Saturday, September 29, 2012

Who’s ready for BEEEEEEER WEEEEEEK?

I am! I am! This is a different post of sorts…. all of us crazy blogger ladies decided that we would have beer week. You know… because we had to out do ourselves from #cocktailweek, and we were just getting bored after finishing #crepeweek.

I’m sad to say there is no giveaway with this post, but don’t you worry, all of us had enough fun for all of you as we sipped, tasted, stirred, and tsated  tasted, *hiccup,* all the beer we wanted to our hearts content.

While my life has been crazy – I know what y’all are thinking – I’ve been saying that for the past year with this whole grad school gig going on. Yeah, well now add moving, and being between three, not two places, having no water in one, my kitchen is in another town, super slow and spotty internet (what’s a blogger to do!!), and well I don’t know what else, but don’t you worry, I’m having my share of pity parties.

BUT, life is good. Because I’m alive, healthy, and now I’ve discovered Double Horn Brewery.

So, Double Horn is actually 15 minutes south in Marble Falls, TX, nestled in the Hill Country (that’s right, I’m now OFFICIALLY The Hill Country Cook), and just a block away from one of the beautiful Highland Lakes.

Double Horn also has great nightly specials. We went on a Tuesday and enjoyed half priced appetizers and $2 pints.

That’s $2 for the good stuff, yo!

If y’all are making a trip to the Hill Country, definitely swing your way out to Double Horn. It’s well worth the trip. The bar is quiet and has a few big screens if you’re going to catch the game, and plenty of space and good service in the restaurant.

I tried the 1855 Pale Ale. Double Horn describes it as “an assertive American style pale ale in which mild caramel notes showcase the citrusy character of the iconic hop varieties of the Pacific Northwest.”

Waitta sec CountryCleaver, did you hear that? They compared it to PNW?? Y’all have some *iconic* hop varieties of beer!
Who knew? *me.*

My friend had the Antler Amber. No description for this one, but I liked it a lot.

Truth be told, I usually like darker beers a little better, but I felt like something different tonight, so I went for the Pale Ale.

– A far cry from usual Blue Moon purchase, as you can see. #not.

So, both beers two thumbs up!

Helps when you have good taste though 😉

I kid, I kid.

DINNER TIME!!

Ring -aling -aling!

I chose the Southwest Caesar Salad.

Consisting of leaf lettuce, black beans, roasted corn, tortilla strips, grated parm, and roasted garlic Casear dressing…. adding STEAK!

Wowza, the steak was good. So good, because, never, NEVER have I heard myself say WOWZA.

Whoa. *big eyes wide open*

Steak, excellent. Salad, ok.

I feel like the salad greens could have been colder and crisper, and no, it’s not just because the steak was warm to wilt the lettuce.
I also found the dressing lacking in a little flavor.

Nonetheless, still loved it. A good steak medallion will outshine some boring dressing any day.

My friend ordered BBQ Pulled Pork Nachos.

Superb. And I don’t even always like Pulled Pork.

Now, the only confusion here was they served it on thick homemade potato chips. A little different, but most of the potato chips got soggy and collapsed under the weight of the meat. Still loved the meat, next time I’d probably ask to prepare it on corn chips.

Notably, they didn’t have sour cream (WHAAA?), but the chef whipped some up shortly for us! WOWZA, good service!

So… even with all my anecdotal notes, I would definitely go back, many more things on the menu I am wanting to try, AND some $2 pints I need to take advantage of.

 

Y’all check out the other gals from #BEERWEEK.

Go forth and drink. *Responsibly.*

~Peace, Love, and Cheers Y’all!

 

Visit these Beer Week bloggers throughout the week to see what they’re up to:

Monday:
Kirsten at Comfortably Domestic – introduces us to a local Michigan home brewer turning passion into a business in her “Welcome to Beer Week” intro

Tuesday:
Madeline at Munching in the Mitten – shares her thoughts on Beer Week as well as a recipe for Pumpkin Beer Bread – just in time for fall
and
Kat at Tenaciously Yours – shares an overview of Gasthof’s Oktoberfest where young & old come together to celebrate what else but BEER!
and
Jeanne at Inside NanaBread’s Head – delicious Guiness recipe and beer to boot!

Wednesday:
Anne at From My Sweet Heart – turns beer into Pumpkin Ale Pretzel Caramels; what sweet magic is this?
and
Lauren at Climbing Grier Mountain – tries to steal The Complete Package from me with her Pale Ale Shrimp Po’Boy; it’s one of his all-time favorites

Thursday:
Megan at Country Cleaver – celebrates her heritage and Octoberfest in style with one of my favorites – Schnitzel & Dumplings
and
Beka at Kvetchin’ Kitchen – joins in the fun with her review of the Outlander Brewery.

Friday:
Mads at La Petite Pancake – creates a fiesta for your mouth with her luscious Beer Battered Shrimp Tacos
and
Allison at Decadent Philistines – takes Four Peaks Brewery Kilt Lifter Scottish Ale to new levels with a spicy German mustard, ale-soaked sweet potato oven fries and Maple-Ale Ice Cream; some people are just overachievers.

Saturday:
Kirsten of Comfortably Domestic – is back with Black & Tan Brownies
and
Carrie at Bakeaholic Mama – thinks outside the box with hard cider and a fabulous Woodchuck Sweet Potato Bisque; this is why I love fall.

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4 Responses to “Who’s ready for BEEEEEEER WEEEEEEK?”

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    It’s Beer Week! Wait… what?!? | Inside NanaBread's Head — September 25, 2012 @ 2:50 pm

    […] Katie at The Hill Country Cook – reviews the Double Horn Brewery in Marble Falls, Texas and Kirsten of Comfortably Domestic […]

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    Country Cleaver » Schnitzel and Beer – For Beer Week and a Family Story — September 27, 2012 @ 6:32 am

    […] Katie at The Hill Country Cook – reviews the Double Horn Brewery in Marble Falls, Texas and Kirsten of Comfortably […]

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    NanaBread (Jeanne) — September 30, 2012 @ 9:00 am

    I don’t know how you’re dealing with moving, grad school and housing/internet issues, but I’m so glad you got to take a break and visit Double Horn Brewery and share it with us. There’s something about a gorgeously hued beer in a frosty pint glass that stirs the soul. I’ve never been to Marble Falls, but I think it’s time.

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    Megan {Country Cleaver} — September 30, 2012 @ 9:41 pm

    Hooray BEER!! Wow woman – you have a LOT on your plate. I’m so glad you got a beer or two in. Whew!

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