Best Texas Craft Beer of 2012

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

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  1. Lutter

    Lutter Initiate (0) Jun 30, 2010 Texas

    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! :stuck_out_tongue:

    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
  2. icetrauma

    icetrauma Devotee (480) Sep 7, 2004 Texas

    This year was my first experience with Deep Ellum IPA. Delicious!
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  3. miikezombie

    miikezombie Aspirant (247) Aug 13, 2010 Texas

    Raspberry Ananke
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  4. starkmarvelo

    starkmarvelo Disciple (370) Jan 20, 2010 Texas
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    Buddha's Brew
    Funk Metal
  5. Texas_Speed

    Texas_Speed Initiate (0) Aug 22, 2012 Texas

    Buddha's Brew
  6. videofrog

    videofrog Defender (654) Nov 13, 2010 Texas

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

    UHCougar12 Disciple (379) Feb 21, 2011 Texas
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    SA pumpkinator
    Karbach bodacious
    512 wdpp
  8. Krumb

    Krumb Initiate (94) Jan 30, 2008 Texas
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    ummm....St. Arnolds Endeavor. By far, the greatest TX-made beer released this year.
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  9. blatherbeard

    blatherbeard Initiate (0) Sep 30, 2007 Texas

    Adelberts, Flyin Monk, black rhino. (i think these were '12 releases, if not, i just never had them til now lol)

  10. roostercogburn

    roostercogburn Initiate (0) Dec 13, 2012

    Southern Star Pro-Am 2012
  11. DanzBorin

    DanzBorin Initiate (0) Apr 11, 2012 Texas

    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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  12. kevinscott

    kevinscott Aspirant (227) Oct 21, 2008 Texas

    ABW Einhorn
    Jester King Das Uberkind
    Karbach BBA Hellfighter
  13. BK1017

    BK1017 Initiate (0) Nov 9, 2009 Texas

    ABW Sputnik
    ABW Einhorn
    512 WBADPP
    SA Pumpkinator
    Hops and Grain Alt
    Real Ale Mysterium Verum Imperium
  14. JonathanL7890

    JonathanL7890 Initiate (0) Dec 1, 2007 Texas
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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

    thirdeye11 Disciple (397) Feb 3, 2009 Texas
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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

  16. DanzBorin

    DanzBorin Initiate (0) Apr 11, 2012 Texas

    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. :grinning:
  17. LarryK

    LarryK Disciple (335) Jul 13, 2012 Texas
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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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  18. kmello69

    kmello69 Defender (618) Nov 27, 2011 Texas
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    Thirsty Planet Frankin's BBQ Smoked Porter
    ABW Sputnik
    JK Funk Metal
    Freetail Peche'cus
    JK/Mikkeller Beer Geek Rodeo
  19. Agent86

    Agent86 Initiate (0) Dec 19, 2012

    SA Pumpkinator
  20. champ103

    champ103 Poo-Bah (3,868) Sep 3, 2007 Texas
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    Live Oak released a Kellerbier this year:sunglasses: 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.
  21. jamescain

    jamescain Meyvn (1,002) Jul 14, 2009 Texas
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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

    miikezombie Aspirant (247) Aug 13, 2010 Texas

    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

    jamescain Meyvn (1,002) Jul 14, 2009 Texas
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    That is some expert ticking right there!
  24. miikezombie

    miikezombie Aspirant (247) Aug 13, 2010 Texas

    Tickers gotta tick, bro.
  25. jamescain

    jamescain Meyvn (1,002) Jul 14, 2009 Texas
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    but did you try the blue raspberry version??
  26. miikezombie

    miikezombie Aspirant (247) Aug 13, 2010 Texas

    I hate San Antonio.
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  27. wagenvolks

    wagenvolks Initiate (0) Sep 23, 2005 Texas

    Freetail Raspberry Ananke
    Jester King RU-55
    Real Ale Scots Gone Wild
    St. Arnold Endeavour
    ABW Einhorn
  28. jmdarcy

    jmdarcy Initiate (0) Jul 15, 2010 Connecticut
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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

    jamescain Meyvn (1,002) Jul 14, 2009 Texas
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    still better then podunk
  30. johnsaulrubio

    johnsaulrubio Initiate (197) Dec 2, 2006 Texas
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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
  31. gtermi

    gtermi Meyvn (1,214) Apr 21, 2010 Texas

    Jester King Funk Metal
    St. Arnold's Endeavour
    Southern Star Pro-Am
    Deep Ellum IPA
    Real Ales Brewers Cut Quad
  32. miikezombie

    miikezombie Aspirant (247) Aug 13, 2010 Texas

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

    kunstdrache Initiate (0) Sep 22, 2006 Texas

    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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  34. jamescain

    jamescain Meyvn (1,002) Jul 14, 2009 Texas
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    Who said anything about being fair?
  35. jamescain

    jamescain Meyvn (1,002) Jul 14, 2009 Texas
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    +1 to ElkSherpa's watermelon saison
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  36. jl28r1

    jl28r1 Zealot (511) Jan 10, 2011 Texas

    You got a double pour?? WTF!
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  37. blatherbeard

    blatherbeard Initiate (0) Sep 30, 2007 Texas

    I think its safe to say, your a hophead :wink:
  38. H0rnedFr0gs

    H0rnedFr0gs Disciple (303) Mar 12, 2012 Texas
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    Acreage Saisons all the way.

    Everything else is a distant 3rd.
  39. Houston_E89

    Houston_E89 Aspirant (263) Sep 10, 2012 Texas

    My votes go to...

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

    DanzBorin Initiate (0) Apr 11, 2012 Texas

    That is a bold statement.

    I think DR12 will be a great TX beer in about a year. :wink:
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