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Top Austin restaurants help to create beers for Hurricane Dorian fundraiser

Arianna Auber
aauber@statesman.com
Central District Brewing hosts a two-day fundraiser for Hurricane Dorian relief that will feature collaborative beers made with input from top local resturants. [Contributed by Central District]

Austin's only downtown brewery has teamed up with three top-rated restaurants — Suerte, Emmer & Rye, and the Brewer's Table — to release a series of stout beers that will benefit Hurricane Dorian relief.

The Category 5 hurricane decimated the Bahamas on Aug. 24, a natural disaster now regarded as the worst in the country's history. Emmer & Rye's pastry chef, Tavel Bristol-Joseph, was born and raised in the Caribbean, and it seemed only fitting for the restaurant to team up with Central District Brewing and the other eateries to offer a fundraiser that would help the Bahamas rebuild.

On Saturday and Sunday, head to Central District, one of the businesses located on the ground floor of the Austin Convention Center parking garage, to try the four beers that have been created in honor of the hurricane relief effort.

One dollar from every stout sold this weekend goes toward Mercy Chefs, "a nonprofit disaster relief organization that serves professionally prepared meals for victims, volunteers and first responders in national emergencies and natural disasters," according to a news release.

For the fundraiser, Central District's master brewer, Adam Duley, brewed a stout and then collaborated with Suerte, Emmer & Rye and the Brewer's Table to create a variation inspired by each of their restaurant concepts. (The Brewer's Table, like Central District, holds a brewpub license and brews its own beer.) Duley and the other Central District co-owners had been wanting to collaborate with local restaurants before Dorian struck.

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“We’ve been tossing around the idea of a collaborative restaurant series for some time now, but once we had a moment to speak with all of the chefs about this potential event, a benefit for Dorian Relief seemed natural,” Central District co-owner Julie Ballato said in the news release.

Here's what to expect.

  • Short Straw Stout, Central District Brewing: The robust stout has notes of rich chocolate, coffee and caramel and serves as the base for the other three
  • Carrot, Lemongrass & Ginger Stout, Emmer & Rye: "Inspired by a drink Tavel’s grandmother used to make him as a child in the Caribbean," according to the release, the stout is both refreshing and slightly spicy. Lacking the traditionally used condensed milk, it'll have an earthy sweetness from the carrots and subtle spice from the ginger and lemongrass.
  • Housemade Mole Stout, Suerte: Chili peppers and chocolate are common ingredients in many mole sauces, so it's a natural complement to a dark beer like the Short Straw. Expect lots of cocoa notes up front and an unmissable nuttiness in the finish.
  • Mesquite Bean Amazake Stout, the Brewer's Table: For this midnight-colored brew, the East Austin restaurant made a mesquite bean amazake — a traditional, low-alcohol Japanese drink made from fermented rice — that Duley blended into the beer. The result is "savory, chicory complexity with enhanced coffee and earth notes," according to the news release.

The beers will be available during Central District's taproom hours: 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. Saturday and 12 to 8 p.m. Sunday. The brewery is located at 417 Red River St.

For more information, visit centraldistrictbrewing.com.