No, I don’t know everything about beer, but I do know some beers taste better in different seasons. There are 5 beer styles that taste best in the winter and two of them are favorites of mine. Stouts and Porters, an Imperial Beer and a Winter Warmers are 3 of the winter styles. Now, Bock beers and Barrel aged beers are the other two and are my Favorite winter beers. A Bock Beer is lager that generally takes extra months of largering (cold storage) to smooth out such a strong brew. Bock beer in general is stronger than your typical lager (higher ABV), more of a robust malt character with a dark amber to brown hue (color). Hop bitterness can be assertive enough to balance, though must not get in the way of the malt flavor, most Bock beers are only lightly hopped. I do not like Bock beers with any hoppy bitterness to them at all. The most popular Bock beer in Texas is Shiner Bock. Now on to barrel aged beers. In the Craft beer world the most common barrel used is a whiskey barrel from a local whisky distillery. By law, bourbon barrels (BBL) can only be used once, which creates an incredible supply of them. A lot of them head to Mexico for tequila to age in, as well as Scotland for scotch to be aged in. Until recently, when the draft beer world started Barrel aging beer in them. When a beer is aged in a BBL, the beer will pick up the flavors from the whiskey, the char and Oak flavors in the barrel. You will find more Stouts and Porters age in BBLs. Lakewood Brewing’s BBT (Bourbon Barrel ages Temptress) you will find Hints of burnt sugar, vanilla, oak, toffee, and caramel coming from the barrel aging. Lakewood Brewery also uses Wine and Tequila Barrels for gaging their Anniversary beers. All Barrel age beer are a bit pricey due in part to the cost of the barrel, loss of beer during aging, and a lower volume of beer available. Like with wine and whisky expect to pay anywhere from $12 to $16 for a glass of BBL aged beer. So look for Bock beers coming this February and come give them a try.
How far would you drive for a good craft beer? With that said let's begin by saying everything is bigger in Texas. With many counties in Texas being larger than some entire states in the country, Green Growler Defines local as the DFW and Texoma area. With only one brewery in Denison that distributes, and 2 breweries in Grayson County that distribute, logic to me is just over an hour drive away. So that covers about 17 counties in all, including Dallas and Fort Worth. With 40 plus breweries in this area, the majority of which either have a distributor or self-distribute, that's a great area to call local. So if you’re in our local area, come by and grab a local “Say When” beer brewed in Denison and chat for a bit.
Why Green Growler,
No, it’s not the color of the beer or because I am Irish.
A lot of people ask me where we got the name from for Green Growler. In coming up with a name Green Growler we want to be sure that we could have more than one location so the name wasn't city or town specific and we wanted to make sure that they conveyed and exactly what craft beer is in the community. Most people don't realize is that craft beer is a very green product. All the grains used in brewing of craft beer go to farms to feed pigs, cows, or horses after it was used to make beer. Some breweries send the spent grains to bakeries to make bread. The majority of craft beer is packaged in steel kegs. The keg is then sent to a bar or tap house where we serve it in a glass to our patrons. After our patrons are finished with the beer the glass is wash and reused, when the keg is empty, the keg is sent back to the brewery washed and reused. There is very little waste in the process from the brewery to serving the customer the bar. Even when craft beer is packaged for grocery store distribution, the beer goes into aluminum and glass containers which can also be recycled. Therefore craft beer is a very green product and ecologically sound. Our name drives the point home! Green Growler, Come drink some craft beer and help the environment while supporting local business and breweries in Texas.