Last week, I had the pleasure of returning to the Hops & Grain tap room for their first anniversary party. Though the day was gray and many a person was hungover from Texas Craft Brewer’s Festival, there was still quite a turn out.
The anniversary party was my first time returning since they opened their doors. Just in the last twelve months this small brewery off of Calles St. has expanded far beyond their classic Pale Dog & ALTeration styles.
Hops & Grain has come out of the gate strong, winning a gold medal in the German Brown Ale/Dusseldorf Style Altbier category at the 2012 World Beer Cup for their German Altbier, ALTeration. Best known for Pale Dog and ALTeration, their anniversary party proved they are capable of much more versatility.
Their barrel-aging program, Volumes of Oak, has produced nine beers so far.
This series not only includes straight up barrel aged brews, but has also featured a few fruit infused styles as well (try the Bourbon Baltic Cherry & Peach brews.)
In the last year, Hops & Grain has brewed 37 different styles of beer and hope to have their third canned beer, The One They Call Zoe, out shortly.
Not only are they making strides in the beer world, but they also strive to stay green by using their spent grains to make Brew Biscuits, their all natural dog treat business inspired by their golden retriever Suzy.
Hops & Grain has come a long way in a year and seem to only have forward momentum.
Next week, as part of Austin Beer Week, Hops & Grain will be throwing a Cold Beer Hot Glass event in collaboration with their neighbors, East Side Glass Studio, The event will feature a live glass blowing demonstration, and, of course, cold beers. Check it out here!
AUSTIN, TX 78702