Wednesday, February 21, 2024

A visit to Brick Streets, Corsicana's first brewery

All images © Brian Brown/Beer in Big D.

Turning off of Business 45 onto 5th Ave. in Downtown Corsicana, it doesn't take long to discern how the city's small batch brewery got its name. Brick Streets Brewery sets up at 224 E. 5th Ave., a road inlaid with dark red brick.

Open since October 2021, Brick Streets is the first known brewery to exist in Corsicana and Navarro County. Owned and operated by Clayton Goins, the brewery's home is a 1700 square foot structure, also made of red brick (albeit with a brighter hue), as are many other neighboring businesses.

Inside, the taproom and production areas share a unified space. A solid wood bar lines one elevation, fronting the brewhouse and other hardware installed along the sidewall. Wood tabletops, tap handles made out of tree limbs, and hunting trophies on display further complete the spot's rustic country decor.

Outdoors, a beer garden of roughly the same size flanks the building, a portion of which is covered should you wish to escape the Texas sun while enjoying one of the half-dozen (or so) beverages the brewery has to offer.

On that note, three house beers were pouring during a recent visit. The best of these was a black IPA called Darth Dankness, while others included Cold Beer, a bolder than expected kölsch, and the aptly named Red Brick Beer, an American-style red ale.

According to the beertender, Cold Beer is the top-seller, but recipes rotate at Brick Streets regularly. Now and again, visitors might find beers like Siqueness for the Thiqueness NEIPA, the brewery's Session Stout, or a schwarzbier known as Cold Beer Dark on tap.

As for further attractions, Texas wines are kept on-hand at Brick Streets as well, with selections from Kuhlman Cellars of Stonewall available on this occasion. The brewery also has a widescreen TV above the bar for visual diversions, and there is plenty of free parking out back for those making the drive into town.

Brick Streets Brewery is open four days a week, with evening hours beginning at 4 p.m. Wednesday through Friday, followed by a noontime start on Saturday.

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