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 Martin House Brewing Company in Fort Worth, Texas and enjoyed a couple of beers during a large Thursday night Friday IPA release event. True Love Raspberry Sour Ale is delicious. One of the best sours I’ve had while in Fort Worth. I enjoyed the sweetness of the raspberries against the sour and especially offsetting some of the saltiness of the original Salty Lady Gose. The Imperial Texan is a big Double Red Ale. I chose this because it is advertised as having a big grapefruit flavor. I wouldn’t typically think of an imperial red as grapefruity but this delivered. Big. Bold. Grapefruit. Like a bowl of citrus in a glass. Delicious.
I stopped in at Shannon Brewing Company in Keller, Texas. When I arrived their running club was meeting for their weekly run. Cool. Despite the bartender’s suggestion to try the latest seasonal I went with the flagship Irish Red and was not disappointed. Nice malty flavor profile with just a bit of hops. Easy drinking. I couldn’t leave without trying the Chocolate Bourbon Stout and was not disappointed by that. I love the bourbon finish. The chocolate stout is delicious. A great dessert drink. Maybe next time I’ll run with the group first!
I stopped in at The Collective Brewing Project in Fort Worth, Texas and enjoyed tasting their sour beers. From Funky Thunder to Biere de Garde to Petite Golden Sour to Cup o’Beer to Suspicious Delicious. They definitely have the sour beer thing going. A wide variety of sour taste profiles. I also tried the End of the Week Stout which was very tasty. And with the addition of local cold brew coffee it was even tastier. Great place to stop for a beer in town.
I stopped in at HopFusion Ale Works in Fort Worth, Texas to give their beers a try. Feisty Blonde is a honey ale with vanilla and citrus highlights. My wife, a non-beer-drinker may actually drink this. Very enjoyable. Hairpin Rye Pale Ale is tasty – almost an IPA. I really enjoyed its spicy (rye) plus hoppy character. Steampipe Black Rye IPA was also tasty. Fur Slipper Imperial Milk Stout is nothing short of delicious. Think chocolate, nutty, caramelly, yummy. The bartender also suggested I try Zombie Crack and Coco Anejo. Both smooth and dessertish. Zombie Crack has a nutty flair and Coco Anejo a coconut flair.
Trying to fit in a number of breweries during a business trip to Fort Worth, Texas I realized Wild Acre is typically not open during the days I would be in town. I messaged the good folks there and they told me about Service Industry Night that was taking place tonight so I stopped by. It was a great chance to taste their beers. Wild Acre Brewing Company in Fort Worth, Texas is a great spot to stop and enjoy several solid beers. Billy Jenkins Session Bock is their signature beer and an absolute delight to drink. So smooth and malty. You must try this. It’s like comfort beer. The Soul Pleasure Southern Stout is a great dessert beer. Notes of chocolate, maybe caramel, maybe coffee, maybe vanilla, smooth and delicious. Their Tarantula Hawk India Red Ale is a well-hopped red ale. Quite citrusy and hoppy yet smooth and easy to drink. IPA lovers will like this as will others. Although not so much a wheat beer fan, Moonlight Shine Wheat Ale is quite nice. Notes of vanilla and orange. Great summer beer.
I stopped in at Chimera Brewing Company in Fort Worth, Texas for a bite to eat and a beer. The bartender recommended South of the Bruschetta which was fabulous and a modest portion so it was perfect. I Also enjoyed discussing the beer s with the bartender who gave me several tastes. Having tried a couple of the sours and based on the bartenders recommendation I had a glass of the Neutrino blueberry sour which is delicious. The blueberry fruit cuts the sour just a bit and adds an ever so slight sweetness to the sour. It also adds character and complexity. Delicious. I noticed the Hell Fire Serrano Pepper Pale Ale and had to try that. Hot. Yes. Tasty. Yes. Can you handle it? Maybe. This would definitely be tasty with pizza. And, the bartender encouraged me to try Roman Empire which we’ll call the gin drinker’s beer. Nice juniper notes with other herbs as well. Unique. So get yourself over to Chimera for pizza and beer. What are you waiting for?
I stopped in at City Acre Brewing Company in Houston, Texas for a late bite to eat and a beer. Their TXPA Pale Ale is delicious. I rarely do this but I’ll make a comparison. It’s not as hoppy as Sierra Nevada Pale Ale, which I enjoy, but is very flavorful, citrusy, and drinkable. I really enjoyed it. And, it paired wonderfully with Rick’s Rolls – pork barbecue and cole slaw egg rolls. And the cabbage slaw that came with it was also awesome. I also tried the Bellington Imperial Red. Where was that back in MD on St. Patrick’s Day? If you’re in Houston please do stop in at City Acre. Great indoor/outdoor vibe. Owner and brewmaster Matt was pouring last night. He’s an awesome guy to chat with. Very helpful and engaging. He’s doing an awesome job. Stop in and support him.
I stopped in at Under the Radar Brewery in Houston, Texas late one night. As it turned out I was the only customer. This gave me a wonderful opportunity to discuss craft beer with the bartender for an enjoyable extended time. And, all the while, I enjoyed Radar Love, a light but well hopped wheat beer. Tasty. The bartender and I didn’t solve the craft beer industry’s problems but we sure tried. And that’s what you should do. You should try a beer at Under the Radar Brewery. I recommend Radar Love. And, of course, one of my favorite rock songs is also Radar Love by Golden Earring (especially the drum solo by Ginger Baker).