UPDATE FEB. 17: Two more places have announced Bellís Brewery launch events. Via 313 will have four of Bellís Brewery favorites at the Oak Hill and North Campus locations ó the two brick-and-mortar spots ó along with a special pizza, the Hat Trick, loaded with three different types of pepperonis. That launch will be from 6 to 9 p.m. March 2.
Itís no surprise the pizza restaurant is supporting Bellís: Via 313, like Bellís, is from Michigan.
Bangerís Sausage House & Beer Garden is launching the same day as Hopfields (see below) with a celebration tied to Fat Tuesday, Feb. 28. The Rainey Street bar will have a whopping nine of Bellís beers on tap, including the Consecrator Doppelbock, a traditional example of the Old World style. Drink íem while snacking on boudin balls and beignets as part of the Mardi Gras party from 6 to 9 p.m. that evening.
EARLIER: Texas beer lovers have been salivating since last spring at the announcement that a much-coveted Michigan brewery, Bellís Brewery, was headed our way. Now, we donít have to wait too much longer ó about another two weeks.
On Feb. 28, Hopfields will be the first bar in Austin to feature the Bellís lineup. That will include the beer that Bellís, which is already in 30 other states, has made specifically for the Texas market: an American IPA called Am I Right or Amarillo. According to Bellís, the hoppy beer marks the first time the brewery has produced ďa beer specifically for a new†market.Ē
The beer, as hop aficionados might have guessed, was brewed entirely with Amarillo hops and has ďbig, bold aromas of citrus and tropical fruit, balanced with a firm malt†backbone,Ē according to Bellís. The one-off batch of Am I Right or Amarillo is primarily going into 12 oz. six-packs, but a limited number of bars and restaurants, like Hopfields, will also have it on draft.
Hopfields isnít sure yet what other Bellís Brewery beers will be available just yet, so keep an eye on social media for updates. But the campus-area pub does plan to have Michigan-inspired food pairings to go along with your pour or flight, as well as free glassware and branded swag.
Another beer bar, Easy Tiger, is also planning a big launch party on March 1. On that day, youíll be able to purchase a $10 flight with some of Bellís mainstays brews: Lager of the Lakes, Two Hearted Ale, Porter and Kalamazoo Stout. If youíre one of the first 50 people to buy the flight, youíll come away with a free swag bag. And if you just want to nurse a can of Two Hearted ó another American IPA, this one brewed with 100 percent Centennial hops ó you can do that, too.
Easy Tigerís sister restaurants will have a tap or two of Bellís beer as well. The ELM Restaurant Group, which owns each of them, is thus launching a Passport promotion. Have the flight at the launch party or the four featured beers individually at Easy Tiger; then, get a stamp at Italic, Ireneís and 24 Diner showing youíve had their Bellís beer on draft as well. Once youíve visited each spot and gotten your Bellís fix, you will receive a Bellís shirt, hat and glass.
Got that straight? Italic will be tapping the Amber Ale on March 3, Ireneís will have the Oatsmobile Ale on March 6 and 24 Diner is offering the Amarillo IPA on March 8.
Weíll update this blog with more places that are throwing Bellís Brewery launch events once we see them.
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