Day 9 - Little Rock > Memphis, TN > Nashville, TN
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Wednesday, October 5, 2022
Texas Road Trip: Day 9 - Did I forget to mention... forget to mention Memphis? Oh yeah, and Nashville, too!
Wednesday, August 17, 2022
Tuesday, March 15, 2022
Day 8 - Texarkana, TX > Little Rock, AR
|Outside Texarkana's Pecan Point.|
- Twin City Pilsner
- Swampdoodle IPA
- Grim Porter
- Bell's Dairy Milk Stout
|Pleeps looking rather tentative at Pecan Point.|
|Welcome to Stone's Throw!|
|Pleeps is always a stone's throw away from good beer!|
Little Rock’s first brewers were German-born Alexander and Henry George who operated a biergarten in the mid-1800s on Rock Street. For the museum’s 75th anniversary, Ian Beard, Theron Cash and Leah Lambert of Stone’s Throw Brewing drew on their own research and that of our Arkansas-made team to come up with a tribute beer similar to a 19th century George Bros. brew. The George brothers came from a warm region of Germany which suggests that their beer would have been similar to Belgian-style farmhouse ale. Additional research revealed which brewing ingredients would have been available to the George brothers. With the addition of wild Arkansas yeast harvested by Grant Chandler (Lost Forty Brewing) from plums in Dunbar Community Garden, this 75th anniversary ale is an Arkansas-made ale of historic proportions!
|One last sample for Pleeps at Stone's Throw!|
|Pleeps was loving life at Lost Forty.|
|Bunch of bird brains at Flyaway, I'd say!|
While we were here, we had a long conversation with a guy who was also visiting Little Rock. Talked with a local at the bar for about an hour. While the details are a bit cketchy, I think he said he was from Minnesota or Wisconsin or one of those cool states up north. Maybe I'm wrong. That's what happens when you wait until March to write about something that happened in July... especially when beer is part of the equation. Nevertheless, he was quite friendly and talkative, and made the time pass in a pleasant manner, which is always the sign of a positive brewery experience. And with that, it was time to stick a fork into Day 8. Stay tuned for our final descent into PA and the end of our epic summer trip. Until next time...
Friday, January 28, 2022
|Spindletap beer selection.|
|Pleeps likes pilsners too.|
|Pleeps is gettin' jiggy wit it!|
|Up here in space... I'm looking down on you...|
|Pleeps is a true anomaly, indeed!|
|Chillin' at True Anomaly.|
|Pleeps got the royal treatment at Ingenious!|
|Pleeps likes hugs!|
Friday, December 17, 2021
Before embarking on our Houston brewery crawl, Justin and I picked up some breakfast to take back to the house before our Uber arrived. But first, he drove past Simone Biles' gym so I could see it up close. I was also shocked to learn that Simone actually lives in the same development as Justin and his family. Somehow I neglected to make the connection when I got Justin's address and it was located in Spring, TX. So, why am I mentioning this? Well, here's a fun fact about me: I freaking LOVE women's gymnastics. I like men's gymnastics too (I mean, can you do an iron cross?!), but I'm a balance beam freak, and the dudes don't do that, so I tend to gravitate to the ladies. I first became enamored with the sport when Mary Lou Retton scored a perfect 10 on her vault at the 1984 Summer Olympics in Los Angeles to clinch the gold medal in the all-around competition. But I really got into gymnastics around 1996 when the U.S. Women's team won the gold, which was largely due to Keri Strug landing her vault on one leg after injuring her ankle during her previous vault. It is, in my opinion, the greatest moment in sports history, and I'm even getting teary-eyed just thinking about her sticking the landing and getting carried off the floor by Bela Karolyi.
Perhaps that's for a totally different blog, though. Let's get back to beer, eh?
|Welcome to Saint Arnold!|
Our first full day in Texas began with a lengthy visit to the elder statesman of Houston's craft beer scene: Saint Arnold. I'd first heard of this brewery many moons ago from Deuane, who shared a few bottles with me shortly after we'd first met. However, I didn't really know much about the brewery other than they were around since the 90s. Turns out the brewery has been around for a while; so long, in fact, that it's the oldest craft brewery in Texas. Saint Arnold shipped its first keg of beer in June of 1994, which is kind of at the tail end of the Proterozoic eon of craft beer's timeline.
|View of the brewing facility from the beer garden.|
We decided to just chill for an extended period and enjoy the vibe of the beer garden, which was quite scenic and comfortable. The beer garden and its adjacent restaurant both opened in 2018, and it boasts some pretty sweet views of the surrounding metropolitan area as well as the brewing facility, which is right across the street. I kicked things off with a pour of H-Town Pils, a classic Bohemian-style pilsner. This beer is rock solid, and I typically find that the more seasoned breweries tend to brew traditional styles better than their "Millennial" counterparts. While that's a fairly broad assessment, it still rings true on most occasions. Verdict? H-Town Pils crushes it! I'd also like to note that I'm glad to see the dimpled mug coming back in vogue. I recently brought my vintage Troegenator mug out of retirement and it's quickly becoming my go-to beer vessel... especially for lagers.
|Pleeps gettin' huggy with a dimpled mug.|
|One of six murals at Saint Arnold.|
|Holler for Houston, yo!|
|Pleeps is down with the gloop glop too.|
|Pleeps loves cans.|
|Pleeps likes his pilsners extra crispy.|
|They'd probably let you stab hippies, though.|
|On and on...|
|I think Bube's Brewery needs this sign.|