Monday, February 05, 2007

#99 FRIO LAGER BEER - FRIO BREWING CO.



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Closed in 1998. Here's a review of this beer from Eric's Beer Page:

This amber lager is available in most major Texas cities on tap and in bottles. I toured the brewery, and was pleasantly surprised by the quality of their operation, considering their "youth" in the business. They brew using only water, hops, malt and yeast (look out Germany!). Around a ton of grain is used for each batch, and when at full capacity, they can turn out around 24,000 gallons a month. Three hop varieties are employed, and five different barley malts are used. They have their own yeast strain which began as a hombrewing project, and was propagated into the quantities needed for their purposes.

The beer is an amber colored lager with a clean taste, and a pleasant hoppiness. Being a hop-head I might look for more hops, but the beer is certainly not under-hopped.

So, if you have the chance, why not order a Frio and support Texas (micro)Beer!.

Here's a picture of David and Bob, Frio's Brewmasters.



Frio ceased operations in '97/early '98. The brewery was bought by Gambrinus, apparently for use as a test brewery by Shiner...we'll see about that.


BREWERY STATUS: DEFUNCT
BEER STATUS: DEFUNCT

BREWERIES STILL ACTIVE: 46 of 78
BEERS STILL ACTIVE: 46 of 99

Please note that all information on the graphic is from the book MICROBREWS: A GUIDE TO AMERICA'S BEST NEW BEERS AND BREWERIES published in 1996 and may or may not be outdated. All use is for educational purposes only.

2 Comments:

At 2/10/2007 5:18 PM, Anonymous Henry Halff said...

I do not believe that the Frio brewery is operational under any name. I was not as pleased by the beer as was Eric. To me it had a strong metallic finish that ruined any of its good features.

 
At 2/10/2007 5:21 PM, Blogger W√∂rtwurst said...

Thus, why they are no longer operational Mr. Halff!

 

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