Austin brewery’s new peach beer takes a jab at President Trump

Friends & Allies Brewing in East Austin isn’t afraid to declare its allegiances with its most recent beer — a peach saison named Impeach. 

The brewery released Impeach on Friday with a Facebook announcement, making it clear that the name wasn’t just a clever nod at the summer fruit: “It's an amazing 5.6% saison brewed with Texas peaches and (a) big dose of innuendo,” the Friends & Allies brewers wrote.

Since then, the Facebook post has gotten around 350 likes and almost 30 shares and, according to Friends & Allies co-founder Devon Ponds, is now the young brewery’s most-viewed Facebook post ever. That’s not just because of how appealing a peach saison sounds right now, in these scorching mid-July days, although it’s no doubt a factor.

But let’s be honest: that name coupled with a most amazing label illustration — a peach whose leaves resemble one of the most recognizable hairdos in the Western world — has a lot to do with all the attention, too. For Ponds and co-founder Ben Sabin, the beer was a fun way to express their disapproval of President Donald Trump and his current administration.

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“It's peach season here in Texas, so naturally we decided to release a peach beer,” Ponds said. “At the same time as we watched the politics of the last year unfold, the creative production side of our brewery decided to poke a little fun at our thin-skinned president.”

One of Friends & Allies’ mainstay beers, the Urban Chicken Saison, is in the same style as Impeach, but head brewer Nathan Crane didn’t simply add a bunch of peaches to a batch of the Urban Chicken. It’s a whole new recipe, he said.

You’ll detect “caramelized fruit and spice on the nose, peachy fruit and spice on the palate, (and) a creamy mouthfeel ends in quenching dryness,” he said. “I was looking to create a slightly sweet/spicy/creamy canvas with the beer for the peaches to land on and integrate with in a way that pulls everything together.”

The beer is on tap in the Friends & Allies tasting room at 979 Springdale Rd. #124, as well as at a growing number of local bars. Revelry Kitchen + Bar on East Sixth was the first outside the brewery to carry it.

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