There have been a lot of great beers hitting the shelves here in North Texas recently. Here are my thoughts on a few that I’ve tried from Texian Brewing Company, TUPPS Brewery and Four Corners Brewing Company.
Texian Brewing Company – The Donkey Lady
This is an interesting beer from Texian. Their beers have been hit or miss for me, but the Wild Texas Series has been a hit (their apricot sour Aurora comes to mind) and The Donkey Lady is one of them. To start with, the name of the beer relates to a San Antonio area folk tale that seems mostly like a horror story to me. It gives the bottle a delightful creepy feeling. I’m not sure what any of it has to do with the beer, but it’s delicious. The best way to describe it would be tart apple pie. There is a strong flavor of apples along with some spices including cinnamon and nutmeg. The tartness is very mild and it finishes with a somewhat dry biscuity flavor. I’ll definitely try more beers from this series.
TUPPS Brewery – Barrel Aged Full Grown Man
Full Grown Man is one of my favorite stouts in the DFW area and I was excited when I saw that they aged some of it. It’s also the first release I’ve ever seen from Tupps in a bottle. After tasting it, I am very glad that I got more than one bottle. This is a great barrel aged stout. Flavors of vanilla, coconut and whiskey (and maybe a little tobacco?) stand out here and it’s damn smooth. I’m honestly not sure if I’ve ever had a bad beer from TUPPS and this might be my favorite yet.
Four Corners Brewing Company – Queen Bee
This is a version of their El Super Bee saison with grapefruit added. El Super Bee is one of my favorite saisons, with honey giving that saison a nice kick. Queen Bee is a good beer as well, but I’m really having a tough time figuring out what the grapefruit adds. At best, i can get a light hint of the flavor, but for the most part, I’m not sure of the difference between the two beers. I’m saving a can of this so that I can compare next time I pick up a pack of El Super Bee.
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