Buffalo Bayou Brewing Company, Houston, TX

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!

Nine Band Brewing Company, Allen, TX

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.

Legal Draft Beer Company, Arlington, TX

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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.

Cowtown Brewing Company, Fort Worth, TX

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!

Platypus Brewing, Houston, TX

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.