All we really want to do is brew great beer. The rest will follow.
We are humbled and honored to have received the following awards since brewing batch one on December 30, 2011:
2013 Best of Big D: Best Brewery – D Magazine
2013 Best of Dallas: Best Brewery – Dallas Observer
2013 United States Beer Tasting Championship: Grand Champion - ESB/Bitter – Royal Scandal
2013 United States Open Beer Championship: American Red – Velvet Hammer – Gold Medal
2013 United States Open Beer Championship: Strong Scottish – Great Scot! – Bronze Medal
2013 United States Open Beer Championship: English Brown Alfred Brown – Bronze Medal
2013 United States Open Beer Championship: Aged – 2012 Great Scot! – Bronze Medal
2013 Beer Advocate Magazine: Class of 2012
2013 Ratebeer: Best New Texas Brewer
2013 United States Beer Tasting Championship: Best in Rockies/Southwest – Spiced Beer – Wintervention
2013 United States Beer Tasting Championship: Best in Rockies/Southwest – Scottish Ale – Great Scot!
Houston Press: Top Ten Texas Beers of 2012 – Velvet Hammer #4
Craft Brew Examiner: Top Ten Beers of 2012 – Velvet Hammer #1
Craft Brew Examiner: Top Ten Beers of 2012 – Golden Opportunity – Honorable Mention
2012 Great American Beer Festival: English Pale Ale – Royal Scandal – Gold Medal
2012 Dallas Observer’s Best of Dallas: Best Beer – Velvet Hammer
2012 United States Beer Tasting Championship: Honorable Mention – Royal Scandal
We currently brew 3 beers year round, as well as a winter seasonal.
We also 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.”
12%ABV/ 35 IBU
Straw in color with a dissipating white that leaves plenty of lacing, The DUKE appears lighter than your typical barley wine. Even though dry hopped, the high alcohol renders the hop aroma, flavor, and bitterness low to medium low. Complex alcohols and fruity-ester characters are noticeable and balanced with the high alcohol content. Be careful with this one, the 12% alcohol will sneak up on you after just 12 ounces. The DUKE is the Truth.
Contrary to popular belief, The DUKE is not a reference to John Wayne, the University of the same name, nor any European royal. Years of law school were spent pounding beer with, Brett Allen Duke. This beer is named for our long time El Paso native drinking buddy.
Rye Pale Ale
6% ABV/ 26 IBU
Smooth. That’s the overriding characteristic of this rye pale ale. Rye is clearly present in aroma and flavor, but not overly abundant. The hop flavor and aroma is balanced by the rye’s spiciness, which remains through the finish. Its color is a beautiful bright copper beneath a nice rocky white head. Rye is the special guest, but the backbone of Rye’t On is the traditional pale ale behind it.
Sit Down Or I'll Sit You Down
10% Alcohol by volume / 90 IBUs
Back in the day, Michael Peticolas' brother, Charlie, was a cop and COPS filmed a few of his arrests. The best of which involved a deadbeat considering resistance to his arrest. With baton drawn, Charlie demanded "Sit down or I'll SIT YOU DOWN!" Since the episode aired over 10 years ago, we've uttered the line a million times to one another and laughed every time. We're paying tribute to that line by using it to name our Imperial IPA. A big beer that will sit you down if you don't do it first. Ha. Call it “Sit Down” for short.
As for the beer itself, the intent is to exhibit the fresh and bright character of the hops. We dry hopped it with over a pound of hops per barrel of beer. It’s gold in color and the floral ester aroma is high. The hop bitterness is high, but not at all harsh. The hop flavor is high, fresh, and lively. Yet with all of our beers, it’s all about balance and this one is no exception. The malt character is fairly high and provides a tremendously full mouthfeel. Finally, the alcohol in this beer is intentionally present (and delicious).
When it comes to food pairing, IPA’s are best when paired with spice. Indian foods are often complex and focus on spices and herbs. As a consequence, the hop aromatics of the IPA can result in great harmony with spicy Indian dishes. Otherwise, find yourself some spicy Thai or jerk chicken.
Irish Red Ale
6.5% ABV / 27 IBU
Ever been out to the bar and your friend disappears without nary a word? That move is called the “Irish Goodbye” and is the name we’ve bestowed upon our Irish Red Ale. It is a beautiful copper red in color with low fruity-ester aroma accompanied by a rocky dense off white head. Candy like malt sweetness is enhanced by a subtle degree of roasted malt that brings a level of complexity to nice even keeled hop flavor and bitterness.
11 % Imperial Stout
True to its name, the beer pours black with a thick dark tan head. Its rich malty aroma and roasted malt astringency and bitterness are balanced with a relatively high level of floral and citrus hop character. This beer is a brewery only beer, which means the only way you can try it is to come to a tour on the first or third Saturday of the month from 1:00 to 3:00.
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.