Pints in the Pines
Pints in the Pines Tour
November 9, 2019 - Silver Grizzly, Angelina, Front Porch Distillery, Fredonia, 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
11:30 Arrive Angelina Brewing Company
- Red River Brewing Company will graciously be providing all Aleways passengers with samples of their beers.
Angelina Brewing Company
Angelina Brewing Company in Lufkin immediately impressed with its lavish rusticity and friendly accommodating staff. We tickled our gullets with a pint of the sweet chocolatey coconut splendor of Island Time Milk Stout and stretched our stomachs to capacity with a platter of fish and chips and a double-patty burger heaped with shredded brisket and a side of perfectly crunchy fries. The head brewer treated us to a private tour of the brewing facilities and regaled us with an intriguing account of the entire brewing process, and then we were ready for another couple of brewskis to love and cherish (the scrumptiously delectable Moonlight & Magnolias Hefeweizen and the somewhat roasted and nutty Redneck Amber Ale).
One menu item is included in the price of your ticket (final menu will be announced soon)
1:30 Leave Angelina Brewing Company
1:45 Arrive Front Porch Distillery
- Front Porch Distillery will graciously be providing all Aleways passengers a cocktail using their handcrafted spirits.
Front Porch Distillery
Front Porch Distillery (just south of Nacogdoches city limits) is a family-owned and operated treasure to behold: the father (a kindly old gent) is a master at concocting the finest in artisan craft spirits that include barrel-aged rum, coconut rum, flavored vodkas (pepper and watermelon), and signature moonshine. His wife and daughters work the tasting room and sling some of the tastiest mixed drinks to ever traverse my palate. I enthusiastically settled into the Belair (Coconut Rum and Aged Rum mixed with pineapple juice and blue curacao), and what an enticing tropical delight it was! During an unexpected popup rainstorm, we were granted a guided tour of the distillery before bidding our hospitable hosts farewell.
3:15 Leave Front Porch Distillery
3:30 Arrive Fredonia Brewery
- Fredonia Brewery will graciously be providing all Aleways passengers a pint.
Fredonia Brewery invited us to sit a spell, and to repel the stifling heat outside, I basked enraptured in the amazing mocha magnificence of Macho Milk Coffee Stout and the refreshingly sweet and vibrant La Bombe Saison. While imbibing the soothingly cold brews, we stood in awe and admired the Great Wall of Beer Cans to the left of the tap bar. We're talkin' hundreds of pristine classic beer cans stacked neatly in an impressive display case! The overall atmosphere at Fredonia Brewery is the epitome of folksy down-home Piney Woods charm, the type of place the whole family can enjoy. Before exiting the premises to return northward ho, Fredonia co-owner and brewmaster Paul gave us a detailed and in-depth guided tour through the entire brewery, and we were mesmerized by the intricate mechanization of it all!
5:00 Leave Fredonia Brewery
6:15 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!