Real Ale Brewing Company
Handcrafted beers from the Texas hill country
|Annual production volume||60,000 US beer barrels (70,000 hL)|
|Owned by||Brad Farbstein|
The Real Ale Brewing Company was established in 1996 in Blanco, Texas. Their beers can only be found in Texas. Originally operating out of a tiny basement brewery on the square in Blanco, the brewery relocated in May 2006 to a brand-new facility in Blanco, where they have increased production massively. The owner credits the local Blanco River as "some of the best brewing water for the styles of beer that we make," making Blanco an ideal location for the brewery.
Local partnerships have included Austin-based Fireman's Texas Cruzer, a BMX cruiser bike manufacturer, for which Fireman's #4 Blonde Ale is named.
In October 2016 Real Ale Brewing Company announced it was issuing a "precautionary recall" of 11,000 cases due to a potential glass defect. 
Mysterium Verum is a line of beers produced by Real Ale Brewing Company in which the beers are aged in barrels. Some of these beers are additionally inoculated with wild yeast and/or bacteria. A list of these beers follows:
|Name||Name before aging||Base Style||Wild Beer?|
|The Highlander||Real Heavy||Scotch Ale||No|
|Scots Gone Wild||Real Heavy||Scotch Ale||yes|
|The Devil's Share||The Devil's Backbone||Trippel||no|
|WT3F!?||The Devil's Backbone||Trippel||yes|
|The Kraken||Sisyphus||American Barleywine||no|
|Empire||Lost Gold||American IPA||no|
|Imperium||Lost Gold||American IPA||yes|
|Morgul Ale||Porter||Robust Porter||no|
|Shipwrecked||Real Heavy||Scotch Ale||no|
In 2012 Real Ale Brewing Company started the Brewers Cut product line. The Brewers' Cut line focuses on developing new recipes to put out to the public, and then relying on customer feedback through social media to determine whether the recipe will be bumped up to a year-round product, a seasonal product, or set with plans to be brewed at a later date again in the Brewers' Cut Series. This is a limited-release product; the releases are as follows:
|Release Number||Name||Release Date||Style||Packaging size||ABV|
|01||Signature Hop Pale Ale||2012||Herkeles American Pale Ale||6-Pack||5.5%|
|02||Black Quad||2012||Black Quadrupel||4-pack||9.6%|
|03||Dry Hopped Porter||2013||Porter||6-pack||6.4%|
|04||Imperial Red Ale||2013||American Double / Imperial IPA||4-pack||8.8%|
|06||Blonde Barleywine Ale||2013||American Barleywine||4-pack||9.3%|
|10||Double IPA||2014||American Double / Imperial IPA||4-pack||7.5%|
|11||California Common||2014||California Common / Steam Beer||6-pack||5.9%|
|12||Grand Cru||2014||Grand Cru||4-pack||8.5%|
|15||Signature Hop Pale Ale||2014||Ultra American Pale Ale||6-pack||5.9%|
|13||Oyster Stout||2014||Oyster Stout||6-pack||6.8%|
Awards and recognitionEdit
Real Ale Brewing Company was awarded their first Great American Beer Festival Medal in 2010. They received a gold for the Rio Blanco Pale Ale in the English Bitter category. Real Ale Brewing Company was awarded two silver Medals at the 2012 Great American Beer Festival; one for the Fireman's #4 in the Golden/Blond Ale category, and the other for the Hans Pils in the German Pilsner category. In 2011 Real Ale Brewing Company ranked #49 in the Brewer's Association annual list of the top 50 Craft Breweries by sales in volume for the year of 2010. In 2012 Real Ale Brewing Company ranked #45 in the same list for the year of 2011. In 2013, the brewery won silver at the Great American Beer Festival for their Brewers Cut Altbier in the German-Style Altbier category. In 2014, Real Ale won a gold medial at the Great American Beer Festival for Benedictum from their Mysterium Verum series in the Belgian-Style Lambic or Sour Ale category. In 2019 Real Ale was named as the number 4 best brewery in Texas in the Texas Craft Beer Report published by the analytics organization Hopalytics.
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