We’ve all got one: a beer that has become our de facto companion during summer trips floating the San Marcos River, the Guadalupe River, whichever body of water in Central Texas literally floats our boat. Now, one Austin bar, Cuvee Coffee on East Sixth Street, wants to know the answer to an essential question: Which Texas beer is the absolute very best for float trips?
Lest we get too bogged down by suggestions, Cuvee has narrowed the competition — in this year’s summer Crowler Cup, held from 6 to 11 p.m. July 13 — down to nine mostly local craft beers. Cast your vote for the winner by ordering the one you think best suits a day on the river.
But that’s not all. This edition of the Crowler Cup (so named after the vessel that was once the source of ire between the Texas Alcoholic Beverage Commission and pretty much every drinker in Texas who wanted to take home beer in a crowler) will offer a variety of goodies to one lucky winner. Potential winners need only purchase a beer to enter. Prizes include vouchers to float the San Marcos river as well as Cuvee Coffee Bar merch.
The participating river-friendly beers? We’ve got some tough choices on our hands.
- Hops & Grain River Beer (it’s literally in the name, guys)
- Karbach Love Street Blonde
- Uncle Billy’s Lazy Day Lager (William Barton himself is floating on an inner tube on this neatly designed beer can)
- Freetail Bat Outta Helles
- Real Ale Hans Pils
- Celis White (Austin’s oldest craft beer could be just the drink we need to get us through our favorite summer activity)
- Live Oak Pilz
- 4th Tap Brewing Co-op Vitality Spring Beer
- Pedernales’ Robert Earl Keen River Raft Pilsner
There will also be live music by the Mismatch and eats provided by Mykonos Waffle. For more information, visit facebook.com/CuveeCoffeeBar.