A north San Antonio resort recently partnered with a Shavano Park-area brewpub to produce a honeybee-themed beer that will be available soon at both locales.
According to a news release, the food and beverage team at JW Marriott San Antonio Hill Country Resort and Spa and the crew at Freetail Brewing Co joined forces to launch Hill Country Honey Blonde, which uses honey produced by the resort’s on-site beehives.
The beehives are located in a protected, remote site on the 600-acre property, which sits near TPC San Antonio. Representatives from the resort said adding locally produced organic honey offers a taste of San Antonio and the Hill Country.
Adam Tyler, food and beverage director at JW Marriott San Antonio Hill Country Resort and Spa, said he and his colleagues look forward to begin offering Hill Country Honey Blonde on tap at the North Side resort starting Aug. 31. The new beer will also be available in cans; the release said the can and the tap handle both will bear a honeycomb design.
“Our collaboration with Freetail Brewing Co. has been a great experience, and we are thrilled to see the design of the beer cans and tap handles come to fruition on what I know is going to be a quality product,” Tyler said.
This is not the first time that Freetail Brewing has helped to raise awareness of wildlife conservation through the development of its products. Brewery officials said a respect for nature has always been present in Freetail’s name and logo, which are inspired by the Mexican free-tailed bat.
Freetail has also partnered with the San Antonio Zoo through its Conserveza beer, donating some proceeds from Conserveza sales to the zoo’s conservation fund.
Freetail officials said collaborating with JW Marriott San Antonio to use honey produced on-site helps the brewery to stay true to its mission by bringing awareness to the importance of bees in the ecosystem.
Bees contribute to many essential roles, including pollinating the food people need to survive and many of the trees and flowers that provide habitats for wildlife, the release said.
“At Freetail, we have always felt that our community is the most important part of why we do what we do. We’ve always worked hard to build up the community around us and help grow San Antonio into a top-tier city, and that all starts with our little corner of the world,” Freetail President Bill Sisoian said.
According to the release, Freetail’s Hill Country Honey Blonde is an ale brewed with Texas wildflower and brush honey fermented to dryness with 5.1% alcohol content.
The new beer will be available in the JW Marriott San Antonio’s multiple restaurants and bar outlets, including High Velocity, the resort’s sports restaurant and bar. The new beer is already available at Freetail’s main North Side location and its South Presa Street site, the brewery said.