Southern Star Brewing in Conroe Texas, just north of Houston continues to grow with the recent addition of four new fermenters (two used and two new) thereby more than doubling their capacity. At this point they are brewing three times a day back to back on their 15 bbl brewhouse. They are also hoping to secure an automated canning line soon as they are still doing it manually two at a time and might soon need to schedule people to work around the clock to keep up with demand. In addition to the tallboys of Pine Belt Pale Ale and 12oz cans of the Blonde, the company recently launched its Buried Hatchet Stout in the form of a 12oz four pack which they say has been very well received. Tours on Saturdays now attract over one hundred people and gone are the days of unlimited sampling. Each person of age gets four tokens. Also note they have food at reasonable prices provided during every tour now. So what’s next? The boys are working on a double IPA recipe which might possibly be named Invisible Monkey, but a launch date remains uncertain. What is certain is that there will be another homebrew competition to find their 2010 GABF Pro-Am entry in late March or early April. Once they determine the date and details I will relay the information via this blog as well as to area homebrew clubs. See http://www.southernstarbrewing.com/ for more information.
In other area news, Brian of Southern Star also relayed that another local homebrewer is likely to open a brewpub in the Woodlands perhaps later this year. While many rumors of this sort usually fizzle out, Brian claims the person will follow through as they have financing and are starting to scout the area in order to secure a long term lease possibly near I-45.