Posted on May 4, 2015

Big Bottles for Big Beers

Big beers deserve bigger bottles. After a 17-year hiatus from the packaging line, Real Ale Brewing Company has brought back its 22-oz. bomber bottle for three heavyweight additions. Formerly limited edition beers, Red King, Commissar and Real Heavy are now included in the year-round line-up in this large bottle format.

“We’ve wanted to get these beers into the market for a while, but 12-oz. bottles never felt like the right fit. We don’t do anything we can’t do 110%, so once we finally had the right equipment we were able to do these beers justice,” said owner and operator Brad Farbstein.

Bomber labels from the days of Real Ale yesteryearThe bombers are a throwback to Real Ale’s original beer bottles. Founded 19 years ago in the basement of Cranberry’s Antiques on Blanco’s town square, Real Ale first introduced its original beers, Full Moon Pale Rye and Brewhouse Brown, in the 22-oz. bomber size. As demand for the drinkable originals increased, the brewery transitioned all its offerings into six-packs of 12-oz. bottles. Now with the new bottling line installed last summer and an impressive brand update to match the formidable bomber size, the brewery decided to bring back the 22-oz. format for three big beers this spring.

The big three selected for the bombers are past favorites reborn:


Three bombers together


Red King

Mini_Beer_Labels_Red_KingRed King.finds its origins in Real Ale’s Brewers’ Cut series, which enables the team to flex their creativity by brewing new and different beers. The fourth project from the series, Red King was originally known as Imperial Red. A deep crimson ale, it is the first beer from the Brewers’ Cut series to join Real Ale’s year round line-up. 




A fan favorite, Commissar was first brewed for Real Ale’s 15th This Russian Imperial Stout has a colossal addition of American hops to balance its robust malt character and is best enjoyed with oysters on the half shell and chocolate desserts.


Real Heavy


Available on draught for the past few years, Real Heavy was named for its roots in the traditional Wee Heavy style and the team of metal heads who brew it. Brewed with English Crystal malt, English hops, and fermented with Real Ale’s house English ale yeast, this Scotch Ale is a rich brown color with a toffee accented malt character.

“Real Ale has always been about making beer and making friends,” continued Brad. “With the growing popularity of bottle shares and beer trading, it only made sense for us to return to our big bottle roots. Producing these beers in bombers means our fans are able to drink them the way they’re meant to be enjoyed – shared amongst friends.”

Red King, Commissar and Real Heavy bombers are available now and can be found year round throughout Texas. Real Ale’s 19th Anniversary Baltic Porter is also available in bomber size for a limited time only.

Go ahead and geek out with full-fledged descriptions, food pairings, and stats for each beer here.