Karbach Brewery

A German style brewery located on the northwest side of Downtown Houston, Karbach focuses on a few things that drive their philosophy. First, they think craft beer should be for everyone. They believe most craft beer has grown into a realm of exclusivity – and they don’t like that way of thinking. They want to make beer for any person, regardless of what they like or where they come from. And most importantly – they will make sure that beer is good and they’ve had fun making it. The attitude comes through in the beer  and they want to welcome anyone and everyone to the world of great beer. Because making craft beer and drinking it is supposed to be fun.

It’s an ironic coincidence that the Karbach brewery is located on Karbach Street in Houston which is also the name of a German village in Bavaria. From the very beginning, it was clear they weren’t messing around. Brewmaster Eric Warner had put in 10 years as brewmaster in Maryland. His partners had founded a successful beer distribution company, which they later sold to finance Karbach. It soon became a sparkling new facility and the dream became real as they’ve become one of the fastest growing beers in the U.S. Don’t let the cute cans and beer names fool you. When you taste a Karbach beer you’ll admire the craftsmanship, as well as the flavor.

Featured Beer: Karbach Hopadillo IPA

Trademarked as a surprisingly bitter IPA, Hopadillo lurks in the shadows, waiting in bold anticipation. He’s surprisingly bitter. Bitter about something. Legend has it that he feasts on those with fresh hops coursing through their veins. This dry-hopped, Texas IPA has a flavor as defiant as the Hopadillo himself. It’s packed with the bracing bitterness of hops from around the world that this creature craves. He’s coming to get you. You’ve been warned. ABV: 6.6%, IBU 65

Recommended Food Pairings:

Thai food, red curry, bleu cheese, grilled steak.

Crispy Beef Stir Fry

1 tablespoon each rice wine vinegar, peanut oil, soy sauce
2 tablespoon cornstarch
1 pound sirloin, cut into 1/2 inch slices
1 cup snow peas

1/4 cup soy sauce
1/4 cup sweet chili sauce
1/4 cup hoisin sauce
1 orange, juiced
1 tablespoon rice wine vinegar
1 tablespoon honey

2 tablespoons peanut oil
2 cloves garlic, minced
2 green onions, minced

In a bowl combine the marinade ingredients. Stir in the beef and refrigerate for 20 to 30 minutes. Bring a large pot of water to a boil. Cook the snow peas for 3 to 4 minutes and set aside. In another bowl combine the ingredients for the sauce and set aside. Over high heat, in a wok or skillet, bring the peanut oil to almost smoking temperature. Add the beef and stir-fry until crispy and cooked to medium doneness for about two minutes.  Add the garlic, onions and snow peas and stir to combine. Add the sauce and bring to a simmer. Let the sauce reduce and thicken slightly for about a minute.  Serve over ice. Serves four.

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