The Big Texan Brewery
The Big Texan Brewery started serving hand craft beers June 24, 2011 after a lengthy process of paperwork with the “Feds” or TTB (Alcohol and Tobacco Tax and Trade Bureau) and the TABC (Texas Alcoholic Beverage Commission). The amount of work that was needed to put a dream into reality started decades ago and many miles apart between Tom Money (Brewmaster) and the Lee Brothers (Bobby & Danny).
Our Brewing Process
The process starts in our kitchen where our “tilt skillet” doubles as our mash tun. The mash tun is a device that you steep your malted barley at an exact temperature for an exact time. This process help convert starches to fermentable sugars.* When the malted barley first goes into the mash tun, it is covered with 157ºF water. Tasting it now would taste like wet straw hay. Taste the same water one hour later and it would taste like sugar water! This “liquor” is transferred to a 115-gallon boil pot where heat is applied and additions of water, malt extracts, hops and finings agents are added at different times to achieve different results in flavor, color, body, and alcohol levels. Boiling is carried out for about 1-hour and hops are added at different times for the desired bitterness levels. The job of the hops is to balance the sweetness of malted barley in beer. (There are hundreds of varieties of hops from all around the world.)
Hop “cones” are just that and grow on vines similar to how grapes grow. The cone contains small sacs of very bitter resin which are what we’re after for beer making. Finings agents help clarity the beer while malt extracts help boost the body of the beer. The water in Amarillo comes from treated well water and is quite well suited for beer making. After the hour or so boil, it’s time to transfer the 200ºF hot wort (pronounced “wert” which is beer before yeast is added) needs to be transferred to the fermentation room and cooled. This distance is about 100-feet and a special pump is used to transfer 200ºF+ liquids. Wort is pumped through a special copper pipe that is encased inside another pipe allowing cold water to cool the outer copper pipe. We call this counter-flow cooling. The wort leaves at 200ºF and arrives in the fermentation room at 73ºF and fills the fermentation tank.
Big Texan Brewery Facts
The following list is our line of exquisite “Real Texas” beers – handcrafted in the legendary tradition of the World Famous Big Texan Ranch. We describe them as well as possible with most descriptions coming from guests such as you. Some we put the way we see and taste it. The best way is to try them and learn to appreciate the different kinds that are brewed and develop your favorite. Get a sample of 4, 8, or even all of our beers and see for yourself the difference.
Dark ale dominated by the rich malty aroma of pecans. Light notes of chocolate, molasses and brown sugar. Northern brewer, Williamette, and Hallertuer hops provide a moderately spice earthy component.
Texas Red Amber Ale
Cowboys and cowgirls alike will enjoy this light and refreshing brew! Bready Malts with caramel undertones are enhanced by Crystal hops.
This is a refreshing wheat beer that has a hint of raspberry. A real summertime favorite.
Honey Blonde Lager
On the pour expect a lightly hazy golden color on this American style blonde lager. Amarillo hops give this honey malted beer an excellent expression of hops flavor without reaching the bitterness of an IPA. A delicate bodied golden lager with hints of honey.
A top fermenting, unfiltered Bavarian-style wheat (Weizen) beer with the yeast (Hefe) still present.
Light copper color. It’s all here. The hop flavors are complex citric, piney, herbal, floral and integrates well with the carmel malt and residual sweetness that provides the backbone for this extensively dry hopped brew.
Whoop Your Donkey
Double IPA (IIPA) strong Imperial. Simcoe Triple dry hopped with a malty backbone. This one has it all for us hop-heads.
Light body, crisp Mexican-style lager. You may find yourself saying, “Uno mas cerveza por favor.”
Palo Duro Pale Ale
Smooth and creamy. Lightly toasted malts balanced by Amarillo Gold and German Hallertauer hops. Always a favorite!
Whiskey Barrel Stout
As big as the State of Texas, this stout is brewed with roasted barley and oatmeal for a rich creamy texture then aged in oak with bourbon to impart a woody/bourbon flavor. This is a true sipping beer.
Bomb City Rock
Rich roasted barley malt flavor and German hops. American dark lager that is lightly hopped. The new Texas Bock.