Rice Alum Brews New Beer To Honor The University’s Centennial

This week Rice University is celebrating its centennial and there's a new Houston brew to immortalize the year the university opened.


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1912.  It’s the year that the Rice Institute held its first classes, and it’s also the name of a new beer in town, with a definite local taste.

“We got with the groundskeepers and the arborists at Rice, and we hand selected a couple of the live oaks from campus, treated them a certain way, and then we aged the beer on the live oaks from campus.”

That’s Rassul Zarinfar.  The brewmaster and founder of Buffalo Bayou Brewing Co.  He’s also a Rice Alum who lived in Baker College.  And in honor of its colors, Zarinfar created a red ale — with other odes to his alma mater — rice hulls and centennial hops.

“It’s very citrusy and floral on the front end, those are from the centennial hops.  The malt profile in the mouth starts off pretty sweet but finishes super dry and then the oakey flavors with the vanilla tenens come out and increases that perception of dryness”

But Asa Hanrahan the general manager at the Flying Saucer in downtown Houston has a more pithy way to describe the 1912 he’s got on tap.

“There’s a lot of balance there. You’re expecting it to be all hops one way, and it kind-of finishes malty.  Nice red ale.  Perfect beer.”

Today Zarinfar says they’re officially launching their beer in bars across Houston: Onion Creek, Little Woodrow’s, Hay Merchant and the Marquis.

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