All we really want to do is brew great beer. The rest will follow.
The reception our beer received in 2012, our first year of production, quite simply blew us away.
We feel fortunate to have been recognized throughout our first year:
United States Beer Tasting Championship Honorable Mention - Royal Scandal
Dallas Observer’s Best of Dallas – Best Beer – Velvet Hammer
Great American Beer Festival – Gold Medal – English Pale Ale - Royal Scandal
Craft Brew Examiner – Top Ten Beers of 2012 – Velvet Hammer #1
Craft Brew Examiner – Top Ten Beers of 2012 – Golden Opportunity Honorable Mention
Houston Press – Top Ten Texas Beers of 2012 – Velvet Hammer #4
Beer Advocate Magazine 2013 – Class of 2012
Ratebeer 2013 -Best New Texas Brewer
We currently brew 3 beers year round, as well as a winter seasonal. We will brew additional beers each year for limited release or bring back a previous release.
Year round beers:
Imperial Red Ale
9% Alcohol by volume / 85 IBUs
A tribute to our favorite Brewmaster, Greg Matthews, the Velvet Hammer appears as a dark, ruby reddish-brown ale beneath a sheath of protective off-white foam. It is malt-forward with elements of caramel and the sweetness of light brown sugar, balanced nicely by a combination of floral hops and a noticeable alcohol bite. It's a sturdy brew with a smooth character which belies both an inner strength and a slightly full body, along with a moderate bitterness to round out the taste.
This beer pairs nicely with any and all spicy foods. The high hop character of this beer helps cut the spice in the food dish.
Brian Brown of the Plano Craft Beer Examiner reviewed this beer here ... CLICK HERE
English Pale Ale
6.5% Alcohol by volume / 36 IBUs
Always a crowd pleaser, our version of the ever popular Pale Ale leans more towards an English Bitter than the everyday American Pale Ale. Earthy on the nose with a light floral background, this brew has a lingering caramel malt flavor and a splash of fresh citrus. The chosen yeast strain provides a distinctly European feel, but our hop profile remains uniquely American in delivering the expected flavor and aroma, as well as a characteristic bitter edge. It is hop-forward with a balance towards late hop additions and bitterness, yet this medium-bodied brew maintains an ample malt foundation on the way to a smooth, refreshing finish.
Pale ales are great beers to pair with a wide variety of foods. Try it with anything from Mexican foods (or anything containing cilantro) to steaks and burgers.
Golden ale? Kolsch?
4.6% Alcohol by volume / 27 IBUs
In the spirit of a true session beer we present the Golden Opportunity, a beer modeled after the classic styles of Koln, Germany, but which deliberately lacks the enhanced fruitiness of the typical American interpretation. Straw-like in color with a dense white head, this medium-bodied brew has a light, pleasant malt aroma with a hint of sweetness and faint bitterness. It is clean, well-balanced and suitably carbonated for a crisp, refreshing feel.
The Golden Opportunity is the perfect complement to lighter dishes. We suggest pairing it with salads, sandwiches, seafood or light chicken dishes.
Strong Spiced Winter Ale
10% ABV / 45 IBU
Look for this beer’s release as the weather gets cold.
Our dark strong winter ale is spiced with nutmeg, cinnamon, allspice, and ginger. A full bodied ale meant to be enjoyed during the cold winter months with family and friends. English hops and high quality malts give this beer its backbone. All spices are provided by local spice maker, Pendery’s, a mere half block from the brewery.
The spices in the Wintervention compliment the spices in many holiday treats, while the hops provide the perfect contrast. Enjoy this beer with holiday foods or simply have it on its own!
6.8% Alcohol by volume / 24 IBUs
The Great Scot! is characterized by its dark copper color, thick tan head, and slight malty sweet aroma. Our Scottish is a medium bodied malt forward beer with low bitterness and possesses a nutty, soft and chewy character in flavor and mouthfeel. A slight peaty/smoky characteristic is also present at low levels, but ultimately, this is a clean beer that finishes relatively dry. Melissa’s Peticolas’s favorite!
The juicy malt character of the Great Scot! makes it great to pair with roasted meats and sausages, as well as cream sauces such as Alfredo or carbonara.
English Brown Ale
5.5% ABV / 25 IBU
In 1859, Alfred Brown Peticolas opened the first Peticolas law firm in the State of Texas. After briefly leaving his practice to fight in the Civil War, A.B. returned to the practice of law in 1866. Since that time, A.B., his son (Warner Marion), grandson (William Craig), great grandson (Edward Kent), and/or great-great grandson ( Michael) have continuously practiced law in the State of Texas.
Named after Alfred Brown Peticolas, our English brown ale is a dialed back version of the American interpretation. It’s copper in color with a pleasantly light hop aroma, which is balanced with a delicate roasty maltiness. Notes of nut and chocolate are subdued, but clearly present in flavor. This beer’s body is medium-light and possesses a smooth texture with a hint of residual sweetness.
The roasted characteristics of this beer make it the perfect match for any meats or vegetables prepared on the grill.
A little more on A.B. Peticolas? He was born in Richmond, Virginia, on May 27, 1838. As a young man, he studied law and taught school. He began his practice in Virginia, but ultimately moved west to Victoria, Texas. In 1859, he opened up a law practice with Samuel A. White. A.B. Peticolas may be best remembered today for his published Civil War journals and detailed pencil sketches, having served during the Sibley Campaign in New Mexico with Co. C., 4th Regiment, Texas Mounted Volunteers. After his discharge in 1865, he returned to Victoria to practice law. In 1894, A.B. Peticolas authored an index-digest to all civil cases contained in the Texas Report. This catalog became standard text of the Texas Bar Association for years. In his later years, A.B. Peticolas was known simply as the “Judge.”
A Lost Epic
9.5% Alcohol by volume / 25 IBU
The Tripel has a sunny golden-orange color with thick rocky white head. It has light hoppy, fruity, and spicy aromatics with a brisk, lightly malty palate showing some sweetness in the center, but with a dry finish. It is medium bodied and the high alcohol content of this beer adds a pleasant creaminess. This style is highly carbonated, which helps bring the flavors to the forefront. It is best served at 50 to 55 degrees Farenheit.
Tripels lend themselves well to herbs, especially thyme. The herbal notes in the hop aromatics pair nicely with the herbs used in the food dish.