Film on Tap: Red, White and Brewed


Justin Rizza of Flix Brewhouse, Michael Steffing of Jester King and Michael Waters of Independence BrewingThe dog days of summer are gearing up, which offers the perfect excuse for escaping into air-conditioned theaters and grabbing a cold libation. Production continues on local beer-related documentaries, and the crew from Crafting a Nation are set to return to Austin the first week of August to capture more footage and interviews at central Texas breweries and brewpubs.

The Fourth of July celebration begins a little early at the Flix Brewhouse in Round Rock with their first anniversary celebration from June 29 - July 1. Head brewer Justin Rizza (seen above at left with Michael Steffing of Jester King Craft Brewery and Michael Waters of Independence Brewing) plans to have 12 beers on tap with a "buy the beer, keep the glass" promotion including a special birthday glass. Flix Brewhouse will also be giving away free popcorn. Find out more about their event after the jump.

As part of the celebration, Rizza is releasing his Luna Rosa "Red, White and Blue Old Glory Side Project Series." The base Luna Rosa Wit is a witbier subtly spiced with coriander and a puree of blood oranges rather than the traditional orange peel, and makes for a refreshing summer quencher and only 5% ABV. The Luna Rosa - Red is additionally fermented with fresh raspberries, Brett B. and Lactobacillus in the secondary; the Luna Rosa - White is dry hopped with Tettnanger and pink peppercorns; and Luna Rosa - Blue is fermented with fresh blueberries. Only one keg of each will be available, so be sure to try them all before they are gone.

Also available on tap will be:

  • Lupulus IPA Oaked Lupulus IPA (one keg on until it's gone)
  • 10 Day Scottish Ale Satellite (a hoppy, Belgian-ish, reddish ale)
  • Fuyu (ale with carmelized Fuyu persimmons, secondary fermentation with Brett B. for 8 months, and dry-hopped with Chinook)
  • Flix Golden Ale Luna Rosa Blood Orange Wit
  • Berliner Weisse (Austin Zealots Eric Lowe's Homebrew Pro-Am winner)
  • Dew Drop (Belgian pale ale with Texas honeydew)

Updates from Alamo Drafthouse have been scarce from the blog and social media feeds -- I miss the regular Badass updates -- so your best bet is to check the blackboard in the lobby. During a recent visit to the Alamo Lake Creek I encountered a server who could not confirm what style the Real Ale Devil's Backbone is -- a Belgian tripel that packs 8.1% ABV so not for designated drivers -- and after two requests never got back with information on their Badass Tap or bottle offerings. I did thoroughly enjoy the cask offering of Real Ale Full Moon Pale Rye Ale, my introductory and go-to choice for rye beer style.

The Alamo Drafthouse Slaughter hosts a beer dinner on July 17 at 7 pm, featuring Lagunitas Brewing Company for a special screening of Boogie Nights. Alamo Executive Chef John Bullington has crafted a gourmet food menu that "not only accentuates each beer’s unique style but also Dirk Diggler giant talent." Pricing is not available as tickets have not gone on sale yet, but the beer and food pairings have been announced and include:

  • Course 1 -- Pils (Czech style pilsner, 6.2% ABV) with grapes, sauvignon blanc gelee, charred radicchio, grapeseed oil, scallion, oregano
  • Course 2 -- Little Sumpin' Sumpin' (American pale wheat ale, 7.5% ABV) with tequila butter-poached prawns, avocado, fresno peppers, lime supremes, finished with Cointreau
  • Course 3 -- IPA (India Pale Ale, 6.2% ABV) with pork loin stuffed with Gilroy sausage, Point Reyes bleu, rolled and roasted with apple cider beurre, sea-salt roasted asparagus
  • Course 4 -- Maximus (Imperial/double IPA, 8.2% ABV) with raspberry splattered brioche donut dusted in vanilla powdered sugar
  • Course 5 -- Lucky 13 (seasonal release, strong pale ale, 8.3% ABV) with chocolate and cheese

Have a favorite summer quencher while enjoying a summer film? Leave a comment below.

[Photo credit: Justin Rizza of Flix Brewhouse, Michael Steffing of Jester King Craft Brewery and Michael Waters of Independence Brewing Company, by Debbie Cerda, on Flickr]