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The Brew 7/30

Posted on 31 July 2015 by Admin - Mike Cortez

This week in, The Brew! Well July quickly came and went now we move towards the back end of summer. We told you last week that this was going to be a big one so let’s get right to it. This week we talk about a massive celebration for an Austin establishment, we talk about a festival in the Hill Country, we see what unique brewery is spreading across Texas, we talk about a new brewery opening this weekend near Dallas and finally we raise a pint glass to two amazing breweries celebrating 3yrs this weekend. Finally we give you the heads up about the Beer Lover’s Texas book signing event. Check it out now in this week’s edition of, The Brew!

Bangers

Austin – While bars are not usually the focus on Texas Beer Guide, it is impossible not to salute Banger’s Sausage House & Beer Garden. This Saturday they will be marking their three year anniversary and they’re basically throwing a beer festival to celebrate. They will have live music, over 25 varieties of sausage, 4 pigs cooked 4 different ways oh and over 100 of some of the best beer available in the state. 5 Stone Artisan Brewery, Jester King, Lone Pint will also be featuring some specialty one off brews and the latest releases from Brash Brewing. The best part about this event? It is completely free! With the exception for the cost of your beer and food but attending is free. Hats off to the great group at Banger’s and we wish them many more continued years of success! Click here for more information.

Beer by the bay

Horseshoe Bay – This Friday and Saturday head on out to the Beer by the Bay Music Festival at the gorgeous Horseshoe Bay Resort overlooking Lake LBJ. The festival features Texas music legends such as Asleep at the Wheel and Dale Watson but the reason we are even mentioning this great event is because they are featuring a package with all you can eat and drink. So you may be asking what that has to do with Texas beer, it has everything to do with it because the beers featured are from Real Ale, South Austin Brewery, Saint Arnold, Twisted X, Solid Rock, Save the World, Double Horn and Revolver Brewing. Now whether you are into the music or not, a beer line up like that for all you can drink sounds like a fun weekend to me. Click here for tickets and more information.

Whole Foods

Houston – Last year when Austin based Whole Foods opened a brewery in their new Houston store, it left many other cities wondering if and when they would see a Whole Foods in their city with a brewery. Unfortunately, there won’t be breweries added to the nearly 30 stores across Texas at least for the time being. Instead, the Houston location will start distributing their beers to stores across Houston in August and across the state starting in September. Soon head brewer Dave Ohmer will be working overtime to make enough beer to be distributed. Due to their very limited size at the brewery, the beer will only be available on draft for the time being. Fear not, Whole Foods always offers growler fills so make sure to take your in on your next shopping trip.

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Rockwall – This weekend we see the opening of yet another brewery in Texas and we are more than thrilled to see the scene grow. We welcome the opening of Woodcreek Brewing Company just east of Dallas in the town of Rockwall. Founded by friends Noah Cutshall and Brad Bramblett, the Woodcreek Brewery is doing their part by bringing craft beer to their small community. They will feature six beers to make up their line up including their New Horizon Wheat, Texas Star Bock, Rockwall Red, Lakeside Blonde, Vanilla Porter and their Highway 66 IPA. This weekend they will kick off the grand opening celebration at the brewery on Saturday from 12-8pm. We would like to wish Noah and Brad all the best of luck on their new endeavor. Click here for more information.

Lakewood

Garland – This weekend Lakewood Brewing Company celebrates their 3rd year anniversary and they are breaking up the celebration over two days. On Saturday, they will host a huge party at their brewery to mark the occasion but unfortunately tickets are already sold out. For those lucky 500 people that were able to snag their tickets in time they will get to enjoy a day of live music, food trucks and over 20 of their amazing beers on tap. If you were unlucky enough to get a ticket for Saturday, they are hosting a second party on Sunday at Goodfriend Beer Garden & Burger House. They will have a limited number of souvenir glasses but they will have a lot of beer on hand (which is listed below) to keep the celebration going. Congrats to Lakewood on all of their success over the years and keep making great beer. Click here for more information.

The debut of our third anniversary beer, Lion’s Share III – an Old Ale aged in premium Napa Valley red wine barrels – 9% alc/vol

Druon’s Reserve** – a Belgian golden strong ale brewed w/ cherry wood-smoked malt aged in a wine barrel with Brettanomyces – 11.5% alc/vol

Barrel-aged Holiday Bonus** – our festive, winter seasonal Robust Porter brewed w/ chocolate and orange peel, aged in oak barrels – 7.7% alc/vol

Merlot barrel-aged Till & Toil** – Saison – 8.2% alc/vol

Tempranillo barrel-aged Till & Toil** – Saison – 8.2% alc/vol

Brabo’s Reserve** – a merlot barrel-aged Belgian dark strong ale brewed w/ wildflower honey – 9.6% alc/vol

La Dame du Bois** – a red wine barrel aged Biere de Garde – 9.3% alc/vol

Saint Dymphna – Belgian Tripel brewed w/ linden flowers – 8.6% alc/vol

Bokkenrijders – Doppelsticke Altbier – 8.5% alc/vol

Mole Temptress – Imperial Milk Stout brewed w/ vanilla; guajillo, pasilla, ancho, and chipotle peppers; cacao; and cinnamon – 9.1% alc/vol

Zomer Pils – Bavarian Pilsner – 4.8% alc/vol

The Temptress (on Nitro) – Imperial Milk Stout brewed w/ vanilla – 9.1% alc/vol

Hop Trapp (both regular and on Nitro) – Belgian-style IPA – 6.4% alc/vol

Hopochondria – Session IPA – 3.5% alc/vol

Lakewood Lager – Vienna-style Lager – 4.6% alc/vol

Rock Ryder – American Rye Wheat – 4.8% alc/vol

Cedar Creek

Seven Points – Yet another brewery is marking their 3rd year anniversary this weekend. A big hats off to Jim Elliot and the crew at Cedar Creek Brewery on all of their hard work. Cedar Creek is a brewery that has lived many lives in the sense that it has been moved around a few times before it finally found its foundation in the lakeside town of Seven Points in northeast Texas. This weekend they will be throwing a celebration at the brewery to mark this occasion and there is no charge for entry. Bring a chair and head out to the brewery. They will have all of their core beers on tap including some specialties and firkins. At 5pm, they will be tapping a limited amount of their award-winning Belgian Dubbel. They will have live music and food available so head on out Saturday from noon till 10pm. Congratulations on three years to Cedar Creek Brewery. Click here for more information.

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Austin – Well I know I have been constantly pushing the release of my book “Beer Lovers Texas: Best Breweries, Brewpubs and Beer Bars” but the shameless self-promotion continues. We have a great event coming up on August 21st at BookPeople in Austin. Not only will you be able to pick up a signed copy of the book but I will also be brewing a few brewing friends who will be sampling some of their beers. We are currently planning events in Houston, Dallas and San Antonio coming soon so stay tuned. Click here for more information.

As always, if you’re looking to get out this weekend we suggest you visit a local brewery, don’t forget that we have a list of all of the breweries near you so head over to the Breweries and Brewpubs page and go support your local brewers.

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hops

The Brew 7/23

Posted on 24 July 2015 by Admin - Mike Cortez

This week in, The Brew! We talk about a great event that supports a very special cause, we let you know how you can help a local brewery stay cool and then we give you the heads up about a couple new beer releases. Next week we have a bunch of events to announce and the list keeps on growing. Until then, enjoy this weeks edition of, The Brew!

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Austin – Austin based Hops & Grain Brewery are hosting the Bike Affair Fiesta Part II this weekend to raise funds and awareness for the 1400 Miles organization. The 1400 Miles is a nonprofit organization that aims to spark the difficult conversation with stubborn men about prostate health and members annually ride their bicycles from Austin to Denver, Colorado leading up to the Great American Beer Festival. The Bike Affair Fiesta Part II is just one of the many events leading up to the ride. The Bike Affair is a 4-part series that will be held at the Hops & Grain Brewery. Tickets are $15 and get you a half-pint Hops & Grain glass along with 4 tickets for your choice of fills. Half of the proceeds from ticket sales will benefit 1400 Miles, a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization. Click here for tickets and more information.

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Richmond – If you know anything about Texas it is that the summer temps are scorching. Sometimes it feels nearly impossible to beat the heat and it is even worse for many breweries. On brew days the temps inside of the brewery can really become unbearable. Texian Brewing Company in Richmond is looking for help to fund their new Big Ass Fan to help keep them and their guests cool during the summer months. They have setup a GoFund me page to help cover the cost of the new fan and you can score some nice stuff for helping them out and supporting their brewery. For more information and to make a contribution. Please click here.

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New Beer – With summer in full swing, it is time for the release of new beers that pair with the warmer seasoned temperatures. Lucky for you, we have the heads up about some great new beers you should check out.

  • Adelbert’sCastaway Blonde Ale – Belgian Blonde Ale (6.7%)
    This crisp, refreshing blonde ale is the perfect beer for summer sipping. Hints of honey and peach blend with Sladek hops to bring forth a bright and balanced Belgian ale. It pairs well with caprese salad, grilled shrimp, spicy Thai, and french fries.

 

  • New Braunfels Brewing Company Spread Eagle – Dark Farmhouse Table Beer
    Spread Eagle makes use of a centuries old brewing technique known as Parti-gyle brewing, still used regularly in Europe. Essentially, instead of using all of our mash run-off from our weizenbock, Shiva’s Tears, we use the ‘last runnings’ to create a smaller, lower alcohol beer. This is a more efficient use of our grains and results in two distinctly different beers. Spread Eagle is bottle-conditioned with freshly-brewed wort and allowed time to condition in the bottle prior to release. The resulting beer is very dry with nuances of dark malts presented in a light, flavorful blend of tart acidity and toasted chocolate.

As always, if you’re looking to get out this weekend we suggest you visit a local brewery, don’t forget that we have a list of all of the breweries near you so head over to the Breweries and Brewpubs page and go support your local brewers.

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bull creek

The Brew 7/16

Posted on 17 July 2015 by Admin - Mike Cortez

This week in, The Brew! We got caught off guard last week with work and missed our post. This week we are keeping things light, we talk about a new brewery opening this weekend in Liberty Hill and give some possible updates about a Houston brewery opening in the coming weeks. Check it out now in this week’s edition of, The Brew!

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Liberty Hill – This weekend Bull Creek Brewing Company is opening their doors to the public in Liberty Hill and they have a lot of great beers to share. Currently you can find a few of their beers on shelves around Austin but this weekend they will have a full line up featuring their Longhorn Blonde, Iron Balls Imperial Stout, Champs Au Sud Farmhouse Ale, Tommy Raj IPA and *Summer Slap*. What makes this Williamson County brewery extra special is their brewer and co-founder Julia Parma who joins the growing list of women in the Texas craft beer industry. The local VFW Post 8787 will be selling food so feel free to bring a chair and come hang out at one of Texas’ latest brewery. We are wishing the folks at Bull Creek Brewing the best of luck and look forward to seeing their beers in markets across the state soon. Click here from more information.

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Houston – It looks like we finally have a date for another long awaiting brewery opening in Houston. The Town in City Brewing Company posted an ad on Craigslist looking for Bartenders/Servers and Barbacks for their Brewery Taproom followed by an event on their Facebook that will take place August 1st. The White Linen Nights event in the Height neighborhood of Houston is an annual event where people descend on the local neighborhood checking out free local music, arts and boutiques. It just so happens, Town in City Brewing is located in the historic Heights neighborhood and will be opening their brewery to the public that day. They will have live music from Moji and they will have two cash bars set up serving up their first three batches of beer including City Porter, Mosquito’s Revenge Pale, and Chipped Tooth IPA. Click here for more information.

As always, if you’re looking to get out this weekend we suggest you visit a local brewery, don’t forget that we have a list of all of the breweries near you so head over to the Breweries and Brewpubs page and go support your local brewers.

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Brash

The Brew 7/2

Posted on 03 July 2015 by Admin - Mike Cortez

This week in The Brew! We took a couple weeks off to host the Texas Tequila & Margarita Festival down in Galveston but now we’re back and it is time to celebrate 4th of July! This week we talk about some legal drama brewing in Dallas, we let you know what new brewery is finally rolling beer out in Houston and finally give you a list of events to check out for the weekend. Austin, be sure to make your calendars for August 21st, I will be doing a book signing of Beer Lover’s Texas at BookPeople and I will be bringing a couple of breweries along to celebrate the book release. I am currently looking for dates and locations for Houston, Dallas and San Antonio so I will let you know as soon as those dates are book. Until then, enjoy the holiday weekend and this week’s edition of, The Brew!

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Dallas – As if we haven’t seen enough legal drama this year, another lawsuit is in the works. Dallas based Deep Ellum Brewing Company was issues a cease and desist letter from Maryland brewers Flying Dog. Flying Dog is claiming that Deep Ellum’s beer Easy Peasy IPA is too close to their Easy IPA. Deep Ellum took to Facebook to openly discuss the matter and stated that they registered Easy Peasy IPA with the United States Patent & Trademark Office back in February. While it seems like a stretch, Flying Dog plans to proceed with this situation while Deep Ellum goes about having fun and brewing beer. Many on social media outlets are showing their support for Deep Ellum and it is leaving many to wait and see the outcome. This could hurt Flying Dog sales in Texas much like the case against New Belgium and Oasis Brewing. We will be sure to follow up with any details.

Deep Ellum

 

Houston – Houston, we have beer! The long awaited arrival of Brash Brewing is finally over. On Tuesday, the brewery posted a photo of Brash branded kegs full of their EZ-7 Pale Ale and the Houston craft beer community in a hunt to be the first to try the beer. Tuesday evening many flocked to their local craft beer bar to show their support for the long awaited release of Brash Brewing’s beers. Brash has stated that the next release will be their Pussy Wagon IPA expected by the end of July but for now Houstonians is enjoying the EZ-7 Pale Ale over the long holiday weekend.

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Texas – With the 4th of July here many will be spending time in or around water, barbequing and drinking a cold beer. While we strongly suggest celebrating Independence Day with a Texas beer, we have a list of some great events to check out this weekend at some of the breweries across the state.

July 3rd

Bitter Sister Brewery Addison, TX

Start your celebrations early with Bitter Sisters Brewery on Friday from 6pm-10pm. Bitter Sisters has the prime location in Addison to watch the Kaboom Town Fireworks show. Come enjoy this kid friendly event with craft beer, warbird fly-bys, and legendary fireworks. Yim Yam food truck will be serving some delicious eats. Make sure to bring chairs and arrive early to guarantee the best spot.

Real Ale Brewing Company Blanco, TX

We’ll have on our usual 8 year-round taps plus the 6 special taps with limited edition Brewers’ Cut beers, Mysterium Verum tappings, plus plenty of Real Ale swag for you to buy in the Tap Room from 11am-5pm. Old 300 BBQ will be on-site selling food on Friday and Saturday to keep you fueled for your holiday in the Hill Country. Let’s raise a glass to ‘Merica!

Saint Arnold Brewing Company Houston, TX

It’s a Freedom Edition of PUB NIGHT this Friday night! You have the freedom to come to the brewery and enjoy one of the options from our cellar or something from our regular lineup. You also have the freedom to order the Hott Messs (chips, fries, brisket, Santo queso, sour cream, guac, jalapeño – no substitutions).

July 4th

TUPPS Brewery McKinney, TX

Get the family together and celebrate the 4th of July in McKinney! Start the day off watching the McKinney 4th of July parade starting at 10am in historic downtown McKinney. Then come down the street to TUPPS Brewery for a day filled with award winning Craft beers, Live music including “Oil Boom”, Spoons food truck, and games! (kiddos are welcome and will love the family games!) TUPPS is a 15,000 sq. ft. indoor brewery with a large bar, stage, seating, games, and an outdoor covered beer garden with acoustic stage. We’re adjoined to a 105-year-old cotton mill and brought that historic feel to the brewery with century old building materials and artifacts. Get away from the city for the day and spend it with us. We guarantee you will have an amazing day without the long lines and remote parking.

Hops & Grain Austin, TX

What are you doing this 4th of July? Because here at Hops & Grain we’re COMPLETELY FREE! So in the spirit of freedom we’re throwing another one of our famous shin-digs! The event will offficially start at 12:00 pm, tickets are $15 and for the first 125 people, that includes a special glass with 4 pours, an American Flag key chain and an all around good time! Hand Helds food trailer will be there (menu for the day can be seen below and it looks excellent) to serve up some all-american sliders and you better believe some American tunes will be pumping through the old speakers until we close! (God Bless The U.S.A. sing along, anyone?). Click here for tickets.

Independence Brewing Company Austin, TX

There’s no better place to be for 4th of July than here at Independence Brewing Co. to celebrate this historic day! Our founders Rob and Amy Cartwright founded Independence Brewing within the same spirit as our forefathers that fought for Independence. And we here at Independence Brewing fight to bring you incredible craft beer that’s separate from all others!

Music: The Mutton Busters (fronted by Silas Lowe Musician) – 12:30-3:30pm Palomino Shakedown – 4:00-7:00pm Food: Wünder Pig Barbecue Co. will be providing all of your 4th of July barbecue needs all day. The Good Times Ice Cream Austin food truck will be keeping us cool from 2-4pm

What you can bring: Lawn chairs & well-behaved dogs — must remain on leash and under owner’s control, and cannot be in production areas.

All ages welcome! Please bring the whole family but children must remain under adult supervision at all times. If you bring EZ up tents, please don’t forget weights or tiedowns

We’re proud to offer you all of our classic and limited release beers along with our new summer seasonal RedBud Berliner Weisse, for purchase by the 4 oz. taster, 10 oz., 16 oz., or a flight of your choice! No cover OR charge, so come on out with the whole family as we celebrate 4th of July together!

No Label Brewing Company Katy, TX

Price: $10/person ($5 for DD, children accompanied by parent are FREE) Price includes sample glass, 4 beers, live music and vendors! Nom Mi, Custom Confections and Savor the Bite food trucks will be out selling delicious foods. Let’s celebrate our freedom and those who fought for it!

As always, if you’re looking to get out this weekend we suggest you visit a local brewery, don’t forget that we have a list of all of the breweries near you so head over to the Breweries and Brewpubs page and go support your local brewers.

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Houston Beer Fest

The Brew 6/11

Posted on 11 June 2015 by Admin - Mike Cortez

This week in, The Brew! We talk about a beer fest in Houston, we see how a distributor is hurting local breweries down in Houston and then we get into some shameless self-promotions. Check it out now in this week’s edition of, The Brew!

Houston Beer Fest

Houston – The Houston Beer Festival is probably the most known festival in the state but not necessarily in the most positive light. Since the festivals first year it has been plagued with pour business planning and bad luck but things look to be changing for the better. Last year, founder Timothy Hudson sold the festival to a new group and they are looking to change the past perception of the festival and bring together a well-organized and successful event. Organizers are looking to keep the same model of big musical acts and a large selection of breweries from both the commercial and the craft side. There are many myths and rumors surrounding the festival and organizers are hoping that after this year many will see the new direction and the changes the festival has made. For tickets and more information, please click here.

 Silver Eagle

Houston – As the growth of breweries continues to expand, so do the number of bars and restaurants looking to support the local scene until Houston distributor Silver Eagle (Anheuser-Busch) announced last week that they would be increasing their price of keg deposits by 20% to local establishments. This has angered many bar owners who have taken to social to show their outrage of the distributor. The reason for the increase according to Ben Fulleove, owner of the Petrol Station and Brash Brewing, “ABI (Budweiser) raised their keg deposits to silver eagle to $70 because kegs shells were going missing from large accounts (stadiums, kegs sold to individuals from retailers). So basically, punish small craft beer businesses for macro incompetence”. Due to Silver Eagles increase, many business including Petrol Station, Flying Saucer, Hay Merchant and Mongoose vs Cobra have vowed not to purchase beer from the distributor. While many are thinking, who cares if these establishments won’t be carrying Anheuser-Busch products, you might not realize that Silver Eagle also carried many beers from craft brews such as Houston’s own Karbach, Saint Arnold and 8th Wonder. This puts local breweries and bars in a standoff against each other while trying to support the local scene. Only time will tell how this will play out but we will continue to follow the story for a future article.

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Texas – Last week I got to spend some time in Houston to be a guest of a couple of radio shows to talk about Texas Beer Guide and my book Beer Lover’s Texas. It has been a great honor to write a book about Texas breweries, brewpubs and craft beer bars and it has even been a great pleasure to see the support I have been receiving. If you are not in Houston or if you missed the two shows you can now check them out online. Thank you so much to Jon Denman from Drink of Ages and James Simpson of What’s on Tap for having me on their shows. I am currently in the works of putting together book signing events in Houston, Dallas and San Antonio. I have already book an event for Austin so mark your calendars for August 21st. More details will come out shortly about the upcoming events. Thank you all again for the continued support. Beer Lover’s Texas can be found online and at your favorite bookstore.

To listen to Drink of Ages: https://soundcloud.com/drinkofages/episode-114-drink-of-ages

What’s on Tap: I come on around the 18:30 mark

As always, if you’re looking to get out this weekend we suggest you visit a local brewery, don’t forget that we have a list of all of the breweries near you so head over to the Breweries and Brewpubs page and go support your local brewers.

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Saint Arnold

Special Brew 6/5 – Saint Arnold Brewing Company

Posted on 05 June 2015 by Admin - Mike Cortez

Saint Arnold

Saint Arnold was established on June 9th in 1994 in Houston and this weekend it is finally turning 21. Over the years, Saint Arnold has seen a lot of changes. The brewery started out in a small garage in the Spring Branch neighborhood in northwest Houston which quickly gained a lot of attention. Every Saturday, fans would flock to the brewery tours and pack out the small space. Eventually, Saint Arnold aimed to expand and relocated just outside of downtown in a larger facility allowing for more space for brewing as well as a dedicated hall for tours and special events space. Over the years Saint Arnold has continued to keep their fans satisfied with their specialty releases like Icon, Bishops Barrel Series and the elusive Divine Reserve. Saint Arnolds year round beers are just as appreciated for being easy drinking, full flavored go to beers that are great any time.  This weekend they are having two great events to celebrate this occasion. Saturday, Saint Arnold will host their normal weekly tour but Saturday evening they will have a pub night at the brewery which they will have some special releases available for purchase. On Sunday they will host a rare cellar tasting with a very stellar line up of barrel aged specialties that owner Brock Wagner has been keeping secret for this special celebration. Cheers to Saint Arnold on turning 21 and thank you for all the work they do in the community. Click here for tickets and more information.

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Saturday, June 6
21st Anniversary Pub Night
5:00 – 10:00 PM

Special Beers:
20th Anniversary Ale
Bishop’s Barrel No. 10
Cognac Barrel 20th Anniversary Ale
Cask Conditioned Amber Ale with Mosaic Hops

– No admission charge
– Food trucks on site or bring your own food
– Special Souvenir 21st Anniversary Glass available for $10 which includes a token for a beer from our regular lineup

This event is strictly 21 and up.

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Sunday, June 7
Special Saint Arnold Rare Cellar Tasting
Session One: 12:00 – 2:30 PM
Purchase Session One Tickets
$60 plus tax

OR

Session Two: 4:00 – 6:30 PM
Purchase Session Two Tickets
$60 plus tax
This event will operate as our very own Saint Arnold beer festival. Guests will receive a tasting glass and a punch card upon arrival and will be free to move through our Tour Hall and Investor’s Pub to visit each beer station and Houston Dairymaids cheese tasting table.

Food will be available for purchase from our kitchen.

Featured Beers:
– Bishop’s Barrel No. 2 Brett
– Bishop’s Barrel No. 8 and Divine Reserve No. 15
– Bishop’s Barrel No. 9
– Bishop’s Barrel No. 10
– Pumpkinator 2011 and Pumpkinator 2014
– Cask Conditioned Pumpkinator Aged in
Bourbon Barrels with Coffee and Cocoa Nibs
– 20th Anniversary Ale
– 20th Anniversary Ale Aged in Cognac Barrels
– Divine Reserve No. 11 and Fresh Endeavour
– Divine Reserve No. 12
– Divine Reserve No. 13 Aged in Bourbon Barrels
– Divine Reserve No. 14 Aged in Tequila Barrels
– Boiler Room Berliner Weisse with Syrup Selections
– Two selections from our regular beer lineup

Your ticket includes:
– 2 oz samples of each beer
– Houston Dairymaids Cheese Tasting Table
– Special Souvenir 21st Anniversary Tasting Glass

This event is strictly 21 and up.

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903

The Brew 6/4

Posted on 05 June 2015 by Admin - Mike Cortez

This week in, The Brew! Texas is finally drying out after over 20 days of rain and severe storms. Our hearts go out to those affected by the storms and we hope that you are all recovering. A big cheers to all of the first responders who were out during the storms to help those in need. This week we are going to talk about the outskirts of Texas. First, we see what far north Texas brewery is celebrating 2yrs, we see what west Texas brewery is heading east and finally we go camping at an east Texas brewery. Last week we went to Houston to do interviews with the Drink of Ages and What’s on Tap radio shows about my book Beer Lover’s Texas which is now on shelves and also available for ordering online. We will be posting those interviews once they are available. Until then, enjoy this week’s edition of The Brew!

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Sherman – Way up in north Texas is a small little town that sits less than 30 minutes from the Oklahoma is the quiet town of Sherman. It is an easy town to pass if you blink but thanks to the gang at 903 Brewers, has made stopping in Sherman well worth the trip. This weekend, 903 is celebrating 2yrs in business and what a great two years it has been. Over the last few months they have started to increase their distribution with some hitting the Hill Country while more still remains up in the north Texas region. Their old warehouse turned brewery has done a great job of putting out some pretty stellar beers such as my personal favorite, the Sasquatch Chocolate Milk Stout but their Crackin’ Up Pecan Porter and Sugar on Top IPA are just more examples of the great beers that they have brewed. Hats off to the hard work of founders Jeremy & Natalie Roberts over at 903 and congratulations on all their hard work. The party kicks off this Saturday with live music, food vendors and 21 beers available to try. General Admission tickets are still available and only a handful of VIP tickets remain. For tickets and more information, please click here.

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Alpine – Out in the west Texas town of Alpine sits Big Bend Brewing Company. It was founded by Steve Anderson who has a long celebrated career of brewing in Texas. He was originally the brew master for Waterloo Brewing Company which was the first brewpub in the state and even brewed for Live Oak Brewing before heading out west to establish a brewery of his own. Now, Steve is head back to Austin. Well, not physically but in the form of beer. Big Bend Brewing Company has expanded their distribution and as of this week, their beers have begun hitting shelves across the city. This is a big move for the lone brewery out in west Texas. We hope that this is a sign of things to come and hopefully we will see the beers distributed to Dallas and Houston soon.

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Seven Points – With summer quickly approaching, it is time to head in to the great outdoors and be one with nature. I for one enjoy doing so with a cold beer in my hand and this weekend you can be doing just that. Cedar Creek Brewing Company is excited to show off their new brewery and hosting a camp out for a night of great food and damn good beer. The up and coming Intrinsic Brewing will also be participating in the even with their Pitmaster Tex taking care of the food as well as pouring some of their beer. Tickets are all inclusive so grab a tent and head on out for a great night under the stars. For tickets and more information, please click here.That’s my story of how a beer saved my life. But others in the area weren’t so lucky. Hundreds of people are left homeless and heartbroken. I ask if you take anything from this story, it’s that you spead the word that people in Wimberley and San Marcos need donations of food, water, clothing, blankets, etc. Send it to the Red Cross and Salvation Army in the area, and there are multiple drop off points in those towns.

As always, if you’re looking to get out this weekend we suggest you visit a local brewery, don’t forget that we have a list of all of the breweries near you so head over to the Breweries and Brewpubs page and go support your local brewers.

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Billys

The Brew 5/7

Posted on 08 May 2015 by Admin - Mike Cortez

This week in, The Brew! We have a lot going on in Texas. This weekend is Mother’s Day and we would like to wish all of you beautiful moms a very happy Mother’s Day. Don’t forget to take your mom out for a lovely brunch this weekend and make sure she is enjoying some of her favorite Texas craft beers. Also, Monday starts American Craft Beer Week so be sure to follow us for some great events worth attending all across the state. This week, we take a look at who has come a long way in 8yrs, we let you know about a beer festival located in a central Texas German town, we see what beer festival is going to be rocking north Texas this weekend, we get some news on who is dismissed in the court of law, we talk about a major expansion that opened this week down in Houston and lastly, we finally get to taste beers from one of the newest brewpubs in Dallas. Check it out now in this week’s edition of The Brew!

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Austin – Time sure has flown by for the guys at Uncle Billy’s Brew & Que or as they are known now as Uncle Billy’s Brewery & Smokehouse. This week they are celebrating 8yrs in business and are celebrating with crawfish, special beers and live music. Over the years, Uncle Billy’s has gone through many ups and downs, from opening and closing a second location, winning 5 medals between 2008 and 2012, brewers leaving to start their own breweries, becoming the first brewpub in Texas to distribute their beer and now the $1 million dollar makeover that added a 20-barrel brewhouse which was completed at the end of 2014. With their head brewer Trevor Nearburg who was a former assistant brewer with Real Ale, taking over the brewing duties, Uncle Billy is on an upswing that is bringing people back to enjoy their great beers and delicious food. Uncle Billy’s also has two legendary generations of the Celis family involved with the company, Christine Celis who is the daughter of the late Pierre and her daughter Daytona Celis. Christina brewed the Gypsy Collaboration Series with Uncle Billy’s to make the Dubble Coffee Porter and Daytona is an assistant brewer who recently participate in the International Women’s Collaboration Brew Day. Hats off to the great folks at Uncle Billy’s and we wish them continued success.

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New Braunfels – While Wurstfest is still about six months away, festival organizers are opening the festival grounds this weekend for the Wurstfest Craft Beer Festival. They will have over 40 beers on tap from breweries across the hill country region, food vendors and live music with the legendary Texas Tornados headlining the event, it is expected to big a big draw. No lederhosen is necessary to enjoy the event but rocking your favorite German attire is always welcomed. VIP tickets are sold out but general admission tickets are still available for only $25 ($30 at the gate). For tickets and more information, click here.

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Fort Worth – If you are still trying to get something nice for your mom, we recommend spending quality time with her over some good beer, how about over 250 beer? This Saturday, the Untapped Indie Music and Beer Festival rolls into Fort Worth with tons of great beers and a pretty stellar musical line up. The Sword with literally rock the crowd and add a little metal to the air while headliners, De La Soul will cap the night off with a legendary set. There is nothing better than a fun afternoon of craft beer and good music. For many heading north for the festival, this will be a great chance to try some of the newer north Texas breweries such as Bearded Eel, The Collective Brewing Project, Nine Band, Texas Ale Project and Panther Island Brewing. Tickets are still available for this weekend’s event. For tickets and more information, please click here.

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Austin – What was looking to be a nasty and bitter drawn out court battle between Oasis Brewing and New Belgium Brewing over the name “Slow Ride” has come to an end. A Colorado judge has dismissed the case and Oasis Brewing will continue to release their Slow Ride Pale Ale. New Belgium Brewing has claimed that they were the first to use the name for their Slow Ride Session IPA. Unfortunately, while they have still not come to terms, the judge stated that “the jurisdiction of Colorado was not appropriate”. This week, Oasis Brewing posted the following on their website.

We are pleased to announce that our lawsuit with New Belgium Brewing is finally behind us. The judge dismissed it and agreed that the jurisdiction of Colorado was not appropriate. New Belgium claimed that our attendance at GABF satisfied “minimum contact” which was absurd and very costly to defend. Rest assured small brewers of America, you CAN participate in the Great American Beer Fest without falling under the long arm of Colorado law or violating the laws of interstate commerce created by your respective State’s beer distribution governance. NBB continues to say that we do not want to settle. This remains untrue. We have made multiple offers, even traveled to meet with them in Denver; however they won’t send anyone with the authority to make a settlement decision and reject all of our offers.”

Congratulations to Oasis Brewing on all of their hard work and determination to bring great beers to Texas. To read their full statement, head over to their website by clicking here.

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Houston – In Texas it is go big or go home and Houston’s Karbach Brewing Company took that to heart. They have been brewing for less than 5yrs but they have definitely made a name for themselves. They opened their brewery in 2011 and just a couple years later in 2013, they decide to expand brewing operations by building out a whole new brewery just next door to their current location. This week the taproom and restaurant for the new brewery opened up to the public and many are excited for the new space. Now you will no longer have to sweat it out in the Texas summer heat. The taproom and restaurant will offer guests plenty of space to enjoy their favorite Karbach brews. The kitchen will offer a full menu from light bites to sandwiches and chef inspired dishes to fresh made pizzas. If you have yet to make it out to Karbach, now is a great time to enjoy both their amazing beers and their in house restaurant serving up gourmet dishes by Executive Chef Joseph Stayshich.

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Dallas – Back in March, Braindead Brewing Company opened to the public and many were eager to try the beers from Brewmaster Andrew Huerter but unfortunately their beers were not ready so patrons would have to make do with their delicious food and guest beer taps. This Monday on May 11th which also happens to be the first day of the American Craft Beer Week, Braindead Brewing will finally be releasing their beers. They will have their Scottish 75 Shilling, Foreign Export Stout, and a pre-prohibition style Cream Ale they call Gritz. If that isn’t a way to start your American Craft Beer Week celebration, I don’t know what is. Braindead has a lot of great events coming up but their website is still under construction so you will need to follow their Facebook page for upcoming new. For information about their event on Monday, please click here.

As always, if you’re looking to get out this weekend we suggest you visit a local brewery, don’t forget that we have a list of all of the breweries near you so head over to the Breweries and Brewpubs page and go support your local brewers.

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Happy Mothers Day Mom!

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The Brew 4/29

Posted on 30 April 2015 by Admin - Mike Cortez

This week in, The Brew! We had some technical difficulties last week which shut down the page for a couple of days but we are back in action. A huge apology to our friends with Untapped Music & Beer Festival for this issue which did not let us post our review of the Austin festival stop. Also, this week we talk about a brewery that is celebrating 4yrs and the official opening of Houston’s latest brewery. Check it out now here in, The Brew!

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Austin – Last weekend the Untapped Music and Beer Festival made its stop in Austin for the first time and festival goers welcomed the event with arms wide open. The weather was quite perfect for an afternoon of drinking beer. Live music keep the crowd entertained as they bounced from booth to booth sampling beer. Sadly, many of the rare and specialty beers were gone within the first couple hours of the gates opening. Austin’s own Jester King had already shut their tent down by 4pm. Untapped was a great chance to try some of the new up and coming breweries such as Austin’s Strange Land Brewery which was sampling their great Last Gentleman Bourbon Porter which is aged for a couple of months in bourbon barrels. While not new, breweries that have limited distribution to Austin such as Peticolas, Lakewood, Community, Lone Pint and Goliad were present at the festival serving some of their highly sought after beers. The event was almost a perfect day until the headlining band Manchester Orchestra took the stage and after just a couple songs in, Mother Nature lit up the skies with a great display of lighting. It sent many scrambling to leave the festival and get to their cars before the rain fell but it came too fast. Many were caught in the storm trying to make it to their vehicles while others squeezed into the medic tent to stay dry. The festival grounds quickly made for a muddy nightmare for those caught out in the storm but many of the breweries hunkered down under their tents to wait out the storm but nearly everyone left the event wet in covered in mud. While the festival couldn’t help the weather, many would agree that the Untapped Music & Beer Festival was a big hit and we can’t wait until it rolls back into town next year. If you are up in north Texas, get ready because you will get your turn next as the Fort Worth Untapped Festival is rolling into your town on May 9th. Click her for tickets and more information.

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Dripping Springs – This weekend kicks off countless events for Cinco de Mayo and while many will be celebrating with a Corona or Dos XX, those in Texas will be celebrating with a beer from Twisted X Brewing Company. This Saturday marks their 4th Anniversary and they will be celebrating at their brewery. Aside from the fun of their anniversary, they will be releasing their new Saison X which has been aged in Cabernet wine barrels for nine months. They will also have a cellar release of their black lager, Senior Viejo which has been aged in tequila barrels. Just to keep things interesting Twisted X will tapping special casks throughout the day. For more information, please click here.

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Houston – The day has finally come to open Houston’s newest brewery. The great guys at 11 Below Brewing Company will be opening the brewery to the public this Saturday and will follow with weekly Saturday tours starting May 9th. Founded by Bryce Baker, Brandon Moss and Jeff Handojo along with head brewer Keenan Zarling, the oil and gas industry group turned brewers are excited to finally share their beers fresh from the tap at their brewery in northwest Houston. Their name 11 Below was a play on the fact that a barrel of beer which is 31 gallons is 11 gallons below a 42 gallon barrel of oil. Their grand opening this Saturday is sold out as mentioned, they will have weekly Saturday tours starting May 9th. 11 Below beers can be found at bars in Houston now with plans to expand distribution over time. They will have three core beers which will be available for the time being, the 7-Iron, Oso Bueno and Color Blind. The 7-Iron is a 4.5% ABV session ale this will be light on the palate with a soft malty profile and an even softer hop finish. The Oso Bueno is their 5.3% ABV American Amber Ale which will be one of their lighter beers that will have a malty forward profile with a light hoppy finish. Lastly, their Color Blind is a 6.3% ABV Red IPA which is brewed with 4 hop varietals including Mosaic. I am really excited to see these guys evolve in the market and soon expand to cities outside of the Houston area.

As always, if you’re looking to get out this weekend we suggest you visit a local brewery, don’t forget that we have a list of all of the breweries near you so head over to the Breweries and Brewpubs page and go support your local brewers.

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The Brew 3/19

Posted on 20 March 2015 by Admin - Mike Cortez

This week, in The Brew! We talk about the good, the bad and the ugly side of politics and how it effects local brewers, We see what brewpub is evolving and is doing business under a new name, we talk about a week long celebration towards beers and lastly, we give you the heads up about some great events coming up. We are taking a little vacation this weekend which is well overdue so there will not be an edition of The Brew! next week. We will be back with a new edition of The Brew! on April 1st so until then, keep drinking local, cheers!

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Texas – In the midst of a rapidly expanding craft beer industry in Texas, brewers are working hard to get their name out there and to push their products to the public. Currently, Texas craft brewers are allowed to self-distribute up 40,000 barrels a year but the new proposed House Bill 3389 filed by Texas Rep. Senfronia Thompson is looking to reduce that amount to only 5,000 barrels. It is without saying, local brewers are not happy to hear about the proposed bill. It has been reported that Thompson has received many donations for Texas distributors in the past and it adds speculation to the reason for such a bill. This bill would force small breweries to depend on a distributor to handle the sales of their products. To make a bad situation even worse, breweries that use a distributors do not have control of territorial distribution rights but the distribution companies have the right to sell territorial rights to other distributors for a profit. A lawsuit filed back in December by Live Oak, Peticolas and Revolver brewing against the Texas Alcoholic Beverage Commission is looking to change the distribution rights and regulations. Just last week, State Sen. Kevin Eltife introduced Senate Bill 1386 which would give breweries the right to sell beer to brewery visitors for off-site consumption. While it has not been confirmed, reports on social media have stated that Thompson has planning on backing off of her bill. We will have to stay tuned for any updated. There is a battle between good and evil in Texas and we can only hope to see bills passed that will only progress the sales and distribution of Texas craft beer.

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Fort Worth – Big changes are brewing at Zio Carlo Magnolia Brew Pub. The Ft. Worth brewpub has been dropping hints of a big change coming on their Facebook page with a Transformation Complete event coming up on March 21st. On March 9th, co-owner Adam Gonzales posted on the Cap and Hare message board about the upcoming change and invited everyone out to join them as they transition into something new. On March 13th, co-owner Carlo Galotto announced on his personal Facebook page that it was the last official day could be legally known as Zio Carlo Magnolia Brew Pub and then it all came together, Zio Carlo had officially been changed to Chimera Brewing Company. The third partner of Zio Carlo, Austin Jones left the business at the end of 2014 which was a big reason according to Gonzales’ post that they found it “fitting and reflective to move forward under a new name”. We are very excited to see Adam and Carlo continue to grow and wish them continued success.

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San Antonio – It is that time of year again for the San Antonio Beer Week. The weeklong celebration of craft beer kicks off this Saturday at the history Main Plaza in downtown San Antonio with events happening at the local bars and breweries all across town. The SABW will end on the 29th with closing ceremonies on the grounds of the Pearl Brewery in the style of a small beer festival featuring San Antonio and nearby breweries bringing out some great beers. VIP ticket holders will get a chance to check out the new Southerleigh Fine Food & Brewery which is slated to be opening soon. If you are heading to San Antonio be sure to check their website for all of the great events. Also, don’t forget to stop by all of the San Antonio breweries Branchline, Busted Sandal, Ranger Creek, Alamo Beer Co, Freetail, The Granary and Blue Star which will host open houses and special events during this week long event.

Events – With warmer temps comes spring events. It is time to mark your calendars because there are a lot of great events going on over the next week. Don’t forget you can always shoot us an email and we will be sure to add your events to the weekly list.

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March 21st: Real Ale Tenabrae Aeterna Release Party

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March 21st: 8th Wonder Brewery’s 2nd Anniversary Celebr8ion

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March 28th: Southern Star Brewing’s 7th Anniversary Party

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March 28th: Infamous Brewing’s 2yr Anniversary Extravaganza

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March 28th: Houston Firkin Fest

March 28th: Craft Pride Hot Pepper Beer Party

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March 29th: Historical Katy Crawfish Festival @ No Label Brewing

As always, if you’re looking to get out this weekend we suggest you visit a local brewery, don’t forget that we have a list of all of the breweries near you so head over to the Breweries and Brewpubs page and go support your local brewers.

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