A Closer Look at the Southern Star Brewing Company Portfolio
The Galveston Beach Revue is happening next weekend and if the chance to see retro-style beauties strut their stuff in swimwear weren’t enough to get you to the Island, the Bands and Bombshells kick off concert on Friday night (May 18) should do the trick. In addition to performances by The Gourds and John Evans Band, the party will feature brews from the Southern Star Brewery and an appearance by a brewing representative.
In honor of the celebration, we’re taking a break from our summer seasonal focus and diving into the full Southern Star Brewing Company portfolio, which includes our May BOTM Bombshell Blonde, Buried Hatchet and Pine Belt Ale.
While the brewer’s three year round selections are all still brewed in a 10,000 square-foot warehouse located in Conroe, Texas, Southern Star has seen notable success and growth since it first began production of Pine Belt Ale back in 2008.
Pint Belt Ale is a deep copper-colored American Pale Ale. The flavor of the beer is characterized as having a substantial malt backbone, aggressive hop bitterness and notable American hop flavor (achieved by the mix of Galena, CTZ and Nugget hops). The Southern Star original has an ABV of 6.3% and is sold in 16 oz cans.
This next brew to join the lineup was Bombshell Blonde, the Pint Jockey’s Beer of the Month! The American blonde ale has a rich, creamy golden color with flavors of yeasty bread coupled with a touch of hops. The fan favorite is fermented at a cool temperature to give it a clean finish. Bottled in standard 12 oz cans, this brew has a more mild ABV at 5.25%.
The darkest brew in the year round portfolio has to be Buried Hatchet Stout, a Strong American Stout style introduced in November 2008. Jet-black in color, this monster smells of coffee and chocolate. The taste is much of the same, with hints of creamy toffee and roasted malt. Smooth and delicious, this medium bodied ale is all about the malts, but has enough hop bitterness to be balanced. Falling into the “strong” category, Buried Hatchet has an ABV of 8.25%.
In addition to the year round lineup, Southern Star also recently introduced seasonal ales including Waloon (summer) and Le Mort Vivant (winter.) In 2009, Southern Star also introduced the annual Pro-AM Competition, which calls on home brewers to submit their favorite homebrew for the chance to have their entry scaled up and brewed through the Southern Star system. The most recent call for entries ended yesterday, so we look forward to seeing the winning results!
If you’ve never enjoyed a Southern Star brew, there’s never been a better excuse to head to the coast and enjoy some beers and bombshells. If you aren’t able to make it to Galveston next weekend (May 18-19,) we strongly encourage you to visit the Southern Star Brewery in Conroe for a free tour. The brewery holds tours every Saturday at 1 p.m. Just be sure to dress appropriately as we enter the summer months. There’s no air conditioning!
What’s your favorite selection from Southern Star? Let us know in the comments below! Hope to see you next weekend.