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Beer News: 8th Wonder, Spindletap, B-52 All Throwing Parties Soon

Plus, coffee collaborations and barrel-aged beers are suddenly all the rage this winter.

By Timothy Malcolm February 8, 2019

Party time? Excellent. Local breweries have some fun events coming up, and they're marking many of these celebrations with new beers. Also, there's a bit of barrel aging happening lately.

News & Events

More details have been released regarding 8th Wonder's sixth annual Celebr8tion of Beer. The party set for March 16 at Wonderworld (8th Wonder's brewery and taproom) includes performances by the Bright Light Social Hour, the Nude Party, Swimwear Department, the Delvon Lamarr Organ Trio, Cedric Burnside, and Sara Van Buskirk. And 8th Wonder will tap two new beers in collaboration with Jameson: Viet-Irish Coffee (imperial Rocket Fuel aged in whiskey barrels) and White Tuxedo (imperial dunkelweizen with honey and champagne yeast aged in whiskey barrels). 

Spindletap is hosting its third annual Chili Cook-Off from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Feb. 23. It's free for those who want to sample and judge. Want to enter? Click the link for details.

Looking to celebrate Galentine's Day with beer? City Acre is hosting a Galentine's Day party from 4 to 10 p.m. Wednesday. They'll serve breakfast for dinner (waffles, of course), and have specials on cocktails, champagne, and sweets. Oh, and a miniature horse will be on hand. It's open for gals and guys, and it's free to get in.

Tickets are now available for B-52 Barrel Fest, scheduled for noon-7 p.m. March 9. The brewery will roll out more than 60 barrel-aged beers, whether on draft or from the cellar. Tickets are $15 (all access is $45 and includes 10 tastings). 

New Releases

We told you about Saint Arnold's newest, a dry cider. It makes its Houston-area debut Monday at bars and restaurants, plus at the brewery's beer garden and restaurant. It'll be in stores throughout Texas and Louisiana starting the first week of March.

In the words of Jay Z: "You made it a hot line, I made it a hot song." Holler Brewing Co. took the phrase "exclusive carveout" from a tweet by the Beer Alliance of Texas—which represents distributors—decrying the craft push for to-go beer sales, and turned it into a new beer. Exclusive Carveout is a 5.7 percent ABV beer with Zappa hops and a Norwegian farmhouse yeast. 

Baileson announced Puggle Fuggle, a 6 percent ABV English brown ale with Fuggle hops (naturally), plus molasses, and caramel and chocolate malts. Cozy and malty, one would surmise, with a bit of sweetness.

Grab a Froussard Lapin at Eureka Heights. This is Buckle Bunny fermented in red wine barrels with cherries and French saison yeast. 

And if you're at the Roastery at the new H-E-B in the Heights, order up a Buckin Bunny. Eureka Heights paired up with The Roastery for this mix of Buckle Bunny and nitro cold brew. Turn the caffeine up to 11! 

Over at Great Heights, grab The Whammer. This juice bomb comes in at 7.5 percent ABV.

Texas Leaguer and Fort Bend Coffee Roasters collaborated on a beer called Cup of Coffee. The beer is named for a very short stint a minor leaguer will have in the major leagues; hopefully this beer lasts longer. It debuts Sunday.

But today at Texas Leaguer, get The Hot Stove, a variation of the porter Balcones aged in single-malt Texas whiskey barrels. That beer is named for when offseason activity is at its highest, which (good timing) might be right around now.

Sigma has put out Hoarder's Endowment 001, part of a new series that will explore hop usage. 001 has Simcoe and Mosaic. It's available now.

Over at Ingenious, get barrel-aged Blueberry Vanilla Madness (12.5 percent ABV aged in Makers Mark). Also there's Smarty Shake Bramble, a 7.3 percent ABV tart New England IPA with raspberries and boysenberries, and German Chocolate Macaroon, a 8.2 percent ABV pastry stout conditioned on pecans, chocolate, salted caramel, and toasted coconut.

Looks like Karbach is going to be adding a cherry lime radler to its family of low-alcohol, fruitier summer beers.

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