New local brewery, Lake Austin Ales, launches with the juicy IPAs we’re all craving right now – Entertainment – Austin 360
Two years ago, when the co-founders of a new Austin brewery pondered the beers they wanted to make, one of them was immediately obvious – the hazy, juicy New England-style IPAs that show no sign of being out of the Fashion come.
Zack Fuentes and Kris Gray had hoped that their brewery, Lake Austin Ales, would set sail sooner than before, to introduce locals to a style of beer that was relatively unknown in Texas at the time. Still, Lake Austin Ales is now looking to stand out with the two juicy IPAs that will debut on September 4th.
“It’s juice bombs. All we do is emphasize the fruitiness and juiciness of the beer,” Gray said.
Gray, the former head brewer at Whitestone Brewery in Cedar Park, now holds the same role at Lake Austin Ales, working with Fuentes and other founding partners including Jordan Rail, Jeff Davis and Tom Berno to bring the brewery to life. Fuentes and Rail are also veterans of the beer industry: Fuentes co-founded Uncle Billys Brewery & Smokehouse years ago, and Rail has sold the Colorado-based Left Hand Brewing brand locally for several years.
Founding partner Grady Reynolds, a former member of the now-closed Thousand Oaks Brewing, was also instrumental in guiding Lake Austin Ales through the financial and legal aspects of starting a brewery (this new brewery is not an offshoot of Thousand Oaks, like folks) speculated on Reddit and other sites).
All of the co-founders hope the appeal of a good juicy IPA will attract Austinites – but not to a taproom. Like other young local brands, Frontyard Brewing, Lake Austin Ales doesn’t yet have its own tasting room. Instead, Gray brews from the vast facility at Celis Brewery in North Austin, just as Uncle Billy agreed to at a contract brewery. Uncle Billy’s has draft beers in the Celis tasting room even though the Lake Austin ales isn’t quite there yet.
“Our focus right now is on making the best beer possible and getting the Austin people to recognize our brand,” said Gray. “Then we concentrate on one production facility. We are just patient and wait for the right place. We don’t want to sell ourselves as far as we want.”
Lake Austin Ales certainly doesn’t do that with the two starter beers. The first word on the juicy IPAs, which will be available first at Easy Tiger next week and then in other bars around town, is that they are prime displays of the hazy style and capture all of the fruity flavors that hops can impart without bitterness. You could say they are like juicy, freshly squeezed pineapple juice. Or mango juice. Or maybe both in one.
This is in large part because Gray filled them with hops.
The 6.5 percent ABV Juicy IPA was hopped dry twice at over 250 pounds. The 7.5 percent ABV Juicy Double IPA offers even more hops: 350 pounds total. of citrus hops and lupulin powder. According to the brewery, this is less tropical; Instead, the beer bursts with notes of grapefruit and Meyer lemon.
Both beers will only be on tap for now, but Lake Austin Ales plans to introduce four-packs of 16 ounces. Cans in early October. The Tallboy cans, Gray said, are traditionally for the New England-style IPA, rather than the typical 12 ounce. Size.
The designs for the cans are ready and prepared by Davis and Berno after the co-founders spent a year planning what the brand would look like. You took your time because bold design is key in an industry with so many options, Gray said. It’s a name to remember too, and Lake Austin embodies what people love so much about the Texan capital.
“It’s the best example of the Austin lifestyle, love for nature and wildlife,” he said.
Get a first taste of Lake Austin Ales at the Easy Tiger launch party on September 4th. The brewery will also have the two IPAs drafted on September 5th at parties at Lavaca Street Bar in South Lamar and September 6th at Banger’s. Easy Tiger’s event begins at 5 p.m. when you can meet Gray and the other brewery founders .
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