Southwest Brewing News June/July 2014 : Page 1

Little Brewery on the Prairie By Bev Blackwood II ROAD BREW. The road to Eola, Texas gives no hint there's a brewpub at its end... What's at the end of a road near you? PHOTO BY BEV BLACKWOOD II. travelers often stop in for a few free samples W hen you pack up the car for your and a look around. summer vacation and announce you’re taking a “beer road trip,” fellow beer lovers may assume you’re headed for San Diego, Further along US 90 (about 445 miles) Denver, Portland, or any number of other one of Texas’ newest breweries, Big Bend cities with a vibrant beer culture. But not Brewing Company, has set up shop just all beer is on the beaten path, as many of outside Alpine, Texas (population 5,972). the newest breweries have taken brewing With El Paso 220 miles to the west, Steve back to the era of your local brewery being Anderson chose to set up shop here simply just that… local. Small towns like Krebs, because he loves the region. Similarly (Oklahoma, population 2,051), Goliad, placed on the New Mexico side of the (Texas, population 1,975) and Kernville border (i.e. about 175 miles from Las (California, population 1,395) now boast not Cruces, which is adjacent to El Paso), The just the occasional brewpub, but production breweries -some of which have grown into See Worth the Trip p. 3 nationally known brands. Shiner, Texas (population 2,069) is one such small town. Located 90 miles west of San Antonio and 120 miles east of Houston, the Spoetzl Brewery has been producing beer there since 1909. Located on Highway US 90A (for alternate) they are roughly 20 miles south of the Interstate 10 corridor and a world removed from the speeding cars racing from point to point on the map. They may be distributed nationally, but their down-home attitude is evident in the low-key brewery tours Steve Anderson, founder of Big Bend Brewing Company they offer and tasting room/ in Alpine, Texas is part of a trend where local breweries gift shop where less hurried are truly local. BACKGROUND PHOTO COURTESY OF JEB By Chris Whitehead How Far A fter working for years gaining experience ce and developing ng their craft ft beer talent, Chase hase and Colin n Healey of Prairie Artisan Ales (PAA) have achieved true success. Chase, the older brother, brewed with Redbud Brewing and COOP Ale Works before starting PAA with his younger brother Colin. Colin is an artist and plays classical music professionally. Chase comes up with the name and style of beer he's going to brew and Colin creates the label artwork based on how he interprets Chase's description. Proud to be from Oklahoma, they used the word "Prairie" to define the region and "Artisan Ales" to help define their style. Prairie Artisan Ale focuses on farmhouse ales and b barrel-aged beers. The Hea Healeys joined up with Shelton Brothers for the She distributing and within a distribu they built a nationwide year the followin following. This past year, t they executed a very successful Kickstarter campaign allowing them to purchase their own facility in Tulsa, Okla. In Food Tu Republic’s “2013 In Re Review: The Top 25 Beers. Period,” Prairie Bomb! was voted number two overall and out of 2,800 breweries across the U.S., PAA was also voted to be one of the top 10 most influential. Anything But Plain In April, the Glenpool City Council approved the purchase by PAA of a beautiful See Prairie p. 5 From the Editor .................................. 2 Event Calendar ....................................4 Homebrew Beer Stylist .........................6 Directories & Maps .........................12-15 New Mexico ...................8 Nevada ........................ 10 Arkansas ......................11 Oklahoma .....................11 S/C/E Texas ................. 16 Austin ......................... 18 N/W Texas ................... 19 Northern Arizona ........ 20 Southern Arizona ........ 20 Central Arizona ........... 21 Southern California .....22 San Diego ....................23 MATULICH-STEVE ANDERSON BY MARFA PUBLIC RADIO.

Good Beer That's Worth The Trip

Bev Blackwood

When you pack up the car for your summer vacation and announce you’re taking a “beer road trip,” fellow beer lovers may assume you’re headed for San Diego, Denver, Portland, or any number of other cities with a vibrant beer culture. But not all beer is on the beaten path, as many of the newest breweries have taken brewing back to the era of your local brewery being just that… local. Small towns like Krebs, (Oklahoma, population 2,051), Goliad, (Texas, population 1,975) and Kernville (California, population 1,395) now boast not just the occasional brewpub, but production breweries - some of which have grown into nationally known brands.

Shiner, Texas (population 2,069) is one such small town. Located 90 miles west of San Antonio and 120 miles east of Houston, the Spoetzl Brewery has been producing beer there since 1909. Located on Highway US 90A (for alternate) they are roughly 20 miles south of the Interstate 10 corridor and a world removed from the speeding cars racing from point to point on the map. They may be distributed nationally, but their downhome attitude is evident in the low-key brewery tours they offer and tasting room/ gift shop where less hurried travelers often stop in for a few free samples and a look around.

How Far

Further along US 90 (about 445 miles) one of Texas’ newest breweries, Big Bend Brewing Company, has set up shop just outside Alpine, Texas (population 5,972). With El Paso 220 miles to the west, Steve Anderson chose to set up shop here simply because he loves the region. Similarly placed on the New Mexico side of the border (i.e. about 175 miles from Las Cruces, which is adjacent to El Paso), The Wellhead Restaurant and Brewpub in Artesia, New Mexico (population 11,365), has been around since 2000, but they aren’t alone by a long shot. The growth of craft beer has produced a smattering of new breweries across New Mexico, many in places you’d never expect to have a brewery thanks to their tiny size, like nanobrewery Little Toad Creek in Mimbres (population 667 and 99 miles from Las Cruces) or Roosevelt Brewing Company, a brewpub located in a re-purposed JC Penney, in Portales (population 12,723 but at least 90 miles from anything remotely resembling a city.)

The American Southwest is an expansive place and the distances involved can be as daunting to beer explorers as it was to those crossing the plains in wagons. Pinetop, Arizona (population 4,272) is 188 miles outside of Phoenix but is nestled amongst the trees at 7,000 feet of elevation in the White Mountains. Pinetop Brewing Company is a four-barrel production brewery that also serves pizza and barbecue to those patient enough to make the trip.

Will You Go?

Southern California may be the antithesis to the wilds of Arizona, but in Kernville, about an hour outside of the already somewhat distant Bakersfield, you’ll find the southern gateway to the Sequoia National Forest and home to Kern River Brewing Company, which was founded in 2006 by an avid homebrewer, an Olympic medalist in kayaking, and her Oceanographer husband.

From the mountains to the prairies, breweries are popping up all across the Southwest. In Krebs, Oklahoma, 133 miles from Oklahoma City and 95 miles from Tulsa, the Choc Brewing Company is part of a multigenerational family restaurant that was noted for its homebrewed beers before (and after) Prohibition. Small towns have proven to be fertile ground for breweries in Texas as well. San Saba (population 3,108),105 miles from Austin, is where the Bar D Brewhouse recently opened. The historic town of Goliad, almost equidistant between Houston, San Antonio and Corpus Christi, recently saw the arrival of Goliad Brewing Company, a production brewery, while 25 miles outside of San Angelo you’ll find the tiny community of Eola (population 218) whose renovated schoolhouse houses the Eola Schoolhouse Restaurant, Brewery and Lodge that opened in 2006. The road to Eola suggests a road to nowhere, but with a bit of patience, there’s beer at the end of that road!

However, when it comes to daunting distances, no brewery in the Southwest can compare to Ruby Mountain Brewery in Wells, Nevada (population 1,322) which is closer to Salt Lake City, Utah (188 miles away) than any major city in Nevada. Part of Angel Creek Ranch, the brewery is a sideline to the Ranch’s business of raising cattle and growing hay. An appointment is recommended should you decide to visit, not to mention a sense of adventure.

Finding these remote breweries may require you to travel the byways rather than the highways, as well as adapt your schedule to the hours that brewers or bartenders are present to greet you. Finding them, though, is easier than you might think. The directories in the center of the Southwest Brewing News are the starting point for brewery adventures no matter where you’re headed and how far off the beaten path you care to travel. Gas up the car, fire up the GPS and take the roads less traveled… You’ll be glad you did!

Southwestern brewers are known for going the distance. Southwestern beer lovers are finding that literally going the distance for a good beer is worth it. SWBN couldn’t possibly cover all the breweries off the beaten path in this feature. There are lots of breweries in small towns (with lodging) waiting for your visit this summer. –Ed.

Read the full article at http://swbnonline.brewingnews.com/article/Good+Beer+That%27s+Worth+The+Trip/1731176/212859/article.html.

Little Brewery On The Prairie

Chris Whitehead

After working for years gaining experience developing their craft talent, Chase and Colin Healey Prairie Artisan Ales (PAA) have achieved true success. Chase, the older brother, brewed with Redbud Brewing and COOP Ale Works before starting PAA with his younger brother Colin. Colin is an artist and plays classical music professionally. Chase comes up with the name and style of beer he's going to brew and Colin creates the label artwork based on how he interprets Chase's description. Proud to be from Oklahoma, they used the word "Prairie" to define the region and "Artisan Ales" to help define their style.

Prairie Artisan Ale focuses on farmhouse barrel-aged beers. Healeys joined up with Shelton Brothers for distributing and within a they built a nationwide following. This past year, they executed a very successful Kickstarter campaign allowing them to purchase their own facility in Tulsa, Okla. In Food Republic’s “2013 In Review: The Top 25 Beers. Period,” Prairie Bomb! Was voted number two overall and out of 2,800 breweries across the U.S., PAA was also voted to be one of the top 10 most influential.

Anything But Plain

In April, the Glenpool City Council approved the purchase by PAA of a beautiful 16-acre area that PAA will finally call home. Chase and his team plan on renovating the current building and adding 4,000 square feet. This will allow them to close their current Tulsa brewery and barrel room and move everything to the new site. There will be no better place to take a tour, sip on a nice craft beer and overlook the backdrop of trees on the property in Glenpool. They plan to continue brewing with the team out in Krebs too.

While expanding operations in April, PAA was also busy with promotions. They participated in the Big Texas Beer Festival in Dallas, Red River Craft Beer Festival in Lawton, poured Prairie Birra and Bomb! At The Wedge’s annual beer party in Oklahoma City, and hosted the Tulsa Craft Beer Week special tour, just to name a few. One highlight was the Southern Hills Country Club Beer Dinner. Prairie Artisan Ales is the first brewery to be asked to do a pairing. It is typically a wine dinner pairing. There were four courses served and each course was paired with a different craft beer from PAA. The four beers featured were Birra, Prairie Ale, Weisse and Prairie Bomb!.

May also started off with a bang. The Prairie team headed overseas to London and Copenhagen to brew with these four very well-known breweries: Siren, Beavertown, Amager and Mikkeller. These craft beer creations were shared at the Copenhagen Beer Celebration.

While the dates are not officially set, PAA plans on having June and July brewery tours, so keep an eye out on social media.

Taste the Art

The Healeys are currently brewing on their new 10-barrel system and are focusing on a lot of barrel-aging projects. Their 50-barrel system at Krebs will continue to brew the year-round craft beer selection. If collaborations are included, PAA has over 25 craft beers to choose from in its portfolio, so patrons should not have any problems finding a profile they like. Trying one profile just doesn’t seem to make sense when talking about Prairie Ales, so out of this large selection here are some of the favorites:

Teaming up with Jeppe from Evil Twin Brewing, they combined elements from both Brewery’s favorite stouts and created the Bible Belt. This imperial stout is aged on coffee, cacao nibs, vanilla beans and chile peppers. Your palate will not be disappointed with the smoky and spicy finish from this brew.

The wait is over for the Wine Barrel Noir. This imperial oatmeal stout was released in early May. The coffee and chocolate notes from the stout are complemented by the berry flavors and red wine oak barrels. Wine Noir pairs well with red meats or all by itself for dessert.

If you’re a fan of the Prairie Bomb! And rum, then you’ll need to try the Pirate Bomb!. They age this Bomb! In rum casks. The flavor from the casks helps impart more vanilla and coconut flavors to the beer while helping add more body and smoothness.

Birra is a light, seasonal farmhouse ale and with its crisp notes of black pepper and orange, it pairs perfectly with almost any food.

Potlatch is an American farmhouse ale brewed with Mosaic hops and is intensely dry-hopped and conditioned with Brettanomyces for major tropical fruit flavors. This beer was not Only brewed the Tulsa facility, but also at De ‘Proef’ Brouwerij in Belgium by Omnipollo.

As you can see, Chase and Colin Healey and their team truly enjoy making a quality product and love collaborating with other highly respected breweries across the globe. This is just a small piece of what Prairie Artisan Ales is about. Their hard work and unique brews are helping put Oklahoma on the good beer destination map.

…they age this Bomb! In rum casks.

Read the full article at http://swbnonline.brewingnews.com/article/Little+Brewery+On+The+Prairie/1731177/212859/article.html.

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