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Another visit home

18 Mar
Wait...I've been here before!

Wait…I’ve been here before!

A new baby means a trip home and another round of reviews of El Paso and Las Cruces beer joints.  Just like last time, my options were limited in El Paso.  After an evening of volunteer work at the Opportunity Center making meatloaf, mashed potatoes and corn for some local homeless gents, my mom and I decided that a beer with the wife and kids seemed appropriate.  The Hoppy Monk is one of the only places on the westside with a decent selection, so we headed on over.

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I met a monk in El Paso…

30 Jul

Far be it from me to dog my hometown as not being very “cosmopolitan”, but it has historically lacked some of the finer things in life.  Namely places to get something other than a Coors Light.  Well, it looks like El Paso has started to take itself in a new direction I am happy to say!  A couple of blocks down from my Mom’s house is a relatively new joint called The Hoppy Monk.  With an emphasis on beers from Europe, Texas, and California, this tap house has about 150 bottles and 45 + drafts.  There were the standard Deschutes and Rougue offerings, along with some NY beers as well.  With the saying “Good people drink good beer” as their motto, I was happy to find a place that is trying to bring some craft beer to El Paso. Continue reading

Kickin’ It

29 Jul

Swimming in IPA infested waters…

Nothing like kickin’ it at the pool.  Especially when it’s 95 degrees out, dry as a bone, and you can actually score some pretty damn good beer.  Used to be only two of those things were possible in El Paso, Texas.  Turns out craft brew has started to make a dent in the Bud Light/Coors Light-dominated market…and I didn’t even have to look hard to find it!  More to come on how beer is blowing up here in the coming days, but for now scope the two beers my brother and I had with our ribs, poolside: Happy Camper IPA from Santa Fe Brewing Company and Fireman’s #4 Blonde Ale from the Real Ale Brewing Company in Blanco, TX.  This trip is off to a good start.

Texas beer and ribs? I want to go to there.

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