Beer Talk: 8th Wonder Unveils Tex

Plus, two—yes, two!—breweries are opening this weekend.

By Timothy Malcolm February 28, 2020

TEX looks nothing like the usual 8th Wonder beer.

On Texas Independence Day (that's Monday), 8th Wonder Brewery will give us TEX.

The 4.3 percent ABV, 120-calorie beer will be unveiled at a launch party starting at 6 p.m. Monday at Flying Saucer Draught Emporium.  

“For years, our customers have been asking us if we have a light beer option,” 8th Wonder co-founder and brewmaster Aaron Corsi says. “This is a direct response to our customers’ requests. We are very excited to introduce a Texas-brewed, low-calorie craft beer that doesn’t compromise on quality and flavor.”

TEX, 8th Wonder's first light beer, is made with a malt blend of 2-row and pilsner, plus Centennial and Hallertau Mittelfruh hops. Its can design is very different from anything you've seen previously from 8th Wonder, and you'll be able to find it first at area Krogers, and soon later, at area H-E-Bs, along with a few local bars.

Remember, Local Group Brewing opens today at 1504 Chapman St. in Near Northside, and Urban South Brewery officially opens Saturday at 1201 Oliver St. in Sawyer Yards.

Also, if you voted and can prove it, go to Brash for a free pint (until March 3).

Beer Releases

Get Russian Imperial Stout (10.1 percent ABV) at Saint Arnold Brewing Company.

You might be able to score some Maple Bourbon Barrel-Aged King Cake, a 13.5 percent ABV pastry stout, at Ingenious. It was released this week.

You can get the light Kveik pale ale AxHat now in stores and at Eureka Heights, which is the brewery that made it, of course. Also at Eureka Heights, get a recent collaboration with brewery-in-planning Ovinnik Brewing—called Acoustic Bicycle, it's a Belgian amber.

Astral is releasing a West Coast IPA today.

Look for the 11 Below Daisy Chain offering (a hazy) on Saturday.

Over at Texas Leaguer, Farm System Friday continues this week with the release of a Belgian dubbel at 8.6 percent ABV.

And at B-52 Brewing, the release is Smoothie Tart: Sweet Cherry, Coconut, Vanilla. The Berliner weisse comes in at 7.3 percent ABV and is on tap and available in can. Release is at 3 p.m. today.

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