Ranger Creek Unveils New Series of Limited Edition, Seasonal Bottle Releases

By Mark McDavid

SAN ANTONIO, TX, May 24, 2012 – Even at the young age of 18 months, Ranger Creek is no stranger to releasing new beers.  They believe in keeping Texas craft beer drinkers’ taste buds fully engaged with frequent new releases and innovative recipes.  The brewstillery has received heavy demand to make these creative brews available in bottles, and this was the inspiration behind their new series of seasonal bottles: the Ranger Creek Small Batch Series. 

The Small Batch Series is a line of seasonal single batch brews designed to be unique, interesting, and often experimental. Each one is made in small quantities and with a completely different recipe. There is an air of mystery around each release as the label simply indicates “Small Batch Series” and a number.  The unique color, number, and QR code on each label identifies each batch, the details of which can be referenced on Ranger Creek’s website or by scanning the QR code with a smart phone.

The first release of the series is Small Batch Series No. 1.  It is an Oak-aged Rye OPA that comes in at 7% ABV.  The brew is a resurrection of UNO, Ranger Creek’s one-year anniversary beer released on draft in November, 2011. The brewery took their signature Oatmeal Pale Ale, added rye to the grain bill, and aged it in oak barrels for a month. The resulting beer has a soft malt sweetness highlighted with spicy and earthy rye malt, toasted coconut, soft pineapple, apricot, citrus, floral hop flavor and aroma with a dry finish of oak.  The suggested retail price is $4.99.

Ranger Creek will only brew one batch of each Small Batch Series release. As a result, quantities will be very limited, and once the bottles are gone they will be gone for good. The brewery recommends that folks grab a couple of bottles so they can drink one and save the others to add to their collection.  Small Batch Series releases are meant to age well over time and will cellar best in a dark place around 50 degrees. Each batch is brewed and bottled by hand and undergoes a secondary fermentation in the bottle. Pour carefully so as not to rouse the yeast.

Small Batch Series releases are packaged in very unique, 375 ml baby Belgian bottles.  The bottles were commissioned by Russian River, who was the only brewery to use them before Ranger Creek.  The bottles are wax dipped to protect them from the elements during cellaring. Ranger Creek has received feedback that the wax may impart a slight odor.  They have researched the issue and encourage consumers to not be alarmed as it has no affect on the beer. They will be using a less aromatic solution for future releases.

Small Batch Series No. 1 is available now at the following fine craft beer retailers:

·      San Antonio: Central Market, Doc’s Liquors, Flying Saucer, Gabriels Superstore, HEB Alon Market, HEB Vineyards, Pig Liquors, Spec’s

·      Austin: Black Star Co-op, Central Market Lamar, Central Market Westgate , East 1st Grocery, Flying Saucer, Hamrick’s Market, Rosedale Market, Spec’s Arbor Walk, Spec’s Brodie, Sunrise Minimart, Twin Liquors Research, Whip In

·      Houston: Coming soon to Central Market, D&Q Minimart, and Spec’s

For Small Batch Series pictures, visit http://www.drinkrangercreek.com/community/press-media/small-batch-series-pics/

About Ranger Creek

Ranger Creek Brewing & Distilling is the only combined brewery/distillery in Texas, proudly located in San Antonio where they handcraft beer and bourbon one batch at a time.  They are the only microbrewery in San Antonio, one of a few combined brewery/distilleries in the U.S., and the only combined operation making both beer and bourbon.  They focus on interesting recipes and use local ingredients from the state of Texas as much as possible.  The company uses much of the same equipment to make both beer and bourbon, which is possible because in order to make bourbon, beer must be made first.  They encourage visitors to San Antonio to sign up for one of their regularly scheduled tours and come by for a visit.  

For more information and interviews, contact Mark McDavid at 832-969-3800 or mark@drinkrangercreek.com

Contact Info

Company: Ranger Creek Brewing & Distilling
Contact: Mark McDavid
E-mail: mark@drinkrangercreek.com