Fans of Thirsty Planet’s Thirsty Goat amber can get it on draft or in bottles. The six-packs have been appearing in local stores as of late last week. Photo by Emma Janzen / American-Statesman.

Thirsty Planet fans now have a new way they can drink the brewery’s flagship amber, Thirsty Goat: straight from the bottle.

Last week, Thirsty Planet started rolling out six-packs (with the iconic goat front and center on the packaging) to area stores and bottle shops, including multiple HEB and Whole Foods locations, Spec’s, the Whip In and WhichCraft Beer Store.

It’s been a long time coming for brewery founder Brian Smittle, who said that although Thirsty Goat will be the only Thirsty Planet beer available in bottles for the first few months, the two other mainstays, Yellow Armadillo and Buckethead, will also go into bottles.

“I wish we would have been in bottles sooner, but I’m pleased it’s finally happening,” he said, noting that a bottling line had been one of the first pieces of equipment Thirsty Planet purchased, but it was old “and took more time to rebuild than I anticipated.”

In addition to debuting Thirsty Goat in bottles, the local brewery has also been involved with getting the 5th Annual Austin Gorilla Run underway. Each year leading up to the 5K, Thirsty Planet has released the Silverback Pale Ale and participates in a pub crawl and other events that raise awareness for the run, which benefits the Mountain Gorilla Conservation Fund. The run is on Jan. 31; a week before that, this Saturday, is the 3rd Annual Silverback Pub Crawl. And all the planning that goes into them has been keeping the Thirsty Planet crew busy.

“I feel that we’re almost reopening the brewery with all the things going on,” Smittle said.

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