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Welcome Adelbert’s: The newest in Austin's craft brewery explosion

Welcome Adelbert’s: The newest in Austin's craft brewery explosion

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Scott Hovey, brewmaster. Photo by Matt McGinnis
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Kegs of Naked Nun ready to pour. Photo by Matt McGinnis
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Ramona Hovey, the brewer's wife. Photo by Matt McGinnis
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Pitchers poured and ready to go. Photo by Matt McGinnis
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Lads in Plaid entertains the crowd. Photo by Matt McGinnis
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Beards and brew. Photo by Matt McGinnis
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The crowd lines up for a tour. Photo by Matt McGinnis
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Hundreds of people gathered beneath the beautiful sunshine in North Austin to celebrate the grand opening of Adelbert’s Brewery on Saturday.

Brewmaster Scott Hovey opened the doors to the public and poured gallons of his Belgian-style ales in commemorative tulip glasses (among them: Triple B, a hefty triple ale, and Naked Nun, a crisp wit ale) to a relaxed crowd taking in the live music of Honey Baked Soul, Lads in Plaid and Jack Levinson.

Hovey brews seven year-round, bottle-conditioned ales — a method of carbonating beer by re-fermenting it in the bottle, which provides that silky texture and classic haziness of a European ale. "I believe brewing is like cooking," Hovey says. "No one component of a recipe should overpowering, but a balance of different flavors that compliment each other. So I always shoot for middle profile of major variables for a style."

The brewery's first two releases, Rambler Ale, a Belgian blonde ale, and Scratchin’ Hippo, a Bière de Garde, are already being stocked at bars and retail shops around town.

It is a great time to be hankerin' for a beer in Austin. Adelbert's is the eighth new craft brewery to open in town in the past year and a half. The city now boasts a dozen breweries and several more brew pubs. Austinite's tastes continue to evolve, and brewers keep raising the bar of excellence and creativity in brewing.

Hovey thinks there is plenty of opportunity for his Belgian brews and more: "I would like to see Austin become a craft beer hub like Chicago or Portland. I believe there is still plenty of room for more breweries."

  • Location: 2314 Rutland Drive, Suite #100, Austin, TX 78758
  • Tours: Check the website for additional event and tour opportunities
  • How to get it: Available on tap in bars around Austin and in 750ml bottles at local retail outlets
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