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Beer News: Karbach to Release Ranch Water Hard Seltzer in January

Plus, a couple local breweries take home medals in the U.S. Open Beer Championship.

By Timothy Malcolm December 11, 2020

In case you missed it earlier this week, Southern Yankee Brewing Company announced its expansion with the Southern Yankee Craft House set to open in 2021 in Montrose.

Here's the rest of this week's beer (and beer-related) news:

News & Events

Urban South HTX is hosting a food drive all month to support the Houston Food Bank. You can drop off a non-perishable food item at the taproom or donate here.

Congratulations to 8th Wonder, whose Vietnamese coffee porter, Rocket Fuel, finished in second place in the coffee beer category at the 2020 U.S. Open Beer Championship. 

More U.S. Open Beer Championship news: New Magnolia won a bronze in the American light lager category for its Heights Light Lager.

Also, Vallensons' Brewing Company won a silver medal in the oatmeal stout category for its Settlers' Oatmeal Stout. This is the third medal the beer has won, adding to a 2019 gold at the U.S. Open Beer Championship and a 2020 gold at the Great American Beer Festival. 

Finally, Bakfish nabbed a gold in the honey beer category for 1Honey% That B.

Now here's a Christmas movie: City Acre is showing Home Alone at 6 p.m. December 18 on the big screen outside in its beer garden. While it is free, for $5 you can reserve your spot, and that money will be converted to a food-and-drink voucher. And that's a good idea, because for $10, you'll get all-you-can-eat cheese pizza (if you know, you know) made at City Acre. 

Beer Releases

Karbach Ranch Water will be in stores this January.

Karbach is now in the ranch water business. Karbach Ranch Water Hard Seltzer, a 90-calorie, 4.5-percent ABV agave, lime, and seltzer beverage, will be available starting January 4 in 12-oz and 16-oz cans in grocery and liquor stores throughout Texas. It'll then expand to the rest of Southwest in 2021.

"We've had a big demand from our consumers for a seltzer. Folks of all kinds come to the brewery and a lot of times we’re getting requests for something outside the 'normal' beer world and something that is lower in carbs and calories," says David Graham, Karbach marketing manager, in a release. "Ranch Water Hard Seltzer has been our most strenuous product development, probably of all time, at the brewery. We've been working on this project for over two years and are really excited with where we have landed."

Speaking of hard seltzers, Buffalo Bayou is releasing its first, called Hibiscus Lime. Buff Bayou teased the hard seltzer with a video post on social media this week.

Also, No Label has a gin-and-tonic-style hard seltzer coming out Saturday. It's called The JJ, comes in at 5.9% ABV and will be available at its Katy taproom. No Label says The JJ will be sold at stores and elsewhere in 2021.

Great Heights has a SMaSH (single-malt and single-hop) beer called South Island Pale Ale. The single malt is English Golden Promise and the hop is Rakau from New Zealand. It's a 5.2-percent ABV beer, and you can get it at the brewery's Garden Oaks taproom.

More SMaSH action: Vallensons' gives us Sabro SMaSH. Made with Sabro hops, naturally, this beer comes in at 5-percent ABV and is available at the Pearland taproom.

Saint Arnold's newest is Cherry on Top. This beer is Boiler Room (the brewery's German-style Berliner weisse) with cherry puree. It's available at the Beer Garden and Restaurant; you also can order online to pick up later.

Local Group on Thursday released Suntoucher, a blonde ale at 5.4-percent ABV brewed with Amarillo hops. Grab it at the Northside-area brewpub taproom.

Eureka Heights has released Le Tigre, a variant of New England IPA So Hot Right Now with pineapple and coconut. It comes in at 6.7-percent ABV.

Coming soon to Brash: The Willie, which looks like it's a big, hoppy IPA.

Under the Radar's latest is H(azy) Town IPA, a New England-style IPA dry-hopped with Mosaic, Citra, and Amarillo. It's available at the Midtown taproom and beer garden.

And Saloon Door has a new one called So 5 Infinity, a New England-style IPA with Citra and Mosaic. 

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