Self-assertive in a rude, noisy, or overbearing way. Yep, you guessed it! I visited Brash Brewing for the May installment of Craft Chronicles. Hidden behind some townhomes off of Crosstimbers/43rd, it could be easy to miss, but you would do yourself a disservice if you didn’t stop in. With metal music playing on the jukebox and an awesome selection of vintage arcade games spread around the edges of the large open warehouse, I rolled in and plopped down at a picnic table adorned with “artwork” that some guests must have spent lots of time on. There is absolutely nothing fancy about the establishment and that’s one of the things that seems to give it even more charm. Another definition for the word brash is strong, energetic, or irreverent. This definition describes the flavors that … [Read more...] about Brash Brewing Co. is true to their name, brand
It’s June, and since everyone seems to be on vacation, we decided to do a little traveling, too, for this edition of Craft Chronicles. Heading out west of Austin, we stayed in Johnson City and made sure to spend some time in the historic town square where Pecan Street Brewing just so happened to be. Their venue was a perfect setting with an outdoor bier garden, space for live music, a dance hall upstairs and of course the brewery. We sat down in the cozy restaurant with some locals and immediately ordered an appetizer and a flight of Pecan Street’s full selection. While our children were serenading the other guests in the restaurant, I got to business. It was slightly warm and a little rainy outdoors, so the All Hat No Cattle, a California Common style brew, hit … [Read more...] about Pecan Street Brewing and Johnson City offer weekend getaway, hill country brews
Welcome back to Craft Chronicles! April is one of those perfect months to enjoy craft beer, especially since it’s the in between “winter” and summer time where you can actually sit outside comfortably without scurrying back inside for summer hibernation. This month we hit up the ever expanding Platypus Brewing down over on Washington Avenue, a very unique Australian/American fusion brewery. With the guidance of their award winning West Coast head brewer, Kerry Embertson, they use a variety of Aussie hops and add in a mix of American IBUs. [IBU = International Bitterness Unit, brought to you by hops!] On a lively Sunday afternoon, I rolled in with a diaper bag backpack, a double stroller with two increasingly mobile infants and my boss, err wife, to check this place out. While … [Read more...] about Australian-American fusion brews in Texas
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 … [Read more...] about Brewed in the Heart of the Heights
Eureka Heights Brewing Co.’s Wicket Awesome ESB, an extra special bitter, on tap at their brewery at 941 W 18th St. (Photo by Landon Weiershausen). Welcome to the second installment of Craft Chronicles! Monthly, I am privileged to select a Leader local brewery and beer to do some “research” on them. Last month, we discovered what all the ruckus was over at Holler Brewing Co. This month, we ventured a little farther north and touched down at the one and only Eureka Heights Brewing Company. Located on West 18th street, around the corner from Cedar Creek and Big Star Bar, Eureka occupies a roomy warehouse space, with ample parking (always a plus in this area). Walking through the very open space, I saw a multitude of fun going on - a basketball hoop, bar, mega size jenga, … [Read more...] about Approachable, but not generic crafts cry Eureka!