Joined: 14 Jan 2005 Posts: 160 Location: Etobicoke
Posted: Thu Oct 30, 2008 8:29 am Post subject:
Most Texas grocery stores carry a pretty good selection of beer, at least in large urban centers. For example, when I lived in Houston for four months I found it easier to get Unibroue beers in Texas than in Ontario.
As for specific breweries, it depends where you are. I know that Houston has St. Arnold's Brewery. I've never been there, but their stuff is better than Bud.
If your around San Antonio/Austin, it'd be worth your time to check out Real Ale Brewing Company in Blanco. Their name is unfortunate: I'm not sure that they actually brew real ales. However, they do make some tasty brews. I'd recommend their Fireman's #4 Blond Ale (best on draught), Full Moon Pale Rye Ale, Brewhouse Brown Ale and any seasonal you can get your hands on. Also, Fredricksburg Brewing Company makes some great beer. Fredricksburg is supposed to be a nice little town to have a walk around in, too.
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Joined: 16 Feb 2006 Posts: 113 Location: Y+E, Toronto
Posted: Sun Feb 19, 2012 12:34 pm Post subject:
I've been pretty lucky to have visited Austin, Fredericksburg, and now Houston all in the last six months! I'm about to head out to the Flying Saucer here in Houston for lunch.
I have enjoyed all of the Texas beers I've tried. In the past two days, I've liked the Southern Star Pine Belt Pale Ale (Southern Star is in Conroe, TX) and the Karbach Hopadillo IPA (Karbach is here in Houston).
Among Austin breweries, Live Oak and 512 Brewing Co. are good.
And the Fredericksburg Brewing Co. is a nice visit, although I haven't seen their beers anywhere else down here yet.
Will try to report on The Flying Saucer later on. They have locations across Texas, but also in Arkansas, Missouri, Tennesee, North Carolina, and South Carolina, too.
Joined: 16 Nov 2007 Posts: 1518 Location: Regina, SK
Posted: Sun Feb 19, 2012 11:30 pm Post subject:
Just pulled into Pueblo, CO for the night after a week in Texas (Dallas and Austin). Tried quite a few texas beers, hit up many pubs and stores. Best Texas brewery hands down is Jester King, a farmhouse saison brewery outside of Austin. Truly excellent.
Also had TX beer from Southern Star, 512, Circle, Deep Ellum, Real Ale, St Arnold, Petticolas, Independence and Rahr, most of it was decent, but they don't measure up to the best available elsewhere in the US.
Quite often, the best beers I tried in pubs were from out of state - had a Deschutes Obsidian on tap which was perhaps the best glass of stout that has ever touched my lips. Tons of interesting options on tap, quite a bit of variety, much moreso than bottle selections which seem more predictable/repeatable. A few of the different ones I came across on tap were Trois Pistoles, Stone Double Bastard, Oskar Blues Ten Fidy, Deschutes Obsidian, Deschutes Hop Henge, Boulevard Chocolate, and New Belgium Cocoa Mole.
There are some decent beer stores in Texas, but again don't measure up to what is available in other states, and like I already said, the good stores all pretty much carry the same lineup. Texas has some bizarre label requirements that prevent many brewers from bothering to distribute there, but you can get most of the usual suspects such as New Belgium, Sierra Nevada, DFH, Deschutes, Moylans, Great Divide, Avery, Oskar Blues, Stone, Left Hand, Big Sky, North Coast, Left Coast, Clown Shoes, Victory, Widmer, Rogue, etc.
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