Texas Ale Project Payne Pils

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This week I reviewed Payne Pils from Texas Ale Project. Overall Impression I’m a fan of Payne Pils. It’s refreshing to see a bright pilsner-based European lager like a pale kellerbier from a DFW brewery. I’m no expert on this style, and it’s sort of hard for me to jump across the pond and try …


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Today marks a special occasion: 52 weekly stories for the On Tap series at Central Track editor Pete Freedman approached me last summer about taking this project over, and I couldn’t resist. At first, the idea of writing one thousand words about a beer from a DFW brewery terrified me. But it wasn’t the …


Grapevine Prickly Pear Wheat Ale

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This week, I reviewed Grapevine Brewing’s Prickly Pear Wheat Ale. Overall Impression. This is my first review of a Grapevine Brewery beer. And I’m slowly turning the corner here. The previous writers on this column weren’t over the moon with Grapevine’s beers early on; I assume that these recipes have been dialed in since we …