First sotol barrel-aged beer is ready to taste in Austin

Barrel-aging beer has long been a way for brewers to incorporate whole new flavors in the beer — but until recently, no one had worked with Texas sotol barrels.

Releasing this week is what may well be the first sotol-aged beer, Vista Brewing’s Desert Skies Sotol Barrel-Aged Black Pilsner. The Hill Country brewery teamed up with Desert Door Distilling and the Fairmont Austin to create the beer, a variation of Vista’s popular Dark Skies lager.

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