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 the right notes for me. The California Common is what they call a hybrid style somewhere between a lager and an ale. The yeast is what differentiates this style from others as it is a lager yeast, but fermented a touch warmer than a lager should be. The result is a beautiful marriage of a dry toasty, yet moderate bodied beer that is crisp in the finish. The All Hat No Cattle was a great example of the style. Its amber hues and toasty nose lead you in one direction, while the crisp finish leaves you wanting another sip. At 5.5% ABV it had enough body to keep it from feeling too light, but not too much that filled you up. That definitely helped because the wife and I had 7 other brews in our flight to finish up.
So if you find yourself heading out West, make sure to check out this and the other local breweries you pass by; you never know what kind of treasure you might discover.
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!