Best Texas Craft Beer of 2012

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

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  1. air

    air Aspirant (228) Mar 28, 2007 Texas

    Real Ale Scots Gone Wild
    Real Ale Barrel Aged XV anniversary (I've lost track of how many names this beer's been given)
    Karbach Bourbon Barrel Aged Hellfighter - This remained a strong #1 until RA's tap takeover at the Lakewood Whole Foods in July
    Peticolas Wintervention (the best winter seasonal made in Texas IMO)
    Karbach Pontificator
  2. LarryK

    LarryK Disciple (333) Jul 13, 2012 Texas
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    Guilty as charged.
  3. Lutter

    Lutter Initiate (0) Jun 30, 2010 Texas

    Gawd, I completely forgot about RA Scots Gone Wild. That stuff was delicious. Instabuy when I saw it on a menu.
  4. thebigyellowjoint

    thebigyellowjoint Initiate (20) Nov 5, 2012 Texas

    Real Ale Brewer's Cut Quad (seriously just an amazing aroma and taste for an awesome price)
    SA Pumpkinator
    JK Funk Metal and Boxer's Revenge (of course)
    Karbach Krunkin' Pumkpin
    Rahr BB Winter Warmer (first time trying it and it's excellent)
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  5. cam_williams

    cam_williams Initiate (168) Oct 3, 2012 Texas
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    512 Cascabel Cream Stout
    Real Ale Devil's Share
    Freetail Old Bat Rastard
    NXNW Blackjack Ale
    Rahr Whiskey Warmer
    Real Ale Sisyphus
    Ranger Creek Small Batch Series No. 4
    Uncle Billy's Mr. Nasty IPA
    Jester King Whiskey Barrel Rodeo
    Saint Arnold Pumpkinator
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  6. DanzBorin

    DanzBorin Initiate (0) Apr 11, 2012 Texas

    One that was about impossible to get that I was fortunate enough to get about 8 ounces of was Buffalo Bayou Pistachio Cream Ale.

    That was a very nice beer. I'd love to see it become a regular beer.

    Sadly they still only have 1 regular beer.
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  7. champ103

    champ103 Poo-Bah (3,783) Sep 3, 2007 Texas
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  8. TX-Badger

    TX-Badger Poo-Bah (2,576) Jun 14, 2012 Texas
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    In no particular order:

    JK Whiskey Rodeo
    Rahr & Sons BBAWW
    Lakewood Hop Trapp
    Peticolas Wintervention
    SA Pumpkinator
  9. coldriver

    coldriver Crusader (737) Jul 13, 2007 Texas

    Deep Ellum IPA
    SA Endeavour
    Real Ale Scots Gone Wild
    Rahr Visionary #2
    Lakewood the Temptress
  10. Gagnonsux

    Gagnonsux Poo-Bah (2,296) May 3, 2004 Texas

    Will limit myself to top five:

    1. Karbach Bodacious (This one was easily my first choice, the rest could easily switch places depending on my mood, etc.)
    2. Deep Ellum Wealth and Taste
    3. Saint Arnold Bishop's Barrel #1
    4. Southern Star Pro-AM 2012
    5. Jester King Ol' Oi

    Just missed the cut: Real Ale Brewer's Cut Quadruple, Saint Arnold Endeavor, Black Star Old Sour Dewberry, NXNW Blackjack Stout, and Buffalo Bayou Gingerbread Stout
  11. BruceBruce

    BruceBruce Initiate (0) Dec 4, 2011 Texas

    BBA Hellfighter was #1 for sure until trying RA BBA 15
    Endeavour for sure
    Pro Am 2012 was surprisingly great
    Charlie's IPA from Middleton Brewing Co. was crazy, but will be draft only now, the rest of them are all obvious
  12. turfy

    turfy Aspirant (225) Mar 17, 2010 Texas
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    Southern Star ProAm 2012
    SA Endeavor
    JK Whiskey Barrel Rodeo
    Freetail Raspberry Ananke
  13. mattisloco

    mattisloco Devotee (413) Feb 13, 2007 Texas
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    Beer of the year... Scots Gone Wild. No further comments needed.
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  14. Stinger80OH

    Stinger80OH Crusader (718) Nov 11, 2011 Ohio
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    This was my first year trading and also my first year experiencing great craft beers hailing from the nation of Texas. That being said, here are my favorites thus far, short and sweet:

    JK Weasel Rodeo
    JK Boxer's Revenge
    Southern Star Pro-Am 2012
  15. JBatman

    JBatman Initiate (0) Aug 22, 2009 Indiana

    Rahr BBWW - This is one I could drink for a month straight and not get tired of.
    SA Bishops Barrel #1 - I like what they did with this one, minus the price point.
    Southern Star Pro-Am 2012 - Awesome. Held a tasting with HT and Pliny and this stuck with them in terms of enjoyment.
  16. scullycain

    scullycain Initiate (0) Oct 10, 2012 Texas

    Freetail Raspberry Ananke
    Freetail Blueberry Ananke :slight_smile:
    Freetail Peche'cus
    Acreage watermelon saison (actually, this might top my list, as others have said)
    ...and when it was served correctly, Ranger Creek Strawberry Milk Stout

    I might like fruity things. Maybe. :/
  17. miikezombie

    miikezombie Aspirant (247) Aug 13, 2010 Texas

    This times infinity.
  18. JCDenver

    JCDenver Initiate (142) Feb 8, 2010 Texas
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    Mysterium Verum Volume XV/BA XV Anniversary. In a landslide.
  19. afluentturtle

    afluentturtle Initiate (0) Dec 16, 2012 Texas

    SA Bishops Barrel 1
    SA Pumkinator
    Rahr BBWW
    Southern Star ProAm 2012
    Ranger Creek Small Batch #2

    Honorable mention to RABC Cut #4
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  20. desputingrasputin

    desputingrasputin Initiate (0) Oct 13, 2012 Texas

    Live Oak Roggenbier
    Live Oak Primus
    Hops & Grain French Oak Aged Alt
    512 Cascabel Cream Stout
    Freetail Bat Rastard.
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  21. ucsbmullet

    ucsbmullet Crusader (742) Oct 5, 2011 Colorado
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    As a visitor coming from Colorado, this is great research material. Glad that Texas is making some interesting craft brews. I'm guessing there's gonna a be sh*t ton more breweries in the future. Excited to visit and leave with some Texas beer soon.
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  22. Ford

    Ford Defender (685) Sep 8, 2012 Texas
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    Off topic.. but I remember that baseball card (from your avatar).. my best friend actually got one in a pack before they were pulled.. of course as kids we thought it was awesome... being dumb kids..
  23. ucsbmullet

    ucsbmullet Crusader (742) Oct 5, 2011 Colorado
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    Well Billy Ripken "F" face loves that craft beer now. Especially that barrel aged stuff.
  24. TapThat

    TapThat Initiate (174) Nov 8, 2012 Oregon
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    My top picks of 2012

    Favorite IPA: Deep Ellum - IPA: This brewery hit the ground running, and brews my favorite IPA in Texas right now.

    Favorite Stout: Austin Beerworks - Sputnik - Amazing coffee stout. Who needs 4loco for pep and a buzz when you can drink this?

    Favorite Sour: Jester King - Buddha's Brew - Kombucha and beer? Kombrewcha.. Great tart flavor. Lower ABV makes for a great daytime drinking beer.

    Most Anticipated: Jester King - Funk Metal - If you are into Texas craft beer, Funk Metal was on your radar long before its release. Lived up to the hype and reconfirmed that Jester King takes the crown as far as experimental Texas beer is concerned.

    Best Series: Real Ale - Mysterium Verum - Scots Gone Wild, Vol XV, Imperium, Shipwrecked.. Every one of these beers is no doubt among the best in the state. If only they'd bottle this stuff..
  25. reverseapachemaster

    reverseapachemaster Aspirant (244) Sep 21, 2012 Texas
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    Peticolas Wintervention
    Rahr Winter Warmer
    Lakewood Hop Trapp on cask
    Lakewood Temptress
    Live Oak Primus
    Live Oak Roggenbier
    Live Oak Treehugger
    St. Arnold's Pumpkinator
    St. Arnold's Bishop's Barrel #1
    Real Ale Brewer's Cut Quad
    Real Ale Coffee Porter
    Jester King Boxer's Revenge
    Ranger Creek Small Batch #2
  26. jbeezification

    jbeezification Initiate (0) Jun 6, 2012 Texas

    I remember that damn card too, and the Dennis Rodman with his mushroom top hanging out. Hahah
  27. TxUltraRunner

    TxUltraRunner Disciple (356) Aug 16, 2012 Texas
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    That Cream Ale was awesome. Great way to stary that dinner at Rockwells.
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