Karbach Brewing Company
While my sister was visiting over Christmas, I wanted to visit some places that none of us had seen before. We explored San Antonio during a two day stay, enjoyed a long walk in Huntsville State Park and set out to spend some time in downtown Houston. While Houston was a bit of a disappointment - I’ll get back to that in a later post- our visit to Karbach Brewing Company was everything I had hoped for.
Our main reason for going to Karbach was to do the tour of the brewery, but since the first tour didn’t start until 3 pm, we thought we might as well have lunch in the brewery’s restaurant first. This also gave us a perfect opportunity to enjoy some of the brewery’s beers.
The restaurant has the feel of an up-scale pub. It’s warm and welcoming, with some cool design elements that avoid slipping into pretentiousness. The food seemed to mirror this effect. I ordered the Housemade Sausage Sandwich, which consisted of a weissewurst sausage, mustard, and sauerkraut layered in a pretzel roll. A slightly unusual combination, but one that works really well. None of the flavors outcompeted each other, yet they all made themselves known. We don’t often eat out because I find it’s rare to come across an exceptional meal. I’m no more than a mediocre cook myself but if most restaurants serve nothing better than a mediocre meal, I don’t feel the need to spend money on it. Karbach served something well beyond mediocre and is now on my list of good restaurants that we need to visit again.
After we finished our meal, we waited outside in the beer garden for the half hour tour to begin. Our energetic tour guide clearly loved his job and contained a large repository of facts, but I have to admit that the speed of delivery was such that I was barely able to keep up. Nonetheless, better too much information than not enough!
The tour was very interesting and the beer making process not so different from what we learned about whisky production when we toured the Oban distillery in Scotland a couple of years ago. I think it might be time to learn something about wine making…