When traveling by plane, the biggest beer problem I face is “What should I bring back?” There are so many breweries, so many beers, yet I have only one bag to store any good finds in. My selection process is fickle, but on my trip to Austin, Texas, my choice was simple. At Lazarus Brewing, I grabbed a pint of their Pils and studied the 750mL bottle at the register. It only took me a few seconds to know the beer I was bringing home was “Kings”.
I know next to nothing about Austin geography other than that Lazarus is located a bit down the infamous 6th St in a more low key area. A HUGE beer garden made for an inviting atmosphere, despite the rain at my visit. As far as breweries go, it was gorgeous enough for me to take a photo. Mind you, I’ve been to more breweries than I can count and the number of pics is in single digits.
Kings was such a weird yet intriguing beer, I had to have it. A Farmhouse Ale, which is really a catch all for a lot of cool brewing experiments, King’s has layers of flavor. Brewed with Texas wildflower honey, they inoculate the beer with Brett to give it that classic horse blanket character. The twist is they age it in tequila barrels, which honestly, is an art in itself.
The end result is funky ale with a graham cracker maltiness and a light twang of tequila. My suggestion is to let this one age a bit to help the tequila burn mellow so you can really taste the agave it brings.