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Real Ale Brewing Company


Traditional brewing deep in the heart of Blanco Texas

Real Ale Brewing Company was founded in 1996 in Blanco, Texas by Philip and Diane Conner. Together, they built a tiny brewery in the basement of an old antique store in Downtown Blanco. There, they developed the three original brewing recipes for Real Ale Brewing Company: Full Moon Pale Rye Ale, Rio Blanco Pale Ale, and Brewhouse Brown Ale.

In 1998, Philip Conner decided to leave the brewing business and the new owner became Brad Farbstein. Brad was a UT graduate and an avid home brewer who had been helping Real Ale Brewing Company with brewing and bottling. He was a huge fan of the Real Ale beers, so when the opportunity arose to buy the brewery, Brad jumped at the chance and turned a lifelong dream into a reality. With Brad’s direction, Real Ale Brewing Company hit the 450-barrel mark for the year in 1999.

The tiny basement brewery provided a challenging work environment, but in spite of the limited space, this brewery held its own and demand for Real Ale Brewing Company’s handcrafted ales grew exponentially for the next several years. By 2001, they were producing 1,350 barrels, tripling production in just two years. By 2006, they were reaching over 5,000 barrels.

In 2006, it was finally time to find Real Ale Brewing Company a larger home. A new brewery was built from the ground up just outside the city limits of Blanco and it was ready for move in the following year. Production doubled in 2007.

Since 2004, Brad has worked closely with Tim Schwartz, Real Ale’s Director of Brewing Operations, to expand the brewery’s collection to include a range of high quality ales and lagers, as well as a series of experimental brews named ‘Brewers’ Cut’. Real Ale has been awarded numerous medals over the years, including being named among the Annual Top 50 Craft Brewers by the Brewer’s Association. We applaud this dedicated team of brewers who continue to impress us with their delicious, handcrafted beers. We hope you enjoy these features from Real Ale Brewing Company.

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