Hood River’s Full Sail Catches Wind

A fiercely independent spirit, sense of creativity, and a love for beer drew kindred souls together, to defy the odds and make great beer. Just two years after opening Full Sail Brewing started to put their name on the national map and set a measure for their success by winning a gold medal for Full Sail Amber at the Great American Beer Festival in 1989.
 
All the ingredients for the brewing are local, including hops, barley and spring water from Mount Hood in Oregon. They make all efforts to be green with their own water treatment plant, distributing spent grains to local farmers, and packaging in recycled paperboard. In 1999 they became an independent employee owned company, rewarding all the people whose hard work and vision brought the company to life. Full Sail Brewing continues to make great beer, which is why we are really excited Brewmaster Jamie Emerson will be pouring at our Austin Westgate store today, Thursday, September 20th, from 4pm – 7pm come taste for yourself.

Hood River’s Full Sail Catches Wind

A fiercely independent spirit, sense of creativity, and a love for beer drew kindred souls together, to defy the odds and make great beer. Just two years after opening Full Sail Brewing started to put their name on the national map and set a measure for their success by winning a gold medal for Full Sail Amber at the Great American Beer Festival in 1989.
 
All the ingredients for the brewing are local, including hops, barley and spring water from Mount Hood in Oregon. They make all efforts to be green with their own water treatment plant, distributing spent grains to local farmers, and packaging in recycled paperboard. In 1999 they became an independent employee owned company, rewarding all the people whose hard work and vision brought the company to life. Full Sail Brewing continues to make great beer, which is why we are really excited Brewmaster Jamie Emerson will be pouring at our Austin Westgate store today, Thursday, September 20th, from 4pm – 7pm come taste for yourself.

Ski by Day, Brew by Night

Richard Squire had a dream, “To ski all day and drink great beer all night”.  After realizing he was spending most of his time brewing and very little time skiing, Squires took his passion to the next level, in February of 1990 he opened the original Breckenridge Brewery and Pub in the ski town of Breckenridge, Colorado.  
 
In 1992, he opened a sister brewpub next to the brand new Coors Field just as the Denver craft beer revolution was getting into its full swing.  I hold a special place in my heart for Breckenridge Brewery. While I lived in Denver, it was a ritual for my wife and me to have a couple of delicious beers at the brewpub before we crossed the street and entered the stadium. Then in May of 1996, Squires opened up a third location as a brewing and bottling facility. These three breweries have taken Breckenridge from a modest 3,000 barrels a year, to a robust 30,000 barrels of fresh beer a year and distributed across 33 states.
 
I am so glad to be able to say that Central Market stocks the shelves with Breckenridge’s amazing, hand-crafted beer. It is especially nice to be able to sell something to a customer which brings back many fond memories.  
 
All of our stores offer a variety from Breckenridge, here are tasting and pairing notes on a few.
  • Vanilla Porter – A personal favorite of mine where the classic roasted chocolaty nutty flavors of porter blend perfectly with the fresh infused vanilla bean to create what I refer to as chocolate milk for adults.  
  • Summerbright – A fantastic American wheat ale brewed with delicious fruit. 
  • 471 Small Batch IPA – From the “Small-Batch Series”  has aromas of tangerine, coriander, light pine, as well as flavors of pine resin, grapefruit peel, this beer pairs perfectly with a super spicy Pad Thai dish.
  • Agave Wheat – Is a delicious American style unfiltered wheat with a very special kick from Salmiana Agave.  The agave shines in this beer without being over the top, perfect poolside or paired with orange glazed duck.  
  • Oatmeal Stout – With dark roasted coffee aromas, notes of espresso and semi-sweet chocolate comes through great in its creamy body style.  We are currently featuring a bread in our bakery made this beer. 
  • Regal Pils – A new addition, this American style double pilsner is brewed with a floral Sterling hop as opposed the usual Saaz hop in most pilsner’s.  This refreshing beer has a kick to it, that pairs wonderfully with a juicy Brat.

Ski by Day, Brew by Night

Richard Squire had a dream, “To ski all day and drink great beer all night”.  After realizing he was spending most of his time brewing and very little time skiing, Squires took his passion to the next level, in February of 1990 he opened the original Breckenridge Brewery and Pub in the ski town of Breckenridge, Colorado.  
 
In 1992, he opened a sister brewpub next to the brand new Coors Field just as the Denver craft beer revolution was getting into its full swing.  I hold a special place in my heart for Breckenridge Brewery. While I lived in Denver, it was a ritual for my wife and me to have a couple of delicious beers at the brewpub before we crossed the street and entered the stadium. Then in May of 1996, Squires opened up a third location as a brewing and bottling facility. These three breweries have taken Breckenridge from a modest 3,000 barrels a year, to a robust 30,000 barrels of fresh beer a year and distributed across 33 states.
 
I am so glad to be able to say that Central Market stocks the shelves with Breckenridge’s amazing, hand-crafted beer. It is especially nice to be able to sell something to a customer which brings back many fond memories.  
 
All of our stores offer a variety from Breckenridge, here are tasting and pairing notes on a few.
  • Vanilla Porter – A personal favorite of mine where the classic roasted chocolaty nutty flavors of porter blend perfectly with the fresh infused vanilla bean to create what I refer to as chocolate milk for adults.  
  • Summerbright – A fantastic American wheat ale brewed with delicious fruit. 
  • 471 Small Batch IPA – From the “Small-Batch Series”  has aromas of tangerine, coriander, light pine, as well as flavors of pine resin, grapefruit peel, this beer pairs perfectly with a super spicy Pad Thai dish.
  • Agave Wheat – Is a delicious American style unfiltered wheat with a very special kick from Salmiana Agave.  The agave shines in this beer without being over the top, perfect poolside or paired with orange glazed duck.  
  • Oatmeal Stout – With dark roasted coffee aromas, notes of espresso and semi-sweet chocolate comes through great in its creamy body style.  We are currently featuring a bread in our bakery made this beer. 
  • Regal Pils – A new addition, this American style double pilsner is brewed with a floral Sterling hop as opposed the usual Saaz hop in most pilsner’s.  This refreshing beer has a kick to it, that pairs wonderfully with a juicy Brat.

Blazing the Hoppy Trail

To say they have been around the world in there venture for the perfect beers would be an understatement.  Between the two of them, there have been visits to over 140 different breweries in the US & Europe, more than 30 beer festivals and tastings, numerous classes in brewing, sensory evaluation, judging in beer competitions, and the memberships in the Institute for Brewing Studies and the Master Brewers Association of America.  
 
I have had the pleasure to meet and speak with Greg and Steve, multiple times, which I can assure you, made this "beer geek" very happy.  A veteran of four Great American Beer Festivals, I know that visiting and revisiting the Stone booth is a must.  These two pioneers met in 1989 both working in the music industry.  They next crossed paths at a beer class at University of California Davis, where they discovered they shared a similar taste and vision in the wonderful world of beer.
 
As years passed they kept in touch and their passion for brewing grew to a point that they were ready to take the next step.  After planning and scouting a location, the team settled on San Marcus, California on February 1, 1996 and the first beer came off the line on July 26th. 
 
Central Market Houston is excited to be hosting Kris Ketcham tomorrow, September 20th, for a delicious beer pairing dinner, beginning at 6:30pm.  Kris has been involved in all areas of production for the last seven years, and is currently Cellar Supervisor and Brewer. Reserve your seat at on the Cooking School page of our website.
 
Houston currently carries the vast majority of Stone’s beers, and here is the list, in order of my own personal preference:
  • Sublimely Self Righteous (Black IPA 8.7 abv, 90 ibu),
  • Ruination (Double IPA 7.7 abv, 100 ibu),
  • Oaked Arrogant Bastard (American Strong Ale 7.2 abv),
  • Stone IPA (American IPA 6.9 abv 77 ibu),
  • Arrogant Bastard (America IPA 7.2 abv),
  • Old Guardian Barley Wine (Barley Wine 11 abv 85 ibu),
  • Stone 16th Anniversary IPA (Double IPA 10 abv 85 ibu),
  • Smoked Porter with Vanilla Bean (Smoked Porter 5.9 abv 53 ibu),
  • Smoked Porter with Chipoltle Pepper (American Porter 5.9 abv 53 ibu),
  • Smoked Porter (Smoked Porter 5.9 abv 53 ibu)

Blazing the Hoppy Trail

To say they have been around the world in there venture for the perfect beers would be an understatement.  Between the two of them, there have been visits to over 140 different breweries in the US & Europe, more than 30 beer festivals and tastings, numerous classes in brewing, sensory evaluation, judging in beer competitions, and the memberships in the Institute for Brewing Studies and the Master Brewers Association of America.  
 
I have had the pleasure to meet and speak with Greg and Steve, multiple times, which I can assure you, made this "beer geek" very happy.  A veteran of four Great American Beer Festivals, I know that visiting and revisiting the Stone booth is a must.  These two pioneers met in 1989 both working in the music industry.  They next crossed paths at a beer class at University of California Davis, where they discovered they shared a similar taste and vision in the wonderful world of beer.
 
As years passed they kept in touch and their passion for brewing grew to a point that they were ready to take the next step.  After planning and scouting a location, the team settled on San Marcus, California on February 1, 1996 and the first beer came off the line on July 26th. 
 
Central Market Houston is excited to be hosting Kris Ketcham tomorrow, September 20th, for a delicious beer pairing dinner, beginning at 6:30pm.  Kris has been involved in all areas of production for the last seven years, and is currently Cellar Supervisor and Brewer. Reserve your seat at on the Cooking School page of our website.
 
Houston currently carries the vast majority of Stone’s beers, and here is the list, in order of my own personal preference:
  • Sublimely Self Righteous (Black IPA 8.7 abv, 90 ibu),
  • Ruination (Double IPA 7.7 abv, 100 ibu),
  • Oaked Arrogant Bastard (American Strong Ale 7.2 abv),
  • Stone IPA (American IPA 6.9 abv 77 ibu),
  • Arrogant Bastard (America IPA 7.2 abv),
  • Old Guardian Barley Wine (Barley Wine 11 abv 85 ibu),
  • Stone 16th Anniversary IPA (Double IPA 10 abv 85 ibu),
  • Smoked Porter with Vanilla Bean (Smoked Porter 5.9 abv 53 ibu),
  • Smoked Porter with Chipoltle Pepper (American Porter 5.9 abv 53 ibu),
  • Smoked Porter (Smoked Porter 5.9 abv 53 ibu)

Big Band Celebration at Lovers Lane

To celebrate Central Market's 10th Anniversary, we are looking back to the age of big bands, swing dancing, and supper clubs.  Be part of the excitement this Saturday, September 22, as we channel the energy and excitement of LouAnn's, under our 10th Anniversary tent.

LouAnn's was a club run by Lou and Ann Bovis for three decades and during its prime LouAnn's hosted everyone from classic band men like Lawrence Welk to blues musicians such as Jimmy Reed. To help recapture this feeling Dallas' own Hunter Sullivan and his 14 piece Big Band will be playing favorites from the 40's and 50's. Sullivan oozes classic swing with a song book full of tunes like Fly Me to the Moon and Lady is a Tramp, all of which will be perfect for dancing and schmoozing.

 
Let's not overlook the supper part of the supper club, there will be light snacks and a cash bar for beer and wine available all evening. Tickets are just $10, all proceeds benefit Children's Medical Center Dallas.

Don't miss out this weekend as we relive the glory days of LouAnn's, and help celebrate the next ten great years for Central Market Lovers Lane. Tickets are available on the Cooking School page of our website.

Big Band Celebration at Lovers Lane

To celebrate Central Market's 10th Anniversary, we are looking back to the age of big bands, swing dancing, and supper clubs.  Be part of the excitement this Saturday, September 22, as we channel the energy and excitement of LouAnn's, under our 10th Anniversary tent.

LouAnn's was a club run by Lou and Ann Bovis for three decades and during its prime LouAnn's hosted everyone from classic band men like Lawrence Welk to blues musicians such as Jimmy Reed. To help recapture this feeling Dallas' own Hunter Sullivan and his 14 piece Big Band will be playing favorites from the 40's and 50's. Sullivan oozes classic swing with a song book full of tunes like Fly Me to the Moon and Lady is a Tramp, all of which will be perfect for dancing and schmoozing.

 
Let's not overlook the supper part of the supper club, there will be light snacks and a cash bar for beer and wine available all evening. Tickets are just $10, all proceeds benefit Children's Medical Center Dallas.

Don't miss out this weekend as we relive the glory days of LouAnn's, and help celebrate the next ten great years for Central Market Lovers Lane. Tickets are available on the Cooking School page of our website.

Alaskan Brewing Has Expanded Our Brewniverse

Back in 1986 Alaskan Brewing Company founders, Marcy and Geoff Larson, created what was the first brewery in Juneau since prohibition and the 67th brewery in the United States.  While researching the history of Alaskan brewing, Marcy unearthed records describing the brewing process and recipes from Douglas City Brewing Company which closed in 1907.  After a test batch, made by Geoff, they were able to see what made the beer so popular almost 100 years ago.  This beer became what is known as Alaskan Amber.

From the humble beginnings which included Marcy, Geoff, and a group of volunteers hand packaging 253 cases of the first official batch of Alaskan Amber, the brewery has grown to be the most award winning craft brewery in the history of the Great American Beer Festival.  When you taste any of the brews from this Gold Rush era inspired producer it is easy to see how they have gained so many awards.

Alaskan Amber – The malty character of this brew is perfectly framed by a hop flavor on the finish and has a richness to the palate that provides a balance not seen in most amber beers.

Alaskan India Pale Ale – The aromatics for the IPA are intense and complex due to the addition of dry hops during fermentation and is balanced by a pronounced citrus character and finishes very refreshing.

Alaskan White Ale – Made in the traditional Belgian-style the beer is slightly sweet with aromas of orange peel and coriander.  A delicate beer that is smooth, complex and deliciously refreshing.

Alaskan Brewing Has Expanded Our Brewniverse

Back in 1986 Alaskan Brewing Company founders, Marcy and Geoff Larson, created what was the first brewery in Juneau since prohibition and the 67th brewery in the United States.  While researching the history of Alaskan brewing, Marcy unearthed records describing the brewing process and recipes from Douglas City Brewing Company which closed in 1907.  After a test batch, made by Geoff, they were able to see what made the beer so popular almost 100 years ago.  This beer became what is known as Alaskan Amber.

From the humble beginnings which included Marcy, Geoff, and a group of volunteers hand packaging 253 cases of the first official batch of Alaskan Amber, the brewery has grown to be the most award winning craft brewery in the history of the Great American Beer Festival.  When you taste any of the brews from this Gold Rush era inspired producer it is easy to see how they have gained so many awards.

Alaskan Amber – The malty character of this brew is perfectly framed by a hop flavor on the finish and has a richness to the palate that provides a balance not seen in most amber beers.

Alaskan India Pale Ale – The aromatics for the IPA are intense and complex due to the addition of dry hops during fermentation and is balanced by a pronounced citrus character and finishes very refreshing.

Alaskan White Ale – Made in the traditional Belgian-style the beer is slightly sweet with aromas of orange peel and coriander.  A delicate beer that is smooth, complex and deliciously refreshing.