Martin House Brewing Sour Fest Recap

Well, the 2nd Annual Martin House Brewing Sour Fest has come and gone with a bang as hundreds of people from all over gathered and lined up to enter in to try some new, intriguing sour brews by the brewers at Martin House. Providing a line up of about 18 new sours to taste and cherish with a Willy Wonka styled theme for the event and  a few sours named for that very purpose in mind including Blue and Red Snozberry and Boysenberry. And, of course, for those that didn’t tend to lean towards the sour end of the spectrum, then they still offered the classic brews like Friday IPA, Bockslider, Gateway Blonde and the rest of the gang.

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This year’s event was packed out to the max with a line well on down the road to just get in followed by long waits up to 30 minutes at some post to just get 8 oz of beer! Blue Snozberry ran out within 30 minutes of the event starting to help clarify just how wild and packed the event started out, and it finished the same way. But besides some of the craziness that went on, all in all the event was a blast!

I really enjoyed several of their sours I tried including their Boysenberry Sour and Queen of the Mist-Mango. They had a few food trucks parked out front with some delicious food which My wife and I went with some small sliders that were flipping fantastic to say the least. Live music echoed in the background with much of an old school sound to it that helped keep the mood mellow throughout the facility.

When the event comes around next year you can be rest assured that I will return and be more prepared (a canopy a must!) and ready to venture off into Willy Wonka’s sour world of fun. Thanks for the great event Martin House Brewing and I look forward to next year! Cheers everyone and God bless!

-Michael Thacker

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Big Texas Beer Fest 2018 Provided Texas Sized Fun For Craft Beer Enthusiasts

This years Big Texas Beer Fest was bigger and better than ever with over 500 different beers provided at the event by over 100 different breweries attending. Barrel-aged brews seemed to be the big fuse with hazy IPA’s following closely behind. People from all over the state and throughout the nation attended with an estimated count of over 7,000 attendees for the weekend.

Read more at my article I wrote for Chilled Magazine: Big Texas Beer Fest Recap

-Michael Thacker

Martin House Brewing Hosting A Sour Festival To Help Celebrate The Art Of Sour Brewing

Nothing quenches while at the same time puckers you up more than a properly brewed and fermented sour and wild ale, and to help recognize and celebrate this unique craft Martin House Brewing is hosting Sourfest 2018 at their brewery near downtown Fort Worth, Texas. The event is set to take place this Saturday, May 12th from 1 to 4:30 pm and will feature 20 different sour beers including 5-barrel aged sours; Best Maid Pickle Beer, Cherry Limeade Sour, Imperial True Love, Queen of the Mist-Mango, Rhubarb Sour, Salty Lady with Pineapple, Scotch Barrel-Aged Salty Lady, Tequila Barrel-Aged True Love and many more.

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There will be live music by Ole G. as well as several food trucks and vendors including Rollin Stone, LUCK, and Easy Slider. The event is kid and animal friendly with animals needing to remain outside the brewery. Tickets are on sale for $15 at the door and gets you eight 8oz pours of beer (or four 64oz pours of their year round beers).

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Martin House Brewing is located at 220 South Sylvania Ave, Fort Worth, TX 76111. So go ahead and get ready for some sour fun in the sun this Saturday and make sure your pucker face is in check. Cheers and God bless!

-Michael Thacker

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Parker County Brewing Set To Release Their New Chocolate Hazelnut Porter May 11th

The newly brewed up Parker County Brewing located just outside of Fort Worth, Texas in a small town called Willow Park is set to release their newly conjured up brew, Chocolate Hazelnut Porter. This deliciously rich and bold darker beer is being celebrate this Friday, May 11th at 5pm with a first pour and tasting of the new jewel. Join the crew and be ready to delve into a world where sweet and bold come together in perfect harmony!

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Parker County Brewing is located at 225 Shops Blvd, Suite 105, Willow Park, Texas 76087. The event is to take place from 5-7pm with the outgoing Mayor Pat Dean, incoming Mayor Marc Povero and City Manager Patrick Lawler attending the event to help celebrate. Cheers and God bless!

-Michael Thacker

The Coming Craft Beer Voyager Show On YouTube

I have some exciting news! Next week we will be filming the very first episode of The Craft Beer Voyager Show at Shannon Brewing Company near Fort Worth, Texas. The show is set to provide 20-25 minute episodes with each episode featuring an independent craft brewery. We will receive an in depth tour of the brewery and their brewing process followed by a tasting session and interviews with the owner and brewers.

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One of the main purposes of the show is to create an independent craft brewery awareness and to help inform the audience (especially those that don’t drink craft beer) about what craft beer is all about and that it is not your father’s canned, flavorless classic. We will upload new episodes every two weeks and in between uploads we will also upload a smaller series within the channel.

The smaller series will feature two different series with the first being called Craft Beer Tips With The Voyager that will be about 5 minutes in length and will go over different facts, stats and information about craft beer and the industry as a whole. The second series will be Tasting With The Voyager which will feature myself (The Voyager) sampling new and rare releases. The smaller series is set to be released on a weekly basis.

Go ahead and check out the Craft Beer Voyager Show on YouTube and become one of the first subscribers! The intro video is set to be uploaded and released sometime in the next few days and will keep you updated. Until then go ahead and sip, savor and enjoy! Cheers and God bless!

-Michael Thacker

Five Texas Craft Beers To Try This Cinco De Mayo

Once again the aromas of tacos, spicy peppers and beans have entered the scene full fledged with family and friends gathering around for a day of fun in the sun. Texas is known for having some of the best Cinco De Mayo celebrations happening throughout the state, and each year the events only seem to get bigger and better. Although most of my friends tend to lean more toward the traditional Mexican beers like Dos Equis and Corona, I like to keep my beer crafty and full of flavor. For this reason I have conjured up a list of five different craft beers that have a Mexican spin on them to try instead of the other stuff (God bless them all).

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  • 903 Brewers Cerveza Por Favor- This deliciously light lager is perfect for the warm and sunny Cinco De Mayo goers with only 4% ABV and lightly hopped providing a nice light citrus flavor with a balanced bitterness and malt profile. This Mexican styled lager is sure to refresh as well as enhance your mind and body throughout the eventful day.

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  • Deep Ellum Brewing Neato Bandito- Stepping up in the ABV level at 6% this Imperial Mexican styled lager is sure to get you loose for plenty of dancing, but beware as you continue on your dancing may become an embarrassment.  Light and crisp with plenty of malt biscuit type flavors swirling around with a touch of citrus hops to help keep everything in perspective (Except your dancing).

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  • Rahr and Sons Brewing Paleta De Mango- If anywhere in North Texas knows about Mexican it is Fort Worth. This Mexican inspired ale is straight out of the downtown area with plenty of mango, lime and tropical fruit notes that provide a refreshing juicy experience that is ideal for enhancing your Mexican food pairing options and it is also right in the middle of ABV level of 5%, so not too low to sweat out, but not too bold to knock you out.

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  • Oskar Blues Brewing Beerito- Supposing someone came up with this one while sipping on too many cervezas while craving burritos, but the outcome was quite favorable to say the least. A Mexican inspired amber lager with a sessionable drink-ability at 4.5% ABV and a nice creamy mouthfeel that provides flavors of toasted bread, honey sweetness, dark fruits and bits of cocoa, and is sure to pair well with an actual burrito.

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  • Blackwater Draw Brewing Border Town- A Mexican style vienna lager with plenty of rich malts that give a sweet caramel and toasted notes with a touch of hop bitterness that provides balance and a crisp finish. A good overall ABV level of 5.5% that keeps you somewhat grounded and can yet slap you harder than the pretty Mexican lady you just tried making a move on while dancing like a fool.

 

-Michael Thacker

 

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Prairie Artisan Ale’s Prison Rodeo Bring Both Citrus Hops And Coffee Together In Harmony

Prison Rodeo; a hopped up intriguing coffee ale by Prairie Artisan Ale. Aromas of citrus hops and orange blossoms with freshly ground coffee beans following along as well as hints of hazelnut. The beer is quite intriguing as it is not like your typical coffee brew with a darker tint, but rather provides a lighter color with a unsettled haze lingering about. Each sip presents strong hop bitterness with a citrus zesty flavor and medium coffee roast notes with a slight honey like sweetness showing up, and a bold alcohol warmth finish. Overall a delicious beer, but beware as the ABV level is set at a high 9.5% and a few too many can land you in a prison rodeo. Cheers!

-Michael Thacker