Austin and its surrounding towns are becoming a mecca for small-starting breweries, which we are not mad about here at Texas Lifestyle. In fact, we may just have to start a regular beer series to keep up with them all across the state! Know of an amazing brewery that we need to cover? Let us know!
Blue Owl is first up—tucked away off East Cesar Chavez, they create five sour-mashed beers, and they’re all pretty great. New to sour-mashed? I was too—don’t worry, they’re not eye-popping sour, just a bit more tart than your usual draft. Sour-mashing is a much faster process than barrel-aged sour beverages, so the product is a taste that’s closer to their natural state. OK, OK, onto the beers. Blue Owl makes:
- Spirit Animal- a sour pale ale
- Little Boss- sour session wheat
- Professor Black- sour cherry stout
- Van Dayum!- sour red ale
- Dapper Devil- sour raspberry Belgian strong, their winter seasonal.
I’d definitely recommend stopping in for a brewery tour and scratch-off tasting card—it’s an awesome deal and allows you to figure out which sour-mashed is for you. The brewery is super cute, too. I know, I know, breweries aren’t supposed to be “cute,” right? Well, whatever, this place is cute—quaint seating, tiny decorative plants, owls everywhere (not live owls…yet). I’m especially a fan of the small, lit-up patio area. However, there’s good news for those of you who’d rather enjoy a drink at home—Blue Owl is now canning their concoctions. You should be able to find them at any grocery store, but they sell fast!