2. Karbach Brewing
If you're not quite getting how easy canning has made distributing craft beer, let's give you yet another example.
Tell us if any of this sounds familiar: A brewery opens in Texas in summer 2011, a brewer from
serves as brewmaster, puts the brewery's flagship styles in cans and suddenly there's enormous growth. Karbach brewmaster Eric Warner's tale is a bit different than that of the lads at Austin Beerworks, as are those of owners and co-founders Chuck Robertson and Ken Goodman, but the small brewery on Karbach Street came into being in a similar environment.
Houston's craft beer community was already thriving thanks to
Saint Arnold Brewing
. But Texas-themed craft brews including Hopadilla IPA and Rodeo Clown Double IPA, as well as their easy-sipping siblings Weisse Versa Wheat and Sympathy For The Lager, found a large and willing audience. Oktoberfest, pumpkin, saison and holiday seasonals followed and beer-loving Houston was on board.
Considering that Beer Advocate ranked Texas and its 86 breweries No. 42 in the nation in capita per brewery -- with more than 292,000 Texans for every brewery -- we're kind of surprised there aren't more stories like those of Austin Beerworks and Karabach coming out of the Lone Star State.