Christmas is fast approaching, so go grab those last-minute beer gifts at a local brewery. While there, sample a new brew, as plenty of folks are releasing fun one-offs this week.
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No Label is hosting a VIP experience at 10 a.m. Saturday. Go to tour the brewery, sample some beer, get lunch, some swag, and a complimentary glass. Tickets are available here.
Though it's not a beer, Balcones Grand Cru is a good idea for your holiday gifting (or imbibing). This whiskey was finished with three bourbon-barrel beers from Saint Arnold (Belgian-Style Quadrupel, Russian Imperial Stout, English-Style Barleywine). It's available at select stores across Texas.
Two new beers at Vallensons': Sour as 2020, a cranberry sour, and Experimental NEIPA, or a New England IPA with Australian hops. Both are available at the Pearland taproom.
Preview some new can releases at Southern Yankee on Saturday. Three new beers will be available in four-packs and in single cans: Hellyea!, a triple IPA; Rasputin's Daughter Mocha, a Russian imperial stout; and Tiny Tim's, a chai brown ale.
B-52 has a release today: Hope You Like It, a single-hop IPA. It's available at the Conroe taproom.
Equal Parts is releasing Dot Matrix, a black lager (malty with hints of chocolate and toffee) at 5.2-percent ABV. It joins another new beer, Nucleation, an 8-percent ABV Cryo-hop beer. All available from the brewery's window in the East End, and for pre-ordering online.
So what the heck does Cryo-hop mean? Essentially, these are hops that have been put through a cryogenic process, meaning the components lupulin (the essential component that provides much of the flavor and aroma of the hop) and bract were separated from the whole hop cone using an extremely low-temperature processing method. The process results in a powder of lupulin that, according to hop grower Yakima Chief, is more powerful in flavor and aroma than if the hop underwent a more traditional processing method.
Ingenious has three versions of beernog (eggnogs made with a Ingenious beer) available: Cherry Brandy Reserve (made with cherry-brandy-aged Russian imperial stout), WhistlePig Reserve (made with WhistlePig bourbon-aged Russian imperial stout), and Weller Reserve (made with Weller bourbon-aged Russian imperial stout). They're available at the Ingenious taproom in Humble.
Great Heights put a dunkelweizen on tap. It's malty and light and available at the taproom.
At Spindletap, get Frost Bite, a 7-percent ABV Cryo-hopped IPA. Available in six-packs and from the tap.
Holler has a new Belgian pale ale out called Thirst Trappist, 5.7-percent ABV and malty. It's available at the taproom.
Eureka Heights has produced a cute beer called Rudolph Red Eye, a coffee-boosted version of its snickerdoodle golden ale. It's at 7.3-percent ABV and available in four-packs at the brewery's drive-thru.