I am definitely no stranger to drinking beer and getting my drink on. I mean, the following words have been added to my vocabulary over the years and I can only hope to pass them on.
Boozetastic: A fantastic night involving booze. “The pub crawl is going to be boozetastic!”
Beer-ing: A time dedicated to beer. “It was a hard day. I need a good beer-ing.”
Beerrific: Terrific beer. “This is beerrific!”
Living in a city with such a huge drinking culture definitely has its perks and with the strong culinary force and German/Czech roots, the brew scene here is fabulous. After last year’s Craft Beer Legislation, it threw the doors wide open for artisan brew masters to not only sell their beer on premises, but offer it wholesale to other companies.
…and so we went on our first brewery tour (shocker, I know). If you’re looking for breweries in Austin, 512 Brewing Company is a great place to start. For $10/per person and a free pint glass, I consider it a hell of a deal.
The 512 Brewing Company opened in 2008 and is run by a very tight team of 20 people (3 brewers and 6 production people) who are practically making beer around the clock to meet the 10,000 barrels a year demand. Seeing the machines in such a small space makes it very obvious that these guys are going to need a bigger space – and soon if they want to bring their beer gloriousness to a bigger audience.
Needless to say it has been a very big year for 512 and ofttimes businesses have to order out several months in advance and get on waiting lists for some of the bigger names coming out of the Austin area. We take our beer seriously.
My personal favorite of theirs has to be the Pecan Porter – which is a little silly considering the fact that I’m quite the lager girl. This delicious, dark beer with pecan undertones just really does it for me. Recently I’ve been told that the best way to use it in cooking would be a reduction for your steak. *drool*
I was surprised by the light flavor of the Wit, and to be honest, I think I realized at this point that I am definitely a 512 fan. The coriander and grapefruit really play on the tongue and I can totally see this as a summer beer.
The most popular brew – that comprises HALF of their sales – is the IPA. Sorry kids, I am just not a fan of IPAs. No hopheads can be found here but I know that my friends are obsessed over the damn thing and I swear that is all they talk about.
But seriously, how can you not fall in love with a company that names all of their various beer machines after Futurama robots?
For my first brewery tour I have to say it was a rather successful one. I won’t ever complain about feeling a nice beer buzz by 11AM on a Saturday morning and I got to get my fill of the Pecan Porter.
Are you a fan of Austin beer? What are your favorite craft beers?