On Saturday I drove over to Conroe, Texas (near Houston) to tour the Southern Star Brewery. This is a small regional brewery that makes three commercially-available beers: Bombshell Blond, Buried Hatchet Stout, and Pine Belt Pale Ale. They make a number of other beers but I think they are only available at the brewery. An example of this was their Pro-Am collaboration Black IPA.
This is a great brewery, awesome people, and an excellent atmosphere. You show up on a Saturday at 1pm, pay $5 for a pint glass and you get to drink free beer. Their brewery location reminds of Heavy Seas in Baltimore (except a little bit smaller). Tucked away in an industrial/commercial complex it’s quite the laid back atmosphere. They have brats/burgers twice a month out back–and they let you tour around the brewery! Here are a few pictures — they have the most interesting fermentors I’ve ever seen … and most of them all have interesting names too!
Another interesting thing about this brewery is that they can all of their beers. Here’s their “canning machine” — two at a time! Wow! Look at the stack of beer cans ready to be filled!
They are producing about 3500 barrels a year with plans to push it up over 5000 this year (2011/2012). If you are in the area, I highly recommend a stop in at Southern Star — Well worth the trip!