If Amos Lowe were a plant, he'd be a hop tree (or vine if you will). This guy's love for hops has translated into a plethera of great tasting beer at the Uncle Billy's Barton Springs location.
Every second Wednesday of every month, Uncle Billy's (both locations) holds a free tour. Now, I'm not going to bore you with the specifics of the brew tour itself. Once you've been to one, you've been to 'em all. The process, the ingredients, etc..., they're all pretty much the same. If you haven't gone to a brewery tour, go now! However, what makes each one unique and interesting is the brewer or, in some cases, the tour guide. Each brewer will provide their own quirky personality into the tour, making it all the more enjoyable. In fact, when you get to know the brewer, the beer does in fact taste better.
Take Amos for example. He takes a lot of pride in what he does, and he loves what he does. He treats the process with respect, and I picked up on a lot of respect for the yeast. He definitely loves his hops, but he also likes balance. He doesn't want aggressively bitter beer, but instead enjoyably hoppy. He respects the ingredients he puts in, but he's also not afraid to experiment. Knowing all of this, and how and why he makes each of the beers, makes each one all the more enjoyable.
Amos and Kim (assistant brewer) fed us a healthy amount of beer after the tour.
|Back 40 Blonde|
|Hill Country Organic Amber|
|Ax Handle Pale Ale|
|Insomniac Coffee Stout|
|Rylo's Rye Pale Ale (Belgo)|
|The impressive tap selection|
Kim, the assistant brewer, was also there. However, I did not get a chance to talk with her. Seriously, she's a ninja. Each time we were done talking about one beer, she'd come back with a pitcher full of the next beer. Ninja skills pouring pitchers, I can't imagine what kind of skills she's got in the brewing room.
So if you're free on the second Wednesday of the month, head to Uncle Billy's for a free tour, free beer, and a chance to meet one of the coolest brewers on this planet. Cheers!