What do you say, shall we visit a local brewery? Sure, why the hell not.
When Ron Keisler retired from the Marathon Oil Company I am sure he thought that he was going to get to take it easy and relax. His son, Rhett, had other plans. Rhett drug his dad, kicking and screaming, though not very hard, into the beer business. They recruited Grant Wood to come to Texas to be their brewmaster. Grant, originally from Irving, has 25 years of experience in the industry working for Lone Star, Pearl and most recently Sam Adams. Together they have built this .. this ... this tin cathedral of beer worship.
The facility is a bit outside Granbury, about an hour and a half SE of Dallas. Wisely, the brewery has been built with their eyes on expansion. There is plenty of room for additional tanks and in the near future, a bottling line and for now, there is also plenty of room for their Saturday festivities.
Tours are from 12:00 to 3:00 with live music, food and a genial atmosphere where you can sit around a fire and drink their fine brews with a hundred or so of your new friends. Oh yes, and the beer. Your $7 admission gets you a Revolver Glass and 4 "half glass" servings of their current offerings.
This week's offerings were:
High Brass Pale Ale - 6% ABV
A smooth, lightly hopped delight that was way to easy to drink. The malts shined through without being heavy with 'palest pilsner malt and select caramel malts' complementing the German Saphir hops. I could see this one being featured on a long hot summer day of session drinking.
Blood and Honey American Wheat Ale - 7% ABV
Previously reviewed, this delight will also be a great summer coolant.
Revolver Bock - 6.5% ABV
Though not really a bock as that it is made from ale yeasts instead of the traditional lager yeasts, it oddly tastes more like the original German marzen than most other bocks made in the area. The caramel and toffee notes that you would expect from a bock, but balanced with a bit more Wilamette and Northern Brewers hops than normal. Nice balance, nice drink.
Mothers Little Fracker Stout - 7.75% ABV
We were lucky enough to get to try their very first specialty brew. Dark and thick enough to leave an oily film on the inside of the glass that was tough to wash out. It's sweetness made it more like a porter than a stout, the roasted malts were quite intense but balanced with Summit and Challenger hops. Absolutely my favorite stout being made in our area.
Though the qualtiy of the beer made the trip worth the time investment, the drive home after imbibing in these lovelies can be challenging. Perhaps if would be better to ask your local watering hole to import these offerings for you? Lot's of potential here and I wish them much success.
5600 County Road 308
Granbury, TX 76049