All Together IPA: Bear King Brewing Company
Update on Bear King as of May 15th: They have opened their doors back up! They will be open 7 days a week from 11 am-10 pm with their full food & beer menu available. In order to keep the guests and team members safe and to maintain the limit on the allowed capacity of 25%, they will ONLY be opening their covered patio and side dining room to customers.
Feeling a little locked up in Austin? How about a short drive out to Marble Falls to help the hospitality industry. Bear King Brewing may just have you covered for this. Craft Beer Austin recently made an outing to their brewery before Covid-19 to check out their space. Their grand opening was back in February of 2019 but we happened to go for their one-year anniversary party this year. They describe themselves as a “local, family-owned brewery that’s dedicated to crafting quality beer and offering a place for our community to gather.” Although you can not enjoy their modern dining room or patio, currently, you can enjoy a much-needed ride to “get out the house” and buy their beer to go.
While Bear King has a wide variety of options for beer, I am highlighting the All Together IPA. If you have not heard, All Together is a collaboration that began with Other Half Brewery out of Brooklyn, New York. Other Half invited any and all breweries to join in on making their interpretation of the beer. Breweries, though, must give back to the hospitality service in return. Read more about the All Together IPA here.
Bear King decided to jump in on this opportunity. They paired up with Double Horn, another brewery also in Marble Falls, to make this collaborative beer. It was brewed in early April at Bear King, and initially released on Thursday, April 30th. It’s available at both Bear King and Double Horn.
Bear King decided to join many others to brew this beer for multiple reasons. They stated that the reason for Bear King’s and Double Horn’s special edition IPA came partly from Bear King’s assistant brewer, Kael Brannan, who came across the what Other Half was doing. Bear King’s head brewer, JD Guidry, then tweaked the open-source recipe to brew with ingredients Bear King already had on hand.
After learning about the All Together IPA, they looked for a local charity that serves hospitality workers in our area, but one didn’t exist. This led the Highland Lakes Crisis Network (HLCN), a local charity, to form a separate entity under its umbrella to focus solely on supporting service industry workers in our community.
100% of the profits from the sale of the IPA will go to the charity which will help hospitality workers affected by COVID-19. After initially closing their kitchen/taproom, Bear King decided to donate their perishable food items to their employees. The remaining food was then delivered to the HLCN. There, they saw that HLCN was lacking space for all of the food, and that’s when it hit. Bear King decided to open their doors to HLCN’s operation, so they’ve been cooking, packaging, and delivering meals out of Bear King’s facilities for the past weeks. HLCN brings meals to 540 families in Burnet and Llano counties Monday through Friday with a total of 1600-1800 servings a day. Read more about HLCN here.
Details on Bear King/Double Horn’s All Together IPA:
Malt Bill: Pale Ale, CaraPils, Flaked Oats, Munich
Hop Bill: Simcoe, Chinook, Cascade, Idaho 7
Their recipe is a little different than the original recipe from Other Half Brewing (using different hops/different malts), yet the recipe is designed so that all brewers may use it and tweak it with what ingredients the brewer’s have in stock.