Karbach Brewery in Houston is a German-style brewery located northwest of downtown in a warehouse on Karbach Street. Ironically, Karbach is also the name of a German village in Bavaria.
Brewmaster Eric Warner put in 10 years as a brewmaster in Maryland before Karbach Brewing was established. His partners had also founded a successful beer distribution company, which they later sold to finance Karbach. It soon became a new facility, and their dream became a reality. Three years later, it is one of the fastest-growing breweries in the United States. 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.
Featured Beer: Yule Shoot Your Eye Out
Inspired by everyone’s favorite Christmas movie, Yule Shoot Your Eye Out is loaded with specialty malts, fresh ginger, cocoa nibs, orange peel and other holiday spices. Karbach only brews a limited quantity. IBU: 37, ABV: 8%
Malts: 2 Row Pale, Vienna, Medium Crystal, Munich, Chocolate
Hops: Spalt, Saphir, Hallertau-Mittelfrüh
Spices: Cocoa Nibs, Ginger, Cardamom, Orange Peel, Cinnamon, Nutmeg, Allspice
Food Pairings: Wild Game, Rich Stews, Lamb, Spice Cake, Holiday Sweets
English Mince Pies
1 box refrigerated pie crust dough
1 jar mincemeat filling
1 Tbs water
powdered sugar, for garnish
Unroll dough onto floured surface. Use biscuit cutter to cut out rounds of dough the same size as the cups in a muffin pan (mini or regular size). Press dough into muffin cups and up the sides. Fill each muffin cup with mincemeat filling up to 3/4 full.
Cut slightly smaller circles in dough to make lids for each pie. In small bowl, combine the egg and water. Brush some egg wash onto both sides of the pastry lids. Press onto tops of muffin cups. If you have extra dough, it is traditional to cut small moons or leaves to add as décor on the pie tops.
Bake at 350° F for 20 to 25 minutes, or until dough is cooked through and a light golden color. Be careful not to overfill the pies or the filling will seep out of the crust. Remove from the oven, and let cool slightly before dusting with powdered sugar.
Makes 6 muffin-sized or 12 mini muffin-sized pies.
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