Friday Odds and Ends
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The Great Brewers Specialty Wall is one of the biggest highlights of the Texas Beer Festival. Several months and great lengths have gone into sourcing many of these beers from our favorite Texas and National Craft Beer producers. We’ve collected over 25 beers that are rare, new to market, or custom made that will be featured both at the Specialty Wall and throughout various brewery booths. Ten of these beers are in firkins,
which are traditional vessels that are often manually tapped and frequently used for one-off beers by American craft brewers. Some will be limited to 2 ounces per patron, and may cost an additional beer ticket or two due to their high cost. We’ve also made the entire specialty wall available for the duration of the day this year, making it much more convenient to taste through your favorite rare beers at your leisure.
The "State of the Craft" Texas Brewing Industry Panel will feature a lively discussion of where the Texas and National brewing industry has come from, where it's going, and what the future holds. Our very own Beer Commander, Jake Lewis, will moderate the discussion beginning at 2:30 pm at the Demo Stage.
This year's panelists are:
- Ronnie Crocker, Author of Houston Beer and the Beer, TX blog
- Chip McElroy, owner of Live Oak Brewery in Austin, Texas
- Scott Metzger, owner of Freetail Brewpub in San Antonio, Texas
- Brock Wagner, owner of Saint Arnold's Brewery in Houston, Texas
- Rassul Zarinfar, owner of Buffalo Bayou Brewing in Houston, Texas
The Texas Beer Fest, a one day beer tasting festival designed to promote the appreciation of craft beer, will take place on Discovery Green™ in Downtown Houston on April 28th, 2012 from 1:00pm to 7:00pm for general entry and 12:00pm to 7:00pm for VIPs. The Texas Beer Fest is the only craft beer festival in Texas featuring tastings of over 23 local, Texas breweries in one location!
Ranger Creek Releases Unique ‘Farm to Pint’ Seasonal Using Poteet StrawberriesSAN ANTONIO, TX, April 23, 2012 – A big part of Ranger Creek’s philosophy of being a craft brewery is using local ingredients to make interesting recipes. This concept ties modern breweries back to the older pre-Prohibition breweries that had no choice but to use what was easily grown nearby and readily available.The use of local ingredients like raw Texas honey in La Bestia Aimable, wildflower Texas honey in Lucky Ol’ Sun, and Texas mesquite wood in Mesquite Smoked Porter have been a good start to fulfilling this vision. Ranger Creek’s new seasonal, however, brings the concept to life in a way the brewery is really proud of.Ranger Creek Strawberry Milk Stout uses 500 pounds of Poteet, Texas strawberries to create a delicious and completely unique beer. The result is a dark, rich, creamy stout with a slight roastiness and undertones of rich chocolate, complemented by fresh strawberry flavor and aroma. It is already one of the brewery’s most highly sought after seasonals. Only one batch of it will be brewed, and it will be available on draft only in San Antonio (Flying Saucer, Luke, Alamo Drafthouse Park North and Alamo Drafthouse Westlakes), Austin (Draughthouse, Billy’s on Burnet), and Houston (to be delivered this week to Flying Saucer, BRC Gastropub, and others).The beer was the brainchild of head brewer Rob Landerman and his wife Keely, and it brings to life the ‘Farm to Pint’ concept the brewery strives for. “We work with local farmers quite a bit since we donate thousands of pounds of spent grain to them each month after we’re done brewing,” Landerman explains. “So we’ve been playing around with ideas since the beginning and finally found the right one. We’re taking fresh, premium, local stawberries grown nearby and using them to make delicious beer. It’s the same thing that great local restaurants do, we’re just applying it to beer instead of food” continues Landerman, who is also a Certified Cicerone®.Assistant brewer Holland Lawrence drove Vandito, the Ranger Creek van, out to Oak Hill Farms in Poteet, Texas to pick up the strawberries. Lawrence, Landerman, and sales rep Dan Stone then cut all 500 pounds of strawberries by hand for use in the brew. The Poteet strawberries were then added at two separate times during the brewing process to make sure the taste and aroma really came through. The resulting brew highlights the strawberries in a way that the brewery feels the farmers that grew them can be proud of. Pictures of the entire ‘Farm to Pint’ process are available on the Ranger Creek website.Ranger Creek is committed to using local ingredients whenever possible. Some traditional brewing ingredients like hops don’t grow well in the San Antonio heat. However, they feel that there are plenty of ways to use locally grown products if you are creative, and that’s how the Strawberry Milk Stout was born. This ‘Farm to Pint’ concept supports Texas agriculture and the craft beer culture in Texas. It’s not always cheap to do it, but Ranger Creek thinks it’s worth it to use fresh, high quality, locally grown ingredients, and they hope that Texas beer drinkers will agree.About Ranger CreekRanger Creek Brewing & Distilling is the only combined brewery/distillery in Texas, proudly located in San Antonio where they handcraft beer and bourbon one batch at a time. They are the only microbrewery in San Antonio, one of a few combined brewery/distilleries in the U.S., and the only combined operation making both beer and bourbon. They focus on interesting recipes and use local ingredients from the state of Texas as much as possible. The company uses much of the same equipment to make both beer and bourbon, which is possible because in order to make bourbon, beer must be made first. They encourage visitors to San Antonio to sign up for one of their regularly scheduled tours and come by for a visit.
DEVIL'S BACKBONE IS BACK FOR GOODWe just packaged the first Devil's Backbone of the year - and this time it won't be the last! We grew tired of figuring out how to stash enough to keep us happy during the long off-season, so our Belgian Tripel is moving into full-time production. To mark the occasion we enlisted local Austin artist Joey Marez to paint his interpretation of our favorite haunted highway for the new packaging.
Pints for Pups April 21, 12-3pm @Independence Brewing
Join us from Noon to 3pm for a tasting event at the brewery that will benefit 6 local dog rescues/shelters. For $10 guests will receive a commemorative pint glass and enjoy some of our finest brews.
Hello Live Oak Fans!
It’s that time of the year again - time for the Live Oak Anniversary Party. This is our 15th anniversary and possibly the last Anniversary party at our old, original address. [Wait, they're moving? Okay, make it triple news. Or is that tripel news?]
As usual we will have live music, sausage wraps by our neighbor Smokey Denmark, hummus treats from Zilks Foods, a bouncy house for the kids and, of course, beer from Live Oak Brewing Co.
The band line up is:
So, please come and join us in celebrating the completion of our 15th year of business in Austin, Texas - now the “Live Beer Capital of the World”.
- The Brown Paperbags
- Lonesome Dave Fisher
- Corrine Rose
- The Lennings
- Leo Rondeau
- The Preservation
- The Superlites
Time: Saturday, April 14th, from Noon to 6 pm.
Place: Live Oak Brewing Co.
3301-B East 5th St.
Austin, TX 78702
Kids are welcome, but please leave your pets at home.
I have taken the decision to cancel the festival that was scheduled for April 21st. This decision was prompted by 2 factors:· A number of sponsors who had agreed to support the event did not provide funding in time for me to produce what I felt would have been a quality event. I would rather cancel than produce something substandard.
· The disastrous Austin Beer Festival that was held last Sat at the Travis County Expo Grounds. The complete fiasco – well documented online – has contaminated the market for beer festivals – especially ones run by private companies.
I want to thank you for your interest in the event and will let you know if I decide to re-schedule.RegardsSteve Farrer