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Brew Review: Independence Brewing Co – Austin Amber

Yet another great Texas beer.

I had seen Austin Amber before and naturally was attracted to it, but it just never made the cut for space in my suitcase, so
again, I have to thank my college roommate, Big Poppa Bear Black (Side note: Congrats to him on popping the question), for making this review possible. Independence Brewery started making beers in Austin in 2004 and has continued to grow over the years but still is only available in Texas.

The beer’s coloring is typical for an Amber style beer — rich copper/brown and pours with a nice thick white head. You can smell the caramel from the malts along with a bit of spice. The beer tastes really solid for an amber. It has a little bit of bitterness from the hops but the sweetness from the malts comes through giving a good balance. The finish is very clean, and the body is light with minimal carbonation. Overall, this beer is right in my wheelhouse: local Texas, Amber, and perfect for Summer drinking.

I think I’m going to need a bigger suitcase…

— Shintern1909

Brew Review-Southern Star’s Bombshell Blonde

Southern Star Brewing Company Bombshell Blonde Conroe, TX; American Blonde; 5.2% ABV

I was the lucky recipient of a birthday care package from my college roommate, Big Poppa Bear Black, that was stock full of Texas beer. While I have had most of them before, the Bombshell Blonde piqued my interest because I had never heard of it or Southern Star BC. So, I cracked open a can, poured it into a 12 oz glass, and sat back to watch my beloved Liverpool FC blow a one-goal lead in the second half to Tottenham. To make matters worse, it was a replay of the Sunday game, and I had already looked up the result. At least, the beer could surprise me.

The beer pours a cloudy gold/amber color a shade lighter than honey and simmers down to a thin head. The beer smells lightly of honey and sweet. The brew tastes malty and is followed up with a bitter bit towards the end. The distinct tastes doesn’t really hangout long, but the beer’s flavor mixture seems to — it’s just hard to distinguish its different aspects. As for the beer’s body, it starts off light but seems to linger heavy; however, it is smooth and, due to the balance between the malty front and bitter back, could be a session beer during the summer. One advantage is that the beer is canned, so it could make a great addition to your cooler during your next trip to the river to float/swim/camp/fish.

— Shintern1909