Texas brew review: Oasis London Homesick

Posted 3:53pm on Friday, Aug. 29, 2014

Beer’s accessibility is one of its most endearing qualities as a beverage. Unlike wine or spirits, beer has always been the drink of the common man. Beer is for everyone and is meant to be enjoyed a few at a time socially.

Most breweries have a beer or two that give nods to drinkability and low alcohol, but few have gone all-in on the concept of the session beer.

Brand-new Oasis Texas Brewing Company in far northwest Austin has done just that, and only makes beers that can be knocked back a few at a time.

Not so coincidentally, one of its beers is made from a style that helped originate the term “session beer.” In the late 1800s in England, a higher tax was imposed on stronger beers, so brewers sought to brew beers that remained full-flavored but were less potent. The byproduct of this was that drinkers could (and would) drink more pints at a sitting or “session” of drinking. The English-style bitter helped proliferate modern pub culture.

Oasis’ London Homesick is a delightfully refreshing interpretation of an English bitter that stays true to the style’s roots. Bready, slightly sweet, with just a touch of bitterness for balance and a crisp, clean finish, this beer is great for backyard barbecues and pool parties.

Speaking of pool parties, Oasis cans its beers, with Slow Ride Pale Ale and Luchesa Lager also great additions to the summer festivities.

It’ll also soon be releasing Texas Tavern League Session IPA, brewed especially for the Texas Tavern League.

Oasis recently launched in DFW with beers on tap at Flying Saucer Fort Worth and six-packs of all three beers in liquor stores around town.

Oasis is located at the old Uncle Billy’s brewpub location overlooking Lake Travis. Visit otxbc.com for more details.

Quick sips

Grapevine moving to Grapevine: After starting out in a temporary brewing space in Farmers Branch, Grapevine Craft Brewery was approved by the City Council to move into downtown Grapevine. Construction is set to begin in the coming weeks and is expected to be finished in February 2015. New brewery 3 Nations Brewing is expected to move into the Farmers Branch location upon Grapevine’s exit.

903 in bottles and on shelves: After serving limited area bars with its beers on draft only, Sherman’s 903 Brewers will now offer three of its beers in bottles. Sasquatch Imperial Chocolate Milk Stout, The Chosen One Toasted Coconut Ale and Sugar on Top IPA will be available in 22-ounce bottles.

Have a question, comment or Texas beer bulletin for Scooter? Shoot him an email at texasbrew@dfw.com.

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