At the March 24 meeting, David Hulama, owner and brewmaster of Bluebonnet Beer based in Round Rock spoke to the membership about his brand of craft beers and what is happening in the industry in Austin and throughout Texas.
Craft beer sites are booming in the Austin area with 28 businesses currently open and another 29 are in the works. The number of craft beer establishments was popular during the 1880s and declined as a result of Prohibition but began making a comeback in the 1980s and has spiked since 2000. Craft beers comprise 17.2 percent of all alcohol based sales in the U.S.
He sells Cream Ale which has a low bitterness level light mouthfeel and crisp finish, this beer pairs well with just about any dish and has 6 percent alcohol by volume (ABV).
His Texas Pecan Brown Ale is a brown, malty, rich ale with just enough bitterness to balance the flavors of caramel and chocolate and crafted with Texas pecans to yield a subtle nuttiness. It has 6 percent ABV.
Another craft beer sold is the American Amber Ale, which is a non-traditional American amber with a large dose of late hops in the kettle results in a strong hop aroma and flavor profile supported by a firm, malty backbone. It has a 6.5% ABV.
The fourth craft beer offered by Bluebonnet Beer is the American IPA. It is loaded with premium American hops, with citrus and piney notes. The clean, dry finish leaves you with a pleasantly smooth bitterness. This craft beer has 7 percent ABV.
The tasting room is open every Friday and Saturday, from 5 p.m.-8 p.m. There are a variety of food vendor trucks onsite to mix with the tasty beer. The Bluebonnet Beer Company is located as 1700 Bryant Drive, #107, Round Rock.