Blanco's Real Ale Brewing Co. has three limited edition beers either in local taverns now or coming soon: this year's edition of Lost Gold IPA, as well as its Anniversary Ale 13 and the new Oktoberfest. I've tried the Lost Gold with friends a couple of times, and there were raves all around the table both times – boldly hoppy while also crisp like a pilsner. The 13 is "a unique hybrid of Belgian and American styles with a few surprise ingredients added to the mix," according to Real Ale's newsletter. The brewery only made one batch, so jump on it. The Oktoberfest should be available next month, and I imagine it will nicely complement cooler (we hope!) weather. Also, Real Ale is doing some contract brewing, supplying a Drafthouse ESB to all Alamo Drafthouse locations... Two different groups of entrepreneurs are trying to bring new microbreweries to Austin; both are currently in the process of raising capital. Benjamin T. Sabel and Judson K. Mulherin are the masterminds of Circle Brewing Co. (www.circlebrewing.com). Sabel reports that the company has raised $205,000 toward a goal of $425,000 and says they'll begin building a brewing facility when they hit $225,000. Jester King (www.jesterkingbrewery.com) is headed by Jeffrey Stuffings, who says he has $100,000 toward his goal of $800,000. Go to their websites for info on how to become an investor... The Brewers Association has begun a campaign to get more members of Congress signed up for the Small Brewers Caucus. So far, Austin's Lloyd Doggett and San Antonio's Ciro Rodriguez are the only members of the Texas delegation who have signed up. Given how many small brewers are located in the Austin area, there's no good reason for Reps. Lamar Smith and Michael McCaul not to join – go to www.beertown.org and search "caucus" for a sample letter to send.
Lee Nichols blogs about beer at www.i-love-beer.blogspot.com.
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