It’s the madness of March and it’s time for a new Craft Chronicles! This month we visited Town in City Brewing Company located near what I fondly call “that wacky 5way intersection” of Cavalcade, Main and whatever the other three streets are.
We arrived on a thirsty Thursday evening when Bingo was in full swing and the food truck was
cranking out orders right and left.
Under the cozy Edison string lights, I nabbed a spot in the outdoor beer garden with the wife and two kids in tow (none of them complaining) to a flight of their best brews.
In honor of the inevitable Houston summer, I decided to focus on the “Mosquito’s Revenge,” a malt forward Pale Ale and one of Town In City’s original creations.
It was bright golden with a brilliant white frothy head. The brew had a background of citrus with cascade and legacy hops offering up their best on both the mild bittering and the hint of berry and pine.
The sweetness of the malt came through first with just a bit of biscuit and toast following to keep things dry. It reminded me of the way Pale Ales used to be before the hop craze hit like a tsunami. The ale went down smooth and quenched the thirst of a long day’s work quite effectively.
While chatting with Justin Engle, owner, head brewer, and wearer of many hats, we also got the scoop on their semi-secret project coming this Spring, the Houston Cider Company.
This venture will bring cider making not only to the Houston Heights but Houston itself. A dry and semi-dry cider will soon be on the tap rotation along with some more sporadic and playful varieties. And, of course, these will be crafted right at Town in City/ Houston Cider Company.
I’m particularly excited about the possibilities, with all of the fruits (and veggies) that could be used and the many different ways to incorporate hops. You’ll find me at the head of the line to try Houston’s first ciders!
Make sure to join us in our craft adventures each month. Landon is the owner of Farmboy Brew Shop. Email landon@ farmb.oybrewshop.com Cheers!