Loaded Up & Truckin'

Loaded Up & Truckin' Tour

January 18, 2020 - Silver Grizzly, Outlaw's, Pecan Point, Redbone Magic, Oil Horse

**The tour is not all inclusive. Please read below for what is included**

9: 15 Morning Coffee at Silver Grizzly Espresso (100 W Tyler Street)

    • Included in the price of your ticket

Silver Grizzly Espresso

Who needs the mega-corporate mechanizations of StarBigBucks when you can get far more superior product, but much cheaper in price, at Silver Grizzly Espresso here in beeeeeeeee-you-tee-full downtown Longview! Silver Grizzly Espresso is locally owned; it’s unassuming with no la-dee-da pretensions whatsoever; and it’s just a downright cool place to gather with friends and enjoy a wide-ranging variety of beverages and the inspiring spirit of community. Coffees of every variety under the sun, yummy-dang-doodle-delicious pastries that’ll smack your kisser giddy, and an amazingly courteous and down-to-earth staff all do the heart and mind good! Oh, and a stellar selection of beers on tap is available for consumption on premises or to-go in growlers of 32 and 64 ounces. In fact, I often visit Silver Grizzly Espresso to purchase just such a growler of sudsy merriment, because I enjoy supporting local businesses while refusing to be a slave to corporate banality. I invite you to do the same!

10:00 Leave Longview

11:00 Arrive Outlaw's BBQ & Brew

    • Outlaw's BBQ & Brew will graciously be providing all Aleways passengers a pint.

Outlaw's BBQ & Brew

Outlaw’s BBQ & Brew in Mount Pleasant has some of the tangiest, juiciest, most delectable barbecue in East Texas (at least in The Rooster’s boisterous opinion)! We engorged ourselves with a fully loaded plate of perfectly smoked brisket and a generous side each of scalloped potatoes and creamy coleslaw while tickling our fancy with a pint of the sweet and refreshing Outlaw Blue Blueberry Ale. We were then treated to complimentary samples of each and every Outlaw’s brew on tap while we chatted with the gregarious good ol’ boy owner and absorbed the rustic and inviting environs. We were mightily impressed with everything about the place and assuredly cannot wait to return for another helping of ‘cue and brew!

Lunch

One menu item is included in the price of your ticket

  • One Meat Plate with Sides
  • Two Meat Plate with Sides
  • Baked Potato with Sides

Meat choices include sliced brisket, chopped brisket, sausage, or turkey


1:00 Leave Outlaw's BBQ & Brew

2:00 Arrive Pecan Point Brewing Company

    • Pecan Point Brewing Company will graciously be providing all Aleways passengers a pint.

Pecan Point Brewing Company

In Texarkana town we settled into a few pints at Pecan Point Gastropub & Brewery. Oh, and the scrumptiously spectacular Duck Fat Fries! While we fervently tangoed with the pleasantly hoppy Sunny South IPA and the vibrantly pleasurable Peachy Daydream Cream Ale, we found ourselves feeling right at home with the charming country-chic atmosphere. The owner kindly regaled us with tales of the building’s storied past, and we listened intently in silence to the enthralling historical account as the shimmering afternoon sun sashayed jubilantly across the whitewashed brick walls of the taproom. We could have easily ensconced ourselves in Pecan Point the remainder of the day, but we still had another stop of which to dazzle our senses, so we reluctantly bid farewell… until next time.

3:30 Leave Pecan Point Brewing Company

3:35 Arrive Redbone Magic Brewing

    • Redbone Magic Brewing will graciously be providing all Aleways passengers a pint.

Redbone Magic Brewing

Our final stop of the day was Redbone Magic Brewing Company, and upon entering the premises, we were immediately impressed with the lively atmosphere and the folksy downhome décor. It’s obvious a considerable amount of effort and finances were put into the Redbone Magic venture, because the interior design is incredible, the servers are the very definition of congeniality, and the beers are unbelievably inspirational upon the palate. We soaked our senses silly with the sweet and frothy Hugh Heff Hefeweizen and the grandly hopped-up The Phantom Killer IPA while the owner Roger captivated us with a dazzling array of magic tricks up his sleeve (pun intended!). The brick oven pizzas looked absolutely amazing, so I definitely want to wrap my chompers around a slice or two next month when we return with all our rowdy Aleways friends in tow.

5:00 Leave Redbone Magic Brewing

6:40 Oil Horse Brewing Company

  • Oil Horse will be graciously providing everyone with a complimentary pint.

Oil Horse Brewing Company

Oil Horse Brewing Company in vibrantly revitalized downtown Longview is the perfect gathering place for music, games, camaraderie, and of course beer-inspired merriment. The environs are charmingly downhome and rustic with knowing nods to the oil and logging industries of thriving days past, and the scuffed worn hardwood floor dates back to the building’s original occupant in the late 1800s / early 1900s, the burgeoning community’s first hardware store. The Oil Horse staff can always be counted on to be hospitable, attentive, and just downright Southernfied friendly. On a recent visit, laughter and lively conversation filled the air as we plunged into one pint after another of such delectable palate-tickling Oil Horse brews as 1877 Irish Red Ale, Landman Brown IPA, Ossamus Saison, Big Inch Milk Stout, and, my personal favorite, The Doghouse Belgian Dark Strong Ale. One of the brewery owners sat at our table, and we talked excitedly about some upcoming Oil Horse releases and also discussed the history of various downtown buildings and the businesses that were long ago located within those landmarks of days gone by: The Record Shop, Right On Fashions, Longview Hardware, Brown’s Shoes, Martin’s, and Riff’s. Ah, the memories... when life was simpler, and the moon was made of cheese. It’s truly encouraging to witness the abundance of energy and vitality that has returned to the charming old buildings along Tyler Street. Drink local, dine local, and enjoy local indeed!