•July 21, 2011 • Leave a Comment

Lauren won tickets to BB King by deciphering all the clues and submitting her photos!


Don’t Blink

•July 13, 2011 • Leave a Comment


See the light

•July 9, 2011 • Leave a Comment

Have some inside info on something big on the horizon.  Woke up to a knock at the door and found this picture:

And a photocopy of a document from a large beer manufacturer that says:

“Our Message:

Get a job and go to work.  Fall in line and cash your check.  Spend your hard earned dollars on the cheapest swill you can find.  Your thoughts are not your own, we will tell you what taste is.  Listen only to beautiful women, our beautiful women.  Don’t try new things as it never works out.  Follow.  Follow.  Never Lead.  Follow.


Brewluminati Sightings Linked to Independence Brewing Co.

•June 21, 2011 • Leave a Comment

Austin, TX   – Austin’s own Independence Brewing Co.  has released a unique Single Malt-Single Hop brew, the latest from their limited Brewluminati Series, called Gold Deluxe.  Developed by Brewer Michael Waters, the deceivingly simplistic craft beer features Maris Otter malt and the exotic Sorachi Ace hop. Available on draught at popular tap bars in Austin and Houston, Brewluminati sitings are documented at

The limited Brewluminati series from Independence Brewing Co. is shrouded in secrecy.   The Austin brewery is only willing to reveal that they brew a different ale on a monthly basis, in very limited quantity. The notion of traditional beer styles takes a back seat to the Austin brewery’s “no holds barred” approach to brewing. The result is bold and exotic craft brews that showcase the creativity of Independence Brewers Justin Rizza and Michael Waters.

While beer is brewed with essentially four ingredients: hops, malt, water and yeast, most craft brews feature a variety of malts and hops orchestrated to produce the perfect flavor profile.  A Single Malt-Single Hop brew may sound unsophisticated, but Gold Deluxe  is anything but.  A Single Malt-Single Hop brew “was a chance to isolate flavors. There is genius in its simplicity,” says Michael Waters.

Maris Otter malt was created by the Plant Breeding Institute (PBI) in Cambridgeshire, England by Botanist GDH Bell.  PBI was located on Maris Street, and each of the strains developed in the series was named after an animal.  Maris Otter is revered not only by cultivators for its hardiness, but also by brewers for its efficiency and rich earthy flavor.

Sorachi Ace is a varietal of hop developed in Japan by Sapporo brewery.  Hops are used primarily to bitter beer and impart other interesting flavors and aromas.  In the case of Sorachi Ace, lemon zest and tropical fruit stand out in this exotic, unique hop.

About Independence Brewing Co.
Independence Brewing Co. was founded in Austin in 2004 by Amy and Rob Cartwright.  Over the past seven years the seasoned brewery has become a staple in Austin bars, restaurants and grocery stores.  Independence has developed a repertoire of favorite craft beers available year-round in bottles, from the easy drinking flagship Austin Amber to the dark, rich and roasty Convict Hill Oatmeal Stout. The more adventurous fans seek out the seasonal, draft-only selections like the Belgian farmhouse ale Saison and the limited Brewluminati series.

Brewluminati-Gold Deluxe

Brewluminati Pairing Activity

•June 17, 2011 • Leave a Comment

Can’t decide what to get Dad for Fathers day? Check this out….. Beer and Wild Game Pairing featuring Independence Brewing Co. and Broken Arrow Ranch. Chef Jonathan Gelman of The Driskill Grill vs. Chef Rob Snow of Judges’ Hill Restaurant to benefit Sustainable Food Center!!! Guests decide the winner!!! 6 Courses – $55/ Person


First course A
Buttermilk fried Quail w/ Stash BBQ Sauce
Stash IPA
First Course B
Wild Boar Belly w/ risotto cakes, pickled beets, radishes
Bootlegger Brown
Second Course A
Grilled Antelope “Rood” Awakenings
Second Course B
Grilled Venison with Raspberry Demi Glace, Wild Rice
Third Course A
“Surprise” Upside Down Cake
Gold Deluxe
Third Course B
Angel food cake with grilled Fredricksburg peaches, and Gold Deluxe Merlitons
Gold Deluxe

For Tickets Call  495-1800


•June 13, 2011 • Leave a Comment

Here are your clues!  Try to get these shots as best you can with your face somewhere in them!  Good luck!

Clue 1

Everything is bigger in Texas, even the tip top of this dome. While it appears to be mostly pink granite, its mostly limestone from Convict Hill.

Clue 2

While you may hear a bark, you probably won’t hear a quack, just a bunch of great beer down “river” of MLK.

Clue 3

You might be looking to get outta the sun and into some “Shade”.  Or you may be looking to get unplugged, we suggest you grab an Independence brew and enjoy the patio.

Clue 4

Across the street from a big park, nestled away from plain view.  Gaze into the Coi pond and you may think you are turning Japanese, but the reflection of the Austin skyline will remind you youre at home.

Clue 5

Despite its name it doesn’t always “Rain” on this street.  With an outdoor patio that is sure to keep you as cool as the bars name.  If you get hungry on your journey the trailers next door will happily deliver.

Clue 6

It’s one of the greatest gatherings of influential Texans in town. We need you to find one man, it’s of “grave” concern.  Though you won’t be able to share a pint of our Amber with him, it does bear his name.

Photo Scavenger Hunt Rules

•June 9, 2011 • Leave a Comment
The Nitty

We will release 6 photo shots with accompanying clues. Find the spot and replicate the shot the best you can, except with your face in it. Clues will be released this Sunday and you have until next Sunday(19th 11:59pm) to submit your photos.

RULES(The gritty)
  • All participants must 21+, verified at time of redemption
  • All participants must take a picture in front of designated spots. No photoshopping! All images must be original images!
  • Independence Brewing Co. reserves the right to use submitted photos for promotional purposes
  • All photos should be taken on or between June 12th ,2011 and June 19th ,2011
  • Photos should be submitted to via email to , a link to flickr, photobucket etc. is highly preferred. Please name your album “Indy Hunt 8/11”.
  • Submit Photos by June 19th, 2011, 11:59:59 PM CST
  • Individual photos only! This will be a ton of fun to do in groups but each individual needs to submit 6 unique shots.
  • Individual should be clearly identifiable (no masks!)
  • No purchase necessary
  • Independence brews are not required, though are highly recommended when at a bar, don’t drink in public.
  • Completed entries will be invited to a Happy Hour Event Wednesday, June 22nd and entered in a chance to win ACL Live tickets(2)
  • ACL Live tickets(2) not redeemable nor exchangeable
  • ACL Live tickets(2)winner will be chosen at random from invited parties DO NOT HAVE TO BE PRESENT TO WIN! But we would love to hang out!