Battle de Belgian: The Tale of the Austin Golden Ale

Lately it seems as though many Texas breweries are releasing Belgian-style Golden Ales.  Last weekend one of my favorite Austin bars, the Draughthouse, had the two newest Belgian Golden Ales on tap so I headed down to try them. With Jon, his wife Monica, and JoAnna in tow we found a table and ordered the three Texas Belgian-style Golden Ales that were on tap: South Austin Brewing Company’s...
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Twisted X Brewing

Last weekend I had the privilege of attending the inaugural tour of Twisted X Brewing Company in Cedar Park, TX.  Twisted X brews what they call “Tex-Mex Beer,” specifically lagers.   The tour starts the way any brewery tour  should, with beer.  For $10 you get a tour and a pint glass with three tokens redeemable for full pours of fresh craft beer.  I started my tour with my...
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Open the Taps!

Last weekend I participated in a fundraiser for a non-profit organization here in Texas.  Open the Taps is a group dedicated to rewriting Texas laws to benefit the beer consumer.  Here in Texas, not unlike many states, beer laws are archaic codes put into place after Prohibition and haven’t changed since.  For example, in Texas a brewery cannot sell beer on its premises.  The odd thing...
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Flix Brewhouse Beer Dinner- part 2

The main course saw Kill Shot Scotch Ale served with cold smoked Akaushi brisket slow roasted with a white bean bacon sautee with spinach and topped with a roasted garlic demi glaze.  I need to say first that the spinach served with this dish may be the best I have ever eaten and I LOVE spinach.  It was the perfect blend of salty with a little sweet thrown in and of course cooked with bacon. ...
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Flix Brewhouse Beer Dinner- part 1

Earlier this month Flix Brewhouse hosted its very first Beer Dinner and since I love everything done at sister restaurant, Homefield Grill, I couldn’t resist checking it out.  Coordinated by General Manager Walt Powell, the meal featured dishes by the Executive Chef of both restaurants Scott Reed and beer from Flix’s Brewmaster Justin Rizza – formerly of Independence...
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