The Lone Star State
They say everything is bigger in Texas...and the beer is no different. Texans take their beer seriously and are proud to be the only state with an official state beer called Lone Star Beer, aptly named after the state flag. Although there are a number of big name breweries in Texas, bigger isn't always better when it comes to beer! That's why we focus on finding the best, small craft breweries to feature in our monthly Craft Beer Club shipments.
The history of beer in Texas is a bit fuzzy...not because there was too much beer, but because there are limited records available prior to the Civil War. Undoubtedly the ones that existed were tiny, home brewers or small production breweries. The early beer industry steadily grew and fluctuated over time, becoming quite a competitive trade. The first official Texan brewery, William A. Menger’s Western Brewery, was established in 1855 in San Antonio but ended up closing its doors in 1878. A few years later, a man named Adolphus Busch arrived in the state and bringing with him new technology which allowed him to build the first large-scale, mechanized brewery in Texas - Lone Star Brewery.
As Prohibition hit, all legal production from the state’s 13 registered breweries halted. Out of those, only 5 were considered craft breweries serving their local markets. Many companies switched to producing non-alcoholic beverages or closed shop. After Prohibition, small breweries continued to have a difficult time keeping up with the national chains that moved in such as Miller and Anheuser-Busch who offered more beer at lower prices. Fast forwarding to today, the industry is still as competitive - if not more so. However, the number of craft breweries has increased dramatically with a new brewery or brewpub seeming to open every month crafting new and exciting brew styles. While there are still existing post-Prohibition laws, organizations such as Texas Craft Brewers Guild and Open the Taps are fighting to overturn the rusty laws. Luckily, regardless of the outdated regulation, craft beer in Texas is not slowing down! Data from December 2016 shows there are 257 licensed craft breweries in Texas!
We’ve featured a variety of small Texan breweries in our Craft Beer of the month Club, with brew styles ranging from American Session Ales and Lagers to Kölschs and Scotch Ales. You can find the breweries on the map below, including our most recent feature from Rahr & Sons Brewing Company who's “Ugly Pug” Schwarzbier (Black Lager) won Best of the South West at the U.S. Beer Tasting Championships! All of us here at the Craft Beer Club hope you enjoy our monthly selections.
Rahr & Sons Brewing Company
Claiming more than 160 years of history and a bucket of awards for its beers
Not many craft breweries can claim a history of more than 160 plus yea ...Read more...
Real Ale Brewing Company
Traditional brewing deep in the heart of Blanco Texas
Handcrafting ales from the Texas Hill Country, Real Ale Brewing Compan ...Read more...
Franconia Brewing Company
McKinney's eco-friendly brewery crafts authentic, Bavarian style beers
Franconia Brewing Company was founded by Dennis Wehrmann in McKinney, ...Read more...
Saint Arnold Brewing Company
Texas’ oldest craft brewery, in downtown Houston, celebrates its 20th anniversary
Saint Arnold Brewing Company was founded in 1994 in Houston, Texas by ...Read more...