Monday, September 27, 2010
Owners Michael and Jeffrey Stuffings and brewer Ron Extract have begun brewing in their newly built facility located on 200 acres in rural Austin. They are planning on five different styles initially, including Boxer's Revenge, an oak barrel-aged wild ale, as well as a British-style dark mild, a rye IPA and "Franco-Belgian inspired farmhouse ales."
Jester King has also designed a 8000-square-foot rustic beer hall along with their brewhouse and plan to host tastings, festivals and special events at the brewery site.
Correction: Employee Ron Extract is assisting in brewery sales and distribution, not brewing operations.
Sunday, September 26, 2010
Owner and brewer Jamie Fulton has accepted an opportunity with a new brewpub project called Farmers & Brewers based in Washington, DC. No news yet on what will become of The Covey's equipment or location.
Update: The Covey's brewhouse equipment has been sold to a start-up brewpub in Bangalore, India, and Fulton will be consulting with them for a few months as they get operations underway.
Tuesday, September 21, 2010
Monday, September 20, 2010
The closure is due to rising rent prices for the prime Rice Village site that TwoRows has occupied for the past 14 years, and the owners being unable to sign an acceptable lease agreement. Currently, there are no plans to reopen or attempt to move to a new location.
TwoRows was the last operating independent brewpub in the Houston metro area. Hired just this past April, brewer Ray Mitteldorf has expressed interest in partnering to develop another new brewpub.
Recognized Texas brewers include:
- Saint Arnold: Gold for Fancy Lawnmower as a German-Style Kölsch
- Real Ale Brewing: Gold for Rio Blanco Pale Ale as an Ordinary or Special Bitter
- Saint Arnold: Silver for Elissa IPA as an Extra Special Bitter
- Saint Arnold: Silver for Oktoberfest as a Scottish-Style Ale
- The Covey Restaurant & Brewery: Bronze for Cowboy Lager as a Munich-Style Helles
The Great American Beer Festival (GABF) is an annual event sponsored by the Brewers Association, the professional organization for the craft brewing industry. This year's competition included 3523 entries from 522 brewers with a total festival attendance of more than 49,000.
Gold, silver and bronze medals are awarded for beers in 79 different style categories plus a separate pro-am competition.
Tuesday, September 07, 2010
Ranger Creek is owned by partners TJ Miller, Dennis Rylander and Mark McDavid, with head brewer Rob Landerman and assistant brewer Pete Landerman. Their custom-built 6000-square-foot "brewstillery" includes a 30-barrel brewing system and enough room to accommodate tours and tastings.