Thursday, March 30, 2017

NIOSA Will Pour Local Craft Brews for the First Time Ever

Posted By on Thu, Mar 30, 2017 at 11:29 AM

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This year as San Antonians make their way through La Villita's make-shift multi-cultural villages such as Mexican Market, Frontier Town, Froggy Bottom, they should be on the look out for a few familiar beverages.

Night in Old San Antonio chairman Patti Zaiontz has finally made a goal of hers a reality by adding local craft beer to the lineup of alcoholic beverages available during the four-night bacchanal.

The craft beer will flow in Frontier Town (aka Maverick Plaza) inside the Craft
Beer Saloon, which will sell four craft beers on draft from local Ranger Creek Brewing and Distilling, including new-to-the-lineup San Antonio Lager, Red Headed Stranger (red IPA), Love Struck Hefe (Germanstyle Hefeweizen) and OPA (oatmeal pale ale)on draft. Over at Sauerkraut Bend (aka La Villita Assembly Building), the lineup of beers will also be poured for when you need hydrating after your fifth Chicken Dance.

Lager lovers who are familiar with Dos Equis will be able to score Busted Sandal's Finding Friday Mexican lager, named after the popular local band by the same name. The cans will be available in Especial booths, where Dos Equis are served and will replace Tecate Light.

Though no numbers were set on how many kegs the San Antonio Conservation Society will order from GLI, which distributes Busted Sandal, or Glazers, which distributes Ranger Creek Brewing & Distilling, Zaiontz is positive the new beers will please palates.

She says she comes from a German family, and watched her dad come home every day after work to enjoy a beer. But as the mother of a millennial, the 44-year volunteer has noticed a shift in her progeny's partying.

"They have more sophisticated palates and are going to bars to taste beer. They're going to new restaurants, trying new foods new beers," Zaiontz says.

The beers were sampled during a tasting led by new San Antonio Conservation Society executive direction Vincent Michael, an avid homebrewer. And while most of this year's offerings offer more flavors and more mouthfeel than their big brand counterparts, Michael and the Society don't expect a lot of pairings to be made. Ultimately, most NIOSA-goers will reach for whatever's closest on their way to meeting with friends at La Villita's French Quarter.

Craft beers will be priced at seven tickets or $7, and Miller Coors products will remain at $6. A Night in Old San Antonio will run April 25 through 28.

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