St. Elmo Brewing has a knack for giving its beers people names — like the simple, flawless Carl Kolsch — but the South Austin brewery’s newest beer might have the best name at all, at least for University of Texas football fans.
The Darrell Burnt-Orange IPA will be on tap at the brewery once it opens today at 4 pm. and will be “piney, strong, and bitter,” according to St. Elmo, which announced the beer on social media.
And yes, it’s actually as close to a burnt orange color as you could hope for in a beer. The brewers decided to name the IPA in honor of the late Texas football legend Darrell K. Royal, the winningest coach in UT history who led the team to victory in many a game from 1957 to 1976. The Longhorns’ stadium now bears his name.
“He dedicated his life to football, from playing to coaching. That dedication led him to bring three national championships to Texas,” St. Elmo co-owner and brewmaster Bryan Winslow, a UT alum, said via email. “Similarly, the team at St. Elmo has also dedicated much of our lives' to the craft of quality and approachable beer.”
Like many UT football fans, Winslow is hopeful about the upcoming season, which is now in the hands of Head Coach Tom Herman, formerly of the University of Houston.
“We are on the edge of a new season, with a new (returning alum) coach, and new hope that our football program returns to the glory of DKR's era,” Winslow said. “Our Burnt-Orange IPA is brewed as both homage to those glory days and optimism for the season ahead.”
St. Elmo Brewing doesn’t have cans or bottles of its beers, so you won’t be able to tailgate with Darrell IPA when the season kicks off on Sept. 2. But there’s another solution: St. Elmo will be screening all UT football games at the taproom at 440 E. St. Elmo Rd. and will have drink specials at each one.
Plus, you can get a growler fill of it — growlers are $10 at the taproom — if you do want to enjoy it off-site. Darrell IPA isn’t one of the mainstay brews, like Carl, but hopefully it’ll stick around during the fall football season.
It’ll debut just in time for another Grassy Thursday, St. Elmo’s weekly bluegrass showcase from 8 to 11 p.m. every Thursday.