Big Red-flavored beer is coming soon to San Antonio, thanks to one local brewery

The brewery says it's the most 'quintessentially Texas beer San Antonio didn't know they had.'

"Big Rojo" beer by Islla St. Brewing. (Islla St. Brewing)

SAN ANTONIO – Big Red lovers, or pretty much the majority of residents in South Texas, may soon have a new favorite beer.

Islla Street Brewing is releasing it’s new “Big Rojo” beer, which the company describes as a “subtlety tart Berliner body, finished with REAL Big Red syrup for the iconic sweet smooth finish of the soda.”

The “Big Rojo” beer was first released to the brewery’s members earlier this week. However, word had gotten out and due to the request and demand, the brewery said it will be doing a full-scale release on July 22.

𝐓𝐡𝐞 𝐦𝐨𝐬𝐭 𝐪𝐮𝐢𝐧𝐭𝐞𝐬𝐬𝐞𝐧𝐭𝐢𝐚𝐥𝐥𝐲 “𝐓𝐞𝐱𝐚𝐬” 𝐛𝐞𝐞𝐫 𝐒𝐚𝐧 𝐀𝐧𝐭𝐨𝐧𝐢𝐨 𝐝𝐢𝐝𝐧’𝐭 𝐤𝐧𝐨𝐰 𝐭𝐡𝐞𝐲 𝐡𝐚𝐝... 𝐈𝐟 𝐭𝐡𝐢𝐬 𝐢𝐬𝐧’𝐭 𝐩𝐮𝐫𝐨 𝐰𝐞 𝐝𝐨𝐧’𝐭 𝐤𝐧𝐨𝐰 𝐰𝐡𝐚𝐭 𝐢𝐬! 𝐒𝐮𝐧𝐝𝐚𝐲 𝐦𝐨𝐫𝐧𝐢𝐧𝐠 𝐛𝐚𝐫𝐛𝐚𝐜𝐨𝐚 𝐣𝐮𝐬𝐭 𝐠𝐨𝐭 𝐥𝐢𝐭 🔥 “𝐁𝐢𝐠 𝐑𝐨𝐣𝐨” 𝐈𝐬 𝐚 𝐬𝐮𝐛𝐭𝐥𝐞𝐭𝐲 𝐭𝐚𝐫𝐭 𝐁𝐞𝐫𝐥𝐢𝐧𝐞𝐫 𝐛𝐨𝐝𝐲 𝐟𝐢𝐧𝐢𝐬𝐡𝐞𝐝 𝐰𝐢𝐭𝐡 𝐑𝐄𝐀𝐋 𝐁𝐢𝐠 𝐑𝐞𝐝 𝐬𝐲𝐫𝐮𝐩 𝐟𝐨𝐫 𝐭𝐡𝐞 𝐢𝐜𝐨𝐧𝐢𝐜 𝐬𝐰𝐞𝐞𝐭 𝐬𝐦𝐨𝐨𝐭𝐡 𝐟𝐢𝐧𝐢𝐬𝐡 𝐨𝐟 𝐭𝐡𝐞 𝐬𝐨𝐝𝐚 𝐭𝐡at 𝐰𝐚𝐬 𝐦𝐚𝐝𝐞 𝐟𝐨𝐫 𝐓𝐞𝐱𝐚𝐬. 𝐖𝐞 𝐫𝐞𝐥𝐞𝐚𝐬𝐞𝐝 𝐢𝐭 𝐬𝐞𝐜𝐫𝐞𝐭𝐥𝐲 𝐭𝐨 𝐨𝐮𝐫 𝐦𝐞𝐦𝐛𝐞𝐫𝐬 𝐞𝐚𝐫𝐥𝐢𝐞𝐫 𝐭𝐡𝐢𝐬 𝐰𝐞𝐞𝐤 𝐚𝐧𝐝 𝐰𝐨𝐫𝐝 𝐡𝐚𝐬 𝐬𝐥𝐨𝐰𝐥𝐲 𝐠𝐨𝐭𝐭𝐞𝐧 𝐨𝐮𝐭... 𝐃𝐮𝐞 𝐭𝐨 𝐫𝐞𝐪𝐮𝐞𝐬𝐭 𝐚𝐧𝐝 𝐝𝐞𝐦𝐚𝐧𝐝 𝐰𝐞 𝐚𝐫𝐞 𝐡𝐚𝐩𝐩𝐲 𝐭𝐨 𝐚𝐧𝐧𝐨𝐮𝐧𝐜𝐞 𝐭𝐡𝐚𝐭 𝐰𝐞 𝐰𝐢𝐥𝐥 𝐛𝐞 𝐝𝐨𝐢𝐧𝐠 𝐚 𝐟𝐮𝐥𝐥 𝐬𝐜𝐚𝐥𝐞 𝐫𝐞𝐥𝐞𝐚𝐬𝐞 𝐨𝐟 𝐭𝐡𝐢𝐬 𝐛𝐞𝐞𝐫 𝐩𝐮𝐛𝐥𝐢𝐜𝐥𝐲 𝟕/𝟐𝟐. 𝐈𝐧 𝐭𝐡𝐞 𝐦𝐞𝐚𝐧 𝐭𝐢𝐦𝐞, 𝐰𝐞 𝐡𝐚𝐯𝐞 𝟐 𝐰𝐚𝐲𝐬 for 𝐲𝐨𝐮 𝐭𝐨 𝐠𝐞𝐭 𝐲𝐨𝐮𝐫 𝐡𝐚𝐧𝐝𝐬 𝐨𝐧 𝐬𝐨𝐦𝐞! 𝐅𝐢𝐫𝐬𝐭 𝐢𝐬 𝐭𝐚𝐠 𝐬𝐨𝐦𝐞𝐨𝐧𝐞 𝐲𝐨𝐮 𝐤𝐧𝐨𝐰 𝐰𝐡𝐨 𝐧𝐞𝐞𝐝𝐬 𝐭𝐡𝐢𝐬 𝐛𝐞𝐞𝐫, 𝐰𝐞 𝐰𝐢𝐥𝐥 𝐚𝐬𝐬𝐢𝐠𝐧 𝐞𝐯𝐞𝐫𝐲 𝐭𝐚𝐠 𝐜𝐨𝐦𝐦𝐞𝐧𝐭 𝐚 𝐜𝐡𝐫𝐨𝐧𝐨𝐥𝐨𝐠𝐢𝐜𝐚𝐥 𝐧𝐮𝐦𝐛𝐞𝐫 𝐚𝐧𝐝 𝐝𝐨 𝐚 𝐥𝐨𝐭𝐭𝐞𝐫𝐲 𝐓𝐎𝐌𝐎𝐑𝐑𝐎𝐖 𝐚𝐭 𝟔𝐩𝐦 𝐰𝐡𝐞𝐫𝐞 𝐓𝐇𝐑𝐄𝐄 𝐥𝐮𝐜𝐤𝐲 𝐰𝐢𝐧𝐧𝐞𝐫𝐬 𝐰𝐢𝐥𝐥 𝐰𝐢𝐧 𝐚 𝐜𝐡𝐚𝐧𝐜𝐞 𝐭𝐨 𝐭𝐫𝐲 𝐁𝐈𝐆 𝐑𝐎𝐉𝐎 𝐚𝐧𝐝 𝐩𝐢𝐜𝐤 𝐮𝐩 𝐬𝐨𝐦𝐞 𝐛𝐞𝐞𝐫 𝐨𝐧 𝐮𝐬! 𝐍𝐨 𝐥𝐢𝐦𝐢𝐭 𝐨𝐧 𝐞𝐧𝐭𝐫𝐢𝐞𝐬 𝐬𝐨 𝐭𝐚𝐠 𝐚𝐰𝐚𝐲! 𝐒𝐞𝐜𝐨𝐧𝐝 𝐰𝐚𝐲 𝐢𝐬 Big Hops Bitters 𝐰𝐢𝐥𝐥 𝐡𝐚𝐯𝐞 𝐚 𝐤𝐞𝐠 𝐨f 𝐁𝐢𝐠 𝐑𝐨𝐣𝐨 𝐨𝐧 𝐭𝐚𝐩 𝐓𝐇𝐈𝐒 𝐒𝐚𝐭𝐮𝐫𝐝𝐚𝐲 𝐟𝐨𝐫 𝐚 𝐁𝐚𝐫𝐛𝐚𝐜𝐨𝐚 𝐲 𝐁𝐢𝐠 𝐑𝐞𝐝 𝐏𝐚𝐫𝐭𝐲! 𝐅𝐨𝐥𝐥𝐨𝐰 𝐭𝐡𝐞𝐦 𝐟𝐨𝐫 𝐝𝐞𝐭𝐚𝐢𝐥𝐬! #texas #texan #texasbeer #texascraftbeer #puropinchesananto #sanantonio #puro #barbacoaybigred #bigred #indepenentbeer #berliner #brew #brewery #cerveza #chela #cervezaartesanal

Posted by Islla St. Brewing on Thursday, June 25, 2020

Even though it’s slated to be released next month, the brewery said there are two ways you may be able to get a taste early.

First, you can take part in the brewery’s Facebook contest, where three winners will be chosen at 6 p.m. Saturday with a chance to try “Big Rojo” and pick up some beer, free of charge. Visit the brewery’s Facebook or Instagram pages for more details.

The second way to taste the beer was going to be at a “Barbacoa y Big Red Party,” hosted by Big Hops Bitters on Saturday.

However, on Friday, Governor Greg Abbott issued an executive order that forced bars and similar establishments to close at noon. BHB said on Facebook it will still sell the beer flavor until 2 p.m. or until it is sold out. You can find more details here.

RELATED: Your Questions Answered: ‘What flavor is Big Red and why do they not offer it in every state?’


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Cody King is a digital journalist for KSAT 12. She previously worked for WICS/WRSP 20 in Springfield, Illinois.