Although beer is made with four main ingredients, some of them — OK, all but one — are more obvious in the final product. Beer is primarily water, but the hops, malt and yeast are far more detectable. There’s no doubt the water plays an important role nonetheless, and three Austin breweries intend to showcase just what that is with a series of experimental beers.
Vista Brewing, Real Ale Brewing and Black Star Co-op created the exact same beer using different water sources to see how the water affects the final flavor. The American lagers will be released at a few events starting this weekend at Craft Pride, where you’ll be able to try them side by side. Vista’s features the Trinity Aquifer water that goes into all of the Hill Country brewpub’s beers, while Real Ale and Black Star used rainwater and City of Austin water, respectively.
And they expect each one will have subtle but noticeable differences.