Totally Bitchin' '80s Anniversary Party

Totally Bitchin' '80s Tour

November 14, 2020 - Silver Grizzly, Q and Brew, Athens, Cypress Creek, Oil Horse

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

Wear your favorite radical '80s outfit!!

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!

10:00 Leave Longview

11:00 Arrive The Q and Brew at Silver Spur Resort

    • The Q and Brew at Silver Spur Resort will be graciously providing all Aleways passengers a pint.

The Q and Brew at Silver Spur Resort

On a recent suds-swiggin’ brewery excursion, we stopped by Q & Brew in Canton town where we feasted like countrified kings in a rustic Old West setting that’s as folksy and inviting as it gets (with the friendliest, most accommodating staff anywhere and anytime ever!). After an appetizer of complimentary pinto beans and honey-drizzled skillet cornbread, we had one heck of a heaping platter of brisket, green onion smoked sausage, Texas toast, fried okra, and potato salad… scrumptiously lip-smackin’ to the very last bite, yes sir, yes sir! We washed it all down with the enticingly sweet and intoxicating Bavarian Hefeweizen (heavy on clove and banana flavors as a good hefe should be!), and I swear I was in barley heaven for a while. My palate next enthusiastically tangoed with the refreshing and breezy Peach Wheat Beer while I absorbed the downhome ranch-style décor of my surroundings and visited with the ultra-hospitable Q & Brew personnel (all smiles and good ol’ Texas-bred charm!). Q & Brew is exactly the type of place we could easily spend all day basking in the life-nurturing essence of beer, laughter, camaraderie, finger-lickin’ cuisine, and the absolute best of times.

Lunch

One menu item is included in the price of your ticket

The menu will be announced soon


1:00 Leave The Q and Brew at Silver Spur Resort

1:30 Arrive Athens Brewing Company

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

Athens Brewing Company

Like so many of the breweries smattering the East Texas landscape these days, Athens Brewing Company is situated in a renovated downtown building of local historical significance (in this case, the former Henderson County Courthouse Annex). It’s a grand old structure of brick and locally sourced wood with vibrant modern artwork adorning the walls here and there. The ground floor houses the taproom, a kitchen, and a fair amount of seating (some of which overlooks, via a cutout in the floor, the brewing vessels gleaming pristinely in the basement below). An ample patio is located to the side of the ground floor, and it contains more tables and chairs, but of a lounging-in-the-backyard type, as well as various outdoorsy games… oh, and lots of sunshine! The second floor, partially overlooking the taproom, is yet another sprawl of tables and chairs, the perfect place for a private party or a business-related event. The taproom personnel possess a laid back casual demeanor born of the small-town charm of Athens, and they are obviously proud of their suds-splashed products (as they should be!), taking the time to explain the various flavor nuances to us as we perused the brew menu hanging on the wall. We proceeded to giddily immerse my gullet in a joyous swath of the vibrantly hoppy Red Dog Red IPA and the hopped-up dandified Thomas The Pale Ale. Talk about brewed paradise! We are definitely rarin’ and ready for a return trip!

3:00 Leave Athens Brewing Company

4:25 Arrive Cypress Creek Southern Ales

    • Cypress Creek Southern Ales will be graciously providing all Aleways passengers a pint.

Cypress Creek Southern Ales

We were then primed to the gills for our next stop down the road a piece as far as the crow flies, Cypress Creek Southern Ales in the sleepy ol’ burg of Winnsboro. The Cypress Creek brewery / taproom is small and cozy, the type of place where everyone you meet becomes what seems like a lifelong friend just with a smile, a nod of the head, and a simple greeting of “How ya doin’?”. We don’t think I’ve ever visited a brewery with such friendly and hospitable staff and patrons… they all made us feel like we had been a part of their tightknit community forever and a day even though we were obviously out-of-towners. Oh, man, and the beer is nothing short of sudsy divineness: small-batch specialty beers brewed with the finest ingredients, pride, dedication, and enthused attention to detail. We thoroughly and mirthfully immersed myself in a glass each of the pleasantly sweet holiday-spiced Yaupon Holly V3 Winter Ale, the mildly hoppy gullet-tickling Texas Shortleaf Pine IPA, and the grandly decadent Ghost Road Hefeweizen. The owner / brewmaster Mike graciously explained his particular talented take on the brewing process while giving us a private tour of the room housing all of the shiny awe-inspiring fermentation vessels. Yeah, we were like a giddy, fuzzy-eyed kid on Christmas morn as we explored the Cypress Creek premises and soaked our senses in the dazzling splendor of some of the most awesome brews we’ve ever had the privilege of imbibing! Cypress Creek Southern Ales… our new home-away-from-home for obvious reasons!

6:15 Leave Cypress Creek Southern Ales

7:15 Oil Horse Brewing Company

  • Oil Horse Brewing Company will be graciously providing everyone with a complimentary pint.
  • Cake will be served to celebrate the 1st Anniversary of Aleways Beer Bus

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!