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Beer News: Celebrate The Passage of To-Go Suds

Plus, summery beers are back on offer at a couple local taprooms.

By Timothy Malcolm May 24, 2019

All is relatively quiet this week in Houston brewing, though plenty of noise was made in Austin after the state Senate passed a bill that would allow all Texas breweries to sell beer to patrons for outside consumption on Wednesday. Celebrations are definitely in order. Here's what else is, you know, brewing in the local beer scene:

News & Events

This weekend is Vallensons' Brewing Co.'s two-year anniversary celebration. Parties are planned for Friday, Saturday, and Sunday, with live music, food trucks, and new beer releases on tap. One of those newbies is Pear Berliner Weisse, pictured above.

B-52 Brewing's 5 Years of Fun—celebrating its five-year anniversary, naturally—is set for noon to 7 p.m. June 8 at the brewery in Conroe. Tickets are $40 for all-access entry (four beer pours, commemorative glass) and $5 for general admission (access to purchase beer tickets, win, champagne, and other beverages). The brewery promises 40 different beers on tap with some surprises, plus food trucks and specialty local food and drink products for sale.

Beer releases

New this week at B-52: Hide & Seek Champion, a sour milkshake double IPA (creamy, hoppy, boozy, and tart all in one at 8 percent ABV), and Oat Lager, a lager brewed with oats at 5.8 percent ABV. And Wednesday they released Bourbon Breakfast stout conditioned on amber maple syrup and peanuts, giving it, of course, a nutty and sweet finish.  

11 Below just juiced up its Lame Duck, calling it Duck Duck Juice. It has more citrus notes thanks to double-dry-hopped Citra and Galaxy, plus it's hazy. 

At Sigma, get Brothers Gotta Hug, a collaborative beer made with Rowley Farmhouse Ales in Santa Fe, New Mexico. At 5.6 percent ABV, this kettle soured ale dry-hopped with Amarillo and Hallertau Blanc hops is tart and refreshing for summer. Also new is Platinum Grill, a hazy double IPA.

Alert from No Label: Texas Strawberry Blonde Ale is back in the taproom. Just in time for summer.

Bakfish is releasing a small-batch witbier called American Wheat. It comes in at 5.2 percent ABV.

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