Welcome to BeerAdvocate!

Looking to talk, rate or trade beer? Join today by creating your free account.

Dismiss Notice
Curious about recent updates to the site and app? Check the Announcements forum for updates.
Dismiss Notice
Love Belgian Beer?

Join us Sep 17 in Portland, Maine for Return of the Belgian Beer Fest, featuring hundreds of authentic Belgian beers and Belgian-inspired offerings.

Tickets + more: beeradvocate.com/belgian

Live Oak Beers

Discussion in 'Southwest' started by Ford, Jan 13, 2013.

  1. Ford

    Beer Trader

    Joined:
    Sep 8, 2012
    Posts:
    1,583
    Likes Received:
    569
    Location:
    Texas
    Wow.. in the last week I have now tasted Primus, their Hef and Pilz for the first time... they are all so good.

    Awesome to see them on tap all over Houston. I've seen them at Premier Draught, Nobi Public House and Buffalo Wild Wings in Clear Lake... last three places I've bought beer at... fantastic!

    Now I can't wait to try their other beers... looks like they have 4 regular and 4 seasonal.. nice.
     
  2. champ103

    Beer Trader

    Joined:
    Sep 3, 2007
    Posts:
    2,301
    Likes Received:
    5,172
    Location:
    Texas
    Yep, all those are great. Those along with their Roggenbier and Schwarzbier cement them as my favorite American breweries making German styles. Though Old Tree Hugger is a hell of a barleywine. I have had an Eisbock version of Primus. F@#!*^% hell that is good.
     
    BgThang and Ford like this.
  3. Ford

    Beer Trader

    Joined:
    Sep 8, 2012
    Posts:
    1,583
    Likes Received:
    569
    Location:
    Texas
    I'm super impressed.. and now officially a huge fan... I will be searching out their other two regulars and the seasonal as they hit taps around Houston... or if I make it up to Austin soon.
     
    champ103 likes this.
  4. Lutter

    Joined:
    Jun 30, 2010
    Posts:
    5,321
    Likes Received:
    5,425
    Location:
    Texas
    Old Tree Hugger is my favorite straight-up non-barrel-aged barleywine.

    They made the mistake of having this at the Draught House Anniversary Party this year (2010 batch). After about the 5th pour I was about ready to fall over... with happiness!

    If you get a chance, visit the brewery in Austin. It's amazing how dainty the brewery is!
     
    mrkmrk likes this.
  5. TapThat

    Beer Trader

    Joined:
    Nov 8, 2012
    Posts:
    162
    Likes Received:
    119
    Location:
    Oregon
    Whaaa? Eisbock Primus?!? That sounds mind-blowing.
     
    mrkmrk likes this.
  6. pwsoldier

    Joined:
    Apr 26, 2007
    Posts:
    1,153
    Likes Received:
    773
    Location:
    Texas
    I was there for that one too. It was heaven in a glass.
     
  7. FUNKPhD

    Joined:
    Apr 13, 2010
    Posts:
    2,056
    Likes Received:
    1,966
    Location:
    Texas
    I'm glad that LO taps are showing up more and more frequently in Houston than in the past. As awesome as it is to have a LO keg on hand, it can get a bit expensive :confused:
     
  8. jumpjet2k

    Joined:
    Feb 18, 2009
    Posts:
    129
    Likes Received:
    123
    Location:
    Texas
    Maaaaan... I want to try some EisPrimus...

    The last time I went on a Live Oak tour, it really struck me that these guys just don't have any low-quality beers. Their QA standards and consistency seem to be better than many other breweries. This contributes to the their fairly limited scale of their line-up, especially considering it's a fifteen-year-old brewery.

    In short, the quality of the beers that come out of that tiny, dingy, beat up old building is pretty remarkable.
     
    mrkmrk and Ford like this.
  9. ThirdEyePA

    Joined:
    Nov 7, 2011
    Posts:
    314
    Likes Received:
    112
    Location:
    Texas
    I got to try some Liberation Ale this weekend and was really impressed.
     
  10. TapThat

    Beer Trader

    Joined:
    Nov 8, 2012
    Posts:
    162
    Likes Received:
    119
    Location:
    Oregon
    Well color me jealous.. Hopefully this is something that they do again at some point. I've heard that we can expect a few one off's this year. Dopplebock sometime in the next two months I believe
     
  11. champ103

    Beer Trader

    Joined:
    Sep 3, 2007
    Posts:
    2,301
    Likes Received:
    5,172
    Location:
    Texas
    I wouldn't hold my breath. This was very limited. Basically they guys at Freetail said "hey look at this, it will be gone by the end of the day." When Scott says that, you get the beer:D
     
  12. Ford

    Beer Trader

    Joined:
    Sep 8, 2012
    Posts:
    1,583
    Likes Received:
    569
    Location:
    Texas
    mmm.. I love Dopplebocks...

    also Gordon Street Tavern in Alvin, Tx has posted they have Live Oak Hefe on tap now.
     
  13. reverseapachemaster

    Joined:
    Sep 21, 2012
    Posts:
    1,078
    Likes Received:
    582
    Location:
    Texas
    Live Oak definitely makes some fantastic beer. I remember a year or two ago they had an oak aged mild that was really good. I wish some of their one off beers would reappear.

    The only LO beer I've had that was a miss was their oaktoberfest last year. On at least one batch they blew the diacetyl rest and there was clearly diacetyl left in the beer.
     
  14. Ford

    Beer Trader

    Joined:
    Sep 8, 2012
    Posts:
    1,583
    Likes Received:
    569
    Location:
    Texas
    I had Primus again today.. just want to reiterate.... it's great.

    It does look a bit like murky ditch water...ha.... but man.. the smell and taste are amazing.
     
    FUNKPhD likes this.
  15. TapThat

    Beer Trader

    Joined:
    Nov 8, 2012
    Posts:
    162
    Likes Received:
    119
    Location:
    Oregon
    Tapping a keg of the Tree Hugger on Sunday for a little Groundhog's Day celebration. Also going to have a firkin of Liberation on hand as well.
     
    tigrstylz and lokieman like this.
  16. TapThat

    Beer Trader

    Joined:
    Nov 8, 2012
    Posts:
    162
    Likes Received:
    119
    Location:
    Oregon
    Make that Saturday actually
     
  17. lokieman

    Joined:
    Jan 20, 2011
    Posts:
    1,114
    Likes Received:
    983
    Location:
    Oklahoma
    Treehugger growlers.....?
     
    jbeezification likes this.
  18. cLin

    Joined:
    Jul 21, 2010
    Posts:
    67
    Likes Received:
    14
    Location:
    California
    I'm currently in Dallas right now and I was so excited to see Old Tree Hugger listed on the board at Meddlesome Moth for their Barleywine event. Sadly, I was too late and Tree Hugger wasn't available anymore. I had a vintage draft of it at Whip In a couple years ago and it blew me away.
     
  19. pwsoldier

    Joined:
    Apr 26, 2007
    Posts:
    1,153
    Likes Received:
    773
    Location:
    Texas
    Okay, now they're just teasing us....

    [​IMG]
     
    Cvescalante, FUNKPhD and JohnBender like this.
  20. wreckem8010

    Joined:
    Dec 7, 2010
    Posts:
    52
    Likes Received:
    25
    Location:
    Texas
    S#&% just got real...
     
  21. Danielbt

    Joined:
    May 4, 2012
    Posts:
    953
    Likes Received:
    607
    Location:
    Texas
    I WANT IT NOW.
     
  22. HopAG

    Beer Trader

    Joined:
    Sep 22, 2012
    Posts:
    1,935
    Likes Received:
    1,114
    Location:
    Texas
  23. lokieman

    Joined:
    Jan 20, 2011
    Posts:
    1,114
    Likes Received:
    983
    Location:
    Oklahoma
    I heard a filthy rumor about Live Oak bottles a while back...didn't buy it at the time considering their facilities. Would be nice to be able to throw up a FT: Live Oak Hefe bottles...pretty sure a lot of Texans have been dreaming about this for a long time.
     
  24. Lutter

    Joined:
    Jun 30, 2010
    Posts:
    5,321
    Likes Received:
    5,425
    Location:
    Texas
    Wow. The hippies are actually getting their shit together.
     
  25. Lutter

    Joined:
    Jun 30, 2010
    Posts:
    5,321
    Likes Received:
    5,425
    Location:
    Texas
    Nope. Saw the pic on their Facebook. False alarm, they are samples for their sales people filled by hand.

    Move along. Nothing to see here.
     
  26. cam_williams

    Beer Trader

    Joined:
    Oct 3, 2012
    Posts:
    305
    Likes Received:
    139
    Location:
    Texas
    Yeah, my brother in law bumped into the Live Oak guys when he was delivering kegs to The Draught House and they had the bottles with them. They just use those as samples for places. Nothing to get excited about!
     
  27. Danielbt

    Joined:
    May 4, 2012
    Posts:
    953
    Likes Received:
    607
    Location:
    Texas
    Why must you crush my dreams?
     
  28. Lutter

    Joined:
    Jun 30, 2010
    Posts:
    5,321
    Likes Received:
    5,425
    Location:
    Texas
    BTW: ISO hand filled/labeled Live Oak Hefe bottles.

    I'd totally be all like "oh, let me save 6 to try later, prospective brewery. What was your brewery called again?"

    Walez, bro.
     
    FUNKPhD likes this.
  29. Lutter

    Joined:
    Jun 30, 2010
    Posts:
    5,321
    Likes Received:
    5,425
    Location:
    Texas
    Because your dreams are frought by the deceit of hippies and the sadness of draft-only distribution.
     
  30. pwsoldier

    Joined:
    Apr 26, 2007
    Posts:
    1,153
    Likes Received:
    773
    Location:
    Texas
    Hence my use of the word "teasing". :(
     
  31. JohnBender

    Joined:
    Apr 20, 2012
    Posts:
    221
    Likes Received:
    75
    Location:
    Texas
    Man those are some mighty fancy caps for sample bottles. Hopefully a sign of good things to come.
     
    Cvescalante and rainerschuhsler like this.
  32. BgThang

    Beer Trader

    Joined:
    Dec 23, 2007
    Posts:
    524
    Likes Received:
    226
    Location:
    Texas
    I got to try this at a party one of the brewers came to and brought it. Was in the words of barney stinson Legend ....wait for it.... those of you lactose intolerent......Dairy!
     
  33. omnigrits

    Joined:
    Jun 1, 2006
    Posts:
    232
    Likes Received:
    86
    Location:
    Texas
    I have a bottle of LO Roggenbier that's been in my fridge for a few months (they don't label 'em btw).

    So, let's deal :D
     
  34. Lutter

    Joined:
    Jun 30, 2010
    Posts:
    5,321
    Likes Received:
    5,425
    Location:
    Texas
    This would work only if I didn't live in Austin. :)

    32oz flip tops trade well, btw.
     
  35. FUNKPhD

    Joined:
    Apr 13, 2010
    Posts:
    2,056
    Likes Received:
    1,966
    Location:
    Texas
    Do those have labels?
     
  36. DonD

    Beer Trader

    Joined:
    Jun 23, 2008
    Posts:
    361
    Likes Received:
    239
    Location:
    Texas
    Looks like they've been getting hit with questions.

    Dear Avid Ferociously Inquisitive LIve Oak Facebook Fans: Believe me, I totally understand how you might be thinking that we are suddenly (very suddenly - overnight it would seem) available to the public in bottles, especially after seeing what appear to be bottles in a couple of photos posted here. Well, guess what? We are NOT AVAILABLE in bottles! But, you say, I saw bottles. Well, yes you did, but read the fine print above - "available to the public." These are bottles we painstakingly fill, one at a time by hand, in order to be able to make samples of our beers available to bars, restaurants, etc. interested in putting us ON TAP in their establishment. That is all. Now, please stop spreading rumors that we're available in bottles... Thank you. btw, we do have plans to put our beers in containers other than kegs in the not-too-distant future... more on that as things develop.
     
    HopAG likes this.
  37. lokieman

    Joined:
    Jan 20, 2011
    Posts:
    1,114
    Likes Received:
    983
    Location:
    Oklahoma
    So cans.....?
     
  38. HopAG

    Beer Trader

    Joined:
    Sep 22, 2012
    Posts:
    1,935
    Likes Received:
    1,114
    Location:
    Texas
    Hey guys, I heard Live Oak is putting their brews in cans! You heard it here second!

    According to Lokie of course, hes my source :rolleyes:


    I would love to see their Hefe in cans though!
     
    Cvescalante likes this.
  39. mattisloco

    Beer Trader

    Joined:
    Feb 13, 2007
    Posts:
    2,168
    Likes Received:
    1,761
    Location:
    Texas
    The Deep Ellum guys are working on a mobile canning truck, so that is very possible.
     
    HopAG likes this.
  40. Lutter

    Joined:
    Jun 30, 2010
    Posts:
    5,321
    Likes Received:
    5,425
    Location:
    Texas
    Mobile... canning... truck?

    That sounds promising. Must be one huge-ass truck though. :)
     
  • About Us

    Your go-to website for beer (since 1996), publishers of BeerAdvocate magazine (since 2006) and hosts of world-class beer events (since 2003). Respect Beer.
  • Return of the Belgian Beer Fest

    BeerAdvocate Brings its All-Belgian Fest to Portland, Maine on September 17, 2016. Tickets are on sale now.

    Learn More
  • Get the Mag

    Become a BeerAdvocate magazine print subscriber today.

    Subscribe