02 October 2013

I Have a Dream! Not That One. Another One.

"Before Prohibition, if you were looking for a Louisiana brewery, it was likely to be in New Orleans. Now you need a GPS to find the craft breweries spread across our state," writes Todd A. Price at NOLA.com. This comes as the lead for a story about Louisiana's new brewery trail, designed to boost Louisiana tourism.

This has inspired the folks in Ohio to begin setting up their own brewery trail.

So what's my dream, you ask, and why am I waiting so long to get to it?

Well, here in Paradise, there are a couple dozen wineries. There's the Texas Wine Trail for the entire state, Wine Road 290 for the wineries around US 290 between Fredericksburg and Johnson City. And they are all open from 10 am to 6 pm.

But there's nothing like that for the 5 breweries on 290 between Fredericksburg and Austin. That's my dream: A Texas Brewery Trail. Part of the problem with a brewery trail is that production breweries don't have their tasting rooms open during the week, and most are only open a few hours on Friday and/or Saturday.

For example, If you wanted to start in Fredericksburg on Friday, you could have late lunch at Fredericksburg Brewing Company, hit the open house at Pedernales Brewing at 3 pm, you could have a beer before leaving for the Real Ale tour. But drink fast. They close at 5 pm. Have a beer and head to Jester King. Fortunately they are open until 9 pm, but you still have a couple more breweries to visit! Head into Dripping Springs for a beer at The Barber Shop, then turn and burn for Johnson City and dinner at Pecan Street Brewing Company. Saturday would be a little easier, Pedernales is open 1 pm to 5 pm, but Real Ale is closed. You could make it up by stopping at Double Horn Brewing Company.

If you want to stay around the Austin area, Thirsty Planet is open 11 am to 1:30 pm, Independence Brewing is open on the 1st Saturday of the month from 1-3 pm,  Hops and Grain is open noon to 6 pm, Live Oak is open from 5 to 7 pm, and Jester King is open until 9 pm.

So for now, the dream remains unfulfilled.

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posted by Jeff Holt at 08:00

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