Craft brewers have begun to take notice of the rise of hard seltzer — White Claw, in particular — and some of them are starting to offer versions of their own.
Oskar Blues was among the first. Dallas' Deep Ellum Brewing was another. And now, Austin's St. Elmo Brewing has also jumped into the boozy seltzer waters. Available only at the taproom, the new hard seltzer is going to rotate seasonally, with two flavors out now that are catered to our summer needs.
The first seasonal offering, called Ripple, features two flavors that are "perfect for navigating Austin's brutal summer," according to a news release: Citrus (lemon and lime) and Tropical (mango, guava and passion fruit). The seltzers are both gluten-free and low in alcohol, at 4.5% ABV.
Co-founder and head brewer Bryan Winslow said in the news release that he enjoyed experimenting with a different sort of alcoholic product.
"We take a lot of pride in brewing a plethora of different beers for all kinds of drinkers," he said. "We brew everything from hazy IPAs to fruited sours and traditional German styles to light beer just like your dad used to drink. Ripple is merely an extension of that. Many of our guests don't drink beer, so we wanted to be able to offer an alternative."
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Enjoying Ripple — which gets its name from a Grateful Dead song — and wishing you could have the refreshing spiked water at home? Well, even though it's sold only at the South Austin brewery, you'll be able to request it in crowlers to go, just like any of the beers on the draft wall.
St. Elmo is located at 440 E. St. Elmo Rd. For more information, visit stelmobrewing.com.