If you're not seeing the words "New England IPA" or "NEIPA" on the board at your favorite brewery, you may think the trendy style has faded away. But that's not true—these days, breweries seem to be going with the term "hazy IPA," which might be response to backlash against the practice of brewing nothing but NEIPAs, or it's just a catch-all that means "hey, we used oats to brew this beer."
Whatever these beers are called, there are still more of them being made, especially in Houston. While you cheer on the Astros, maybe you'll snag one this weekend. Here's what's happening in beer land.
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No Label is hosting an event called No Labels For Evelyn, benefitting an employee who's battling stage 4 colon cancer. Starting at 1 p.m. Saturday, the event includes live music, a raffle, guest bartenders, food trucks, and more.
You can now get tickets for Brash Brewing's Black Mass, which includes an early bottle release of the beer Black Masses. For context, a Black Mass (11 p.m. Nov. 23) inverts the traditional Catholic Latin Mass and deifies Satan instead of God. So that'll be happening along with a release of Black Masses, a double coffee imperial milk stout (everyone who attends gets a pour and a collectible glass). Tickets are $25 and attendees must be 21 or older. And for those who want $3 Brash beers for life, special perks, and a Brash membership card, you can get the cult ticket for ... drum roll ... $666.
Holler is taking its Fresh Hoptoberfest on the road. Check out all the Holler collaborations at Cobble & Spoke in Spring Branch at 7 p.m. tonight. Swag will be given out, as well.
Snazzy Astros-style t-shirts are available at Eureka Heights.
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Hold it. Run that back and freeze. Vector in on that object there in the center. Look at the reflection. Now rotate it around the z axis toward your mouth. And...Enhance. Enhance. Enhance. Hopped with Amarillo and Eldorado, this hazy pale ale will deliver the perfect combination of algorithms directly to your tastebuds. Available on draft and in 4 packs this Saturday at 2pm.
Sigma is releasing a New England IPA called Enhance. starting 2 p.m. Saturday. Enhance. includes Amarillo and El Dorado hops.
Coming in two weeks: a double dry-hopped version of Cali Green from Brash. Put it on the calendar.
B-52 is releasing Geode 7.2, a punch aged in oak barrels with bacteria and yeast, then conditioned on cold-pressed pineapple and watermelon juice, plus watermelon Sour Patch Kids. Juicy, sugary, and bubbly, to be sure.
You might be able to score some Pastry Potion (8.3 percent ABV pastry stout conditioned on chocolate, hazelnuts, and cereal marshmallows) and Smarty Caramel Apple (6.7 percent Berliner weiss conditioned on Granny Smith apples and salted caramel) at Ingenious, which released these two beers Wednesday.
Now available in cans: Platypus Kiss My Piney, a 7.6 percent ABV West Coast IPA brewed with Simcoe, Zythos, and Denali hops.
Head to Saloon Door for its new Painted Wagon Hazy Ale, made with Citra and Amarillo hops. It's available now.