Wednesday, December 23, 2009
Tuesday, December 22, 2009
Weekly tours will be held each Saturday from 11am to 2pm and will cost $7. Weekday tours will start on December 28th from 3pm to 3:30pm, but this weekday schedule will be subject to changes depending on how it progresses.
Saturday, December 05, 2009
Thursday, December 03, 2009
Flix Brewhouse, a new brewpub with a movie-tavern model, is planning to open in Round Rock by the summer of 2010. They plan to offer six house beers as well as a selection of 32 microbrews on tap, with an ultimate brewing capacity of 1000 barrels per year.
The Hops and Grain Brewery is currently in the fundraising stage for a microbrewery in Austin. A tasting of their beers is planned for December 10th at Rogue Equipment athletic store.
Pedernales Brewing Company of Spicewood seems to be developing labels for future products. No other information about this venture is available at this time.
Tuesday, December 01, 2009
No date is available for when No Label Brewing plans to open.
Friday, November 27, 2009
BLANCO - Real Ale Brewing has just received label approval from the Alcohol and Tobacco Tax and Trade Bureau (TTB) for bottles of their seasonal Phoenixx Double ESB.
Bottles of this ESB should follow once their Coffee Porter is out, and be available at retailers by the end of the year.
Thursday, November 19, 2009
Owner and brewer Brian Green decided to open as a brewpub due to his present low-volume capacity. Cypress Street currently brews and serves four house beers with rotating seasonals but has room to expand, if successful.
CONROE - Southern Star Brewing has just received label approval from the Alcohol and Tobacco Tax and Trade Bureau (TTB) for cans of their Buried Hatchet Stout.
Twelve-ounce cans of this foreign export-style stout should be in stores before the end of this year, and available year-round thereafter.
Monday, November 16, 2009
The new brewery will sit on four acres of land in southwest Austin off of Fitzhugh Road, with plenty of space for food, beer and entertainment. Jeffrey Stuffings, owner of Jester King, expects to be open and brewing by the summer of 2010.
Friday, November 13, 2009
Black Star's Saturday event to formally present to the public this new future location for their co-op brewpub is still planned for 1pm to 4pm.
Thursday, November 05, 2009
Circle Brewing is still in the fundraising stage of operations, and no physical location yet has been secured for their brewery. This new brewing system should arrive within the next four months.
Wednesday, November 04, 2009
Tuesday, November 03, 2009
The Houston location of the Yard House is scheduled to open on November 22nd.
Friday, October 30, 2009
Although not yet prepared nor licensed to brew and sell beer commercially, Black Star is offering the event for media and members to introduce the worker-managed brewpub concept, as well as to show off the future home of the co-op.
Thursday, October 29, 2009
HOUSTON - With a small amount of ceremony, Saint Arnold officially opened their new brewing facility north of downtown Houston with a ribbon-cutting on Wednesday. Ronnie Crocker covered the event at the new brewery for the Houston Chronicle with "End of a drought: A brewery is back in city center." Photos of the event are also available from the Chronicle online at "A New Home for Saint Arnold."
Houston Mayor Bill White presented Saint Arnold with an formal proclamation declaring Wednesday, October 28, 2009, Saint Arnold Brewing Company Day in Houston.
Due to occupancy permits, Saturday tours at the new brewery are canceled until the matter can be resolved with city inspectors.
Monday, October 26, 2009
Saint Arnold's new brewery is located at 2000 Lyons Avenue just north of Houston's downtown.
Wednesday, October 14, 2009
AUSTIN - (512) Brewing earned a feature in the October issue of the Austin lifestyle and entertainment magazine Rare. The feature is a profile of Kevin Brand and (512)'s operations and beers entitled, "Brew (512)."
Thursday, October 08, 2009
FORT WORTH - Local brewers JB Flowers of Rahr & Sons and Jamie Fulton of The Covey were profiled by Barry Shlachter for the local entertainment and lifestyle website DFW.com in a piece entitled, "2 local brewers have caught lightning in a bottle."
Shlachter also profiled brewer Alan Sparkman of Arlington's brewpub Humperdink's in an accompanying piece entitled, "Humperdink's brewmaster Alan Sparkman started as a banker."
And Shlachter provides a short guide to the local beer scene in Fort Worth in a third piece, "6 burning questions about our beer sphere."
Thursday, October 01, 2009
Jester King Craft Brewery is still in the fundraising stage prior to constructing their own microbrewery in Austin. They expect to open their own brewery facilities and begin brewing commercially in 2010.
Update: This event has been canceled.
Sunday, September 27, 2009
Recognized Texas brewers include:
- Saint Arnold: Gold for Summer Pils as a Munich-Style Helles
- Uncle Billy’s Brew & Que: Gold for Hell in Keller as a Kellerbier/Zwickelbier
- The Covey Restaurant & Brewery: Silver for Weizenbock as a German-Style Wheat Ale
- The Covey Restaurant & Brewery: Silver for 100 as a Belgian Style Strong Specialty Ale
Awards are given in 78 different style categories of beer plus pro-am categories, with the top three beers recognized with gold, silver and bronze medals.
Wednesday, September 23, 2009
Collie still has plans to soon reopen his brewpub nearby as a pizzeria and continue to expand its brewing capacity.
Correction: Wimberley Brewing has not closed permanently but has only shut down temporarily while relocating to new facilities nearby.
Tuesday, September 22, 2009
Saturday, September 19, 2009
DALLAS - The Covey's brewmaster Jamie Fulton appeared again yesterday on the Dallas morning show, WFAA's "Good Morning, Texas." He was featured in a segment called "Learn to make pink beer," introducing his new Prickly Pear Wheat and the upcoming beer pairing dinner.
Wednesday, September 16, 2009
The style for this version is described only as "unlike any other Saint Arnold beer we've ever made," but it is reported to be an Imperial Stout Pumpkin Ale with a strength of around 10% ABV.
Tuesday, September 15, 2009
Friday, September 11, 2009
Thursday, September 10, 2009
HOUSTON - Saint Arnold released its eighth and latest edition in its Divine Reserve series today amid crowds of eager fans and some significant press coverage. Ronnie Crocker of the Houston Chronicle covered this anticipated event with the piece, "Beer fans poised for Divine release."
This release also garnered television coverage, as KIAH (Channel 39) of Houston ran a short feature entitled "There's a New Brew in Town," which includes interviews with Saint Arnold representatives and local retailers.
Sunday, September 06, 2009
The book also includes a history of Texas brewing as well as a short style guide and a few commercial favorites brewed here. Beer Across Texas is published by Maverick Publishing of San Antonio and should be commercially available this week.
Wednesday, September 02, 2009
Tuesday, September 01, 2009
Net: 3 brewpubs added, 1 brewpub closed, 1 name change
Firehouse Grill & Brewery (Mansfield) new!
Humperdink's (Dallas, Greenville Ave)*
Humperdink's (Dallas, NW Hwy)*
* The North Texas Humperdink's franchises were bought from Big Horn Brewing and now operate independently as Humperdink's of Texas. Only the three locations listed here actually brew on-site, providing beer for the Addison and Richardson restaurants.
Uncle Billy's Brew & Que (Austin)
Wimberley Brewing Company & Brew Pub (Wimberley) new!
Sunday, August 23, 2009
This signals a departure from the traditional Ginger Man pubs in Texas, which tend to favor occupying and renovating local and existing structures rather than pre-planned commercial environments.
Saturday, August 22, 2009
Monday, August 17, 2009
Aside from drawing some of the crowds away from the Saturday tours, the intent of the Wednesday tour is to provide a more personal "happy hour" environment and showcase some small-batch specialty "Brewer's Selection" beers. A new oatmeal stout will be available during the first week's tour.
Thursday, August 06, 2009
A short selection of Texas beers from Southern Star, Saint Arnold and Real Ale were sampled and profiled on a recent podcast of Craft Beer Radio. The podcast is #142 and is entitled, "Only Steers and Beers come from Texas," available for download from their website.
Wednesday, August 05, 2009
A tap wall featuring about 50 local and national craft beers is offered, as well as a full bar and menu. Owners plan for a handful of house beers contracted out to local breweries, hopefully in time for Oktoberfest celebrations or soon thereafter.
Thursday, July 30, 2009
Faust Brewing Company has been brewing at the hotel since 1998. Priscilla Hinton is presently co-owner of Kork wine bar in downtown New Braunfels.
Wednesday, July 29, 2009
A release date or availability have not yet been announced.
Friday, July 24, 2009
Long-time Texas brewer Brian Peters was recently profiled in the Austin American-Statesman piece "A stout with... Brian Peters" by Patrick Beach.
Peters is a former owner and brewer of such Austin landmarks as Live Oak Brewing and the former Bitter End brewpub. He is currently the owner and brewer at Austin's newest brewpub, Uncle Billy's Brew & Que.
Thursday, July 23, 2009
Update: False alarm; merely the newest batch of their seasonal IPA, the Lost Gold.
Wednesday, July 22, 2009
To celebrate, (512) Brewing is also releasing their first anniversary ale, the ONE, a Belgian-style strong ale brewed with organic grains and wildflower honey.
Rahr & Sons received a short review of their Blonde Lager (mistakenly called their "Golden Lager") by The Town Talk, the local news source for central Louisiana, in a piece entitled "Rahr Golden Lager might be worth a trip to Texas."
Monday, July 06, 2009
The winning beers are as follows:
- English Pale Ale: Gold for Blind Salamander Pale Ale
- Muchner Helles: Bronze for Rahr's Blonde Lager
- Schwarzbier: Silver for Ugly Pug Black Lager
Saturday, July 04, 2009
This month, the Spoetzl Brewery in Shiner celebrates its centennial year in operation. A recent news release detailing a short history of the brewery, picked up by the Fort Worth Star-Telegram as "Spoetzl Brewery, once close to last call, marks its 100th birthday", is making the AP rounds in news sources to date as far as Houston, Denver, and Toledo, Ohio.
Update: The same story has also appeared recently in the Chicago Tribune and the San Francisco Examiner.
Thursday, July 02, 2009
(512) Brewing is also planning a new anniversary beer, entitled simply ONE, to celebrate their first year in operation.
Saturday, June 27, 2009
Rahr & Sons was featured in a pair of stories this week in the Fort Worth Star-Telegram, both entitled "Rahr & Sons microbrewery boosting production in Fort Worth." The stories detail the installation of two new fermentors and the struggle the brewery has had keeping up with demand for product.
The articles also feature a short profile of the microbrewery and discuss the return this summer of owner Fritz Rahr after an extended absence on a contract job in the Virgin Islands.
Wednesday, June 24, 2009
Tuesday, June 23, 2009
These two tanks are twice the size of any of Rahr's present tanks, and are expected to be in place before the end of the summer. With this addition, the capacity of the Rahr & Sons brewery will reach 6000 barrels per year.
Wednesday, June 10, 2009
The breakdown of the awards is:
- American-Style Hefeweizen: Bronze for Texas Wheat from The Covey
- Belgian-Style Strong Specialty Ale: Silver for 100 from The Covey
- Münchner-Style Helles: Bronze for Rahr Blonde from Rahr & Sons
- Smoke-Flavored Beer: Silver for Smokestack Stout from The Covey
- Strong Scotch Ale (Traditional): Gold for Scotch Ale from The Covey
- Vienna-Style Lager: Bronze for Vienna Lager from The Covey
A full listing of awards is available from the Los Angeles County Fair website.
Update: Rahr & Sons also won a medal at the 2009 North American Beer Awards, an annual competition sponsored by the North American Brewers Association. Rahr & Sons' Ugly Pug won a bronze medal in the Schwarzbier (Black Beer) category.
The North American Beer Awards is held in conjunction with the Mountain Brewers Beer Fest each summer in Idaho Falls, Idaho.
Tuesday, June 09, 2009
Construction still continues at their new facilities just north of downtown Houston. Saint Arnold expects to move into their new brewery location this fall.
Friday, June 05, 2009
Tuesday, May 26, 2009
Again, no local brewers were invited, and no beers were offered that are not easily found at local commercial retailers. Attendance was variable as people wandered between the festival and the nearby races but the crowd seemed about the same size as last year.
Friday, May 22, 2009
The award consists of a marketing package valued at $25,000 that includes local billboard advertising with 24 weeks of coverage and the services of Clear Channel Outdoor's creative team in the design of promotional materials.
Wednesday, May 20, 2009
The as-yet unnamed saison should be brewed and canned around June or July, and released for sale toward the end of summer.
Monday, May 18, 2009
The bill's sponsor, Representative Jessica Farrar of Houston, has pledged to attempt this bill once again in the next session in 2011, just as she did two years ago.
Saturday, May 09, 2009
Shiner Smokehaus should be available as a summer seasonal in six-packs starting June 1st.
Wednesday, May 06, 2009
The bill now moves to the Calendar Committee and still faces the challenge of entering the schedule for a full House vote before the legislature adjourns on June 1st.
Friday, May 01, 2009
As detailed, the bill is currently stuck in committee and has only a "50-50" chance of moving to a vote before the legislature adjourns on June 1st.
Spoetzl's 100th anniversary beer, Commemorator, received a review yesterday in a New Jersey online news source, the Asbury Park Press. The piece is entitled "Commemorator is worthy of a 100th anniversary."
Monday, April 27, 2009
BJ's Restaurant & Brewery is a California-based brewpub chain that has entered the Texas market in only the past few years. Because of a quirk of Texas law, the beer at Texas BJ's locations is all brewed under contract with Saint Arnold of Houston.
Both locations are expected to open by late summer 2009.
Thursday, April 23, 2009
Wednesday, April 22, 2009
Friday, April 10, 2009
Brock Wagner of Saint Arnold was the featured guest in Hour 3 of the Michael Berry Show on April 9th on Houston's NewsRadio 740 AM (KTRH). The profile was part of their "Day in the Life" series of interviews with local Houston personalities.
The broadcast is available as a podcast at the KTRH website.
A short guide to the Austin microbreweries appeared in the University of Texas' The Daily Texan as "Beer me: Mandy's guide to Austin microbrews." The piece includes brief profiles of Live Oak, Independence and (512) Brewing.
Thursday, April 09, 2009
Sponsored by State Senator Jane Nelson of Tarrant County, SB 1333 was filed on March 4th and is currently in committee. This bill does not include allowing the same privilege for Texas breweries.
Monday, April 06, 2009
Rahr & Sons made another media appearance in an online video at Dallas' D Magazine entitled, "Rahr Brewery Makes Special Texas Red Beer For The Rangers." This video features Tony Fornby introducing the Texas Red, a beer brewed especially for the Texas Rangers Ballpark in Arlington.
Thursday, April 02, 2009
Rahr & Sons is featured in this week's Fort Worth Weekly with "A Rahr Breed" by Dan McGraw, including a profile of the brewery and its involvement with the pending state legislation to allow direct sales at breweries.
Tuesday, March 31, 2009
- "Tiny brewers thinking big: Move would allow them to sell beverages at their plants," Houston Chronicle
- "Microbreweries want consumers to be able to buy beer at breweries" (also appearing as "Heads up: Microbreweries want Legislature to clear the way for sales on site"), Fort Worth Star-Telegram, along with the accompanying video piece, "Brewers want to sell beer at the brewery"
- "Beer drinkers could purchase direct from local breweries under compromise plan," TexasWatchdog.org
- "Regulation, legislation and fun you can't have with Texas beer," Austin American-Statesman
- "Souvenir beer: We'll drink to this bill!" Houston Chronicle editorial
Also, Saint Arnold's North Texas sales rep Kendra Harrell was briefly profiled in the Dallas Observer food blog "City of Ate" as "10 Questions: Kendra Harrell."
Saturday, March 21, 2009
Total: 19 local homebrew clubs
Cap and Hare Homebrew Club (Fort Worth)
Horsemen of the Hopocalypse (Fort Worth)
Knights of the Brown Bottle (Arlington)
North Texas Homebrewers Association (Dallas)
Austin Zealots (Austin)
Bexar Brewers (San Antonio)
Brewers of Cove and Killeen (BOCK) (Killeen)
Hill Country Homebrew Club (Austin)
Ale-ian Society (Lubbock)
Basin Brewers Homebrew Club (Midland)
Big Country Homebrewers Association (Abilene)
Wichita's Only Real Tasty Suds (WORTS) (Wichita)
Bay Area Mashtronauts (Houston)
Cane Island Alers (Katy)
East Texas Brewers Guild (White Oak)
Foam Rangers Homebrew Club (Houston)
Kuykendahl Gran Brewers (Houston)
Bay Area Society of Homebrewers (BASH) (Corpus Christi)
Thursday, March 05, 2009
Tuesday, March 03, 2009
Originally scheduled to open by March, the Houston location of the Yard House at CityCentre has been moved back to December.
Saturday, February 28, 2009
J.R. Labbe of the Fort Worth Star-Telegram mentions Rahr & Sons in an editorial about HB 1062 in another op-ed piece entitled, "Easing restrictions on microbreweries."HB 1062 is current legislation in Austin known as the Texas Brewers Parity Amendment that would allow Texas brewers to sell their product direct to the public.
The Covey's brewmaster Jamie Fulton and Head Chef Sean Merchant again appeared on the cooking portion of the Dallas morning show, WFAA's "Good Morning, Texas." They appeared in a segment called "Valentine's Day Dishes with The Covey," promoting their Valentine's Day specials for both food and beer.
Austin's breweries also received some national media attention with a piece on National Public Radio (NPR) concerning the economic effects within the brewing business entitled, "Brewery Business Hopping Despite Tanking Economy." Featured in this story were Josh Wilson of the Draught House and Kevin Brand of (512) Brewing.
Barry Schlacter of the Fort Worth Star-Telegram posted a review of Spoetzl's Shiner 100 entitled, "Flavorful beer marks Spoetzl's centennial." And Patrick Beach provides a suitable tribute in the Austin American-Statesman to Austin's relocating Ginger Man with his homage, "There's a tear in my beer - the Ginger Man is moving."
Friday, February 27, 2009
About four of their house beers are currently available at the brewpub and a few of the surrounding restaurants in The Junction, with more planned. Other regional craft beers are also offered.
A separate brewpub website is still under development.
Wednesday, February 25, 2009
The Ginger Man's new location is 301 Lavaca St, less than a block south than its current and original location of 15 years.
Tuesday, February 17, 2009
The USBTC is a national blind-tasting competition for commercial U.S. brewers, and attracts several hundred entries each year for judging in 22 different categories. Rahr & Sons beers have won awards at the USBTC for the past four years for their Blonde Lager, Ugly Pug and Summertime Wheat. This is their first Grand Champion award at the USBTC.
Update: The Rahr & Sons Blind Salamander also won first place in the Brown Ale category in the Rockies/Southwest region.
Tuesday, February 10, 2009
The holder of a brewer's permit whose premises is located in an area where the sale of ale and malt liquor is legal and who produces at least 1,000 barrels of ale or malt liquor a year may sell ale and malt liquor manufactured or bottled on the permitted premises to ultimate consumers: (1) in unbroken packages for off-premises consumption in an amount that does not exceed 35,000 gallons annually; and (2) for consumption on the brewery premises if the brewery is located in an area where the sale of ale and malt liquor for on-premises consumption is legal.An identical bill SB 754 was filed today in the State Senate by Senator Wendy Davis, also of Fort Worth.
Current TABC law requires that brewers sell only to distributors and prohibits any direct sales to the public. The direct sales of wine from Texas vineyards was legalized several years ago with no negative consequences to winemakers, distributors or retailers.
Similar legislation was sponsored by Brock Wagner of Saint Arnold two years ago but was defeated.
Update: A slightly modified competing bill, HB 2094, has also been filed by Representative Jessica Farrar of Houston. Farrar sponsored the previous similar legislation that was defeated two years ago.
Thursday, February 05, 2009
Tuesday, February 03, 2009
The entry deadline is May 2nd, with full rules and details available on their website.
Saturday, January 31, 2009
Spoetzl received a mention in a short article by Charlie Papazian about heritage brewers at the online source Examiner entitled, "America’s small heritage breweries making beer for over 100 years."
Patrick Beach's "This on the final: Check out beer classes at NXNW" article at the Austin American-Statesman touched on a number of Austin events, including beer and cheese classes at North by Northwest, beer dinners at the Alamo Drafthouse and Flying Saucer, and the results of Saint Arnold's Divine Reserve charity auction on eBay.
More details about the impending Saint Arnold move to a new location in downtown Houston were covered in the Houston Chronicle with the article, "Heights-based brewery enjoys growing pains."
Wednesday, January 28, 2009
Traditional bottles should be back in supply by March.
Tuesday, January 27, 2009
In-house brewing operations are still under development.
Monday, January 26, 2009
The event is scheduled for Tuesday, February 17th, at 7pm. Tickets are $50 per person and reservations are recommended.
Tuesday, January 20, 2009
A Michigan-based chain, the Big Buck brewpub franchise declared bankruptcy last year, closing several out-of-state locations. The Grapevine location was purchased by the adjacent Bass Pro Shops, who now operate it as an independent brewpub and restaurant, prompting the name change.
"Uncle Buck" was the uncle of Bass Pro Shops founder Johnny Morris. A redesigned website is still pending.
Wednesday, January 14, 2009
Year Production Growth 2008 22,749 barrels 28% 2007 17,811 barrels 30% 2006 13,638 barrels 25% 2005 10,946 barrels 20% 2004 9,100 barrels 27%
Sunday, January 04, 2009
This change should be reflected in future tap handles and bottle labels. It is unknown at this time whether (512) will seek formal USDA certification for their beers as well.
Thursday, January 01, 2009
- Saint Arnold (41%)
- Live Oak (33%)
- (tie) Rahr & Sons (25%)
(tie) Real Ale (25%)
Poll 2 (July): Best Barleywine in Texas?
- Saint Arnold Divine Reserve #6 (38%)
- (tie) Live Oak Old Treehugger (15%)
(tie) Real Ale Sisyphus, before 2005 (15%)
(tie) Real Ale Sisyphus, after 2005 (15%)
Poll 3 (August): Is Spoetzl a Craft Brewer?
- Yes (47%)
- No (47%)
- Perhaps (5%)
Poll 4 (September): Best IPA in Texas?
- Rahr & Sons Stormcloud (50%)
- Saint Arnold Elissa (21%)
- Real Ale Lost Gold (17%)
Poll 5 (October): Best Oktoberfest in Texas?
- Rahr & Sons Oktoberfest (81%)
- Franconia Oktoberfest (9%)
- Other, not specified (6%)
Poll 6 (November): Best Brewpub in Texas?
- The Covey (50%)
- Other, not specified (16%)
- (tie) Blue Star (11%)
(tie) NXNW (11%)
Poll 7 (December): Best New Brewer of 2008?
- Southern Star (43%)
- Franconia (31%)
- (512) (25%)