Neighbors in the Texas Hill Country, Jester King Brewery and Revolution Spirits have long been wanting to collaborate on a boozy project — and they might have created the best one possible with a beer and a spirit that you can combine to make the essential brunch drink known as the michelada.
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"For a long time we have tried to find the right way to go about a collaboration," Revolution said in a Facebook post. "We finally settled on the idea of deconstructing a cocktail and separating it into parts that we could each incorporate into a beer and a spirit, with the intention that they would ultimately be blended together."
The Austin brewery and distillery chose the michelada because it’s "a classic day-drinking beer cocktail," according to Revolution.RELATED: 12 Austin bars and restaurants where you can get a proper michelada
The michelada, a beer cocktail, is typically made with a Mexican lager, salt, lime, hot sauce or some kind of chili component, along with a savory element like Worcestershire sauce. Jester King and Revolution have found a way to create two products that offer these flavors.
At Jester King starting this weekend, you can find Deimos’ Companion, a farmhouse ale brewed with papalo (a cilantro-like herb) and refermented with lime juice and zest. At Revolution also this weekend, you can pick up Phobos’ Companion, a neutral grain spirit that has been with infused three different chilies, horseradish, black peppercorns, celery seed and arame (a type of seaweed).
Both are named after the two moons of Mars — a concept inspired in part by the recent death of one of the distillers’ dog, a Boston terrier named Phobos. Overlay the two label images on the bottles and you’ll see an illustrated depiction of the dog’s face.
But you’ll have to combine the two and drink the resulting cocktail at home — Texas law currently prohibits the businesses from selling each other’s booze. All that means is that you’ll get to visit both, which are about a five minutes’ drive from each other off Highway 290 West, and then head home with a boozy treat.
Jester King and Revolution recommend mixing the two at a 6:1 ratio: For every six parts of Jester King’s Deimos, add one part of Revolution’s Phobos.
Not into making your own drink? A couple of Austin bars will be serving micheladas with both beverages over the next two weeks. The new Odd Duck and Barley Swine sibling restaurant, Sour Duck Market, is hosting a tasting on July 21, and Better Half Coffee & Cocktails, a venture from the group behind the Brew & Brew, will have an additional one on July 28.
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