Not too long ago we spent an evening out at the Twisted X brewery with founders/brewers Shane Bordeau and Jim Sampson.
The guys were more than hospitable, giving us the grand tour and opening up their taps for some gratuitous “sampling”.
Jim and Shane are currently brewing on a 3 barrel brewhouse in Cedar Park. They are producing up six styles at any given point and can be found at about five locations. When we were there they had the Twisted X Mexican Style Lager, Fuego Jalapeno Lager, Senor Viejo Black Imperial Lager Aged in Tequila Barrels, and the Siesta Prickly Pear Lager.
All the brews were excellent, but the Fuego and Senor Viejo probably saw more time in our glasses than the others. The Fuego has an unmistakable pepper character but is dialed in so you get the flavor and heat, but not so much you have to stop at one. The Senor Viejo is a nice take on the barrel aging phenomenon that no brewery can do without these days. It’s big, rich, and has a nice sweet roasty flavor complimented by the tequila barrel.
Twisted X are still technically in the “pilot” phase, and are still raising funds to build out a larger 30 barrel brewhouse as soon as late 2011. They hope to make enough beer to supply all of Texas. They are currently walking the fine line of marketing, but not so much they can’t keep up with demand.
Enough from me, watch the video.
We’re drinking the Fuego and Senor Viejo in the video. So if you can, crack open a cold one and join us over a pint.