation with the thoughtful approach to food and beer by combining the base of a Czech dark lager with black tea leaves and candied lemons. In conjunction with honey malt to bring up a touch of sweetness, this sweet tea riff is deceptively quenching and absolutely works served over ice with a lemon wedge. Much love, chef!
OG: 12.5°P | IBU 18 | ABV 5.1%
Our intense focus on lagerbier doesn’t mean we can’t dabble in the hop game. This beer is a tip of the hat to the classic IPAs of yesteryear. English and German malts combine to form a rich biscuity backbone, with East Kent Golding and Cascade hops draped over the floral aromatics of dried jasmine and an assortment of wildflowers previously used in our table centerpieces. Flowers, pine, tangerine, and resin mingle with the oak tannins from time spent in a medium toast 7bbl oval foeder. It’s an IPA by design, but we replace the “A” with our ubiquitous “L”, fermenting this beer with two strains of German lager yeast. Prost?
OG: 15.2°P | IBU 44 | ABV 6.5%
I love a good breakfast hash, and, what’s more, I learned to love a good sweet potato hash. One visit to Portland, OR shaped my opinion and opened my eyes to the world of the sweet potato hash, and subsequently piqued my curiosity about creating this dish in a liquid format. The result is a bastard Baltic Porter, brewed with roasted sweet potatoes added during the mash, toasted mesquite pod syrup in the boil, and grapefruit zest after eight weeks of conditioning in a heavy toast foeder. The result is a true breakfast beer, meant to be paired with the nearest pancake or sausage link.
OG: 16.4°P | IBU 28 | ABV 6.7%
Vor Ort Kazbek
NEW BEER RELEASE! We’ve got a fresh batch of Vor Ort on tap this week. The base of German Pilsner malt and flaked maize team up with a hearty dose of Kazbek, a Czech wild hop, evoking an herbaceous and floral bouquet with a snappy, lightly bitter finish. As always, crushable, quenching, and #lagerlyfe. Get y’all another pint!
OG: 10.5°P | IBU 20 | 4.5%
Made in the Nightshade
This beer is a highly aromatic, easy drinking, low bitterness lager with the addition of Italian basil and green tomatoes at the end of the boil. The dry-hop addition of Citra and Ekuanot adds to the aromatic complexity offering notes of passionfruit and citrus among the strong basil/tomato notes. The beer was inspired by the beauty of a caprese salad and just how damn refreshing it is in the summertime!
OG: 13.1°P | IBU 28 | ABV 5.6%
Lager Smashed Face
Lager Smashed Face is one-part beer, one-part tribute to Cannibal Corpse, and another part friendship. This S.M.a.S.H. beer showcases Vienna malt and Loral hops to create a crushable summer beverage, with notes of pineapple, honey, and peaches. Lager Smashed Face gestated in our 15bbl "Medium +" toast foeder under constant supervision to keep a check on the oak tannins and oxygen ingress. Come get you a few pints and unleash the bloodthirst!
OG: 11.8°P | IBU 27 | ABV 4.9%
While most folks are familiar with the first iteration of the Common Lager, this beer is a departure from the original. This batch utilized our open fermenters, or coolships, to ferment the beer with the San Francisco Lager yeast strain that most closely resembles the yeast profile exhibited by Anchor Steam. Why the hell do you care? Because it was cool as shit and very few breweries do that at this scale. The open fermentation significantly reduces the hydrostatic pressure put on the yeast and allows for the development of yeast esters while the dispersal of the beer in shallow pans prevents excessive heat buildup from the exothermic process of fermentation. Cool!
OG: 12.6°P | IBU 26 | ABV 5.4%