Welcome back for the September edition of Craft Chronicles. Following all the stress of the last few weeks I’m sure there are more than a few readers out there ready for a pint. And for those of you who don’t follow new brewery openings, I’d like to inform you that the neighborhood has a new one to check out! Great Heights Brewing Company has set up shop very near to Wakefield Crowbar in the heart of Garden Oaks. These guys had a soft opening right before Harvey rolled over us and are still in the process of filling out their tap wall with some delicious options, but they already have four selections available to fit a variety of palettes, with more on the way. When the family and I cruised in last week, their brews included an Amber, NEIPA, Saison and West
Coast IPA ready to pour. With Edison lights overhead, I ordered a flight containing one of each, grabbed some complimentary popcorn and claimed a spot at one of the long picnic tables. Sometimes in the rush of getting a brewery going, things don’t always come out exactly how you’d like the first go round, but I can happily say that Great Heights didn’t have that problem. While they may tweak recipes here and there later on, each beer was well crafted and without “odd” flavors creeping up that can happen when getting used to new equipment and brewing conditions. I do gravitate towards hoppier styles in general, but the Saison caught my attention this time. It was golden moving to straw at the edges with a very nicely developed white head on top. The aroma was bubble gummy with a hint of banana and clove like a Saison should be. The first sip was crisp, dry and spicy. It followed through clean in the finish and the rest of the glass was gone before I knew it. The rest of the flight followed the fate of the
Saison and alas it was time to run and get the kids to bed. You will likely find me hanging around anytime they have a new beer roll out and I expect I won’t be the only one eagerly waiting.
Speaking of Saisons – The local brew club, Brewers of the Hood, hosted their Saison/Farmhouse Ale contest on Saturday, Sept. 23rd. Congratulations to Philip and Laura Bennet for taking this year’s Saison First Place bragging rights home!
Make sure to join us in our craft adventures each month. Landon is the owner of Farmboy Brew Shop. Email firstname.lastname@example.org. Cheers!