Ranger Creek Brewing and Distilling Small Batch #2 Farmhouse Ale - 7.7% ABV
I have not really had an opportunity to try any of the beers from Ranger Creek, so when I saw this special little brew with the wax dipped bottle I couldn't refrain any longer. If this is any indication of the quality of their offerings this certainly won't be the last that I try. Draft magazine recognized this beer of one of the top 25 beers of 2012. High praise indeed.
"Ranger Creek Brewing & Distilling is the only combined brewery/distillery in Texas, proudly
located in San Antonio where they handcraft beer and bourbon one batch at a time. They are the
only microbrewery in San Antonio, one of a few combined brewery/distilleries in the U.S., and
the only combined operation making both beer and bourbon. They focus on interesting recipes
and use local ingredients from the state of Texas as much as possible. The company uses much of
the same equipment to make both beer and bourbon, which is possible because in order to make
bourbon, beer must be made first."
Brewed in the style of a French farmhouse ale, the beer pours with a huge head, virtually filling the glass with suds that thankfully dissapated quickly. As you may notice in the photo the first part of the pour was a clear golden looking ale, but as the pour progressed the color darkened and lots of yeast and floaty bits from the second fermentation appeared. The nose was subtle, leading me to the unjustified conclusion that this would be more water mass market swill. But the flavor was immediately stunning, and powerful. Banana, cloves, citrus, earthy and not much in the way of hops. Really frigging good beer.
Do what? They make bourbon too! Holy poop on a stick, anyone up for a road trip to San Antonio?
Ranger Creek Brewing & Distilling
4834 Whirlwind Dr.
San Antonio, TX 78217