Of all the breweries I’ve visited, the few times when I’ve had a special opportunity to speak with the owners and brewers are the best. Not only that, on rare occasion when I’m traveling and a brewery opens its doors for me to visit even at times they are closed to the public just further demonstrates why I enjoy craft beer so much. It’s the people and they way they are bringing together other people, oh and yeah, the beer is nice side benefit. While in transit to Fort Worth I messaged Rabbit Hole Brewing in Justin, Texas because they typically only have weekend hours and I was only in town during the week. They responded and welcomed me to stop by. When I arrived, the entire ownership/management team spent an hour and a half welcoming me, sharing their story, sharing their beers with me and making me feel right at home.
For a modest sized brewery that’s a pretty good distance from downtown Fort Worth or Dallas they have some awesome beers. The first one I tried was Rapture Fusion Brown Ale. Think solid malty brown ale on hop steroids. Not too hoppy mind you. Just enough to give it a little kick. Still malty sweetness and a touch of citrus. This was a great start. The next one I tried was 10/6 English Pale Ale. Part of me wishes I stopped here. Part of me is glad I tried the rest. Smooth. Very Smooth. Wonderful complex malt character. Bready but not stuffy. It’s light but not too light. English hops keep it from being American hoppy. I likened it to an ESB. This would be easy to drink all day long. And this would pair with just about any food, making it perfect on a restaurant menu. Next I tried JabberBOCK, their maibock. German malt and hops distinguish this beer. And let me say that brewing here is faithful to ingredients from the origin of the style. I respect that and you should too. Smooth and delicious for the season coming out of winter and before summer. Finally, I tried Off With Your Red – Red IPA. Yes. Nicely hopped. It’s red so it has more malt character than most IPAs. Complex. Very drinkable and satisfying to the hophead community.
I am hopeful I see the day when Rabbit Hole beers are available outside of Texas. With the quality of the brew and faithfulness to ingredients I have to believe it’s just a matter of time. Which reminds me, I’m late, I’m late, for a very important date.