In a San Anto collaboration as supreme as finding the Donkey Lady freelancing at the Shane Road ghost tracks, Freetail Brewing Company
and Piñata Protest teamed up to produce the Piñata Protest Red Wit. Officially approved by the Texas Alcoholic Beverage Commission, the seasonal can will be available in March.
For those whose jackets aren't shrouded in studs, Piñata Protest is one of SA's eminent punk bands, combining the upbeats of the Mexican styles of ranchera and conjunto with the blast beats of USA punk. At a performance this summer at the Arneson River Theatre, singer Alvaro Del Norte attempted to de-tether a massive inflatable Lone Star can and throw it into the river in an apparent act of branding foresight.
Headbrewer Jason Davis gave the Current
a few notes on how the collab happened.
"We wanted to bring together a sense of place, San Antonio flavor and culture. The band was all about it and we brain-stormed recipe and ingredient ideas, and they tasted some test batches. It also has lime juice and a hint of salt," Davis said of the red-hued brew, which draws some of its coloring from "caramel malt and a dash of roast malt," but also the one-pound of ancho chiles per barrel used to give it that puro flavor.
Freetail Brewing Company is quickly becoming one of SA's most prolific and exciting brewers. Founded in 2006, they just opened a second tasting room (2000 S. Presa), helping spread the buzz to Southtown beerheads.