The Top 10 Texas Beers of 2012

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The Temptress from Lakewood in Dallas.
Photo by Katharine Shilcutt

6. Lakewood Temptress

This beer shot onto the scene with a bang recently and considering we can't get The Temptress here in Houston just yet, we still hear a lot of buzz about it. Velvety and smooth as silk, it reminds us of our very first Southern Star Buried Hatchet. This one is bound for bottles very soon, so you should see it at bottle shares soon, we imagine. Or just have someone from Dallas ship you some; it's worth it.

5. 512 Pecan Porter

The once and future king of Texas craft beer -- first one to explain that reference in the comments wins a cookie. It's rare to find a beer drinker who doesn't enjoy Pecan Porter. If you do come across one, it's more likely they've simply never had it. Famous for offering myriad one-off variants of their beers, 512 produces a bourbon barrel-aged double pecan porter that is not to be missed.

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We can't get past our love affair with Velvet Hammer.
Photo by Katharine Shilcutt

4. Peticolas Velvet Hammer

Royal Scandal is the beer that earned fledgling brewery Peticolas their gold medal at GABF this year, but we can't get past our love affair with Velvet Hammer. There is nothing quite like it in Texas right now. Plus, everyone loves a good phallic reference. Look out for big things from these guys in 2013.

3. Karbach Bourbon Barrel-Aged Hellfighter

The first keg we had of this beer was a muddled mess, so its turnaround in later kegs is a drastic improvement. Subsequent pints of Barrel-Aged Hellfighter were far more composed and despite our qualms over Karbach's style issues -- this beer isn't a porter by most definitions -- it's hard to deny this is a fantastic barrel-aged beer.

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Photo by Lynn Fennel

2. Southern Star Buried Hatchet

One might think the four-year-old brewery in Conroe -- you can find an early mention of them in the Robb Walsh article above -- is resting on their laurels, but that's not the case. Instead of rolling out seven or eight new beers a year, the brewery has been content to slowly add seasonals and to release its popular Pro-Am series yearly. When you make a beer as good as Buried Hatchet, you don't have to get wild. On that note, look for Southern Star to unleash some crazy in 2013...you've been warned.

1. Jester King Beer Geek Rodeo

Jester King made waves early in its existence by collaborating with gypsy brewing legend Mikkel Borg Bjergsø in 2011 to produce Drink'in the Sunbelt. For their second stint with Mikkeller, the guys out in Austin produced three variations of this Imperial Oatmeal Stout with coffee and pepper notes: Beer Geek Rodeo, Weasel Rodeo (brewed with Kopi Luwak) and Whiskey Barrel Rodeo, which -- you guessed it -- is a whiskey-aged variation. The "original" version is our favorite, as there is really no need to mess with a beer this good.



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30 comments
icepigs
icepigs

Royal Scandal wins a gold at GABF, but doesn't even crack the top 10 here?

AmandaconQueso
AmandaconQueso

@CynicalHouston surprised not to see anything from ranger creek or buffalo bayou.

Loquesto
Loquesto

@CynicalHouston Scots Gone Wild was without a doubt my favorite TX beer of 2012

SirRon
SirRon

Who are these people down here!? dO I HAVE TO SAY IT!!?? TERRible. This column has gone to sh!t. *weeeennnk*

nathanmmiller
nathanmmiller

@CynicalHouston great list; another great article. Sad drink'n didn't make the list though. I love that stuff.

CurseOfBenitez
CurseOfBenitez

.@JoshuaAJustice @astrosguy unfortunately, your "take a top 10 and put it into 3 pages" format caused me to only read page one. #DesignFail

timblack2
timblack2 topcommenter

le petit? not so much. that is their weakest beer. literally and figuratively. and as much as i love buried hatchet, i thought you were going for "new" beers on  this list. i don't know anyone who liked DR12 out of the gate. it was way too hot and has benefited from some aging. decent picks overall but i would have put a newer Real Ale on here. i have yet to have a deep ellum i like and not including ANY buffalo bayou? for shame.

thequesoqueen
thequesoqueen

Leaving any Deep Ellum off the list is an oversight! Also, BB Hibiscus Wit made my summer.

mike5342a
mike5342a

What, no fcking Lone Star? 

J.A.Justice
J.A.Justice

I had an incredibly hard time making this list.  I left off at least 15 other beers that you could easily make a case for, including Das Wunderkind!, SS Pro-Am 12,  BB Gingerbread Stout, Revolver Bock, BB1, Deep Ellum Farmhouse Wit, RA 15, half the Mysterium Verum series... 

IndieBrewer
IndieBrewer

@CynicalHouston Good list but I think @SouthernStarBC Pro-AM 2012 is missing. Love that beer when fresh.

crazyfool999
crazyfool999

@CynicalHouston no gingerbread stout no care.

CraigHlavaty
CraigHlavaty

@CynicalHouston I like whatever you and Rascoe like.

CynicalHouston
CynicalHouston

@CurseOfBenitez @astrosguy Well if three pages made you mad, perhaps you'll be better with the amount of fucks I give.

J.A.Justice
J.A.Justice

@timblack2 You saw 512 Pecan Porter and Live Oak Hef and got all the way to Hatchet and still thought I was going with new beers?  

kshilcutt
kshilcutt moderator editortopcommenter

@thequesoqueen Honorable mention! (Personally, I wish Wealth & Taste had made the list.)

loquesto
loquesto

Scots Gone Wild was without a doubt my favorite TX beer of 2012course @J.A.Justice

CynicalHouston
CynicalHouston

@AmandaconQueso @Loquesto I had a hard time putting a beer so limited on the list. RA barrels were spread very very thin this year.

CurseOfBenitez
CurseOfBenitez

.@CraigHlavaty @JoshuaAJustice @astrosguy cool link to a non-applicable meme, bro!

astrosguy
astrosguy

@CynicalHouston @curseofbenitez ANYTHING is better than a slideshow. Besides, I could read a novel about TX beers. Cheers! #3pagesZeroFucks

JoshuaAJustice
JoshuaAJustice

@astrosguy @CurseOfBenitez @CraigHlavaty you forgot to add "bro" to the end of that tweet. Mixed memes validate errthing. #profeshaccount

astrosguy
astrosguy

@CurseOfBenitez @craighlavaty @joshuaajustice I really need OUT of this convo. #innocentbystander

CraigHlavaty
CraigHlavaty

@CurseOfBenitez @JoshuaAJustice @astrosguy I demand documentation. LOL.

luckiexstar
luckiexstar

@CurseOfBenitez am I supposed to hate or troll you now as a houstonian? :(

luckiexstar
luckiexstar

@CurseOfBenitez lolol he snapped at you from his "non-professional" account.

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