Hello, friends! It’s been too long. As promised, I thought I would drop in and talk to you about some brewery action in Texas! I was able to visit a few breweries while there. Two of them stood out to me; Intrinsic Smokehouse & Brewery in Garland, and Thirsty Bros Brewery in Royse City. Thirsty Bros certainly deserves it’s own post, so for now we’ll just focus on Intrinsic.
Before I arrived at Intrinsic, I called to see if they would have time to talk to me. I was welcome with open arms. The first thing I noted was the poster in the front window showing support for law enforcement. This alone would draw me in as a customer. When I entered, I met with Travis, the bartender, who was more than happy to walk me around and answer any questions I had about the brewery. They had a really cool open air set-up. The entirety of the brewery operation was right there as you enter the building!
After Travis gave me the grand tour, I bellied up to the bar to see what they had to offer. I ordered a flight and was pretty impressed! While enjoying some tasty libations, I chatted up the couple sitting next to me, a fellow military veteran and his wife. If you are reading this, cheers!
They also have a BBQ kitchen. Unfortunately I had not planned well and went right after lunch, but man, did it look and smell good!
After I had finished my flight, I learned about a really neat thing they were doing. Two of the employees, including Travis, had designed a stout and helped brew it. They were having a friendly competition to see which was better. You could buy a 5 oz pour of each and compare them side by side. After sampling each of them, your preference was marked on a chalkboard. It just so happened that the one I chose was the one designed by Travis.
I simply could not walk out the door without getting on the grain mill bicycle thingy. There was a motor attached to the mill, but I was told that before the motor was installed, they actually used the bicycle to mill the grains. Who knows, maybe the motor will quit and there will be a job opening. I might just submit a resume…