January 23rd, 2012
H-Town Showdown: Karbach vs. No Label vs. Southern Star vs. Your Pick
With all of the fresh competition on the horizon (Buffalo Bayou/Moon Tower/Gulf Brewing Co.), new Texas micro-brews have miles to go before they sleep. There’s the top dog St. Arnold’s, but there’s also that middle ground of sud-makers doing whatever they can to entrench themselves before the next challenger enters this game of thrones. So, loyal Loopsters, who’s got the right stuff? Who will still be around in a decade? If you don’t see your favorite up-and-comer, leave a comment and let us know who you think will be standing when the smoke clears. We might just add them to the master Showdown bracket at the end of the year!
This brewer’s version of a kickass garage band out of Katy is aiming to defy definition- hence their “We don’t need no stinking labels!” attitude. No Label’s dark wheat brew, aptly named Black Wit-O, is sinking its fangs into the competition, and their more traditional offerings are gaining a steady following.
These guys didn’t pussyfoot around when they burst onto the scene. Instead of playing it safe with a bland pilsner for the masses, they’re pushing two IPA’s and an imperial porter right off the bat. There’s always their Sympathy for the Lager and the Weisse Versa Wheat, but you have to admire a startup that’s swinging for the fences with some polarizing first-takes.
There’s no finer southern tradition than stacking a pyramid of cans in a pasture or your buddy’s living room. Southern Star embraces that, but it’s their taps of Buried Hatchet, Pinebelt Ale and Bombshell Blonde that are starting to leave other startups in the dust in the popularity contest.
You got a local brew that you feel deserves to be in the running? Add it in the comments. All breweries listed there will be tallied alongside the three in the poll below.