Thursday, June 5, 2008

Beer In Austin - Beer Alley, Saint Arnold Elissa IPA and The Ginger Man

Beer Alley at Whole Foods in Austin

This trip is decidedly less beer-focused than our last road trip, and Texas really isn't known for its beer (Shiner Bock? No thanks...), but we did manage a bit of malt and hops on our visit to Austin. Above is "Beer Alley" at the massive central Whole Foods location. It is a big, refrigerated walk in with a very good selection.

RT - East To Austin

We picked up one local beer - Saint Arnold Elissa IPA, which was pretty tasty.

Saint Arnold Elissa IPA

We also stopped in at a great beer bar in the warehouse district called The Ginger Man. Very comfortable place with a bunch of craft-focused taps.

The Ginger Man in Austin

I tried the Liberation IPA from local brewery Live Oak, but I wasn't really into it. They had Saint Arnold Elissa IPA on cask, though, and it was fantastic - one of the best cask pours I've had in a while.

Cask Pint of Saint Arnold Elissa IPA at The Ginger Man

Sorry about the flash (it was dark) and the coaster, but just look at that nice suspension! The Ginger Man is an oasis in downtown Austin - definitely worth a visit.

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