Monday, March 6, 2017

Adventures in Beer: Austin, Texas - Zilker Brewing

Alright y’all, I made it to Austin, Texas on a mission for the next four days to go deep into Austin’s craft beer scene while doing some good at SXSWedu. I’m going native, which means I’m “ballin on a budget” to do all the good stuff without breaking the bank. 

First up is Zilker Brewing Company. I walked from downtown to this spot on East 6th which helped increase my thirst on the way. The neighborhood is cool, eclectic, latin funk, and just plain funk. Cool thing Zilker is all about the beer. The layout and ambiance was chill but very cool. Even on a Sunday, big crowd and everyone is having a good time. I really dig the Zilker paneling above the taps. Marco and Jason started this place 2 years ago, with a lot of support for their ever evolving dream and their 15 barrel brewhouse and 7 fermenters. Zilker is primed to grow. 

Austin started me off with Nothin But A “C” Thang IPA. Dry hopped with the Cs (Cascade, Centennial, Chinook, & Crystal) it was a flavor bomb with bitterness that didn’t overwhelm the palate. Next, the lovely Katelin brings the taste extravaganza. All I can say is Excellente! All the beer was well made and showed great consistency in quality. I started in the center with the Marco, they’re Mainstay IPA that also set the tone for the others, create color, carbonation, lacing and packed with flavor. Next up was the seasonal Trapp Marco, fermented with Trappist yeast, that had a boozy fruitiness to it. Slightly maltier than the Marco, the Trapp stands on its own.

Made my way to the Coffee Milk Stout, of which a portion of sales go to the Mothers’ Milk Bank. Smooth, subtly sweet, and balanced coffee made this stout easy to drink. The Elfie Sunshine, is Zilker’s Imperial Coffee Milk Stout on some cocoa nibs. At 8% is the biggest beer on the menu and the flavors play well together. Finishing up with Rare Candy,  the kettle sour with great aroma of apricot and a smooth fruit tartness. This was the way to go out. Then got a taste of the Murderino, the cap to an awesome time at Zilker. 

So if you’re ever in the Texas A, definitely make Zilker a stop that can’t be missed. There is even a Brett Sour on the way. Y’all keep doing what you’re doing! Big thanks to Marco, Austin, and Katelin for the love today.
William Teasley - BTB William 

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