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Here is an excerpt from my book. I hope it whets your appetite.
It happens in almost every Western movie. A stranger rides into a town, ties his horse in front of the local saloon, slaps the dust from his arms, and enters the local saloon. He makes his way to the bar and orders a whiskey. A curious cowboy next to him, sipping a beer, asks, "New in town?" From there the plot spins in a dozen different directions.
I always wondered: Where did the beer come from? Quite simply, if the
railroad was in town, the answer is St. Louis. Otherwise it was a local
beer. Which got me thinking about the folks who made those beers.
If you have any information on these, or any other, breweries, please
contact me. I am especially interested in photos and, if possible, recipes.
I am a homebrewer and would like to brew a historic beer. If you run across
the name of an ancestor during your genealogical research, please, drop
me line. I may not know much, but I know more than is listed on these
While I was gathering information for this book, I developed three rules of brewing in Texas. These rules are:
1.Whenever more than three Germans get together a keg of beer is involved.
As a resut of Rules Number One and Two, breweries appeared in any community with a German population, except Nacogdoches and El Paso. Take out your Texas map. Draw a line from Houston northwest to Austin, southwest to San Antonio, and then back to Houston.
What you've done is outline the German/Middle European Heart of Texas. It was here that the Germans arrived followed by the Czechs and Poles, all lovers of beer. As a result, 90% of the breweries that ever existed in Texas are located inside that triangle.
Of course, the Germans spread all across Texas, and didn’t just stay in their little triangle. I could have as easily made the triangle run from Houston to San Angelo, down to Castroville and back to Houston, and gathered in 95% of the breweries in Texas. But the area inside what I call The Golden Triangle, odd names, weird accents, and fun-loving people.
It is, at the same time, the “real” Texas; where Sam Houston, Stephen F. Austin, Juan Seguin, and Davy Crockett fought for Texas' independence from Mexico. While touring the Kreische Brewery at Monument Hill in LaGrange, I stood on the edge of the bluff, overlooking the town, and thought, “What a wonderful place.” And as I got to know Hubert Wolters, I realized I was more interested in the pioneer brewers and their lives than the big corporations.
I encourage you to pick up your map and visit all the cities listed in this book, and lift a cold beer to the pioneers of Texas brewing.