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FREW-1604425a FRESH FUS Brew Club eMail - Featured Brewery Blog P1a“Without question, the greatest invention in the history of mankind is beer. Oh, I grant you that the wheel was also a fine invention, but the wheel does not go nearly as well with pizza.”

This quote from well-known columnist Dave Barry is the motto of founders and employees of Karbach Brewing Co. in Houston. A German-style brewery, located northwest of downtown, is on Karbach Street that, ironically, is also the name of a German village in Bavaria.

From the very beginning, it was clear they weren’t messing around. Brewmaster Eric Warner had put in 10 years as brewmaster in Maryland. His partners had founded a successful beer distribution company, which they later sold to finance Karbach. It soon became a sparkling new facility, and the dream became real. Only three years later, it is the second fastest-growing brewery in the U.S.

This brewery may appear cute with their funny names and artistic cans, but they take beer-making seriously. Taste any of their brews, and you will admire the craftsmanship as well as the flavor.

Karbach Brews Available at FRESH:
Hop Delusion Imperial IPA
Love Street Kolsch-Style Blonde
Weisse Versa Wheat
Weekend Warrior Pale Ale
Rodeo Clown Double IPA
Hopadillo IPA
Staycation Session (Seasonal)
Sympathy for the Lager

Featured Beer: Love Street Kolsch-Style Blonde
A clear, all-barley pale ale with a bright, straw-yellow hue similar to a standard German pale lager. Light in color and malt character, the Kolsch-style fermentation process yields a light vinous character, which is accompanied by a slightly dry, crisp finish.

The crew at Karbach has a special description for their Kolsch blonde: In the 1960s on Allen’s Landing sat Love Street, a hot spot of music and social impact. The venue hosted eclectic characters ranging from open micers to the Lizard King himself. Love Street was not only a place but also a state of mind – a place to unwind and let the music refresh your soul. Likewise, Love Street is a state of mind. Brewed in the Kolsch-style and hopped delicately with floral German hops, this beer boasts a clean malt profile that refreshes to the core, without sacrificing character. So, crack one open and find your own Love Street. ABV: 4.9%, IBU: 20

Recommended Food Pairings:
Summer salads, calamari, shrimp, ceviche, grilled white fish or chicken

Spicy Shrimp Ceviche

2 Tbs salt
3/4 cup lime juice, divided
1 lb medium shrimp
1/2 red onion, small diced
1 serrano pepper, seeded and minced
1 small habanero pepper, seeded and minced
1 cup cucumber, peeled, seeded and small diced
1/2 avocado, small diced
1/2 bunch cilantro, minced
salt and pepper, to taste (optional)

Bring 2 quarts of water to a boil. Add 2 tablespoons of salt and 1/4 cup of lime juice. Add shrimp; boil until shrimp are pink and begin to curl. Remove shrimp to a bowl filled with ice water to stop the shrimp from cooking. Let shrimp cool. Discard water and ice. Peel and devein shrimp; remove tails.

In a fine mesh sieve, rinse the onions in cold water. Shake off excess water. In a large bowl, combine shrimp, 1/2 cup lime juice, peppers and onions. Place in the refrigerator for 15 to 30 minutes. Add the cucumber, avocado and cilantro. Salt and pepper to taste, if desired. Stir together all ingredients, and serve in chilled bowls or glasses.

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