The June State Beer Challenge has officially become my bitch once again. For the entire month of June I drank only beer produced in the state of Texas and once again, I've come to truly appreciate what our state has to offer in terms of in-state produced beer. Texas now has 32 active breweries plus over 15 brewpubs. And let's not forget the 15 or so breweries that are in the works as well. Honestly, I forget how great Texas beer really is until I do a challenge like this.
Last year, I said this:
Just imagine what you would do if you learned that states were no longer allowed to distribute their beer outside of their own state. Sure, there would be some incredibly angry folks at first (including me). But take a step back, look at the beer we make here, and you'll then realize we wouldn't have it so bad.
It's true, I would be angry at first. There is so much great beer that's made outside of Texas and the U.S. Nothing beats the authentic mouth feel and depth of a German Hefeweizen, or the unique tartness of a Flanders Red. However, nothing truly beats supporting your local brewers!
While I was unable to drink a beer from every brewery in Texas, I think I was able to make quite a dent. Here's a list of breweries I drank beer from during the month of June.
South Austin Brewing Co.
Hops & Grain
Rahr & Sons
I also got to check out Banger's Sausage House and Beer Garden on Rainey St, which is set to open sometime in August. Boasting 101 taps (many will be local) and house made sausage, I have a feeling this place will become a local gem.
It's a fun adventure and I urge you to attempt this as well, even if it's not June. It truly is an amazing way to appreciate the great beer your state has to offer. At times, the vast selection we are given at stores and pubs can be taken for granted. Take a step back, breathe, grab a local brew and enjoy. Cheers!
If you happened to participate in this challenge as well, please leave me a comment below. I would love to hear how it went for you too!