Liberty Lunch Launch

Local brewery toasts long-gone Austin music legend with new beer

Local brewery toasts long-gone Austin music legend with new beer

Independence Brewing Co Liberty Lunch IPA beer can
Look for Liberty Lunch IPA, on shelves now. Photo courtesy of Independence Brewing Co.

Independence Brewing Company has crafted a brand-new brew with some serious local ties. The brewery that brought you Austin Amber and Bootlegger Brown has released Liberty Lunch IPA, a seasonal beer inspired by the iconic music venue synonymous with the good ol' days of Austin.

For over two decades, Liberty Lunch served as a home to Austin's alternative crowd while hosting the likes of Nirvana, Sonic Youth, Oasis, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Social Distortion, and Wilco before they became famous. The beloved venue left a hole in the local music scene — and Austinites' hearts — when it was forced to close in 1999 to make way for new downtown development.

To honor the venue's legacy, the Independence team poured their own passion for live music into a can. "We wanted to make a beer that would be a tribute to the best of the Austin music scene, and Liberty Lunch was our inspiration. Diverse, creative, and welcoming, it represented what we love most about music's power to inspire people and bring people together," said Independence co-founder and president Amy Cartwright in a statement.

Craft beer has a similar power in Austin, and we expect the Liberty Lunch IPA to become a fast favorite for summer sipping. Undeniably hoppy, this fresh IPA also features notes of honey, citrus, and pine.

Liberty Lunch IPA is available through September. You can pick up cans at the Whip In and in.gredients, as well as various H-E-B and Whole Foods Market locations. The beer is also being served at Draught House Pub & Brewery, Billy's on Burnet, The Liberty, Haymaker, Hi Hat Public House, Wright Bros. Brew & Brew, Waller Creek Pub House, and Indian Roller.

Swing by the Independence taproom and to toast the long-gone Liberty Lunch on Thursdays and Fridays from 4 to 10 pm, Saturdays from 1 to 10 pm, and Sundays from 2 to 8 pm.

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On Saturday, June 18, The ABGB is hosting a "I Still Miss Liberty Lunch — Reunion" to honor the legacy of the music venue. Catch six different live music acts and an auction hosted by Andy Langer with Liberty Lunch memorabilia, which benefits the Health Alliance for Austin Musicians.