The Waterloo Brewing Company & American Grill

The Waterloo Brewing Company & American Grill is a neighborhood bar with a brewery at the front door. The first floor is taken over mainly by patrons visiting the restaurant; the second floor is the game room; and the rooftop deck has a great view of the West End entertainment district. Owner Bill Forrester, who also owns the Crown & Anchor Pub and Dog and Duck Pub, has been one of the most successful saloon keepers in the city for the last two decades. Steve Anderson is the brewer. The brew pub has an annual capacity of 2,500 barrels and does about 1,800 barrels in 434-gallon batches. One of the common mistakes of new brewpubs, Forrester noted, is that they don't have enough capacity to grow.

1. Clara's Clara A top-fermented golden ale using Czech Saaz hops for bittering and aroma. The beer is light and dry enough to quench a hot-weather thirst. Anderson calls it the pub's "training wheels beer." It used to be their biggest seller, but the beer drinkers are more diverse and educated now and are looking for more flavor.

2. Ed's Best Bitter A traditional English bitter that's light-bodied with a hoppy flavor. Often called a "session beer" because it is low in carbonation and relatively low in alcohol so that it may be enjoyed one after another over several hours without the deleterious effects of other, stronger alcoholic beverages.

3. Sam Houston's Austin Lager A true lager made in the old Vienna style using German malt and hops and aged for at least 45 days (instead of 14-21 days for ales). A winner at the Great American Beer Festival.

4. Waterloo Dunkel Weizen German-style wheat beer with a tart, fruity flavor that comes from the yeast.

5. O.Henry's Porter A robust and well-balanced American-style porter, this is Waterloo's stout. Waterloo doesn't use roasted malt, so it doesn't have the coffee flavor, but it does have a hint of chocolate flavor.

6. Guy Town India Pale Ale A highly hopped American-style IPA, this ale uses more of everything than their other beers. This uses three times as much hops as any other beer on Waterloo's taps and has the highest alcohol content.

Clara's Clara

Ed's Best Bitter

Sam Houston's Austin Lager

Waterloo Dunkel Weizen

O. Henry's Porter

Guy Town India Pale Ale

Michael Bertin 21
It has a good beat and you can dance to it.
I am at the point where people start handing me Meister Brau and I give it 10s.
Appearance: brown. Johnny is still taking this seriously. I'm taking a pee.
This is the second best beer. I hope I gave the one from Lovejoy's [I liked more] a higher score. I hope this tastes as good the second time.
Taste: heavy. When I tried to smell it, I accidentally sniffed some up my nose.
We are talking about Dean Smith. I can't believe Bruce doesn't think he was a good coach. He must be drunk or stupid.
Patrick Earvolino 18
Weak; frat-boy brew; this is your old man's beer; slightly sweet, but who cares?
Not much body; inoffensive; berries.
Woody, malty; kind of tastes like my aunt's basement.
Great big banana aroma; tastes like a peanut butter-banana sandwich. Best beer of the day.
Black coffee aftertaste: sweet and gooey.
Deep, rich, complex, fruity, biting, hop heaven.
Spike Gillespie 4
My taste bud's wiser than this.
Despite my love of cynicism, this one is a tad too bitter for my inner curmudgeon.
The only thing I liked about this one was that the Go-Gos were playing on the jukebox, which reminded me of high school when I would drink anything, even this.
Wheat's the frequency Kenneth? This beer reminds me of my grandmother. Sweet, smells good, I love it!
You approach the thick, dark, gloppy aesthetic presentation expecting... expecting... well, it wasn't what I expected. Tasted like a warm Coke.
A grown-up beer. I knew "experts" would like it. And hey, I'm no expert, but I liked it. Still, a little too bitter, like Joan Rivers when she forgets the funny part.
Johnny Hardwick 20
Waterloo! Ba-ba-ba, ba-ba-ba Waterloo! "Man, I love ABBA!" This is another one of those "frat- boy- Miller- Lite- substitute- I'm- a- big- baby- I- can't- drink- real- beer" beers.
If you like Shiner Bock, you'll love this beer! And I like Shiner Bock, Dammit. Wooo! Go, Ice Bats! Beat those Waco Wizards!
I could drink this beer all night. Beefcake! Beefcake! Eric Cartman rules! And Chef! And Jimbo and Ned! And and -- Oh my God, they killed Kenny! You Bastards.
Now we're talkin'! We're slurring our words, but we're talking! Wooo. Go, Lady Longhorns! I'm ready to kick some Hippies' asses and raise some hell!
A fine, "hoppy" beer with an excellent bouquet and exquisite aftertaste. Would go well with a lean, free-range sirloin and Russet potatoes. Magnifique!
...I want my Binky back....Hey, where'd everyone go? Wait up!
Pableaux Johnson 15
Mike and Johnny do a remarkable version of ABBA's greatest hits. I want to weep. Kate is egging them on.
A good bitter with a nice hoppy edge. Now is the time when we learn about Korean Animation.
Eyes starting to cross. Mike's start-ing to have that "Betty Ford" look. And Spike's singing the Go-Gos.
Appearance: Ummm.... Aftertaste: candy. Belgian bananas. Bruce just went autistic. He's singin' something about Jeee-Zuss!!
At this point, no one can keep track of the beers! Good and heavy. Johnny just tried to pick a fight by the pool tables. Kelly's in a coma.
IPA average blood alcohol level: about 5%.
Kate Messer 18
Hints of "Dancing Queen" are wafting up from Michael, Johnny, and Pableaux's end. Pableaux keeps putting his head on my shoulder. I might have to clock him.
There is a woman with amazing hands playing shuffleboard. I'm afraid it is distracting me from my quaffing duties.... I detect "fruit."
I keep huffing and wonder if I have a sinus problem. These beers don't smell.
They say that the olfactory sense is the one tied closest to memory. I can't remember what this reminds me of.
It looks fine. It smells fine. It tastes fine. What?
Oooooh. Yummy. My fave so far. That woman playing shuffleboard is breaking my heart. Would a marriage proposal seem bold? Daring? Inappropriate?? I Love Her.
Meredith Phillips 13
An unobtrusive beer that deserves a higher score than 13, but it tastes like little and smells like even less.
Taste: bitter. Nice beer; everything's a little fuzzy and arbitrary at this point, but I think it's a bitter.
This is a nice one. It's hard to tell anymore.
Odor: like gum. Aftertaste: banana. Foamy head, fruity, spicy, banana, gum. This is a good wheat beer.
Appearance: 9, for denseness. Heavy, malty, dark with a malt finish.
Big. Tastes way bigger than it looks. One of the better beers, too serious for my palette.
Bruce Robison 24
The best of the light beers so far. It tastes like something beery. This salsa is yucky!
I used to know a `tender here. I'd get this one for free. It will always be special to me. I think I'm gonna cry.
Too much pressure. All these people with their different kinds of beer. I can't take it anymore.
Smells like those cigars made out of bubble gum. Not that that's a bad thing.
Another porter -- I'm just a simple country boy. I know nothing of your porters and stouts and ales....
I'm feeling very tired.
Kelly Willis 20
Appearance: golden. Pretty but boring. A lite beer. Which I can't taste at this point. I wish I could go back and re-rate everything.
Mmmm, red! Light on flavor but a subtle aftertaste helps it.
Even redder! Strange brew. I'm worried about Bruce. He's just a simple country boy and these big city beers might be getting to him.
Cloudy. Banana nut bread beer! Another "lucky beer." Getting sick on this beer is probably about as pleasant an experience as you could have. Though I don't know.
Appearance: black-ish. Smells kinda like tea rose perfume. Coffee taste. I'm getting a headache. Spike keeps singing "I'm Turning Japanese" in my ear.
Appearance: amber. A bit bitter, but very tasty. I think everybody hates me.

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