Austin, TX — Austin-based St. Elmo Brewing Co. teamed up with Richard’s Rainwater, a rain water bottling company located in Dripping Springs, TX to create their Rain Pale Ale.
A core value of St. Elmo is collaboration. Experimenting with rainwater was an ongoing interest for both for Founders, Tim Bullock and Bryan Winslow and when they realized their landlord had a connection with Richard’s Rainwater they made the introduction and headed out to Dripping Springs, TX to see the facility and meet Richard in person.
After installing a whole-house water collection system in 1994, Richard Heinichen fell in love with rainwater. He began installing systems for other people in the Texas hill country and one day, while working on a hot, dusty jobsite, he grew so thirsty for rainwater that he drove all the way home to fill his thermos from his own faucet. At that point, he knew it needed to be bottled and shared.
“Water is the most valuable resource in the world and it is the most important ingredient in beer. It makes up most of what you’re actually drinking. So using collected rain water highlights the fact that we are not stressing the local water supply, we are using a local ingredient that may alter the flavor of the beer, and we are working in conjunction both creatively and commercially to build something new and exciting,” said St. Elmo’s Co-Founder, Tim Bullock.
St. Elmo’s Rain Pale Ale was brewed with 100 percent Richard’s Rainwater, which is completely free of minerals and only available on tap at St. Elmo. Though the brewing process remains largely the same the flavor is more earthy than St. Elmo’s mainstay, Chico Pale Ale thanks to Head Brewer, Bryan Winslow’s use of Cascade and Mandarina Bavaria hops.
St. Elmo plans to have ongoing collaborations with Richard’s Rainwater. Up next for the duo is a German Style Helles.
About St. Elmo Brewing Co.
Started in 2016 by two dudes who love beer, St. Elmo Brewing Co. is an Austin-based brewery with a rotating mix of in-house brews varying from a clean, refreshing Kolsch to a pale ale that explodes with zest and fruit. Stop by for a quick drink or spend the day enjoying the indoor bar, beer hall and beer garden in South Austin’s newest creative district, The Yard. Great beer isn’t the only option at St. Elmo, the brewery also offers pour-over coffee, house made mineral water, and bites. Resident food truck, Soursop serves Asian cuisine made to pair perfectly with St. Elmo’s beer menu. Visit us at 440 E St Elmo Rd Ste. G2, Austin, TX 78745. For more information visit StElmoBrewing.com or follow along on Instagram, Facebook and Twitter.