Wednesday, April 24, 2013
Martin House Brewery debuts “breakfast beer” on Saturday
Could this be the best part of waking up?
FORT WORTH The folks behind Fort Worth's newest craft brewery, Martin House Brewing Company, are aware that describing their new grain ale as a "breakfast beer" might cause a stir. But, that's a risk they've weighed against confidence that their small but steadily growing audeince will appreciate the tongue-in-cheek labeling.
During a special tasting Tuesday, Martin House poured pints of the yet-unreleased light ale, Daybreak, and while most likely won't wash down their Post Toasties with the so-called breakfast ale, many who tried the brewery's newest offering did note its appropriateness for a hot summer afternoon, best consumed after lawn mowing or while floating the river. Brewer Cody Martin said that it was modeled after a bowl of cereal, with barley, wheat, oats, and rye, and with a honey and milk sugar finish.
Also joining the line-up is a new saison called River House, another pale, easy-drinking session beer. Both are ready for release on Saturday. They join the brewery's extremely memorable, heavy-hitting red ale, the Imperial Texan, which made waves at the Big Texas Beer Fest and Untapped.
Worth a jaunt over to Fort Worth, Martin House Brewing Company is set in a large warehouse that overlooks both the downtown skyline and the Trinity River. It's accessible to Cowtowners by bike over the trails, and sliding back doors open to a vast lot ripe for tail-gaiting, where the brewery sets up boards for games of washers. Having moved into the space as recently as October, the brewery is currently focused on placing its products in local restaurants and bars -- and as of this writing it is available only at Craft and Growler and the Common Table in Dallas. They plan to start regular brewery tours as soon as possible.
Emphasizing light, summery ales, the brewery is also on the cusp of releasing its first stout, an original recipe created from sourdough pretzels.
"I just put two and two together," brewer Cody Martin said. "Pretzels are made from barley and they have the salty flavor that mixes so well with a sweet beer. We already have people who have tasted it and keep asking for more."
The coming dark beer will be named There Will Be Stout, and it is set for release in late summer or early fall.
Until then, stay abreast of Martin House Brewing Company tours and summer endeavors online.
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