Who is you favorite Texas Brewery

Discussion in 'Southwest' started by ChanceK, May 20, 2013.

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  1. ChanceK

    ChanceK Initiate (0) Feb 13, 2012 Texas

    Based on total body of work. Year rounds + special releases , all of it gets to count.

    Here is 1 vote for St. Arnold. Endeavor is great, plus Elisa, Weedwacker and their Brown. I love chasing their Devine Reserve releases, not so much on the BB seers, even though I did enjoy BB2. And on top of that the rotatinging Icon series. The are without a doubt my favorite.

    So who is sours and why?
  2. Heretic42

    Heretic42 Initiate (0) Aug 31, 2011 Texas

    Jester King, Live Oak, 512, in that order. If Live Oak bottled, they'd probably be first in that list.

    I've not been a huge fan of St Arnold -- they're alright, but I can find better examples of the styles they do, and we don't get particularly fresh Endeavor in DFW.
  3. Lutter

    Lutter Initiate (0) Jun 30, 2010 Texas

    Hops & Grain. Zoe has been a consistent staple of my fridge the last few months with Alteration & Pale Dog in heavy rotation before that. I personally think that H&G is doing much more diverse and interesting small batch beers in their Greenhouse series (particularly their Del Roble series) than anyone in Texas right now. I love their laid back attitude (especially in their amazing taproom) and diversity of styles.

    Runner up is Jester King... who are doing amazing world-class barrel-aged sours & saisons right now and, when they're tuned-in, probably make the best beer in Texas. That said, they don't make any one beer that is available and affordable enough for me to drink daily... and the hype train and rush behind new releases just wears me out thinking about it.
  4. leftymgp

    leftymgp Initiate (0) Apr 15, 2013 Texas

    I'm going to have to go with Hops & Grain also. Everything I've had from them I've really enjoyed. Their production beers are all top notch in my book. But I absolutely love their Greenhouse beers. I try to make it to the brewery at least once a month to sample the latest.

    Before they opened, 512 was my previous favorite with Live Oak not far behind. I guess I've never really been a big Jester King fan. I generally like all of their beers, but they don't have one I've ever really connected with - if that makes sense.
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  5. corbey

    corbey Initiate (0) Oct 22, 2006 Texas

    For me, it's currently Austin Beerworks, especially for their Heavy Machinery, and Hops and Grain, especially for Zoe.

    But I'm fickle could change my mind tomorrow!
  6. Clonies720

    Clonies720 Initiate (0) Oct 24, 2012 Texas

    All the ones that responsibly promote TX craft beer.
  7. blatherbeard

    blatherbeard Initiate (0) Sep 30, 2007 Texas

    Id have to go Real Ale, then 512. If 512 bottled, it'd be real close.

    Mostly because RA has teh 1 beer that i always gravitate towards always on shelves, Devils Backbone. I also like their brown and when the coffee porter comes out i cant get enough.

    Also the Mysterium Vernum series (the few that i got to have) were incredibly good and the brewers cut stuff, has been awesome.
  8. kmello69

    kmello69 Initiate (0) Nov 27, 2011 Texas

    Hops and Grain, followed VERY closely by Austin Beerworks. I have yet to have anything from either that I didnt think was a quality representation of style, and both are willing to push boundaries and put out new stuff. I could drink nothing by Zoe all summer and Sputnik all winter and be a very happy man. Third place for me would be Jester King - I love a lot of their stuff, but for my palate they've also had some misses lately, and the price point is starting to price me out of the market on some of their offerings.

    But really, we're lucky to have so many fantastic breweries right in our backyards now
  9. pwsoldier

    pwsoldier Initiate (0) Apr 26, 2007 Minnesota

    Real Ale is easily one of my favorites. Solid core lineup, great seasonals, and world-class special releases. I'm also a huge fan of Live Oak and (512). And of course, I fucking love Freetail.
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  10. air

    air Initiate (0) Mar 28, 2007 Texas

    MV series beers are what put Real Ale as the frontrunner for me. Close second is Austin Beerworks, and I just wish more of their stuff made it's way to DFW.

    In terms of JK, I've been a lot more apprehensive buying their stuff lately because of the price and being unsure if I'll even like the beer.
  11. Clonies720

    Clonies720 Initiate (0) Oct 24, 2012 Texas

    Ok seriously. It's a really rough decision to say who's #1 in my book. And there are others that tie for 1st place in my mind, but I'm a huge fan of Jester King and their work (values as a business, transparency with the consumers, and their work ethic). I'm thoroughly excited for my June 1st trip and actually my 1st trip to Jester King! Looking forward to it.
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  12. air

    air Initiate (0) Mar 28, 2007 Texas

    Don't get me wrong on my other comment though - visiting the brewery itself is a fantastic experience. Big change from most the other craft breweries here who are set up in an industrial-ish area.
  13. AugustHorch

    AugustHorch Initiate (0) May 8, 2013 Texas

    Jesterking is number one for me currently. Mostly based on Boxers, RU-55, and Funk Metal... those 3 beers alone have grabbed the number one spot in my book.

    Hops & Grain is a close second because of their greenhouse series and the consistantly great cans they produce.

    Austing beerworks would be third.
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  14. cam_williams

    cam_williams Initiate (0) Oct 3, 2012 Texas

    This is always tough, but here goes.

    1. Real Ale - For reasons stated above. Great year round beers, awesome barrel program
    2. Live Oak - They do their styles, and they do them well
    3. Hops & Grain - Again, they have great year rounds, and the Greenhouse series produces awesome beers.
    4. Austin Beerworks - Great year rounds, great seasonals, great brewery to visit.
    5. 512 - Like others have stated, if bottled would move up the list. Love everything they have put out.
  15. champ103

    champ103 Grand Pooh-Bah (5,230) Sep 3, 2007 Texas
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    I always go back and forth with who I think is my favorite. Though right now in no particular order:

    Real Ale
    Austin Beerworks
    Live Oak

    Hops & Grain continues to make a really good case, and I have been impressed with some of Saint Arnold's new efforts.
  16. Daemose

    Daemose Maven (1,407) Oct 3, 2011 Texas

    You will enjoy it.
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  17. HopAG

    HopAG Initiate (0) Sep 22, 2012 Texas

    Karbach - They are growing by leaps and bounds for an upstart brewery here in Houston. Their limited releases have blown my mind so far and I am impressed at the variety and tinkering they do to promote their label.
  18. aschwab

    aschwab Initiate (0) Mar 3, 2009 Texas

    Hops & Grain: Their standards are always solid, but the Greenhouse series just kills it.
  19. jsboots21

    jsboots21 Initiate (0) Jan 19, 2009 Tennessee

    Real Ale, with JK in close second.

    Real Ale makes two damn good year round brews (Four Squared and Hans' Pils), plenty more good year round brews, and has the best one-offs in the state. I can drink Four Squared at pretty much any given time. Barrel Aged 15th Anny, Devil's Share, and Scots Gone Wild are three of the best TX beers I've tried. I'm quite excited that my fantastic wife bought a growler of Scots for me when I was in TN over the weekend.

    Jester King is TX's most recognizable brewery, mostly to the betterment of the state's beer scene. They make a lot of really good beer. Yes, there are misses, but such is the nature of an experimental brewery. Some of their hits (both Wunderkinds, Funk Metal, RU-55) have been great discoveries and have shown many Texans how cool and delicious beer can be. As Air mentioned, their brewery experience is, by far, the best in the state. Their main drawback IMO is the lack of draft availability + the lack of small format product for more sessionable consumption. But they have a plan and they're sticking to it, so I respect their business vision and execution.
  20. starkmarvelo

    starkmarvelo Initiate (0) Jan 20, 2010 Texas

    Real Ale
  21. bccocx

    bccocx Initiate (0) Jan 13, 2007 Texas

    Jester King.

    I'd vote Hops and Grain second. If they bottled some of the greenhouse beers, they'd probably be my favorite.
  22. ShameAndFailure

    ShameAndFailure Initiate (0) Mar 26, 2009 Texas

    No label, Shiner and Rahr.
  23. TTUJohn

    TTUJohn Initiate (0) Nov 13, 2012 Texas

    I like JK and Karbach the most. Funk Metal and RU-55 are tremendous, but the lack of draft and smaller bottles hurts them, for me at least, because sometimes I would like just one beer or one glass without having to commit to a whole 750 mL bottle. Karbach's everyday lineup beers are pretty much my go-to's and their FUN series beer have all been great.
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  24. reverseapachemaster

    reverseapachemaster Initiate (0) Sep 21, 2012 Texas

    Live Oak takes it but it's closely followed by Hops & Grain, Lakewood, Freetail, Pinthouse and Branchline.
  25. E-DUBB

    E-DUBB Initiate (0) Nov 21, 2012 Texas

    no particular order:

    karbach - because rodeo clown, weisse versa and fun series
    jester king - because thrash metal, OG black metal and mad meg
    real ale - because lost gold ipa, sisyphus and phoenix double esb
    deep ellum - because wealth and taste, darkest hour and double brown
    live oak - because roggenbier, big bark and primus
  26. hash_tagger

    hash_tagger Initiate (0) Jan 18, 2013 Texas

    In no particular order:

    Real Ale

    I haven't had much Freetail other than Ananke and I'm having more and more Karbach lately. I’m constantly making efforts to have more of these two breweries since I've liked everything I've had by both so they're on defiantly on my radar.
  27. ChanceK

    ChanceK Initiate (0) Feb 13, 2012 Texas

    Real Ale would be my solid #2. I don't have a standout #3.
  28. aschwab

    aschwab Initiate (0) Mar 3, 2009 Texas

    To each their own...but I do not understand this at all.
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  29. r0nburgundy69

    r0nburgundy69 Initiate (0) Jan 27, 2012 Texas

    i think we've done this before but:
    1)Real Ale
    2)Jester King
    3)Live Oak
    5)Austin Beerworks/Hops&Grain/Adelberts etc etc

    edit: i'm sure freetail would probably be in the top 4 but i havent tried anything or theirs besides ananke
  30. BBizME

    BBizME Initiate (0) Mar 6, 2013 California

    Man no love for St. Arnolds in this thread! Probably responsible for turning more folks to craft beer than all of the others combined and they've been putting out lot's of awesome stuff lately to keep up with the growing competition in H-town. The Icon series is pretty fantastic. (particularly enjoyed blue)

    Having said that though Karbach is probably top of the list for me, followed closely by RA and JK. Southern Star gets a nod somewhere in there if only for the "Black Crack."

    Really want to try the Hop Delusion, but I'm out in California for work now.
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  31. Phil_S

    Phil_S Initiate (0) Feb 14, 2013 Texas

    My favorite brewery changes every few days...

    Right now it is Lone Pint, can't get enough of that Yellow Rose... Mosaic is freaking awesome.
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  32. ShameAndFailure

    ShameAndFailure Initiate (0) Mar 26, 2009 Texas

    Just trying to add a bit of huh? to the thread.
  33. greenspointexas

    greenspointexas Initiate (0) Jan 16, 2011 Texas

    Lone Pint and Real Ale for me

    Nobody does barrel aging than Real Ale in this state. Lone Pint has the best line-up of hoppy beers in the state as well
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  34. WickedSluggy

    WickedSluggy Savant (1,093) Nov 21, 2008 Texas

  35. r0nburgundy69

    r0nburgundy69 Initiate (0) Jan 27, 2012 Texas

    if only there were 750s of kraken, texas walez bro
  36. blatherbeard

    blatherbeard Initiate (0) Sep 30, 2007 Texas

    I didnt realize we were doing top 3 to 5 :wink:

    my third would definitely be Adelberts.
  37. ChanceK

    ChanceK Initiate (0) Feb 13, 2012 Texas

    Finally, another St Arnold. So I'm not a man alone in the wilderness!!
  38. champ103

    champ103 Grand Pooh-Bah (5,230) Sep 3, 2007 Texas
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    I always enjoy Saint Arnold, sometimes they can make amazing beers, sometimes just meh. When ever these types of threads come up, I always think about including them, but IMO, they are just outside the top tier. Which is not a slight on Saint Arnold at all, just a testament to how good some other breweries in the state are.
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  39. Clonies720

    Clonies720 Initiate (0) Oct 24, 2012 Texas

    100% agreed good sir. I'm really loving the Icon Green. So quaffable and easy drinking with enough flavor to keep things interesting!
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  40. HopAG

    HopAG Initiate (0) Sep 22, 2012 Texas

    What are we fancy now?
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