As you may know, the essential beer ingredient, hops, does not grow in Texas because the plant prefers a cooler climate and longer daylight hours, similar to the Pacific Northwest. Unfortunately, Texas’ steamy weather does not allow for the hops to thrive based on the lack of nutrients and water in dry, Texas soil. However, this did not stop Southerleigh Fine Food & Brewery from brewing the first all-Texas ingredient pale ale beer, Texas Native Pale Ale.
This past April, head brewer Les Locke, set out to find the best way to brew an all Texas beer and teamed up with Hanks Hops, located in Somerset, TX. Hanks Hops started hydroponically growing centennial hops for the first time early last year. The first harvest was ready this past April, and Southerleigh was the first to use them in their brew. Hanks’s Hops has a greenhouse which uses a computerized system to control the temperature, a fertilized water system, water cooling unit, and a series of lights that all mimic the climate in the Pacific Northwest. Ultimately creating an environment where hops can successfully grow without harm from the scorching Texas heat.
After the hops were ready, the remaining ingredients came together quickly. The Texas Native Pale Ale includes Maverick Malt from Wildorado, TX and a Nueces strain of yeast from Texas Yeast Labs in New Braunfels, TX. This classic Texas pale ale has hints of citrus and pine with a malt sweetness backbone and clean fermentation. The result makes this beer dry, bright, bold, and beautiful. This first in the craft beer world opens doors for future brewers to create true Texas beers and sets the stage for Craft Brewers Conference heading to San Antonio in 2020.
Texas Native Pale Ale will be available at Southerleigh starting Monday, May 20th.
- 4.9% abv
- 40 IBUs
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Southerleigh Fine Food & Brewery, helmed by San Antonio Chef Jeff Balfour, brings a modern take on Texas’ cross-cultural cuisine to Pearl. Influenced by the coastal classics of Chef Balfour’s upbringing in Galveston married with the comfort of southern cuisine, Southerleigh boasts a curated, seasonally shifting menu that reflects Chef Balfour’s innovative craftsmanship. Southerleigh houses a custom manufactured brewery designed by Portland Kettle Works, bringing brewing back to Pearl with up to twenty different beers on tap. Southerleigh is located at 136 E Grayson St, San Antonio, TX 78215.
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