If you’ve ever been to Austin, you know that one thing they love there is themed beer. Hell, just try to get them to stop brewing special edition beer. You can’t! I’ve tried! They love it! Today, in partnership with the Alamo Drafthouse, Uncle Billy’s Brewery announced the release of a special edition “Texas Lawger” to support the release of CBS Films’ Hell Or High Water, starring Chris Pine, Jeff Bridges, and Ben Foster. Hey, if I wanted “high water,” I’d just drink Coors Light, ha ch-cha cha cha (*fart noise*).
The film, naturally, is set in Texas, and stars two bank-robbing brothers, played by Pine and Foster, who team up for that proverbial big score. Which they won’t be able to pull off if a “foul-mouthed Texas ranger” played by Jeff Bridges has anything to say about it. One of my great joys in life is Jeff Bridges’ cowboy accent, so I hope there’s lots of that here. You are not Le Beef!
Living under the tyranny of the IPA here in NorCal (see also the Pacific Northwest) where it isn’t a microbrew unless it tastes like a cedar plank had sex with some pine needles, I was pleased to learn that this one’s a Vienna-style lager. Ugh, I would move to Texas, if only it weren’t so Texas-y.
From the press release:
Inspired by the desert beauty of West Texas, where “Hell or High Water” was filmed, this special edition Uncle Billy’s lager is made with Vienna malts and noble hops for an incredibly dry and drinkable brew. Uncle Billy’s Brewery head brewer, and West Texas native, Trevor Nearburg, incorporated prickly pear for western flair.
“Like the film, the Uncle Billy’s ‘Hell or High Water’ Texas LAWger is a love letter to the rugged beauty of Texas. Fans of the film will love the simplicity of the beer and its ties to West Texas,” says Nearburg. “It’s a traditional style German lager with a slightly sweet maltiness enhanced with earthy, sweet flavors and a beautiful, vibrant color from prickly pear cactus grown in West Texas. It is a refreshing, easy drinking beer that will knock a Texas thirst out of its boots.”
I haven’t tasted it yet, but I’m a total sucker for any beer that describes itself as “German-style” (same is true of porn).
Hell or High Water opens in limited release August 12th before expanding wide August 19th, but you’ll have to get to the Alamo Drafthouse South Lamar in Austin if you want to try Uncle Billy’s Texas LAWger. Worth the trip? Maybe. I mean, if it’s not you can just drink more.