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Everything Freetail

Discussion in 'US - Southwest' started by atxdelivery, Sep 26, 2012.

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  1. atxdelivery

    atxdelivery Aficionado (235) Texas Aug 28, 2010

    I just wanted to post this because I am tired of seeing the Jester King thread. FT is by far my favorite Texas brewery and I am not afraid to say so. IMO there is no comparison between the two. Now who has enjoyed their beers from the latest release and who has worked out some killer trades?

    Josh
  2. starkmarvelo

    starkmarvelo Savant (490) Texas Jan 20, 2010

    I traded a Whiskey Rodeo for a White Chocolate...I'm not sure what I'm gonna do with my bottle of Fortuna. But seriously, Freetail makes awesome beer. I had Raspberry Ananke last night and it was very good.
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  3. pwsoldier

    pwsoldier Advocate (540) Texas Apr 26, 2007

    I'm holding onto my Raspberry Ananke for a while. In a year or two, I'd like to do a side-by-side with the Lolita I bought last month.

    Haven't completed any trades yet, but I have two set up for sometime next month. Hoping to score some DuClaw Retribution and DC Brau On the Wings of Armageddon.

    And yes, Freetail 100% deserves its own thread.
  4. pwsoldier

    pwsoldier Advocate (540) Texas Apr 26, 2007

    Oh yeah, one more thing...

    [​IMG]

    Citra for their Fresh Hop Da Truck. I foresee many lunch breaks at the pub soon.
  5. dumptruck81

    dumptruck81 Savant (355) Texas Dec 28, 2011

    I've only been to freetail twice but I've been pretty impressed so far. The last bottle release was the shit! A couple of reasons I'd give them the nod over jester king:

    Quality control
    Variety of styles (only farmhouse yeast with jk gets a bit old)

    The only drawback is that I can't afford to drive to San Antonio all the time. If they'd open a location in Austin I'd bet it would do very well. Also sounds like Scott is trying to do his part in helping to change beer laws. His recent research study on the growth of breweries in Texas had some pretty good info.
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  6. wagenvolks

    wagenvolks Advocate (655) Texas Sep 23, 2005

    I love both breweries for different reasons. But both have had issues with QC. Freetail had infected bottles of BA La Muerta and BA Old Bat Rastard before they switched up their barrel-aging program to wild ales. Jester King, to my knowledge, has never had an infection issue (unless Funk Metal was a serendipitous accident), although they do struggle with getting carbonation levels right in their bottle conditioned beers.

    On the issue of style variety, one is a brewpub and one is a production brewery. This really isn't comparable IMO. Also, while JK has switched over to Farmhouse yeast, it's not their only means of fermentation, as they use a variety of pedio, lacto, and brettanomyces in their wild ales.

    To add to the trade database, in the past few months I've traded both Jester King and Freetail beers for: Captain Lawrence wild ales, Fremont barrel aged beers, off-the-shelf Perennial, BCBS, KBS, Founders CBH, and (as part of a trade for) King Henry. I've also enjoyed my fair share of Rodeo variants and Freetail Wilds. We're entering a golden age here in Texas, boys (and gals)!
  7. H0rnedFr0gs

    H0rnedFr0gs Savant (425) Texas Mar 12, 2012

    They are both awesome and thankfully they are OUR's! I will for sure be attending as many future events as possible. Great beer + great people = great times

    On the trade end. I nabbed a HF/Vermont box with (Vera Mae, Art, E, and Heady extras) for various Freetail beers...one of them being a Fortuna. Separately I nabbed a box of Cigar City (Cucumber, Leon, etc.) for a JK/Freetail combo wild box. Gots crickets when trying to get Mexican Cake though
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  8. miikezombie

    miikezombie Savant (335) Texas Aug 13, 2010

    I got Mexican Cake for a mix of locals. (Including Black Metal & Freetail) This was well before it's "value" soared. He also threw in a Sexy Chocolate, DL '10, and Behemoth as extras.
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  9. mhenson42

    mhenson42 Advocate (550) Texas Nov 20, 2011

    I'm thinking of trading my Mexican cake for sopapillas....:)
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  10. H0rnedFr0gs

    H0rnedFr0gs Savant (425) Texas Mar 12, 2012

    Completed a trade for Weyerbacher Riserva '9-'11 as well for a mix of JK and Freetail. Thanks to miike for my new favorite sour addiction
  11. wolffman17

    wolffman17 Savant (395) Texas Jul 14, 2005

    Am I the only one that drinks them instead of trading them?? ;)
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  12. jamescain

    jamescain Advocate (650) Texas Jul 14, 2009

    Nope...i just buy a few extra in case good trades pop up ;)
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  13. dumptruck81

    dumptruck81 Savant (355) Texas Dec 28, 2011

    The majority of my haul is more me but I also got some for family, friends, and regular traders. Need to spread something this good at least a little.
  14. westxbk

    westxbk Zealot (90) Texas Apr 4, 2010

  15. jamescain

    jamescain Advocate (650) Texas Jul 14, 2009

    ^^ I know where I'm headed tonight
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  16. jl28r1

    jl28r1 Savant (490) Texas Jan 10, 2011

    I do both! Best of both worlds but my wallet hates my guts right now!
  17. blatherbeard

    blatherbeard Savant (420) Texas Sep 30, 2007

    Nope, i trade nearly nothing but drink it all, either with friends or alone.

    Speaking of which, i think im gonna bring 512 to the la muerta release. Yes, that one.

    Should we start thinking of whos bringing what?
  18. H0rnedFr0gs

    H0rnedFr0gs Savant (425) Texas Mar 12, 2012

    Hoping that my trade for Leon goes through in time. If anyone has a particular want or two I wouldn't mind throwing down a bottle or two of something to make it happen. Maybe a EBW lineup?
  19. miikezombie

    miikezombie Savant (335) Texas Aug 13, 2010

    That's not the only thing that hates you...
  20. blatherbeard

    blatherbeard Savant (420) Texas Sep 30, 2007

    Speaking of Freetail, anyone gonna be there today? Me and a buddy are going to be there sometime this afternoon. Hitting bastrop for breakfast and to show him a storefront that could possibly be a brewpub someday.

    Maybe sometime around 3pmish.
  21. rocdoc1

    rocdoc1 Savant (380) New Mexico Jan 13, 2006

    I was in San Antone one night a couple of weeks ago and we went to Freetail. I had a delicious smoked sour beer and a Flanders red type beer which was also excellent. I've never tried any Jester King stuff, maybe next trip through the area.
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  22. H0rnedFr0gs

    H0rnedFr0gs Savant (425) Texas Mar 12, 2012

    Both are worth every second.
  23. atxdelivery

    atxdelivery Aficionado (235) Texas Aug 28, 2010

    Is it too early early to start a Google Docs link for the bottle share for La Muerta?
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  24. mhenson42

    mhenson42 Advocate (550) Texas Nov 20, 2011

    What kind of beer is "Year of the Bat"? Being released in bottles on Sat. I don't know how to get to the page that gives the details on the Freetail mobile site.
  25. canadianghetto

    canadianghetto Savant (465) Texas Oct 15, 2011

    Year of the Bat

    Experimental Beer

    5.9% ABV, 12 IBU [​IMG]
    Look up to the Texas night sky and witness a subtle blur. No, you haven’t had one pint too many, those are Tadarida brasiliensis, Mexican free-tailed bats, in action. The estimated 100-million free-tails living in Central Texas caves consume approximately 1,000 tons of insects each night, and are a vital part of our ecosystem and agriculture. This beer is a part of the United Nation’s year-long celebration of our miniature furry friends, as 2012 is the Year of the Bat. Our ale features beets, oranges, and rosewater – ingredients that wouldn’t be possible without the insatiable, insectivorous efforts of bats. $5 from each bottle sold will go to Bat Conservation International, learn more at www.batcon.org. Ingredients: 2-Row and pale crystal malts; malted wheat; sweet beets, oranges and rosewater; American hops; top-fermenting yeast; natural, limestone-filtered, Edwards Aquifer H2O; Scoring one for the little guy
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  26. jl28r1

    jl28r1 Savant (490) Texas Jan 10, 2011

    Edit: A bit too slow......OK Glen, feel free to insert joke below.
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  27. canadianghetto

    canadianghetto Savant (465) Texas Oct 15, 2011

    T-minus 1 month, so no!
  28. kmello69

    kmello69 Advocate (505) Texas Nov 27, 2011

    Beets and rosewater? That beer is going to smell like my grandma.... :p
  29. miikezombie

    miikezombie Savant (335) Texas Aug 13, 2010

    You aren't the boss of me. Making fun of you at this point will be about as entertaining as pwsoldier telling me "what the deal is with airline food."
  30. Grendle

    Grendle Aficionado (195) Texas Apr 11, 2012

    Forget a joke, I want to see a Doomsday Device. :mad:
  31. miikezombie

    miikezombie Savant (335) Texas Aug 13, 2010

    #HEEL
  32. H0rnedFr0gs

    H0rnedFr0gs Savant (425) Texas Mar 12, 2012

    Excited for this bottle share gents. Well that and Freetails beer. Whose going to kick start the thread?

    Anybody know the lineup of beers for sale yet?
  33. starkmarvelo

    starkmarvelo Savant (490) Texas Jan 20, 2010

    If anyone is going to Freetail on the 6th, make sure you leave some Year of the Bat for me. I'll be there Monday.
  34. BomberKing

    BomberKing Aficionado (160) Texas Jan 15, 2011

    Any one know if there is any raspberry ananke left? I wanna try it.
  35. miikezombie

    miikezombie Savant (335) Texas Aug 13, 2010

    Mhenson posted In the tasting thread that it sold out.
  36. Phoenix2443

    Phoenix2443 Savant (335) Texas Jan 20, 2010

    So is year of the bat a fruit beer? Oranges and beets? Veggie beer?
  37. mhenson42

    mhenson42 Advocate (550) Texas Nov 20, 2011

    Yeah. It's gone. They still had Porto Gallito, Realtail and Berliner as of last Saturday.

    I don't know if Peche'cus is still on tap. That's my favorite Freetail brew I've ha next to La Muerta.
  38. blatherbeard

    blatherbeard Savant (420) Texas Sep 30, 2007

    Peche'cus was still on tap as of last sunday.
  39. starkmarvelo

    starkmarvelo Savant (490) Texas Jan 20, 2010

    Is there a bottle limit on La Muerta? Whats the total number?
  40. pwsoldier

    pwsoldier Advocate (540) Texas Apr 26, 2007

    In the past, they've limited it to 4 per person, but there are usually leftover bottles. I forget what the count was last year, but I want to say it was around 600-700. They just brewed La Muerta today, so it'll be a few weeks until we know what this year's bottle count is.
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