We have a feeling Matthew McConaughey would say “alright, alright, alright” to this new Austin beer.
Austin Film Society is kicking off a celebration to mark the 25th anniversary of Richard Linklater’s “Dazed and Confused” by teaming up with Pinthouse Pizza. Together, they have made the Hazed & Confused IPA — featuring all the juicy, hazy hop character Pinthouse has become known for coupled with a label McConaughey would definitely approve of.
Isn’t that a pretty rad work of art?
The beer is on tap now at Pinthouse Pizza’s Burnet Road location and is expected to be there throughout the year. But it’s launching more widely on March 1, when AFS is hosting the Texas Film Awards screening of the 1993 coming-of-age movie. Linklater, who founded and serves as artistic director for AFS, will be in attendance for a post-screening Q&A. (The actual Texas Film Awards ceremony is the following week.)
“Dazed and Confused” is about a group of often-stoned high schoolers on the last day of school in 1976 Austin. The film launched McConaughey’s career and has become a pretty fundamental piece of the zeitgeist for many.
The beer won’t feature any of the leaves of a certain Cannabis plant, but it does have plenty of flowers from the Humulus lupulus hop plant. Hazed & Confused IPA, bursting with notes of pineapple and citrus, has Denali, Mosaic and El Dorado hops, along with a dash of Lupulin Powder that has become all the rage for brewers lately. It has served as Pinthouse’s first major use of the Denali hop.
“It's a very Pinthouse beer, but it shows that we're taking strides into new realms for hops,” Joe Mohrfeld, brewing director for both Pinthouse locations, said.
He decided to put the beer on tap this weekend as a test batch, to see what customers think of it. He’s curious about what other festivities AFS has planned for the “Dazed and Confused” anniversary — as “they keep teasing they have some big stuff planned, but they're keeping pretty tight-lipped about it,” he said, noting that he has a lot of love for the film.
“It’s really neat to be part of this,” he said.
Before the March 1 screening of “Dazed and Confused,” AFS Cinema, the theater that AFS renovated and reopened last year as an arthouse hub, will host a happy hour in the lobby with complimentary samples of the beer. Plus, limited-edition Hazed & Confused pint glasses and baseball T-shirts will be on sale at Pinthouse and AFS Cinema.
You may want to go ahead and grab your tickets to the sure-to-sell-out screening at austinfilm.org/screening/dazed-and-confused/.