Beer Talk: Southern Star Wants You to Pick a Side

Plus, the first Daisy Chain beers of 2020 are being rolled out.

By Timothy Malcolm February 21, 2020

This week in Houston beer news, we have an innovation you have to try at a popular beer bar. Plus, the first beers in the 2020 Daisy Chain project are being rolled out. Find out where you can get them.

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Have you ever had a slow-pour pilsner? This is essentially when you pour a pilsner slowly—over about five minutes—to best bring out the aromas and tasting notes of the traditional European lager. There's a special tap that can do this, and Flying Saucer Houston now has it. Head there now to try a slow-pour version of one of Houston's best pilsners, Saint Arnold Five O'Clock Pils. Better yet, try Five O'Clock Pils through both the slow pour and a regular pour, then compare the results. 

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𝗪𝗵𝗮𝘁 𝗶𝘀 𝘁𝗵𝗶𝘀 𝗮𝗯𝗼𝘂𝘁? The 2020 elections are at the forefront of everyone’s mind this year. We are running our own mini-campaign with a couple of fun CANdidates. This campaign seeks to parody on the hype surrounding the election cycle without taking any specific sides, but by letting you participate in a mock election by choosing a Bombshell Blonde contained in either a Red or a Blue can. We want to have fun with this, but also remind you that, “we are all beer on the inside.” regardless of what CAN you love the most. We also want to be a resource for the real election and encourage everyone to register and vote. Check the link in our bio for more details! . . . . #VoteBombshell #beerforpeoplewholikebeer #southernstarbrewing #craftbeer #taproom #beertime #ale #pils #localbeer #ontap #beeroclock #drinklocalbeer #beerbeerbeer #beergeek #beernerd #beerlover

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Southern Star has kicked off a campaign tied to the 2020 presidential election
. Essentially, vote for a background color for its popular Bombshell Blonde: blue (its original color) or red. You can vote here starting March 1

Buffalo Bayou is hosting its eighth anniversary party from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m. Saturday at its Sawyer Yards brewery and taproom. Tickets are $35, and for $40 you can get an anniversary tulip glass. Look for specialty beers and live music throughout.

Spindeltap's summer seasonal will be Don't Mess Wit Texas. Looks like it'll be a witbier at 4.5 percent ABV, and it's a phenomenal name. Also, cans of Heavy Hands, Spindletap's very delicious double IPA, are coming to stores in March.

Great Heights is hosting a Fat Tuesday celebration on Tuesday, which will feature bingo and $4 beers all night. Orleans Seafood Kitchen will stop by with boiled crawfish and Cajun specialties. 

This weekend, Saloon Door is hosting a cookies and beer pairing eventpay $10 to get four Girl Scout cookies and a flight of four beers based on said cookies. 

Beer Releases

Saint Arnold has a chocolate milk stout available on cask at its Beer Garden & Restaurant, and not for too long.

Last Wednesday, Ingenious released a triple-fruited sour called Smarty Jam. It's brewed with blackberries, black currants, black cherry, and Himalayan sea salt, and comes in at 6.8 percent ABV

It looks as if Vallensons' is releasing the first Daisy Chain beer of 2020. For those new to the concept, the Daisy Chain was started by Southern Star Brewing Co. in 2018 as a way to show brewery solidarity across the region in the wake of Hurricane Harvey. Southern Star starts with a yeast that then travels to more breweries, and more breweries, and so on. Each brewery that gets the yeast does whatever beer it wants with it, so you'll see a plethora of expressions throughout the city all linked by a common element. All Daisy Chain beers benefit a single cause, and this year it's the Houston Food Bank. And Vallensons' beer is a New England IPA called Daisy Chain Hazy. It's available starting today.

(11 Below is right behind Vallensons'. Its Daisy Chain beer, also a hazy IPA, is coming Feb 29.)

Fun, fun, fun beer releases from Eureka Heights. This weekend they have Hi Hungry. I'm Dad, a 6.5-percent East Coast IPA (not sure if we're talking New England juicy or Hudson Valley sour here, or something else entirely), plus Baby Cake, brewed with vanilla, nutmeg, cinnamon, lemon, and lactose. That's right: Eureka Heights is going big with adjuncts. And there are special baby tokens hidden in some of the plastic four-pack can holders of Baby Cake—get one, and you get a free beer.

Brash has Pussy Wagon in cans, and you might still be able to get a six-pack.

Can release at B-52: Smoothie Tart with pineapple, raspberry, and mint. It's a big kettle sour at 8.8 percent ABV. Fun starts at 3 p.m. today.

True Anomaly has released a Truffula—its Berliner weisse—with key lime and tangerine.

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