When the lovely Jennifer of Texas Girls’ Pint Out posted about a private, behind-the-scenes, ladies only tour of Ranger Creek in San Antonio, I was excited to take a little road trip out there and see what they’re up to at Ranger Creek. We caravaned up to San Antonio Friday night, and the tour was Saturday morning. Obviously the first stop was Freetail Brewing, as I have never been there and have heard so much about the special releases and their year-round selections. I plan on going next Saturday for the La Muerta bottle release as well. There were 10 beers on tap, with their signature beer, the Freetail Ale, being sold out. So, why not try all of them? I asked the waitress to bring me a flight (5 at a time, per rules) and let the tasting begin! We ordered the “Alotta Heart” pizza that has: hearts of palm, artichoke hearts, chicken and asparagus (it was supposed to have a basil pesto sauce, but was somehow not on there- then we got charged for getting a side of it!) which was a great combination, once we got the sauce.
1. La Rubia
Style: Blonde Ale
2. Rye Wit
Style: Belgian White Ale
3. Broken Vow
Style: English Summer Ale
4. Keepin’ It Lame
5. Tail Yanker
Style: Fresh Hop’d American Strong Ale
Style: Dub’l Rye Wit
7. Rubio Fumando
Style: Smoked Belgian Blonde Ale
Witicus was my favorite of the line-up by far, a very fruity aroma as well as taste, along with heavy wheat flavor. It was full-bodied yet very drinkable. Would love to have this on hand by the pool during the summer; it was so light, crisp and refreshing.
The Tail Yanker, an American Strong Ale, poured a medium dark brown color with a tan head, and had a smooth, malty taste. It wasn’t outstanding, but I liked how drinkable it was for the ABV and style.
Both of the smoked beers, the 4Shadow and Rubio Fumando, tasted like drinking liquid ashes from a barbecue pit. It was way too much smoke flavor and not enough other elements to the beer, or if they were there they were masked by the burnt wood taste.
The rest weren’t apparently memorable ;)
After a slight detour at Yardhouse, we ended up raiding Jennifer’s private stash of Ananke, released by Freetail just a few weeks ago. Ananke is an ale aged in wine barrels, I would say white by smell and taste, but I could be wrong. There’s not much information available on the bottle or at their website, but I tasted a very sour/tart wine and barely any “typical” beer flavor. It had a powerful alcoholic, white wine aroma and had a yogurt flavor in there too as well as the wood barrel taste (oak?). I didn’t know what to even expect, so I was surely intrigued by the flavor. I do not like white wines, maybe it’s the acidic taste or fruit juice flavor, so this beer is not a new favorite or anything. It reminded me of that Welch’s white grape peach juice. I am very thankful to Jennifer for letting me have some, and glad to have tried this special release. People stand in line for this stuff, and there is a purchase limit, so I am a lucky girl!
In the 2nd part of my San Antonio fling (read it here), I visited the Ranger Creek Brewery and Distillery for their first tour!
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