Friends & Allies’ first beer, a session IPA, ready to launch

Although the brewery at Springdale Road and Airport Boulevard won’t be opened until later this spring, Friends & Allies Brewing already has a beer hitting the market tomorrow.

Contributed by Friends & Allies Brewing. Starting tomorrow, you'll start finding this tap handle at bars and stores around Austin.

Contributed by Friends & Allies Brewing. Starting tomorrow, you’ll start finding this tap handle at bars and stores around Austin.

That’s thanks to a legal arrangement with 4th Tap Brewing Co-op, which has allowed co-founders Ben Sabin and Devon Ponds and head brewer Nathan Crane to produce their first Friends & Allies brew at the 4th Tap space. The beer is a session IPA they’ve dubbed the Noisy Cricket.

The Noisy Cricket, a low-alcohol beer “packed with a tropical hoppy aroma,” is officially launching Wednesday at the Waller Creek Pub House with Friends & Allies glassware available and each of the three Friends & Allies guys present, according to a news release. After the release party, you’ll be able to find the session IPA at various local bars and retail stores.

“By offering up the opportunity for beer lovers to try our beer now, we would be able to start sharing our story,” Sabin, the sales director, said in the release.

The Friends & Allies brewery is on track to open later this spring with a large tasting room, and it’s going to be “focused on collaborating with various brewers, restaurants and local farms,” according to the release.

For more information, visit www.friendsandallies.beer.

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