Normally, when breweries debut a beer, they might offer a free koozie or pint glass with it. But South Austin beer maker Thirsty Planet Brewing has something this Live Music Capital of the World will love: its very first EP.
The 6-track, 6-minute record won’t be your typical music album, as it features recordings of the new year-round brew, the Pailhead Pale Ale, being produced at Thirsty Planet’s enormous facility on South Congress Avenue. The brewery has dubbed the EP "Sounds of the Brewery."
Listeners will hear "6 tracks of audio from the bottling, cooling, and enjoying of a 6-pack" of the lightly hoppy brew, according to Thirsty Planet.
Pailhead has long been part of Thirsty Planet’s repertoire, albeit as a draft-only offering. The release party with the EP later this month will celebrate the pale ale’s first time in bottles, joining other mainstay brews such as Thirsty Goat Amber and Yellow Armadillo Texas Ale.
It’s considered the "little brother" of another Thirsty Planet mainstay, the Buckethead IPA, because it’s lower in alcohol by volume, at 5.2 percent ABV, and in hoppiness, at 48 IBUs. Using a Northwest-style recipe, the South Austin brewery makes the pale ale with Magnum, Cascade, Callista and Denali hops that contribute a "sweet fruit aroma followed by a crisp, bitter finish," according to the brewery.
Thirsty Planet said the pale ale is "less likely to cause shenanigans at the family BBQ" than Buckethead, which released in bottles this time last year with a similarly fun promotion — 7-packs of the beer (in celebration of its anniversary) in a bucket-shaped container.
Bottles of Pailhead are headed to stores soon, but you won’t be able to listen to the EP until the release party, thrown at one of Austin’s most beloved record stores, End of an Ear, on May 26.
The store, at 4304 Clawson Rd., will provide attendees with a copy of "Sounds of the Brewery" as well as samples of Pailhead from 12 to 3 p.m. on that day. If you can’t make the party, select six-packs of the beer released afterward will have the record tucked into the pack.
Thirsty Planet moved into the former Central Texas Food Bank facility just north of Slaughter Lane last year, although a tasting room has not yet been established at the building at 8201 S. Congress Ave.
For more information, visit thirstyplanet.beer.
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