San Antonio’s Islla St. Brewery Releases Big Rojo, a Sour Beer Made with Big Red Syrup

click to enlarge San Antonio’s Islla St. Brewery Releases Big Rojo, a Sour Beer Made with Big Red Syrup
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Taprooms may have closed again to slow the spread of COVID-19, but Islla Street Brewing owners J.D. and Joshua Peña haven’t slowed down a bit.

The brothers plan a full-scale release for Big Rojo, a new beer brewed with that most puro of San Antonio ingredients — Big Red syrup.

Last week, Islla Street secretly released a limited-run version of the concoction, which it describes as a "tart Berliner body finished with real Big Red syrup," to its fan club. As word got out and interest grew, the brothers now plan a full-scale release of the sweet-and-sour beer on July 22.

“I'm excited to see how that how it does,” Joshua Peña told the Current. “We did the secret release to the members and it kind of got out there, and there’s a lot of people that loved it. It’s definitely got that San Antonio personality, and I think that's what makes it so fun.”

If you can’t wait until July to taste the bright red brew, growler chain Big Hops will be selling it for curbside takeaway this Saturday at its location at 226 W. Bitters Road #108. The sale will run until 2 p.m. or when the suds sell out.

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Nina Rangel

Nina Rangel uses nearly 20 years of experience in the foodservice industry to tell the stories of movers and shakers in the food scene in San Antonio. As the Food + Nightlife Editor for the San Antonio Current, she showcases her passion for the Alamo City’s culinary community by promoting local flavors, uncovering...

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