Shamrocks & Shenanigans

Shamrocks & Shenanigans Tour

March 14, 2020 - Silver Grizzly, Hemisphere, Woodcreek, Back Story, Oil Horse

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

9:00 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!

9:45 Leave Longview

11:20 Arrive Hemisphere Brewing Company

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

Hemisphere Brewing Company

Hemisphere Brewing Company welcomed us with open barley arms, sudsy smiles, and an invigorating wisp of hoppiness. The coziness of the taproom had a relaxed vibe to it as a gathering of beer-happy patrons enjoyed the savory brews, a variety of games, and the cool fresh air wafting into the premises through the various open doors. We sat our silly ol’ selves down with a full pour of the potent high-octane hops-fest Blue Sky Triple IPA and then the smooth sweetly satisfying Belgian Twinkie Blonde Ale. While discussing the craft with a couple of Hemisphere personnel, we were encouraged to sample some of the Smoke Sessions Barbecue dishes being served onsite. Man, what an absolutely tantalizing and palate-pleasing display of brisket and pulled pork delights to be had: tacos, nachos, and sandwiches! We decided right then and there that Hemisphere Brewing Company would be our lunch stop during the Aleways Shamrocks & Shenanigans Tour, but, hot damn, I want to go back for dinner, too! Alas, it was time to mosey on down the highway to our final stop of the day, but not before we purchased a crowler of the decadently enthralling Salted Caramel Sancho Cream Ale to be enjoyed at a later date.

Lunch

One menu item is included in the price of your ticket

Brisket Sandwich

Pulled Pork Sandwich

Turkey Sandwich

Single Taco - choice of meat

Double Taco - choice of meat

Nachos - choice of meat


1:30 Leave Hemisphere Brewing Company

1:35 Arrive Woodcreek Brewing Company

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

Woodcreek Brewing Company

Woodcreek Brewing Company sits on the eastern fringes of the Metroplex where Rockwall bustles along Lake Ray Hubbard and the I-30 corridor. We were thrilled to finally pay our imbibing respects to Woodcreek Brewing Company since we’ve enjoyed a smattering of their canned beers the past few years. We found the taproom to be cozy and welcoming with its outgoing neighborly vibe and a diverse smackalicious array of brilliantly crafted brews to tempt the palate. While enjoying a captivating sit-down chat with various Woodcreek personnel in the brewing facilities, we happily reveled in a pint each of the chocolatey, nutty, creamy Hazelnut Porter and the splendid flavorful citrus-bomb Orange You Glad I Didn't Say Banana Wheat Beer. Ah, fermented perfection through and through! The congenial fun-loving brewmaster then treated us to a sample of a tangy peach-infused hard seltzer straight out of the kettle, and I was mightily impressed with its refreshingly tasty zestiness (that’s saying a lot, folks, because I’m definitely not a fan of hard seltzers in the very least). After grabbing a t-shirt and a sixer of Highway 66 India Pale Ale, we bid Woodcreek a fond farewell until next time.

3:00 Leave Woodcreek Brewing Company

3:50 Arrive Back Story Brewery

    • Back Story Brewery will be graciously providing all Aleways passengers a pint.

BackStory Brewery

We were awed by the sheer vastness of the premises which housed variously in the past a slaughterhouse, a meat-packing facility, an icehouse, and a supermarket. The interior is refined rusticity at its best, and it houses two bars, plenty of seating, a stage, various ‘80s arcade games, pool tables, and, tucked away in the back, the brewery itself with an impressive array of shiny dazzling fermentation tanks and such. Oh, and lest we forget the immense outdoor biergarten! The BackStory crew excels in the fine art of exemplary customer service, and we very much enjoyed visiting with each of them as they guided me through the extensive list of BackStory brews being served. We tickled our taste buds with a heaping glass each of the pristinely hoppilicious Short Bus Pale Ale and the magnificently dark and perfectly hoppy Midnight Mishap Black IPA. We definitely cannot wait to hoist a few more pints at BackStory come March 14th!

5:30 Leave BackStory Brewery

7:00 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!