The Danes are coming! We recently set up a long-term collaboration with the Danish academy, Erhvervsakademi Aarhus, to allow their students to have real-world experience in marketing a product overseas. The long-and-short of it is Black Star Co-op will be brewing a signature beer in Denmark and a Danish brewery will be brewing a beer [...]
In case you haven’t heard yet, we have big news coming out of the Great American Beer Festival 2013. Elba, our Member-Owner designed American wheat ale spiced with lemongrass, grains of paradise, and bitter orange peel brought home a bronze in the “Herb and Spice” category! This was the 3rd most competitive category and we [...]
Hopefully, most of you know Dan and Joelle Dewberry. They are long-time owners of the Co-op and lifetime members of my friendship army. Proud ZEALOTS, they are no newcomers to the homebrewing world and it was evident in the quality of their sour-mashed 2013 GABF Pro-Am entry winner humbly named, “Sour Wort Old Ale.”
We’re brewing this [...]
WHAT DO YOU DO AT BLACK STAR? I answer questionnaires. After that, I split time between the Pub and Beer Teams. On the Pub Team I do anything front of the house related, and on the Beer Team I manage the to-go beer inventory as well as clean.
WHERE ARE YOU FROM? Texas, ‘Merica.
WHAT’S YOUR FAVORITE [...]
As the daily temperature rises and the quest for thirst-quenchers embarks, I have a suggestion for you–try sour beers. Sour beers can come in all shapes and styles, but one thing they all have in common is acid. Lactic acid, acetic acid, and various fruity esters from the acids form a tart and refreshing kick [...]
This Spring/Summer, we’ll be re-releasing our pair of Irrational beers–Nemesis and Narcissus. To start with, Narcissus follows the “Ego Series” (High Esteem, Hubris, Narcissus) to it’s natural conclusion. This beautifully hoppy beer, proudly boasts 30 lbs of Cascade, citra, and Nelson Sauvin hops. Twice dry-hopped with a clean, malty body to help balance the aggressive [...]
Our Spring Irrational beer embodies all that is springy. Rover is golden Belgian ale made with LOTS of Goodflow Honey Co’s local wildflower honey. How much is “lots?” It’s easy just to put a weight measurement to the amount…but it’s far more interesting to spend a day in the life of the little worker bees [...]
You never know what Austin’s weather will be in February–snow, beautiful 70F days, or dreariness. However, we plan on having the perfect beer compromises in February to deal with the fickleness that is our weather. We’re going to be rounding out the “winter” months with two of our most popular Irrational beers–Rebellious Dockhand and Vector. [...]
December will see the releases of our two biggest, baddest beers–Triple Dee and Mobius. If you’re following our “Beer Series Chart,” you’ll see that Triple Dee is the terminus of the Dee Series and Mobius is the newest Infinite Series beer (following Epsilon).
Triple Dee may seem familiar to some of you. Last year we released [...]
The 201 class is for intermediate and advanced homebrewers and beer aficionados. Attendees will get a deeper understanding of mashing, lautering, hop additions, water treatment, and recipe design. We will be using one of the house beer recipes as a case study during the information and demonstrations. Additionally, we’ll have a small tasting after the [...]