The end is near! Well, the end of 2017 that is. As we sprint through the holiday season, it is a reminder that 2018 is right around the corner. Many people take the time to look at the year in review, and I don’t see a reason why Craft Chronicles shouldn’t do the same. I have had the pleasure of drinking and writing about many different beers over the course of the year, but there were many that I wasn’t able to cover that were equally as deserving of a hallowed mention in this humble tome. A majority of the beers not covered were IPAs and Pale Ales since that tends to be where my taste buds point me first. Cali Green and Pussy Wagon from Brash Brewing are always at the top of my list. Mini Boss from Eureka Heights, Art Car from Saint Arnold and Lame Duck from 11 Below have been go-to beers, as well. I’ve also been known to drink plenty of less hop-forward beers such as Nuke the Whales from Eureka Heights, Holler’s Shot Caller Barleywine and Vulgar Display of Power from Brash. In fact, Houston has even had three breweries win medals at The Great American Beer Festival this year.
For those who don’t know, GABF is the Academy Awards of the brewing world with less red carpet fashion and lots more navy Dickies work shirts and khaki shorts. Thousands of breweries and beers show up every year, but only a small fraction of those are awarded medals. Holler Brewing won a bronze with their Holler ESB. Saint Arnold won two bronzes and a gold with Weedwhacker, Amber Ale and Pumpkinator, respectively. And finally, Eureka Heights won a gold with Buckle Bunny. A big congrats goes out to all the staff at these breweries for their achievements!
All in all, it has been a great year for Houston beer; with too many new releases to count, and even more ready for release in 2018. And you can rest assured that I’ll be waiting patiently to get a sample of each and pass the good word about brewery happenings – including some new openings. So stay tuned to Craft Chronicles in the New Year and I will see ya’ll around the ole watering hole soon enough. Have a safe and enjoyable holiday season.
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!