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Posted April 29, 2013 by Crafted Pours in
 
 

Top Craft Beer Names Move into the Austin Market

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Top Craft Beer Names Move into the Austin Market

The Austin craft beer scene has been on fire lately, and top brewers from out of state are starting to notice.  Within the past month or so, Firestone Walker out of Paso Robles California, and Founders Brewing out of Grand Rapids, Michigan have tapped into the beer scene in Austin.

Firestone Walker has a long history of award winning beers, and top ratings across the Internet. Their beers are available in 22 oz. bottles across the city and on tap at top Austin beer bars.  Their DBA is a favorite, an English Style Ale which is produced using 60-gallon American oak barrels, which adds a subtle touch of wood and vanilla to the beer.   A robust porter, oatmeal stout, ipa, double ipa, pilsner, and black rye ipa are all available. The Firestone Wookey Jack Black Rye IPA is a bold, complex beer, at 8.3% abv, and 80 IBUS (International Bitterness Units).  Notes of chocolate, rye, and citrus are upfront, followed by a rich velvety smooth finish.

Founders Brewing is just hitting the taps now, and we have seen their All Day IPA, Centennial IPA, and Dirty Bastard Scotch Ale on tap locally at Hopfields.  Centennial is a classic American IPA, dry-hopped for added hop character, while the All Day is a toned down IPA session beer, with big hoppy flavors.  Red’sPorch has Founders Red’s Rye PA Rye IPA on tap, a complex brew featuring spicy rye, caramel, and grapefruit notes.  The Draught House has all three of Founder’s IPAs on tap.

Founders is well known for creating some of the most in demand and top rated beers in the overall U.S. craft beer market.  Their Kentucky Breakfast Stout (KBS), a bourbon barrel-aged imperial stout is a world-class beer.  A follow on Canadian Breakfast Stout (CBS), which was aged in bourbon barrels, which had just held fresh maple syrup was also a huge hit.  Founders offers several barrel-aged beers, and knows how to produce them at perfection.

It’s wonderful to see Austin getting more recognition for being a craft beer hub.  Expect to see these new offerings boost the overall market, while many locals and travelers to Austin continue to support the top notch Austin local brewers and their craft beer.