Bill & I were shopping at the nearby H.E.B. grocery store last week and came across this flier:
It's about the size of a glass coaster....
Bill and I take tours of anything... we've seen everything from nuclear power plants to JellyBelly jellybeans. But wine and beer tours are among our favorites. So, we tore off one of the fliers and made plans to check this out.
Yesterday was the big day... we planned to arrive when they opened at noon. Figured it was the perfect place to have lunch on a cold, overcast Saturday.
This is the Revolver Brewery... started their first brew last September and started selling draft beer in October.
The entry fee was $7 a person, which included 4 (very generous) tastings of beer and the beer glass to take home.
Here's the line at the bar. At this time the brewery sells only draft, and sells only to restaurants and other establishments. They aren't licensed to sell on the premises.
If you wanted lunch to go along with your glass of beer...
a vendor was selling pulled pork, BBQ, hotdogs and some other kinds of sandwiches.
They even had entertainment...
This woman sang country/western songs until the tour of the brewery began.
Seating was both inside and out... we sat inside at one of the picnic table and met this delightful young couple...
Originally from Louisiana, Zack and Melanie now live in the Dallas area. (I may have names wrong... with the huge building, loud music and lots of conversation going on around us, hearing was difficult).
Melanie has even been to OU in Athens, Ohio!
We really enjoyed talking with the two of them.
The tasting starts out with the light beers and ends with the dark. This is the darkest... I didn't even bother to try it as I don't like stouts and ales... give me a lager any day!
Bill has a plastic cover over his hat... it was raining when we arrived and rain is bad for cowboy hats!
The tour started at 1:30...
Here's the brewmaster... talking about the process of making beer.
Those sacks behind him contain various types of barley. Or, more correctly... barley in various stages of roasting. Those will determine how dark a beer will be.
He talked about malt, showed us hops (their hops are imported from France) and showed us the various vats...
Quite an impressive operation!
The brewmaster was born and raised in Texas... went to Texas A&M... left the area to work at breweries in several different states, and until recently, worked 16 years as a brewmaster at Samuel Adams in Boston.
When he saw an ad wanting a brewmaster for a brand new brewery back in Texas, he was ready to come "home".
His enthusiasm for his work and for this new brewery was so evident in his talk... it's always great to hear someone who likes what they do.
Here we are... with our "souvenir" beer glasses...
And, by the way, the beer was very good.
What a fun way to spend a Saturday afternoon!
That's All For Today!