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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!

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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.

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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.

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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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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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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.

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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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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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The Brew 5/28

Posted on 28 May 2015 by Admin - Mike Cortez

This week in, The Brew! It has been one heck of a wild ride. We have seen devastating storms rip through the state destroying homes and taking lives. Our thoughts and prayers are with the victims of these tragedies. This week we hear a moving story of how beer saved a man’s life, we talk about a German celebration going on in Austin this weekend and lastly, we give ourselves some shameless self-promotion. Check out now in this week’s edition of, The Brew!

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Austin – Some people live for great beer but in some case, that very same beer can save your life… Sort of. With the wicked weather that has battered Texas over the last week, many have lost their homes and valuables with nowhere to turn. It has been devastating to see the areas that were ravaged by Mother Nature. Forrest Rogness of Rogness Brewing Company posted on his Facebook page a story that a fan sent him on how their beer saved his life.

“Hello Rogness Brewing!

My name is Colin Iliff, I’m a resident of San Marcos, TX and your beer saved my life.

Now I know that may sound crazy, but let me explain. I was dogsitting at my aunt’s house along the Blanco river in Wimberley Saturday May 23, and had settled down with a bomber of your Beardy Guard while listening to the rain outside. The power had already gone out so I had been debating whether to just go to sleep or stay up to enjoy the beer. Naturally, I chose the latter. Throughout the evening I had heard about the threats of a flood but after several trips to check the river I was sure I would be high and dry. But about mid-bomber around 11:45 PM, I heard a faint but then intensified roar coming from the river, and poked my head out the door to see what was happening. Low and behold the river had risen 30 ft within half an hour, and was already heading towards the doorstep. I ran frantically around the house collecting expensive paintings, pictures, important documents, etc and threw them upstairs hoping they would be spared from the incoming surge, grab the two dogs I had been watching, ran out the door, and drove off. After driving up to the gate uphill from the house, I swung the car around to see where the water was, and right then a wall of mud, water, and trees (accompanied by a massive propane tank) slammed right into the house and the ground I had been minutes before. I found refuge in a kind neighbors house uphill and out of reach of the flood with a few other evacuees as we were trapped in that little stretch of neighborhood. The next morning after the flood subsided, I drove back to the house only to find… Nothing. The entire house, and all of it’s contents were gone. Swept downstream and littering the shore. I fell to my knees and sobbed my heart out, not only realizing that my aunt did not have a home to come back to, but because I was still alive. I had considered falling asleep, which surely would have left myself, scrappy, and Suzy (the two dogs I was watching), dead. But I was too excited to have a great cold brew, and I survived.

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.

Thanks again for great brews Rogness, I wouldn’t be here without em.

Much love,

Colin Iliff”

Our hearts go to those that were affected by the storms and the families of victims that lost their lives. As the weather continues to rage Texas please be safe. There are plenty of organizations that are in need of donations so please consider giving back to the local community.

MaiFest

Austin – This weekend it will seem like Oktoberfest in Austin but nein, it is time for the annual Maifest. Rock out in your favorite lederhosen and head out for an afternoon of polka, food and German-style beers brewed by local breweries. Adelbert’s, Saint Arnold, Austin Beerworks and Live Oak are just a few of the breweries that are participating in this great event. Tickets are still on sell but this event tends to sell out so get your tickets now. For tickets and more information, please click here.

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Texas – In the sport of shameless self-promotion, I am excited to announce that my book “Beer Lovers Texas” has finally been published. It can currently be purchased on Amazon and will be hitting book stores soon. I would like to thank everyone for their support on this project. It was a lot harder than it seems to travel across the state visiting the many breweries, brewpubs and craft beer bars in Texas. I had the pleasure of meeting a lot of great people who take pride in what they do and made a lot of new friends along the way. Unfortunately, with as fast as the scene is exploding I was unable to add many of the recently opened breweries but I wish you all well and plan to make a visit out to get you added to the website. Thank you for everyone for the continued support I hope that you all enjoy the book. I will be planning signing events coming in late June and early July so I will look forward to raising a pint with many of you soon. To purchase the book, 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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UB_LazyDay

The Brew 5/15

Posted on 15 May 2015 by Admin - Mike Cortez

This week in The Brew! American Craft Beer Week is coming to a close but many local breweries still have something special to celebrate. This week, a brewery in Austin is celebrating 3 years on Saturday while another brewery in New Braunfels is celebrating 2 and lastly we talk about the continuing evolution of an Austin brewpub. Check it out now in this week’s edition of, The Brew!

Rogness

Austin – This weekend Rogness Brewing Company will be celebrating 3yrs in business with a little shindig at their brewery. Rogness plans to have at least 14 beers on tap and I am personally rather excited to see what they have up their sleeve. Brewer Jon Airheart is excited to show off their latest special release Schoppe Private Stock Doppelsticke which is an Altbier style beer. Along with their great beers that will have a photo booth present to help you remember the fun and two local food trucks selling grub to keep you going. Tickets are on sell for on$12 in advance of $15 at the door and attendees will receive a keepsake glass with 3 pours and additional beers will only get $3 dollars. If this weekend continues to be a rain out, fear not because Rogness has plenty of indoor room. Well behaved dogs are welcome as well as children on leashes. For tickets and more information, please click here.

New Braunfels

New Braunfels – New Braunfels Brewing Company happy to celebrate their 2nd anniversary this Saturday at their brewery in downtown New Braunfels. This little brewery has really bloomed over the last year with their German inspired brews spreading across the hill country and Houston. While their brewery is small they are taking over the parking lot and setting up plenty of tents to keep attendees dry should weather not cooperate. Attendees how two options which getting a ticket, for $18 you will score a pint glass and three pours or you can double the price and also get a bottle of their Stardust which is their 2014 HimmelWeiss that has been aging red wine barrels from William Chris Vineyards. For more information about this weekend’s event, please click here.

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Austin – After celebrating their 8th anniversary last weekend, we had the pleasuring of attending an event at Uncle Billy’s Smokehouse & Brewery to meet head brewer Trevor Nearburg, assistant brewer Daytona Celis and Christine Celis to talk about the future of their beers and what is soon to come. As you may know, Uncle Billy’s was the first brewpub in the state to distribute their beers and you can still find 16oz cans of their Green Room IPA and Humbucker Helles but soon their cans will take a new look. Trever has tweaked the recipe for the Green Room IPA and they will soon change the packaging as well as switch to 12oz cans. They have also added two new beers which will hit shelves soon, the Barton Springs and Lazy Day. Lazy Day Lager is 5.5% ABV crisp and sessionable American lager that will be perfect for the upcoming scorching summer temps. The flavor profile is light and floral, perfect with nearly any dish. The Barton Springs Pale Ale is 6.6% ABV pale ale style beer that has a great malty profile with light hop bitterness. It is a very easy drinking beer that will hold up well in the heat and is great for paring with an array of smoked meats. Along with the new beers, the cans will take a new look featuring an image of Uncle Billy living up life in Austin. When speaking to Trevor, he promised fans that the Green Room IPA will remain a year round release but they have not made a permanent decision about whether Barton Springs and Lazy Day will remain core beers. Sadly, Uncle Billy’s has decided to discontinue Humbucker Helles to make way for the new beers but there is hope that we may see a seasonal return in the fall. Just in case, we suggest stocking up now and while you’re at it, pick up some Gypsy Dubbel Coffee Porter. While speaking to Christine, she said that the stock of the current Gypsy is starting to dwindle down but it is a beer that ages well so it would be wise to pick some up now while you still can. Christina did not reveal any details about the next Gypsy but has a couple of breweries she is in talks with to collaborate for the next release.

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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!

Billys

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.

Karbach

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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