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Beer News: Great Scott! Back to the Future Is at Great Heights

Plus, 8th Wonder and Urban South cook up their Black Is Beautiful brews.

By Timothy Malcolm July 10, 2020

Taprooms remain closed for your drinking enjoyment (restaurants owned by breweries in which food sales are more than 50 percent of revenue are the exception), but most breweries are offering takeout beer sales (check out that Back to the Future beer; more below). It's summer, it's hot, and beer is cold, so support your favorite local brewery by picking up some to-go brews. Oh, and wear a mask.

News & Events

Buffalo Bayou Brewing Co. is celebrating Christmas in July a little different this year. Its 12 Days of X-Mas in July features 12 unique meals over 12 days starting July 25. They're hosting all meals at its Sawyer Yards facility, keeping to a self-imposed 33-percent capacity with social distancing enforced. Check out more info here.

Karbach is selling glassware decorated with images of Frida Kahlo, with a portion of proceeds benefiting the Houston Institute for Culture, in lieu of being able to celebrate its annual Día de La Frida. Get your glassware here.

Beer Releases

"Whoa, whoa, whoa, Doc, do you mean to tell me that Great Heights Brewing Co. ... has got the hots for me?" If you're a fan of Back to the Future, they definitely do, because they're gifting you Enchantment Under the C Hops, a 9-percent West Coast double IPA with Citra, Centennial, and Columbus hops. Heavy.

Starting Monday, look for the blue-and-yellow cans indicating Saint Arnold's Noble Haze, a new, limited-release IPA from the brewery. The boil to make this brew included noble hops and oats, which impart that hazy look beer geeks crave. It'll be at select markets and at the beer garden and restaurant.

8th Wonder has joined in on the Black is Beautiful brew. This is the 9-percent ABV-strong Black American ale first made by Marcus Baskerville of Weathered Souls Brewing of San Antonio to support the effort to reform policing. Weathered Souls has offered breweries the opportunity to make their own versions per the original recipe, with proceeds going back to the anti-brutality cause. You can get 8th Wonder's version at the brewery now.

Eureka Heights is selling four-packs of Texas Belgique, an IPA of Citra and Mosaic hops and also made with Belgian Abbey yeast

Buffalo Bayou is jumping in on the seltzer trend. It announced on Thursday its Summer Street Seltzer, available for a limited time and in limited quantity.

New stuff from Holler: Welcome Abundance of Caution IPA, which is dry-hopped with Galaxy, Motueka, and Mosaic.

Brash is selling four packs of Vulgar Display of Power Russian imperial stout. Available at noon Friday for takeout only at the brewery.

Ingenious has unveiled Voss Boss, a blood orange West Coast IPA at 7.4-percent ABV for crowler pickup. The brewery is also selling frozen sour ale smoothies to go: Blue Hawaiian and Banana Colada.

Spindletap in August will release Copper Chopper, an amber ale at 5.3 percent ABV.

Urban South HTX has also released a version of Black is Beautiful, using coffee beans from The Roastery. All of its proceeds will go to Black Lives Matter Houston. Also, Urban South will be selling four new slushy beers (strawberry kiwi, pineapple, raspberry lemonade, and blueberry lemonade). You can order online and pick up starting noon Friday.

Back Pew will be releasing its 2020 Kingabrau very soon. Get ready for the Festbier at 6.3-percent ABV, coming this August.

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