Saturday, January 16, 2021

Say When Brewing taps debut beers in Denison

Photo © Brian Brown/Beer in Big D. Graphics the property of Say When Brewing Co.

The City of Denison in Grayson County has a new brewery within its borders, as Say When Brewing Co. now has its first round of offerings on the market.

Say When Brewing is located at 111 S. Fannin Ave., with the brewery's equipment housed in a century-old (or more) building in the heart of Downtown Denison. Currently, the facility only operates as a production space, but indications are a taproom will be incorporated at a later date.

For that reason, Say When Brewing's debut brews are pouring at Green Growler, a beer and wine bar literally right around the corner from the brewery. The following three beers are available by the pint, in flights, and in 32- or 64-ounce growlers. And, based on my initial impressions, each represents a straight-forward representation of a classic American style.

  • Oatmeal Blonde Ale (6.2% ABV, 18 IBU): A clean and easy drinker with a slightly sweet pale malt character, a hint of grain and a faint finishing bitterness.

  • Texas Penny Copper (4.1% ABV, 37 IBU): By the book American amber balancing caramel malt character with a light-to-moderate mix of floral and fruity hop varieties.

  • Local Motive IPA (5.8% ABV, 75 IBU): Hop-forward with a noticeable bitterness, this beer is a classically-styled West Coast IPA with elements of citrus, pine and resin.

A look at filings with the Texas Alcoholic Beverage Commission (TABC) shows only keg approvals for these beers thus far, so the expectation is they will be draft-only for the time being. Packaging in cans is assumed to be in the plans, though, based on product graphics shared on the brewery's Facebook page.

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