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Best Texas Craft Beer of 2012

Discussion in 'Southwest' started by Lutter, Dec 19, 2012.

  1. Lutter

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    Since there's an overall thread in the Beer Talk area where they're talking mostly about beer we never see, I figured we should make out our for Texas Craft Beer. Sorry Oklahoma! Make your own thread! :p

    What was your favorite (or favorites) of this year? It doesn't matter if it's a new or old beer, as long as it was released this year. Please limit yourself to 5. 1 per brewery.

    Mine were...
    Austin Beerworks - Einhorn
    Deep Ellum - Wealth and Taste
    Freetail - Realtail 2012 (love mole beer)
    Jester King - Das Uberkind
    Southern Star - Pro-Am 2012
     
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    This year was my first experience with Deep Ellum IPA. Delicious!
     
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  3. miikezombie

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    Raspberry Ananke
    Peche'cus
     
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    Peche'cus
    Buddha's Brew
    Funk Metal
     
  5. Texas_Speed

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    Buddha's Brew
     
  6. videofrog

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    Jester King RU-55
    ABW Einhorn
    Thirsty Planet Jittery Monk
    Live Oak Roggenbier
    Deep Ellum Rocktoberfest
     
  7. UHCougar12

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    SA pumpkinator
    Karbach bodacious
    512 wdpp
     
  8. Krumb

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    ummm....St. Arnolds Endeavor. By far, the greatest TX-made beer released this year.
     
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    Adelberts, Flyin Monk, black rhino. (i think these were '12 releases, if not, i just never had them til now lol)

    Punkinator
     
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    Southern Star Pro-Am 2012
     
  11. DanzBorin

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    Deep Ellum Wealth and Taste

    There have been a bunch of very good releases this year, but not a lot are what I'd call great. Wealth and Taste was the first beer the Wowed me this year.

    I really enjoyed the first taste of Barrel Aged Gingerbread Stout that Buffalo Brewing Co. brought to the Draft. But a second taste at their Rockwell beer dinner wasn't good at all. I think they messed with the beer or had different barrels because it wasn't the same beer. It wasn't even as good as the regular Gingerbread Stout.

    I'd give honorable mention to Bourbon Barrel Hellfighter.
     
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    ABW Einhorn
    Jester King Das Uberkind
    Karbach BBA Hellfighter
     
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    ABW Sputnik
    ABW Einhorn
    512 WBADPP
    SA Pumpkinator
    Hops and Grain Alt
    Real Ale Mysterium Verum Imperium
     
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    H&G / Draughthouse Grapefruit IPA
    Jester King RU-55
    H&G BA Alt
    Live Oak Kellerbier
    Freetail Raspberry Ananke
     
  15. thirdeye11

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    For me, more than any other year, this year produced a ton of great Texas beers. Here are my favorites that I would call "world class", and in the order in which I liked them:

    Uncle Billys Barrel-Aged Capt. Ivan Drago’s Russian Imperial Stout
    Lakewood Bourbon Street Temptress
    Jester King/Mikkeller Beer Geek Rodeo
    Freetail Peche’cus
    Jester King/Mikkeller Whiskey Barrel Rodeo
    Deep Ellum Wealth & Taste
    Deep Ellum IPA
    Guadalupe Oaked Scotch Ale
    Real Ale Mysterium Verum Volume XV
    Saint Arnold Bishop’s Barrel #1
    Real Ale Scots Gone Wild
    Austin Beerworks Einhorn
    Freetail Hopothesis F
    Deep Ellum Sorachi Ace/Green Tea IPA
    Jester King Buddha’s Brew

    Cheers!
    Chad
     
  16. DanzBorin

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    This list is probably quite fantastic!

    Problem is, the hoops you have to jump through to have most of these beers is pretty daunting. This is a big problem with Texas beer and I hope this is rectified soon.

    It's amazing what awful beer laws due to stunt growth. Just one trip to Michigan/Indiana/Illinois made this quite obvious. Good beer is available everywhere and you don't have to go to great lengths to get it.

    I hope 2013 shows even more growth and more amazing beers that aren't so hard to find. :D
     
  17. LarryK

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    Though I am a New Yorker I spent a lot of time in Houston this year as I have family there and got to enjoy many of the wonderful craft brews being produced across the state. The Southern Star Pro-Am was not only one of the best Texas DIPAs I had in 2012, but one of the best beers period.
     
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    Thirsty Planet Frankin's BBQ Smoked Porter
    ABW Sputnik
    JK Funk Metal
    Freetail Peche'cus
    JK/Mikkeller Beer Geek Rodeo
     
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    SA Pumpkinator
     
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    Live Oak released a Kellerbier this year:cool: Man, I wish I could of gotten a hold of some of that.

    For me, my favorite release this year is pretty easy. After that it is a toss up:

    1: Deep Ellum Wealth & Taste
    2: Real Ale Brewers Cut Black Quad
    3: Saint Arnold Endeavor
    4: Live Oak Schwarzbeir
    5: Karback Pontificator

    I think my favorite brewery this year has been Deep Ellum. I could have almost made a top 5 with just their beers: Wealth & Taste, Rye Pils, Farmhouse Wit, and Darkest Hour are all awesome.
     
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    Peche'cus and others but I don't fee like listing them since this is my favorite.
     
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  22. miikezombie

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    Blueberre'cus was better. Too bad it is so über rare I only got to try a teaspoon's worth.
     
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  23. jamescain

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    That is some expert ticking right there!
     
  24. miikezombie

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    Tickers gotta tick, bro.
     
  25. jamescain

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    but did you try the blue raspberry version??
     
  26. miikezombie

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    I hate San Antonio.
     
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    Freetail Raspberry Ananke
    Jester King RU-55
    Real Ale Scots Gone Wild
    St. Arnold Endeavour
    ABW Einhorn
     
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    My favorites of the year in no particular order

    - southern star pro am 2012
    - Lakewood temptress
    - jester king funk metal and Bonnie the rare
    - deep ellum wealth and taste
     
  29. jamescain

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    still better then podunk
     
  30. johnsaulrubio

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    I'm not limiting this to 5. Here are my favorites, in no particular order:

    Freetail Raspberry Ananke
    Freetail Fortuna Roja
    Freetail Peche'cus
    (512) WBDPP
    Austin Beerworks Einhorn
    Austin Beerworks Sputnik
    Deep Ellum IPA
    Pinthouse Pizza Manowar IPA
    Hops & Grain Bourbon Baltic Peach
    Jester King RU-55
    Jester King Das Uberkind
    Jester King Buddha's Brew
    Jester King/Mikkeller Weasel Rodeo
    Live Oak Keller Pils
    Real Ale Scots Gone Wild (mother barrel version)
    Saint Arnold Endeavour
    Southern Star Pro-Am IPA
     
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    Jester King Funk Metal
    St. Arnold's Endeavour
    Southern Star Pro-Am
    Deep Ellum IPA
    Real Ales Brewers Cut Quad
     
  32. miikezombie

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    That isn't a fair or pertinent argument.
     
  33. kunstdrache

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    Here's mine:

    Freetail Raspberry Anake
    ABW Einhorn
    ABW Sputnik
    JK Funk Metal
    RA Scots Gone Wild
    ElkSherpa's homebrew Saison
     
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    Who said anything about being fair?
     
  35. jamescain

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    +1 to ElkSherpa's watermelon saison
     
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    You got a double pour?? WTF!
     
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  37. blatherbeard

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    I think its safe to say, your a hophead ;)
     
  38. H0rnedFr0gs

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    Acreage Saisons all the way.

    Everything else is a distant 3rd.
     
  39. HoustonZ33

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    My votes go to...

    Deep Ellum - Wealth and Taste
    Saint Arnold - Divine Reserve #12
     
  40. DanzBorin

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    That is a bold statement.

    I think DR12 will be a great TX beer in about a year. ;)
     
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