Wednesday, December 31, 2008
Saturday, December 27, 2008
Assuming this is the same beer discontinued several years ago, Kosmos Reserve was a once-popular all-malt lager first introduced in 1994. It was named after and brewed as a tribute to Kosmos Spoetzl, one of the original brewers and later owner of the Spoetzl Brewery.
Saturday, December 13, 2008
The Bombshell Blonde has already been available on draft in limited supply. Both products are to be canned and are currently awaiting label design/approval.
Tuesday, December 09, 2008
The Winemaker Shop is Fort Worth's oldest home winemaking and brewing supply store. Originally opened in 1971, it was purchased by Emery and Janet Baca in 2005, who expanded its inventory and became involved in many local homebrewing events and competitions.
Fort Worth Homebrew is scheduled to open January 2nd, 2009. The new location will be the same business park as the current location (Suite 2826, SE Loop 820).
Friday, December 05, 2008
Brewers expected to attend this event include representatives from Live Oak, (512), Independence, Uncle Billy's, Real Ale, Saint Arnold and Spoetzl. Discounts on beers and dishes from the Whip-In's Indian menu will be available.
Sunday, November 30, 2008
A number of sources have published news or reviews of the new Spoetzl history, Shine On: 100 Years of Shiner Beer by Mike Renfro. These include the Bryan/College Station Eagle with "Book tells story of Shiner Beer's first century."
Not specific to any particular Texas brewer, the National Beer Wholesalers Organization released a story across the news wire celebrating "Texas Beer Distributors Recognize 75th Anniversary of Repeal of Prohibition." Texas became the 32nd state to ratify the 21st Amendment on November 24th, 1933.
Travis Poling's own story about the upcoming Commemorator doppelbock from Spoetzl was picked up by the Dallas Morning News as "Shiner brewery reveals new beer for 100th anniversary." The same story was also echoed on Draft Magazine's website as "Spoetzl Brewery's 100th anniversary beer."
Poling also covered Freetail Brewing's opening the day after Thanksgiving with his piece in the San Antonio Express-News, "Freetail brewing up taste of Texas."
Saturday, November 29, 2008
The menu includes brick-oven gourmet pizzas and fresh salads and sandwiches. The brewer is Jason Davis, who has experience with Austin's Waterloo Brewing and Celis Brewing, and most recently as assistant brewer at Blue Star Brewing.
Freetail opened having only other Texas commercial craft beers on tap but with plans for 13 different beers rotating throughout the year. House beers should be available by mid-December.
Tuesday, November 25, 2008
Fredricks has a Masters of Science degree from the University of North Texas as well as experience as a math teacher in the Lake Dallas area. She will serve a five-year unrepresentative term that expires in 2013.
Saturday, November 22, 2008
According to owner and brewer Chip McElroy,"Don’t start holding your breath for bottles yet. Keep looking for our beers on tap. It will take us a couple of years to get the new brewery completed.”
Primus is brewed using a decoction mash and will have a final strength of 8% ABV. It will be available on tap in December.
Wednesday, November 19, 2008
Thursday, November 13, 2008
Text included on the label reads in part,
Commemorator, our centennial offering, is brewed in the robust classic German "stark" style...a reference to the stronger stark beer style and related beerfests of Münich. The name is also traditional, maintaining the -ator suffix for the doppelbock style as homage to its originator, Paulaner Salvator.
No release date has been indicated but annual beers in this series generally appear in the February-March timeframe.
Tuesday, November 11, 2008
A brief review of this book recently appeared in the Austin Chronicle. Shine On: 100 Years of Shiner Beer is published this month by the Houston-based publisher Bright Sky Press.
Thursday, October 30, 2008
The Houston Press also ran a piece composed of responses to Robb Walsh's recent articles there, entitled simply "Texas Beer." Many readers came forward with informed comments, additional information and corrections to his original article, "Texas Wants Beer."
Saturday, October 18, 2008
Rob Walsh also provided a very good piece in the Houston Press entitled "Texas Wants Beer: Change This Law!" This article details the struggle Texas breweries have had with the TABC restrictions of simply selling beer on premises directly to the public. This was followed up with an opinion piece, "Texas Wants Beer: My Ten Top Texas Beers." Walsh also published a similar article in the Dallas Observer regarding the TABC restrictions on beer festivals with "Beer is good: Texas law stifles state's craft brewers."
Several stories were published about the recent Great American Beer Festival that included nods to Texas brewers. Saint Arnold received a mention in the Associated Press piece, "Finding God at a beer festival," due to their titular patron and inspiration (which also appeared in several local Texas newspapers). Uncle Billy's and Fredericksberg Brewing's gold medals even drew mention from as far away as the Philadelphia Daily News with "Texas comes up big at Great American Beer Festival."
The recent Flying Saucer Fall Beer Festival in Austin received some coverage in the Austin American-Statesman with "Less music, better beer -- that's my kind of festival." Oddly, the similar Flying Saucer festival in downtown Fort Worth received no media mention.
Monday, October 13, 2008
Recognized Texas brewers include:
- Kellerbier/Zwickelbier: Gold for Helles Keller from Fredericksburg Brewing Company.
- Kellerbier/Zwickelbier: Silver for Hell in Keller from Uncle Billy’s Brew & Que.
- Munich-Style Helles: Silver for Summer Pils from Saint Arnold.
Awards are given in 75 different style categories of beer plus pro-am categories, with the top three beers recognized with gold, silver and bronze medals.
Sunday, October 12, 2008
Several cask-conditioned versions of local and other Texas beers were included, as well as Saint Arnold's latest Divine Reserve No. 7. Flying Saucer management estimates attendance at this event to be at least a third larger than the same event last year.
Also present by Flying Saucer invitation was the Arlington homebrew club Knights of the Brown Bottle with literature about homebrewing and live brewing demonstrations right on downtown's Main Street.
Monday, October 06, 2008
The Shiner Holiday Cheer will also be a dunkelweizen style but with the addition of peach and pecan flavors, reflecting their Texas heritage. It will have an ABV of 5.4% and will be available November through January.
Friday, October 03, 2008
Rahr & Sons also received a little out-of-state attention from the Appleton Post-Crescent of Wisconsin with this columnist's profile of "Rahr stands out from other ambers." The Fort Worth-based Rahr family and brewing tradition are originally from Manitowoc, Wisconsin.
Although now a few weeks old, Patrick Beach of the Austin-American Statesman profiled Blanco's Real Ale in his piece, "Blanco brewery keeping it Real."
Various other minor news pieces have appeared recently regarding local Oktoberfest celebrations and special beers throughout the state but these all feature already familiar seasonal products and events.
Tuesday, September 30, 2008
The event will be held on the museum grounds with proceeds benefiting the museum and its programs. Tickets are $45 in advance or $50 at the door.
Sunday, September 21, 2008
The Austin Ginger Man has been scheduled for demolition ever since their city block was bought and planned for a high-rise development. Management hopes to have the new location open by New Year's Day 2009.
Friday, September 19, 2008
The event and the beer are free, with brewery items available for purchase and local bands playing live.
Wednesday, September 17, 2008
Both breweries have reported minor to no damage to their facilities, and no loss to brewing capacity or storage. However, like most of the region both Saint Arnold and Southern Star remain without power, and brewing operations and tours are suspended until further notice.
The release of Saint Arnold's Divine Reserve No. 7 will continue as scheduled, as that product is already in the hands of distributors. However, availability in the Houston area may be delayed.
Saturday, September 13, 2008
Five beer tents with up to 20 draft beers will be set up outside. Samplings will be sold through a $15 tasting card, including a free tasting glass. As in previous years, some beers are expected to be exclusive to this event and not available elsewhere.
Update: The Austin Flying Saucer will hold a similar event on Saturday, October 4th, from noon to 10pm.
Saturday, September 06, 2008
Divine Reserve No. 7 is a weizenbock style, a recipe taken from the Big Batch Brew Bash homebrewing contest this past May.
Monday, September 01, 2008
Total: 17 independent brewpubs
Big Buck Brewery & Steakhouse (Grapevine)
The Covey Restaurant & Brewery (Fort Worth)
TwoRows Restaurant & Brewery (Addison)
Blue Star Brewing Company (San Antonio)
Dodging Duck Brewhaus (Boerne)
The Draught House (Austin)
Faust Brewing Company (New Braunfels)
Fredericksburg Brewing Company (Fredericksburg)
Lovejoy's Tap Room & Brewery (Austin)
North by Northwest Restaurant & Brewery (Austin)
Uncle Billy's Brew & Que (Austin)
Edelweiss Brewery & Restaurant (Alpine)
Eola School, Restaurant & Brewery (Eola)
Jaxon's Restaurant & Brewing Company (El Paso, 4 locations)
Triple J Chophouse & Brew Company (Lubbock)
TwoRows Restaurant & Brewery (Houston)
Padre Island Brewing Company (Padre Island)
Port Aransas Brewing Company (Port Aransas)
BJ's Restaurant & Brewery (multiple locations statewide)
Gordon Biersch Brewery & Restaurant (Plano)
Humperdink's (Big Horn Brewing) (Dallas area, 5 locations)
Wednesday, August 27, 2008
The Dallas/Fort Worth morning program, "Good Morning, Texas," of WFAA (Channel 8) carried a segment interviewing Jamie Fulton of The Covey Restaurant & Brewery with the piece, "Local Brewer wins the 'Super Bowl' of beer brewing."
Houston's CBS affiliate KHOU (Channel 11) broadcast a piece featuring Brock Wagner and Saint Arnold regarding the rise in keg thefts with "Metal thieves tapping beer kegs."
Also noted in the Austin-American Statesman's Food & Drink section is a brief paragraph announcing that Whip In has expanded with a small in-store restaurant (including wine and beer sold by the glass) with "You go there for beer, but Whip In now whips up fresh Indian food."
Monday, August 25, 2008
The as-yet unnamed rauchbier is planned for brewing to begin this week. A public release date has not been announced.
Wednesday, August 20, 2008
The Texas blind salamander is an eyeless cave dweller native to the Edwards Aquifer of west-central Texas around San Marcos. Pollution of the aquifer and population growth have threatened its habitat.
Thursday, August 14, 2008
Rahr & Sons has also announced that beginning August 16th, they will begin charging a $5 per person admission fee to their Saturday tours and tastings. The admission price includes a Rahr pint glass plus the complimentary beer.
Saturday, August 02, 2008
Friday, August 01, 2008
The as-yet unnamed beer should be available soon as a draft-only test market at select locations around Fort Worth.
Thursday, July 31, 2008
The tasting will include selections from five different Texas breweries such as Real Ale, Live Oak and Saint Arnold, as well as a few surprise guests as yet unannounced. Head brewers from the Austin-local breweries will also be present to lead the tasting and field questions.
Update: One of the unannounced breweries will be (512) Brewing, with owner and brewer Kevin Brand attending.
Tuesday, July 22, 2008
The piece is scheduled for this Friday, July 25th, around 9am. "Good Morning, Texas" airs on WFAA (Channel 8), the local ABC affiliate.
Update: The piece has been rescheduled for Friday, August 8th, around 9am.
Update: The piece has again been rescheduled for Friday, August 22nd.
Monday, July 14, 2008
Also in the Austin media was a piece from News 8 Austin entitled, "Beer may become the new gas, in price." This article features Austin's Winemaker's and Beermakers Supply and the rising price of brewing ingredients.
And nearly beer-related is this article from the San Antonio Business Journal announcing the "Pearl Brewery site is set to be home to Texas' largest solar energy project," focusing on new commercial development of the old historic downtown Pearl Brewery site.
Thursday, July 10, 2008
The Smithsonian Resident Associate Program presents their Beer Gazetteer series each summer. For six weeks, various microbrewers from around the United States and Canada are invited to present their beers and short lectures for the public. Invited breweries this year include Live Oak, Capital Brewing of Wisconsin, Southampton Publick House of New York, Full Sail Brewing of Oregon and the Canadian brewery Unibroue.
McElroy and Live Oak will be featured on Monday, July 14, from 7pm to 10pm. Availability of event tickets is questionable, as the series has already started.
Wednesday, July 09, 2008
However, early response to this latest independent brewpub has been less than favorable. Comments by local customers range from "never try a new restaurant on opening day" to "the local brewpub just opened... and they suck." There is also speculation that the brewing operations are not actual beers brewed on-site but instead some sort of pre-packaged mixed products.
No opening announcement or review has been located, nor has any official response been found from the owner, Bob Pettit.
Thursday, June 26, 2008
The first beers that will be available from (512) Brewing are their IPA, an American pale ale and a Belgian-style witbier. These beers should be available in keg only in the Austin area for now; there are no plans to bottle or can in the immediate future.
(512) Brewing is still awaiting final TABC approval before selling to the public.
Saturday, June 21, 2008
Saint Arnold also takes a prominent spot in the June issue of Texas Highways magazine. A partial of their print feature "On Tap: Texas' Top 5 Microbreweries" is available online.
Franconia Brewing also received some notice this week with a piece in the Dallas Morning News entitled "Franconia owner banks on beer budgets."
Tuesday, June 17, 2008
The Yard House joins the native Texas establishments Flying Saucer, Ginger Man and Draught House with the same theme of "World's Largest Selection of Draft Beer" plus several hundred more available on a bottle list. The Yard House will offer full bar service and a lunch/dinner menu.
Monday, June 16, 2008
Fort Worth Star-Telegram reporter Barry Schlacter brought the world's most expensive beer for a review by professional brewers in "How good is a $400 beer?" Carlsberg's Jacobsen Vintage No. 1 was sampled and reviewed over the weekend by Fort Worth brewers Jamie Fulton of The Covey and J.B. Flowers of Rahr & Sons.
And just today, a Houston ABC affiliate featured a profile of Southern Star Brewing in a news segment entitled "What's brewing in Conroe?" The video includes brief interviews with Southern Star brewers Brian Hutchins and Dave Fougeron.
Sunday, June 15, 2008
The new location is at 2000 Lyons Ave, just north of downtown Houston, in a building that dates from 1914. Saint Arnold will include additional brewing equipment purchased from a German brewer, enabling them to quadruple their current brewing capacity.
Development is expected to take a year and cost $6 million.
Tuesday, June 10, 2008
Divine Reserve No. 6 is a hoppy American barleywine that measures 10% ABV. A total of only 1172 cases were produced, and previous releases have sold out state-wide within days.
Tuesday, May 27, 2008
While the number of beers available was close to 100, no local brewers were invited. The event was held within the race track, so attendance was variable as people walked between the festival and the race activities.
Wednesday, May 21, 2008
The Big Batch Brew Bash is the largest single-style homebrewing contest in the world, and is sponsored by the Kuykendahl Gran Brewers homebrew club and Saint Arnold. A total of 66 entries were entered for the competition this year.
Tuesday, May 20, 2008
Unlike the similar BJ's Restaurant & Brewhouse franchise, Gordon Biersch will brew their own beers on-site. Following the German Reinheitsgebot purity law, Gordon Biersch plans six house beers, all German-style lagers.
Saturday, May 17, 2008
Friday, May 16, 2008
Other than an overview of the brewing process, Hutchins talks about Southern Star's next beer, their Dortmunder-style lager, specially designed around the local Conroe water.
The interview is included in BrewCrAzY's BrewCast Show 60, originally airing on May 11th. (The interview with Hutchins begins about 28 minutes into the podcast.)
Thursday, May 15, 2008
Production at the brewery was down for about five days, but no beer was lost.
Wednesday, May 07, 2008
Tuesday, May 06, 2008
Monday, April 28, 2008
Bringing home a gold medal at the World Beer Cup has fueled local coverage of The Covey and its brewer, Jamie Fulton, appearing recently in both the Fort Worth Star-Telegram with "Tops in hops: Fort Worth restaurateur's beer is the toast of the 'Olympics of brewing'" and the Fort Worth Business Press in "Aging well: Local brew master perfects his beer."
Also, a profile of recent Conroe start-up brewery Southern Star appeared recently in the local Montgomery County's The Courier entitled "Commence pouring."
Tuesday, April 22, 2008
Sunday, April 20, 2008
Recognized Texas brewers include:
- American-style Wheat Beer: Silver for Shiner Dunkelweizen from Spoetzl
- Vienna-style Lager: Gold for Vienna Lager from The Covey Restaurant & Brewery
- German-style Heller Bock/Maibock: Bronze for Bucking Bock from Rahr & Sons
- Strong Scotch Ale: Gold for Divine Reserve No. 4 from Saint Arnold
- International Pale Ale: Silver for Elissa IPA from Saint Arnold
The World Beer Cup is a judged competition held every two years and sponsored by the Brewers Association, the craft beer industry's professional organization. This year's competition included more than 2800 beers from 644 brewers in 58 countries.
Awards are given in 91 different style categories of beer, with the top three beers recognized with gold, silver and bronze medals.
Saturday, April 19, 2008
Real Ale's seasonals are currently not bottled and only available at draft locations.
Wednesday, April 16, 2008
While the style of the Spezial Leicht has not been formally announced, it has been described as having a "German and Czech accent," making it most likely a light pilsner style similar to other mass-marketed light beers.
Saturday, April 12, 2008
The event is free and runs from noon to 6 p.m.
Friday, April 04, 2008
Other TwoRows locations in Addison and Houston should remain open.
The Iron Mash is a homebrew competition sponsored by the Cap and Hare Homebrew Club. In the spirit of the Food Network's "Iron Chef" program as well as the "Iron Man" endurance triathalon, the Iron Mash features teams required to develop recipes and brew beers based on ingredients revealed only on the day of competition, and do so on one of the hottest days of summer in Texas.
Entry details and deadlines can be found on the Cap and Hare website.
Saturday, March 29, 2008
Thursday, March 27, 2008
Written by Travis Poling, reporter and beer columnist for the Express-News, the article touches on the status of new breweries such as (512) Brewing, Southern Star and Franconia, as well as the upcoming Freetail Brewing brewpub in San Antonio. Also mentioned is the recent Ben E. Keith acquisition as well as a number of out-of-state craft beers likely to appear here soon.
Additionally, a report by Lee Nichols appeared in the Austin Chronicle last Friday entitled "A Disaster Brewing," recounting the origins of the drastic current hop shortages and how local Austin brewers such as Live Oak, Uncle Billy's, North by Northwest and Real Ale have been impacted.
Sunday, March 23, 2008
Central Market is a Texas-based chain of specialty grocery stores similar to Whole Foods that tends to favor local and environmentally friendly suppliers. Both store chains are noted for carrying a wide selection of craft, independent and imported beer.
Thursday, March 20, 2008
The Celtic Brew-Off is an AHA-sanctioned competition and is sponsored by the Knights of the Brown Bottle as part of the Lone Star Circuit. Entry details and deadlines can be found on the Celtic Brew-Off website.
Friday, March 14, 2008
Monday, March 10, 2008
Of interest, Blackwood talks about Saint Arnold's planned relocation and expansion to a site just north of downtown Houston. While the contracts are not yet finalized and no timetable has been announced, the new facilities should more than quadruple the current size and capacity of the current brewery.
The interview is included in BrewCrAzY's "It's the Alcohol Talking" Show 52 originally aired on March 10th. (The interview with Blackwood begins about 16 minutes into the podcast.)
Thursday, February 28, 2008
This anniversary series from Spoetzl is to commemorate the brewery's centennial in 2009. A different limited-run style has been featured every year since 1996, leading up to their 100th anniversary next year.
Saturday, February 23, 2008
Sunday, February 17, 2008
This tasting featured a selection of beers from various Texas brewers, including Real Ale, Live Oak, Saint Arnold and Rahr & Sons. Presenting their beers and fielding questions were Kendra Harrell (North Texas Sales, Saint Arnold), Chip McElroy (Brewer and Owner, Live Oak) and various staff members from the local Rahr & Sons brewery. Representatives from Real Ale were scheduled but unable to attend.
Points of note from the tasting include:
- Real Ale's next planned commercial beer will be called Real Heavy, a Scottish-style wee heavy due out later this year.
- Due to the recent hop shortage, Live Oak's Liberation IPA will be cut back to a seasonal offering. To compensate for customer demand, their year-round Pale Ale recipe will be modified slightly to near IPA strength and flavor.
- The next edition of Saint Arnold's Divine Reserve will depend on expected new equipment recieved at the brewery, both for timing and for style. Early delivery will mean added capacity for the next release of an in-house recipe this summer; late delivery will mean the next release will be taken from the winner of the Big Batch Brew Bash in May.
- Rahr & Sons featured a keg of their End of Winter Warmer, a limited release of their standard Winter Warmer aged in Maker's Mark bourbon barrels.
This "Taste of Texas" beer tasting is an annual event with the North Texas Ginger Man locations.
Friday, February 15, 2008
Franconia will sell in draft and keg only for now. Originally planned are four beers: a light lager, a wheat ale, a third beer that will either be a kölsch or a schwarzbier, and one as yet unnamed that will be sold exclusively through the Two Rows chain.
The McKinney brewery will be run by Wehrmann and his brewer, Gavin Secchi. A website is still under development.
Saturday, February 09, 2008
The interview is included in BrewCrAzY's "It's the Alcohol Talking" Show 44, originally aired on January 13th. (The interview with Fogeron begins about 20 minutes into the podcast.)
Friday, February 01, 2008
Saturday, January 26, 2008
For now, C.R. Goodman will retain all employees and warehouses under Ben E. Keith ownership. The deal does not include C.R. Goodman's Colorado branch nor their import company, Belukus.
Saturday, January 19, 2008
Unlike the similar BJ's Brewhouse franchise, beer should be brewed on-site at this location. No date has been given for its opening.
Monday, January 14, 2008
Originally founded by Houston's homebrew club the Foam Rangers, the MCAB has become an interstate alternative competition, traveling around the country and using local regional competitions like the Bluebonnet Brew-Off and Dixie Cup as "qualifiers."
The first MCAB I was held in Houston in 1999, and the latest MCAB IX was held in St. Paul, MN, in 2007. Falling out of favor the past few years, the MCAB has recently been rejuvenated by members of the St. Paul Homebrewers Club, who have moved the MCAB X event to its original location for this year.
Friday, January 11, 2008
Like other locations, this new establishment will also feature more than 70 taps plus a large bottle selection.
Friday, January 04, 2008
No date has been given for when the beer will be available.