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Day #216 – Black Star Co-op Pub & Brewery

August 5, 2011

I apologize for the lack of updates recently, but I was on vacation and was super busy, but fear not!  I had plenty of new beer to try and lots to write about!

Black Star Co-op Pub & Brewery

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Black Star is a fairly new brewpub to open up in Austin, TX.  They are a Co-Op, which I had no idea what it was when I got there.  Apparently it is a different form of business which in essence makes every employee a part owner.  This way the employees have a much bigger stake and feeling of ownership in the business, and in theory would be more apt to making it successful.  The employees are paid living wages and do not accept tips. Cool…I spent plenty of cash there anyway.  Here’s a rundown of the great beers I got to try!

Elba

Wheat Ale

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Served with a slice of cucumber. Pours a slightly hazy golden orange with a fizzy white head. Aroma is dry, wheaty, some lemon notes. The cucumber slice really comes through. Flavor is crisp, with a wheaty flavor, cucumber freshness, herbal and light. Different take but it works.

Waterloo

Fruit Beer(Sour)

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Pours a clear light yellow to gold color with light carbonation. Aroma is very subtle. Some tart notes and maybe fruit. Flavor is tart, dry with some flavors of wildflowers, and light peach. Has a very bready finish.Very tingly. Interesting but not my thing.

High Esteem

American Pale Ale

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Pours a clouded light orange color with a light ring of white head. Aroma is fresh hops, pine, grapefruit and sweetness. Flavor is spicy hops, pine, sweet resin and dry malts. Hoppy Finish. Good.

Double Dee

Belgian Ale

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Pours a very pretty amber orange, clear with a light white head. Aroma is malty sweet, some Belgian fruit and sugar. Flavor is roasted malts, sweet flavors and dark caramel chocolate. Sweet finish. Nice!

House Brown

Brown Ale

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House Brown 660 recipe with ramped up hops. Pours a light brown to dark amber color. Frothy off-white head. Aroma is dark malts, roasted notes, sweet chocolate and heavy grain. Flavor is roasted malts, dark chocolate, some sweetness, roasted finish. Nice hopped flavor.

Vector

Black IPA

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Pours a dark brown color with a red highlight. Foamy tan head. Aroma is hoppy and roasted, lots of malts. Flavor has lots of roasted notes with fresh hops and pine. This is probably more of a black IPA than a brown ale.

All in all this was a fantastic trip.  The brewpub is in good hands, and has been making excellent strides in the right direction.  In addition to the original beers the brewpub makes, they had several great Texas beers on tap.  I will be featuring a new one tomorrow as well!

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