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What You Need to Know About Blackwater Draw Brewing Company

November 23rd, 2016 by Pamela Murski

Blackwater Draw Brewing Company

The Texas Hill Country has some incredible craft breweries you shouldn’t miss out on. At the top of the list in College Station, TX, is Blackwater Draw Brewing Company. Affectionately named after the sludgy, black water that is the source of the Brazos River, the brewers guarantee an incredible brew to the last drop. If you’re a beer aficionado or just after an ice cold beer, this is the place to be. Here’s what you need to know about Blackwater Draw Brewing Company.

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Blackwater Draw Brewing Company Brews Up Delicious Beer

The fierce brewers at Blackwater Draw Brewing Company work hard to craft incredible brews year-round. You can’t be a brewmaster and not have an intense love for beer and the craft of making it. So, to give a little history, Blackwater Draw Brewing Company crafts excellent beer in honor of the company’s namesake, the Brazos River. They use only the purest ingredients to create their beers, sourcing local ingredients as much as possible. So, come on by and “hunker down” and enjoy any of these spectacular brews.

Mexican Style Lager

ABV: 4.8%

IBU: 20

Color: Copper

This beer is brewed in a traditional Mexican style. It is a Vienna lager with crisp malt flavor and a tinge of hop aroma.

Timber Snake India Pale Ale

ABV: 6.8%

IBU: 67

Color: Amber

This beer combines a blend of Maris Otter, Crystal, and Vienna malts with a hoppy balancing act of Warrior, Millennium, and Cascade hops. As a result, this beer is great for anyone who loves hops!

Mulligan Kölsch

ABV: 5.25%

IBU: 30

Color: Light

Designed as a hybrid beer to appeal to the novice and the experience craft beer junkie, Mulligan has a bready sweetness combined with German hops. It’s the perfect introduction to craft beer for the light beer drinker.

Contract Killer Coffee Porter

ABV: 6.4%

IBU: 60

Color: Dark

Featuring What’s the Buzz coffee, a local roaster, the Contract Killer Coffee Porter is the perfect combination of Vienna and chocolate malts with the kick of quality roasted black coffee.

One-Offs

ABV: Adequate

IBU: Irrelevant

Color: Equal Opportunity

On some Saturdays throughout the year, Blackwater Draw Brewing Company offers one-keg varieties of test beers for lucky testers. So, pay attention for trial-brews like Pecan Pie Brown Ale, Wood-Aged Imperial Porter, Peanut Butter & Honey Brown Ale, Ginger Saison, Raccoon Ninja, Ancho Chile & Cocoa Imperial Porter, and Chocolate Cherry Contract Killer.

Just Up the Road from the Best Place to Stay in Texas

Blackwater Draw Brewing Company isn’t far from the best stay in Central Texas, Murski Homestead Bed & Breakfast! So, once you’ve indulged in the delicious craft brews, come back and kick up your feet and relax in one of our comfortable rooms on the ranch! And, if you’re looking for more ways to spend your time while in Central Texas, then download our FREE Vacation Guide! It’s full of great ways to spend your time and everything you need to see while you’re here.

Thinking of Spending Thanksgiving in Texas?

September 28th, 2015 by Pamela Murski

thanksgiving in texasThere are many things that make Thanksgiving in Texas special, including the fact that it is presumed to be the home of America’s very first feast of thanks, which followed a treacherous Spanish conquest through the deserts of Mexico and the southwest. After 5 days in the arid climate without food and water, a band of 500 finally made it to the Rio Grande, where they celebrated with a meal of thanksgiving for their deliverance from the woes of the rugged and sparse countryside.

This spirit of Thanksgiving in Texas is still very much alive today though we are just as happy about football victories as we are for our small town sustenance. This mixing of the new and the old of our beloved United States makes Thanksgiving in Texas an ever enjoyable time of year to visit. Whether you want to explore the countryside in the beautiful temperate weather, root for your teams or explore the foodie scene in celebration of an eating holiday, you’re sure to find it here in Brenham.

Things to Do for Thanksgiving in Texas

  1. Chuy’s Christmas Parade
    Held in nearby downtown Austin every Thanksgiving, Chuy’s Christmas Parade features giant inflatable balloons, holiday floats, classic cars, marching bands and, of course bringing up the rear is Santa Claus! For the past 11 years, the parade has been supporting Operation Blue which provides toys for underprivileged children in the area.
  2. Texas Foodie Experience
    There are endless places to get out and enjoy locally sourced and produced food, whether you love craft beers, wines, or meats and produce. The Wine Trail consists of a grouping of local wineries who are open for visitors to explore, and for a local beer you head to Brazos Valley Brewing Company or the new Home Sweet Market Biergarten in downtown Brenham. The Murski Homestead offers very popular cooking classes and are sure to have a holiday theme in mind for the weekend of Thanksgiving in Texas.
  3. Football Football Football!
    On the Friday after thanksgiving Baylor Bears will face off against the Texas Christian University Horned Frogs in what will be one of the deciding matches of the 2015 Big 12 Championship. If you aren’t going to make it to the actual game but happen to find yourself in Brenham for the weekend, there are many places to watch the game. The Ant Street Inn will be firing up their grill and opening their parking lot for a tailgate party at 2 pm in preparation for kickoff at 6:30. Don’t miss it!
  4. Live Music
    Here in the country we love to head to a local watering hole in the evenings for some live music and tasty beverages. Take in the local culture during your Thanksgiving in Texas by doing the same at either Brazos Valley Brewing, The Stone Cellar, or at the Home Sweet Farm Market Biergarten over the weekend. See the town calendar for more specifics!

Are you convinced yet that Thanksgiving in Texas is a fine way to spend this holiday? If not, maybe you’ll just have to come check it out for yourself and let this beautiful countryside speak for itself.

For more ideas of things to do while here, check out this free Washington County Vacation Guide!

Home Sweet Farm Has a New Biergarten!

May 22nd, 2015 by Pamela Murski

home sweet farm

Jenny Stufflebeam

Brenham, Texas has a long agricultural history dating back to before it was even incorporated. When the railroad came, Brenham gained more processing facilities and the town became a regional hub and supplier of many essential resources. As American industry increased, agriculture decreased, and the same was true in Brenham, Texas. About a century later, the advent of the Home Sweet Farm CSA program in 2004 was a big deal a departure from what locals were used to. Since, residents of Washington County have been increasingly aware of where their food comes from.

Since being reminded of the importance and worth of locally grown food, residents of Washington County have been increasingly interested in where their food is coming from. Home Sweet Farm has been expanding their local food movement ever since, with their latest addition to the business being the new downtown Brenham Biergarten.

About the Home Sweet Farm Market Biergarten

Serving their mission of the 50-mile food movement – in which they only source things from within a 50-mile radius of Brenham – the biergarten serves only locally made craft beers. They boast the largest selection of craft beers in all of Washing County and serve it alongside grilled bratwurst on pretzel buns with all kinds of fresh toppings and garnish that will make your mouth water – all locally made of course! The fresh and local model offers visitors an experience that is unique in that it is more than just sensory but also cultural as you get a taste for the area and its people.

home sweet farmThe Biergarten also hosts weekly events that have locals returning to unwind from the grind and enjoy the community. Friday nights are Spaghetti Western Movie Night, showing those cheesy, dubbed western flicks that are the perfect compliment to country-made craft beer after a long work week. On Saturday evening come out to enjoy free concerts featuring both local and regional musicians from a variety of backgrounds and playing many different genres. Some upcoming performers include The Kitowskis, Jack Carr, and Cody Ray Henry. Shows start at 8:30 and take place in the lovely courtyard. A few times a month you can also buy tickets for their Saturday night Farm to Market Dinners and have a great night out of food and music!

About Home Sweet Farm

Coming from generations of farmers, Brad and Jenny Stufflebeam and their two daughters, are passionate and talented farmers who love nothing more than providing their community with sustenance. The farm’s CSA program led eventually to them opening the downtown Home Sweet Farm Market, which is open every day, and hosts a weekly farmers market on Sundays. They sell products from local agricultural producers from around the area, carrying everything from fresh milk and cheese, to grass fed beef. After a successful start to the market, the Biergarten extension was opened hosting weekly events that bring the whole community together around local foods.

 

If you’re at all interest in the local food movement and passionate about knowing your farmer, you’ll love visiting the Home Sweet Farm Market while in town. Pick up some local snacks for a day of exploring the wineries and wildflowers, and check out this free vacation guide for other ideas of things to do in the area.

Sip and Savor Your Way Through Washington County Wineries

November 21st, 2013 by Pamela Murski

Washington County Wineries

Washington County Wineries

Your Guide to Washington County Wineries and More

Breathtaking views, arts and entertainment, history, antique fairs, good food  and award-winning wineries … We have it all in Washington County. We are proud to serve and use wines from all the Washington County wineries in our cooking classes at Murski Homestead B&B!  With so much to see and do,   we’ve developed this guide to Washington County  wineries to help in planning your getaway!

Pleasant Hill Winery

This is Washington County’s first winery

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