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Baking a Special Batch of “Hop Brownie” Brownies

Hop Brownie Brownies - ingredients
Special thanks to our newest team member, Max Saballett, for baking up some brownies with Hop Brownie Brown Ale.

1 stick unsalted butter
1 cup sugar
1 tsp pure vanilla extract
2 eggs
3/4 cup all-purpose flour
1/2 cup Hop Brownie Brown Ale
1/4 cup quality cocoa powder
4 ounces semisweet chocolate, melted
1/4 tsp. baking powder
1/4 tsp. salt

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Lightly grease an 8×8 baking dish.

In a medium bowl, combine the melted butter, sugar, vanilla, and Hop Brownie Brown Ale. Add the eggs and mix until combined. In another small bowl, combine the flour, cocoa powder, melted chocolate, baking powder and salt. Gradually add the flour mixture to the wet ingredients.

Pour the batter into prepared pan. Bake until a toothpick inserted in the brownies comes out clean, about 30 minutes. Let cool in the pan around warm or room temperature. Cut into squares. Makes about 12 brownies depending on what size you cut them.

Serve and enjoy (with a Hop Brownie Brown Ale of course)!



Our first venture into cans: Independence Brewing releases White Rabbit White Ale

White Rabbit White Ale 6-pack cansWe are excited to announce that for the first time Independence Brewing will be packaging our popular White Rabbit White Ale in cans. Previously only available seasonally on draught, the Belgian-style white ale is delicately spiced with orange zest, coriander, and peppercorns, bringing out a uniquely refreshing yet robust flavor.

The whimsical can design hints at Lewis Carroll’s classic Alice in Wonderland  twisted with the free-your-mind psychedelic rock of Jefferson Airplane (look closely for the “drink me” potion playfully referenced). Currently available in a six-pack format, White Rabbit cans can be found on shelves at select retailers including Specs, Central Market, Whole Foods, and HEB stores in Austin, Houston, College Station and San Antonio.

Timed with the arrival of spring and rising temperatures, the drinkable white ale is medium-bodied with a slightly fruity, refreshing tang and a clean, zesty finish. Earlier iterations of the brew paved way for Head Brewer Brandon Radicke’s recipe, with the first official White Rabbit batch brewed in May 2013. Inspired by traditional Belgian witbiers, Radicke used classic Belgian wit yeast to bring out subtle fruity esthers.

“We selected one of our favorite beer releases of last year, White Rabbit for our first can launch because of its innate drinkability and popularity,” states Independence co-founder Amy Cartwright. “Ideally portable for outdoor activities from tailgating to tubing, the new can design will allow locals and visitors to enjoy our beer anytime and anywhere.”

Help us celebrate the new can launch! Post your photos of the White Rabbit cans to Twitter or Instagram, tag @indybrewing and use #ChaseTheWhiteRabbit for the chance to win two tickets to the brewery’s upcoming psychedelic dance party in April as well as a White Rabbit swag bag.



Independence Expansion – Tanks Arrive

Well the Independence Brewing expansion project kicked into high gear when the long-awaited JV Northwest brewing system arrived at the brewery on January 7th. The first step was getting the massive tanks off of the long-bed trucks that hauled them all the way from Oregon. It was cold and drizzly which made the process that much more nerve-wracking.

With electricians working in the background, the main production floor pad was cleared and readied for positioning the brewing system vessels.


One by one, the massive tanks were slowly hoisted by a reach lift up the brewery ramp, into the new production area and carefully tipped up.

Then we worked on positioning the tanks onto the new production floor. With a couple of pallet jacks and a whole lot of man-power, the tanks were moved to the right spot.

One down, six more to go! It was an exciting day. Unwrapping the dirty plastic wrap that had covered our new tanks to reveal beautiful, new shiny stainless steel. We felt like happy kids on Christmas morning unwrapping presents, reveling in the site of our new system.

Special thanks to Eric Young, @AustinBeerGeek, for digitally documenting our big move-in day.