"...Best served accompanying: Milliways' dish of the day (ask it for its own recommendation about the best cut), or at least with a good dialysis machine and a copy of your last will and testament standing by. Pawtucket Patriot Ale..."
"...In vino veritas – so the saying goes – but the same may not apply to Texas ales. Lawmakers have struggled for years to reform Texas' misshapen beer market, but now three Austin businesses are taking a new legal tack: charging that the existing Texas laws are not just bad for business, but also violate the First Amendment by putting unlawful restrictions on free speech..."
"..."It's a German-style blond ale, very similar to a Kölsch, but we added a small amount of dry-hopping to give the beer a spicy hop character and a clean, crisp finish. Perfect for chugging on a track," says Hops & Grain owner Josh Hare...."
"...While I won't be among the throngs in Zilker Park this weekend sustaining myself with food from the Peached Tortilla or slurping down Real Ale in the new ACL Beer Hall, I'm partial to both products. Not long ago, they practically brought a party to my very own back yard...."
"...From the legacy acts of Real Ale, Live Oak, and Saint Arnold, to the dynamic, talented hucksters from Pinthouse Pizza, Big Bend, and Peticolas, the Texas craft beer scene is like a pitching rotation from a late-Eighties MLB All-Star Game. These Rusted Root jammin’ mercenaries can launch imperial IPA fastballs and barrel-aged slurves at your sobriety like Doc Gooden on five days rest..."
"...Anyone who has traveled outside our borders knows that we could be doing much better. When compared to the likes of Colorado, Oregon, or California, our beer scene is pale and ailing..."
"...Alaskan Amber – Altbier – 5.3% White – Witbier – 5.3% Icy Bay IPA – India Pale Ale – 6.2% 2004 Smoked Porter – Smoked – 6.5% Kicker – Session IPA – 4.5% Summer Ale – Kölsch – 5.3%Austin Beerworks Heisenberg Kristallweizen – Kristallweizen – 5.08% Gringo de Mayo Mexican Lager – 4.12% Bloodwork Orange Blood Orange IPA – India Pale Ale – 7% Einhorn Berliner Weisse – Berliner Weisse – 3.8% Heavy Machinery DIPA – Imperial IPA – 10%..."
"...So, we put together a list to determine who was leading the crusade for craft beer in our region – an area that covers 52 active breweries (with 11 more on the way) and, exactly, a 48.9 mile radius so as to include adopted pals Real Ale Brewery in Blanco, seeing as they culturally align with Austin's beer scene, as much of their brewing talent decamped from Austin brewhouses in the late Nineties anyway. For the sake of this list, each brewery was analyzed by its current relevance and contributions to Austin beer: ideological fluency of their core beers, interesting seasonal releases, developmental impact on the local beer scene, buzzy accolades, and up-to-the-second innovations..."
"...Here's a little Beer 101 for you: Hops – the female flowers of the hop plant (Humulus lupulus) – are one of the key ingredients in beer, along with malted barley, yeast, and water. Different hops serve different purposes, including stability, flavoring, and aroma in brewing..."
"...And yes, there are the talented juvenescent, simply cloaked by the vastness of options; new beers entering a crowded landscape amongst a cavalry of brothers, but also aggressors like the infamous Big Three (Bud, Miller, and Coors), who not only demand their remaining 8% market share, but deploy chicanery through their own "craft" brands, insistence on prime shelf-estate, and promotion through the lyrical styling of Pit Bull. The struggle is, in fact, real...."
"...So, you fancy little shits, we've updated the list for 2018, knowing full well we'll probably end up pissing off a whole different demographic. (There's always next year for Bumfuzzle Microrganic Farm Ales!) As before, we disclose only the 10 finalists from our big board of 52 area breweries..."
"...Goose Island Brewing Co., Chicago, IL Bourbon County Stout, barrel-aged Imperial stout Bourbon County Barley Wine, barrel-aged English-style barley wine The Ogden, Belgian-style Tripel Matilda, Belgian-style pale ale Sofie, Belgian-style farmhouse ale Summertime, kolsch-style Goose IPA 312 urban wheat (512) Brewing Co., Austin, TX Rum Barrel Bruin, barrel-aged American brown ale Pale, American pale ale IPA, American IPA Pecan Porter, American porter White IPA, Belgian wit IPA Cabernet Barrel Tripel, barrel-aged Belgian-style tripel Wild Bear, barrel-aged American wild brown ale Alaskan Brewing Co., Juneau, AK 2004 Smoked Porter, American smoked porter Amber, altbier Summer Ale, kolsch-style Freeride, American pale ale White, Belgian-style wit Icy Bay, American IPA Austin Beerworks, Austin, TX Templar Nights, barrel-aged stout with cherries Lotion in the Basket, zwickelbier Heavy Machinery, Imperial IPA Heisenberg, kristallweizen Fire Eagle, American IPA Black Thunder, schwarzbier Ballast Point Brewing, San Diego, CA Sour Wench, Berliner-Weisse (sour) beer with fruit Habanero Sculpin, American IPA Grapefruit Sculpin, American IPA Sculpin, American IPA Longfin Lager, Munich helles lager Firestone Walker Brewing Co., Paso Robles, CA Lil Opal, barrel-aged saison Double Jack, American Imperial IPA Opal, dry hopped saison Union Jack, American IPA Easy Jack, session IPA Pivo, pilsner Hops and Grain, Austin, TX Hop Dog, Imperial/double IPA A Pale Mosaic, American IPA Peach of a Pale, American pale ale/fruit beer The One They Call Zoe, American pale lager Porter Culture, Baltic porter Greenhouse IPA, American IPA Independence Brewing Co., Austin, TX Red Bud, Berliner weisse Hoppy Diver, session IPA Convict Hill, oatmeal stout Power and Light, American pale ale Stash IPA, American IPA Austin Amber, American amber Karbach Brewing Co.,Houston, TX Bourbon Barrel Hellfighter, barrel-aged American porter Staycation, dry-hopped session Rodeo Clown, American double IPA Love Street, kolsch Weekend Warrior, American pale ale Hopadillo, American IPA New Belgium Brewing, Ft. Collins, CO La Folie, sour brown ale Cascara, Belgian-style quad/fruit beer Gruit Ranger, American IPA Session IPA Fat Tire, American amber Brewery Ommegang, Cooperstown, NY Hop House, Belgian pale ale Glimmerglass, saison Three Eyed Raven, dark saison Three Philosophers, Belgian-style quad blend Odell Brewing Co., Ft..."
"...For this rendition of the TCBF, IPAs and pale ales go Boom Beach on the other styles with nearly 35% of the entrants, while farmhouse ales (which include sours according to the fest), and dark ales round out the top three...."
"...As smaller breweries began dissolving around town, a second swell of beer makers, like Real Ale and Live Oak, began popping up. Suddenly, Shiner Bock wasn't as exhilarating or refreshing as that candy-red bottle of Firemans #4 Blonde Ale that could lower the triple-digit heat by at least a full degree..."
"...1) The One They Call Zoe, Hops & Grain This pale lager is clean, refreshing, and dry-hopped for an extra level of complexity. An affable and year-round companion, Hops & Grain recommends pairing it with life...."
"...For the sake of comparison, the quizzically popular and fully mechanized American "session" beers, Coors Light, Miller Lite, Bud Light – all classified as pale lagers by style – weigh in at about the same 4.2% alcohol by volume (ABV). For the calorie suitors, Bud "Heavy" comes in at 5% ABV, while the more exotic options, like Bud Light Lime and Lime-a-Rita, buzz in at 4.2% ABV and 8% ABV, respectively..."
"...It was a fun time, but not necessarily the tale I want to detail here. I'm older and wiser now and would not want to encourage such behavior among impressionable Chronicle readers..."
"...Real Ale Brewery in Blanco is either a hobby gone crazy or a dream come true for the Conner family. Either way, Charles and Julie Conner and his parents, Phillip and Dianne, are ready to talk about beer to everyone that shows up for the microbrewery tours at 1pm on Saturdays...."
"...Welcome to the secret society, the world of cask-conditioned beer – or as the most fervent proponents refer to it, "real" ale. (Not to be confused with Blanco's Real Ale Brewing Co., although it does produce some cask ales.)..."
"...With a booming urban brewery scene, easy access to a wide variety of local cans, and a full hat rack of logo snapbacks, we Austinites tend to be a little myopic in what we consider local. Sure, we have brewers excelling in a wide variety of styles from pale ales to funky farmhouse saisons, but when it comes to beer, less isn't more..."