The Texas legislature sure passed a doozy. There are quite a few folks outraged at the outcome of the bill that came out of left field, seemingly flew through both houses, and was quickly signed into law. Let’s dig into it a little bit.

First, pour yourself a nice local craft beer. We’re going to be here a minute.

Alright ready? Let’s go.

Texas Brewers Fear Layoffs, Closures Following Senate Vote to Curtail Taproom Sales

Now, Brewbound does an alright job of breaking down the major components of the bill. But let’s add some commentary and clarity to some things they skimmed over.

Feb
27
2017
Comments Off on This coming Saturday at The Point Park and Eats

This coming Saturday at The Point Park and Eats. Come out for some donut balls, beer, and knowledge!

Feb
25
2017
Comments Off on Every bottled vintage of Sisyphus (2002-2017)

Every bottled vintage of Sisyphus (2002-2017). Amazing does not encapsulate the awesomeness and generosity of Brad and Co. at Real Ale. Amazing brews, amazing hospitality. #lifesshortdrinkgoodbeer #beerwithblake #realale

Feb
21
2017
Comments Off on This is pretty nifty and innovative

This is pretty nifty and innovative. Martin House Brewing Company introduces us to 2-pack boxes. One of the coolest packaging ideas that I have seen lately.

What are some of the coolest packaging ideas that you have seen / heard about that are coming down the pipeline? I like Founders Brewing Co. 15 packs.

On the flip side of the coin, what are some pack sizes that you have seen that just don’t work as well as one would think?

Feb
21
2017
Comments Off on What is your current go-to, easy drinking beer?

What is your current go-to, easy drinking beer? As we prepare for summer here in Texas (Yes, I do realize that it is February) it is time to begin thinking about lawn-mowing beers.

I’ve been thoroughly enjoying Alamo Beer‘s Munich Dunkel and Pilsner lately. I am excited to see Ranger Creek Brewing & Distilling‘s San Antonio Lager hit the shelves this week.

It’s great to have an easy drinking crisp pilsner for these hot spring days. Let’s hear it, what are you keeping stocked in your fridge and possibly drinking way too much of?

Feb
11
2017
Comments Off on It is a great way to enjoy the work of brewers around the world

While last years Beer Camp was pricey, it had some solid beers in it. I do enjoy this series, and the concepts behind the series. It is a great way to enjoy the work of brewers around the world who may not have a presence in your local market.

Also, they did a stand up job on the video this year.

#sierranevada #craftbeer #beerwithblake

Feb
11
2017
Comments Off on Next Level: Dogfish Head creates draft system straight from the barrel

http://beerstreetjournal.com/next-level-dogfish-head-creat…/

Dogfish has gone and done it again. Innovation keeps Sam and his crew well ahead of the curve. I am intrigued and hope that this is online by the time I make it back tout there in July.

Feb
7
2017
Comments Off on During Breaks in Super Bowl, Advertisers Enter Political Debate

Alrighty, you’ve had a couple of days to simmer and think, and to recover from all the amazing craft beer that you consumed during the Superbowl. Let’s look at a commercial that is getting a lot of attention.

https://www.nytimes.com/…/bus…/super-bowl-ads-politics.html…

Now, there seems to be quite a bit of backlash and folks are turning this into a political spectacle. The commercial was actually filmed long before the election, but lets not let politics poison our beer.

Jan
27
2017
Comments Off on Which local brewery will you be visiting this weekend?

It’s Friday in the Hill Country. Which local brewery will you be visiting this weekend? Do you make your decision based on which beers are on tap? The staff that is working or the owners? Is it a community staple? Or perhaps you haven’t been there yet / in awhile?

What are some of the criteria that you utilize to decide where you #drinklocal?

Jan
20
2017
Comments Off on Drink em if you’ve got em.

I mean, when the time is right… the time is right. Drink em if you’ve got em.

It’s 1/20 … you know what to do.

Jan
20
2017
Comments Off on Karlos hits the nail on the head

Karlos hits the nail on the head.

http://www.theadvertiser.com/…/try-striking-up-co…/96544420/

As someone who has worked the retail side of the business, the customers that took the time to talk beer ended up with better suggestions and maybe a heads up on special releases. It allows your beer purveyor to get to know your likes, dislikes, and they will have some awesome recommendations for you. Plus, how cool is it when you learn the history behind the label. Purveyors have a great link to the folks that create that beverage you’re looking at, and getting in to that inner circle of knowledge is something special.

Happy Friday y’all, go drink some good beer!

Jan
13
2017
Comments Off on We are mighty excited about this new machinery at Middleton Brewing

We are mighty excited about this new machinery at Middleton Brewing. Go check them out if you haven’t lately. Pro Tip: Their 5th Anniversary Barleywine is amazing

Jan
10
2017
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If you’re within a tank of gas of New Braunfels on Friday, go show some support to Guadalupe. While yes, their taproom has been open for a little while, it is time to open it in a grand style. Ribbon cutting and awesome changes are coming. AWESOME CHANGES OKAY! Get excited, these folks are about to be able to fill growlers to go!

This has been such an amazing brewery to watch grow. I remember being back in College Station in 2012 and they’d come to town with just a couple cases of THA (Texas Honey Ale) at a time for Twin Liquors and the now defunct Village Foods in Bryan. Now, I get to visit them on the weekends and enjoy their gold medal winning Scotch Ale, Show De Bola, and many, many others.

Get out and #supportTexasbeer

Jan
8
2017
Comments Off on Ruggedman Brewing Company LLC.

If you’re in the Austin / San Antonio area, or even just passing through. Get these guys on your radar. They kicked things off this Friday (Jan 6) and are having their grand opening weekend the 20-22nd of Jan.

They’ve been planning and working out the beers for years and they opened their doors ready to rock. I’m excited to see them progress further and kick some ass.

I am a beyond harsh judge of Blonde ales, they have two (American, and a Belgian) that are truly outstanding. I can’t wait for their stouts and porters to kick off in two weeks.

Jan
7
2017
Comments Off on The Point Park & Eats

If you’re in the San Antonio area this is going to be a great event. Stay tuned as we have some great things coming up for 2017 at The Point Park and Eats.

#2016BURGERBRAWL TAKE 2 happens on January 14th! Come on out and try burgers from the 6 competing food trucks then vote for your favorite!

Guest judges include:
Craft Cruiser (Dan)
Legal Draft Beer Co. (Dan)
She’s Crafty: Talk on Tap (Catherine)
Pedernales Brewing Company (Mike)
Independence Brewing Co. (Holly)
Beer With Blake (Blake)

Dec
9
2016
Comments Off on Texas TABC drama

Let’s talk Texas TABC drama. As recently of last night, I am being told that TABC has begun to crack down on Randalls. (http://shop.dogfish.com/…/b…/other-accessories/Randall-3.htm). This is the actual code as written:

We are looking at sections 2, and 5 directly. ((2) furnish, give, or lend any money, service, or thing of value to a retailer), ((5) furnish, give, rent, lend, or sell to a retail dealer any equipment, fixtures, or
supplies to be used in selling or dispensing alcoholic beverages).

Dec
3
2016
Comments Off on Texas’ Deep Ellum Sells Stake to Storied Craft Breweries

Following the Karbach announcement Deep Ellum posted quite the succinct note to Facebook stating “Bet you thought it was going to be us” referencing the sell to AbInBev. Well, it looks like they have started down that road on their own.

http://www.brewbound.com/…/texas-deep-ellum-sells-stake-sto…

A couple of very telling quotes from the article.

“Now, I want to align myself with strategic partners who understand the long-term play of craft beer and can help me realize my goal ofbecoming a dominant brewery – not just in Texas, but also in the region.”

Nov
30
2016
Comments Off on Grapevine Craft Brewery

Here is a short read on the transformation currently going on at Grapevine Craft Brewery http://www.guidelive.com/…/grapevine-craft-brewery-3-year-a…

I am glad to see the brewery surviving opposed to merely being a second brewhouse for Deep Ellum. I’ll be glad to see some more Armadillo Ale Works in the market in the near future as well.

3 years in, Grapevine Craft Brewery isn’t what it used to be | Guidelive

Grapevine Craft Brewery is not one of Dallas-Fort Worth’s oldest breweries, but it’s certainly one of the most storied. Since opening in late 2013

GUIDELIVE.COM

Nov
23
2016
Comments Off on My find of the week

My find of the week. A huge shoutout to Jody and Candace for getting me taken care of. An 8yr weizenbock, covered in thick dust. I’m stoked to get into these over the weekend.

http://www.saintarnold.com/divine-reserve/

This beer was bottled before I could legally drink it.

Nov
21
2016
Comments Off on It is a holiday week

It is a holiday week. What all do you have in mind to drink out of your cellar for this week? Anything special? What beer or style have you discovered this year that you have truly, truly enjoyed? Maybe the rediscovery of an old favorite or the uncovering of a new favorite?

In 2016 I have strayed from all of the uber vinegar sours and moved towards brett forward beers when I am drinking Wild Ales. I have made the conscious effort to explain the difference in sours and wilds whenever possible to folks asking.

 
 
 
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