667 Neighbor of the Beast
Our American India Pale Ale uses bountiful amounts of American two row malted barley and a sprinkle of Maris Otter in combination with three bold whole cone American hops. The hops are individually transitioned throughout the boil to highlight each hop's bittering and flavoring characteristics. Post-fermentation, 667 is dry hopped with vast amounts of the same three hops. The beer is named after a phrase someone scrawled into the wall of our favorite college watering hole.
Tasting notes: orange nectar with a frothy white head; medium malt body; seriously chocked full of piney-grapefruit flavor and aroma finishing with hints of peach and honey. A hop head's soused hallucination.
ABV: 6.6% IBUs: 66.7
A SMaSH, Single Malt and Single Hop, IPA using a caboodle (technical term for a large amount of malt) of malt and a new hop released in 2012 called Mosaic (HBC 369). It is a daughter of Simcoe (YCR 14), one of our favorite hops. Whole cone Mosaic is used for bittering, flavoring, and aroma in the kettle; it is also massively dry hopped. The beer is named after a Texas Heroine.
Tasting notes: chalk-white head with a very clean malt backbone. The hops impart strong grapefruit, pineapple, and blueberry flavor and aroma. A strong beer that is extremely quaffable.
ABV: 6.8% IBUs: 62
Our Brown Ale gives a nod to the Northern English Brown style. However, since defeating the English in 1783, it is analogistic that the American version be stronger to reflect on England's vanquishment. Gentleman's Relish uses Maris Otter malt as the base, augmented with dark crystal and chocolate malts. Whole cone English hops are used throughout the boil, imparting their characteristic smooth bitterness. The beer is named after an Englishman's favorite snack, an anchovy paste, typically eaten on toast.
Tasting notes: dark brown with a thick creamy head; chocolate-caramelly-nuttiness yields to a clean hoppy finish. It makes one almost wish that the English were still here to share a pint of this fine brew...almost.
ABV: 6.2% IBUs: 28
Our Imperial India Pale Ale uses Golden Promise malt and two very pungent whole cone American hops. This brew is hopped so heavily that post-boil, after all of the wort has been transferred to the fermenter, the hop mass at the bottom of the kettle is more than one foot deep. Post-fermentation, Jabberwocky is dry hopped with colossal amounts of the same two hops. The beer is named after a monster we all hold dear.
Tasting notes: deep golden with a head made of hop resin; light malt breadiness hidden beneath an onslaught of pungent hoppy tropical-fruitiness. Shun the frumious Bandersnatch! Shun it!
ABV: 8.2% IBUs: 114
Our American Strong Ale uses American two row malted barley and the darkest caramelized malts available. It is extravagantly hopped with four robust whole cone American hops; 68% of which are added to boil during the last fifteen minutes! The beer is named after two things that strike fear in those who are scared of them and such.
Tasting notes: dark amber with a sticky-toffee colored head; malty sweetness with hints of dried fruit and burnt sugar; nicely balanced with aggressive hop flavor. This brew is so good it inspired a movie.
ABV: 7.6% IBUs: 54
Lily & Seamus
Our American Wheat is a marriage of American two row malted barley, American malted white wheat, and a touch of light caramel malts. Three different whole cone American hops are used with restraint. Whilst brewing, we continually repeat "this is our delicate summer beer" lest we throw an entire bale of hops into the boil. This beer is named after hopes and dreams.
Sometimes we perform a secondary fermentation with Kumquats from the Selby Kumquat Orchard in Alvin; other times we sour the mash then dry hop with El Dorado and Mosaic.
Tasting notes: yellow-orange with a fluffy white head; smooth & crisp with a delicious floral hoppiness and silky mouthfeel. The sour mash nose has a nice mixture of lacto funk and citrusy dry hop. Taste is light funky sour with clean bitterness. A wheat beer that tastes like summer...sans the skeeters.
ABV: 6.0% IBUs: 31
Zeno's Pale Ale
Our American Pale Ale uses American two row malted barley and a touch of light crystal malt in combination with two pungent and resiny whole cone American hops. The hops are added to the boil using strategery to yield a pleasant, yet satisfying, hop punch. The beer is named after our favorite college watering hole: Zeno's Pub.
Tasting notes: yellow-orange with a lacey white head; nice light malty-breadiness up front; resiny hop punch with notes of citrus and pine at the back. A beer for any occasion, including...
ABV: 5.9% IBUs: 45
Due to the large amount of new hops being developed, we have decided to begin a new single hop series entitled Zythophile. Each self titled batch will attempt to uncover the true essence of the hop.
Zythophile El Dorado
American two row malted barley and El Dorado hops.
Tasting notes: orange color with lacy white head; light body; pungent bitterness with hints of orange and tangerine.
ABV: 6.0% IBUs: 62
American two row malted barley, a sprinkle of light caramalt, and Azacca hops.
Tasting notes: orange color with lacy white head; light body; light tropical fruit aroma; sharp semi-lingering bitterness with subtle tropical fruit / honey finish.
ABV: 6.6% IBUs: 63
American two row malted barley, Maris Otter, a bit of wheat and crystal malt, and Rakau hops.
Tasting notes: amber color with medium body. This hop imparts sharp floral notes with funky piney bitterness; phenolic flavors abound, as in Belgian ales.
ABV: 7.6% IBUs: 50
The Pioneer series is a never-before-brewed one off series designed to make our recipe ideas, beit good or bad, a reality. The first Pioneer, Yellow Rose, was tasty enough to become a regular. Stay tuned for more. It may get a bit weird.
Pioneer II - Po-Cha-Na-Quar-Hip Braggot - released August 30th, 2013
Our newest Pioneer Series release is a Braggot, a mead-ale hybrid dating back to the Middle Ages. We brewed it in collaboration with the local Magnolia Meadery, Enchanted Manor, who supplies mead to the Texas Renaissance Festival every year. Our Braggot uses American two row malt, a sprinkle of honey malt, and 1,200 lbs of raw, unfiltered, unpasteurized Texas wildflower honey sourced from Montgomery and Brazoria Counties; and of course whole cone American hops. This beer is named after a Texas Comanche War Chief: Po-Cha-Na-Quar-Hip.
Tasting notes: bright orange with a honey scented white head; robust wildflower honey flavor, followed by clean hop bitterness, finishing with strong alcohol warmth. This brew has quite a kick, thanks to the bees.
ABV: 9.1% IBUs: 54
Pioneer III - Brewmaster Degen - released October 21st, 2013
Pioneer III is another SMaSH, Single Malt and Single Hop, Ale. This time we chose a hop that has been around for a long time, but for some reason has gone unused, nearly disappearing from the brewing world. It was bred around the same time period as the revolutionary Cascade hop, but never received any recognition for kick starting the American Craft Beer Revolution like Cascade has. For shame, this is a very tasty hop. This beer is named after Texas's first recorded brewmaster: Charles Degen.
*** The first person to correctly guess the malt/hop combo will receive a load of swag. Feel free to email your guesses to us. Absurd ones are subject to ridicule. ***
Tasting notes: dark amber with a dense chunky head; smooth malty-ness mixed with a barbarous hop aroma. Well balanced and extremely quaffable on a cool autumn afternoon.
ABV: 5.7% IBUs: 59
Knecht Ruprecht Series
The Knecht Ruprecht series is a holiday inspired single batch.
Knecht Ruprecht I
Our first holiday ale is a Dark Chocolate Coffee Milk Stout. It uses Maris Otter as the base malt in combination with English hops and Extra Dark Cocoa. Post-fermentation, fresh cold pressed coffee from our local coffee roaster, Righteous Bros, was added and the brew was aged a bit. This beer is named after Santa's hit man. Pronounce it like this: Knecht Ruprecht.
Tasting notes: black as night with a chocolate colored head; nice malt body; strong roasty flavors from the cocoa and roasted barley. The Grinch has nothing on Knecht Ruprecht.
ABV: 5.8% IBUs: 20