Finally! I’ve been visiting breweries in Houston since 2012 when it was essentially just Saint Arnold. And don’t get me wrong. Saint Arnold is awesome. But I learned about Buffalo Bayou years back and drove past their brewery which was only open on weekends and me being a business traveler I was never in Houston on the weekends. So, i was thrilled when I learned that Buffalo Bayou Brewing Company had a new brewery and taproom in Houston! This facility is new, without being officially opened yet, but I stopped in tonight ant the burger was delicious and the beers delightful. More Cowbell double IPA was wonderful with dinner and Pecan Pie scotch ale was a delightful after dinner drink. Great place. Great food. Great Beers!
I stopped in at Intrinsic Brewing in Garland, Texas. The only barbeque they had left was sausage. It was delicious. The sides, baked beans, creamed corn, and cole slaw, were also delicious. I asked the bartender for a beer recommendation to pair well with the food and he suggested their Octoberfest. The beer was good. A great end to a long day.
I stopped in at Bitter Sisters Brewing Company in Addison, Texas. In reviewing the tap list my eyes went right to the Hissy Fit Marzen Lager which the bartender said was an award winning beer and I can see why. This is a smooth and delicious beer. I’m glad I stopped in!
I stopped in at Nine Band Brewing Company in Allen, Texas. i had heard about this place last night at Lockhart Smokehouse. Lockhart Red Ale is brewed by Nine Band Brewing. I also learned later this evening that the beers featured at Two Row Grill are also brewed by Nine Band Brewing. The most unique beer i had tonight was the Candy Corn Scream Ale. This is a cream ale, which can often be sweet, with extra sweetness and flavor of candy corn. It was pretty sweet but also tasty.
I stopped in at Legal Draft Beer Company in Arlington, Texas. I enjoyed a great flight of beers. Nowhere But Texas is a solid lager. Easy drinking. Smash and Grab is a solid IPA and Hazeas Corpus is a solid Hazy IPA. Amicus is a really nice Mosaic IPA. Old Fashioned Justice is a barrel aged IPA. I’ve had a lot of barrel aged beers. Yeah, this one is special. Really special. Tartfeasor is a nice Berliner Weisse. Tart. Crisp. Clean. Backberry Tart is a really nice Radler with juice and beer – reminds me of the Radler in Munich. Summer Recess is a Grapefruit Shandy – also gives me the Radler feel – yum – makes me want to cycle 20 miles and come back for more. Lawktoberfest is a vey smooth malty Oktoberfest – would be great with pretzels – etc. Legal Holiday is a dark spiced ale and feels right for cooler evenings. Exhibit M is even richer and a nice dessert replacement. Yummy Imperial Stout.
I stopped in at Cowtown Brewing Company in Fort Worth, Texas. I enjoyed their barbecue very much and it paired nicely with both of the beers I tried. Their Rhinestone Cowboy Kolsch was delicious, very drinkable and fresh! Their The Last Kaiser Imperial Marzen Oktoberfest was rich and delicious, malty and hoppy. I recommend a stop in here if you’re in the Fort Worth area. Grab a beer and a bite. Yee Haw!
I stopped in at Great Heights Brewing Company in Houston, Texas. Decisions, Decisions. Their Porter was a great choice. It is cold enough outside to want to drink a slightly darker beer, heavier beer. This was perfect. Yet, not too heavy. Easy to drink and delicious. Malty, caramelly, chocolatey. And I even had the great opportunity to sit next to Santa Claus at the bar. Good times!
I stopped in at Platypus Brewing Company in Houston, Texas for dinner and a beer. Their Greens Salad, loaded, with chicken, was awesome! I had a small Troppo Australian/Mexican wheat. I seldom drink wheat beers but this came highly recommended and I tasted it first. It’s delicious with a bit of a mango flavor. I also had a small Bears, Beets, Battlestar Gallactica Table Beer which had a slight beet color, no beet taste but clearly influenced by the sweetness of the beets. These beers both paired nicely with the salad. Great food and drink and great vibe.
I stopped in at Sigma Brewing Company in Houston, Texas and tried their Murry Chrimmus beer. This beer is an imperial porter with cacao and cinnamon. The beer was good. I hoped for more chocolate and cinnamon flavor that wasn’t there.
I stopped in at Alamo Beer Company in San Antonio, Texas for a beer. I decided to go with the flagship Golden Ale and was not disappointed. This is a bright, crisp beer with low alcohol. Delicious!