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In our Smartish Neighbors series, we highlight the hardworking, creative small businesses that keep Austin smartish. This week we hang out with the bombastic brewmasters over at Blue Owl Brewing.

Blue Owl Brewing holds a unique niche in the Austin beer world, brewing up a unique selection of sour beers. If you’re late to the sours party (it’s OK, most people haven’t caught the craze yet), sour beers are imbued with an unusual tartness perfect for anyone getting bored of more traditional craft beers. But don’t fret – Blue Owl always leaves a taste of the familiar in each of their sours, keeping them plenty accessible to beer lovers of all stripes. That more restrained flavor is possible due to Blue Owl’s proprietary (and top-secret) brewing technique, which also helped them become the first production sour mash brewery in the USA. Earning that title took a lot of hard work and smartish innovation, so Blue Owl definitely gets our seal of approval.

We know not everyone is lucky enough to live in our fair city, but you can still find Blue Owl cans distributed throughout Texas and beyond (you’ll know them by the gorgeous can designs). But if you do find yourself in Austin, there’s few better ways to spend a free afternoon than expanding your palate at Blue Owl’s tasting room. Their “Self-Guided Sensory Tour” gets you four pours to enjoy in full view of the brewery where the sour magic happens. And when you’re all done, you can take your glass home with you. (Pro tip: Drunk people and commemorative glassware don’t mix… stow yours away before you hop to another bar).

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