Drink Beer and Save Turtles 

Drink Beer and Save Turtles 

We are really excited to debut our newest beer, Turtle Power, with the Turtle Survival Alliance (TSA).   Its so exciting to help out a good cause.  While collaborating with the great people at the TSA, we learned that turtles love blackberries as much as we do.  The MHBC team spent lots of time with the TSA team deciding which type of beer would be the perfect pair with the berries.  After much sampling, we found that an Altbier was a perfect backbone for a blackberry beer.  MHBC is truly proud of this beer. Fort Worth-based Turtle Survival Alliance and Martin House Brewing Company are teaming up to bring awareness to the plight of turtles. How? Through the awesome power of beer. Turtles are the most endangered group of vertebrates in the world with more than half of all species threatened with extinction. The TSA is a 501(c)3 non-profit based at the Fort Worth Zoo focused on saving freshwater turtles and tortoises around the world. Driven by a mission of zero turtle extinctions, the TSA coordinates conservation programs in sixteen countries globally, putting “boots on the ground” where they are most needed. Martin House Brewing Company is a small brewery on the banks of the Trinity River near downtown Fort Worth. They’ve been making beer for about a year and a half and growing steadily. Their brand is about non-traditional beer recipes, adventure with friends, and keeping it local. The idea for a turtle beer came from Heather Lowe, the Program Manager for the TSA: “My colleagues and I have been fans of Martin House beer since they started brewing and attended several of their...
Rummage through the Refrigerator, Pour Yourself Beer.

Rummage through the Refrigerator, Pour Yourself Beer.

When Martin House was getting started up, we had many ideas about how we would launch our beer to the public. We are very happy that we ended up doing it at The Flying Saucer right down the street from the brewery. However, we had lots of ideas before that became the reality. One of those ideas was to have a Toadies concert here at the brewery. We felt like having the iconic Fort Worth rockers welcoming a new Fort Worth beer would be one of the most rocking and authentic ways to introduce our beers to the public. We made a few phone calls and quickly found that the Toadies were out of our price range.  Fast forward a few months to this past October and we were back in touch with our favorite local band working on a collaboration beer. Our good friend Tony connected us with the Toadies management and the beer brainstorming was in motion almost immediately. Photo by Justin Wilson I want to stress that this beer was a true collaboration. We met with band members 4 times to taste beer and talk about what they wanted. First, we  tasted all the beers we already had and talked about what they’d like to have in a beer with their name on it. Above all, we wanted it to be a beer that the band would want to drink themselves. Everybody loved the bold flavor of The Imperial Texan but wanted something lower in alcohol so it could be more sessionable. That’s where the idea for Rubberneck Red was born. It is essentially The Imperial...

More Keg Names

We had such a fun time naming our first bunch of kegs, we decided to name the next bunch as well.  We added 81 kegs to our small but growing fleet of beer delivery devices.  There were plentiful suggestions from friends, family, and fans, and the names that made the cut are listed below.  There will be more kegs to name in our future, so if your suggestion didn’t get used, we hope you’ll try again next time. Here’s our dapper intern posing with his masterpieces: We let the first 30 people into our Saturday tour and our gracious volunteers name some: Jessica Lauren Roadster Carson James Zombie Wrangler Two Peas Big Country Mugs 88 MD Webb Lil Country Tadasana Brewce Willis Ego Blue Eyes Chupacabra The Konig Mojopin MF Boom Novi Sad Zag Oswold Cobblepot Fourteener Fifel’s Philanderer Jeech The Intern Tully Ragnar Lothdrok Breakfast of Champions The Aluminum Falcon 96/4 rule Mail Order Brewd Dies Irae Silly Rabbit Master Menace Django Untapped Fabstract Reverend Destructo Captain Insano Brewchacho Pockets We let some of our Facebook friends name some: Ethel Robb Stark Der Flug Meister Lonely Donkey Kong Inebrio Montoya Birdemic Trogdor Kegolas Keggy Hill Shoes Tobias Funke Betymonster Keg2-D2 Notorious K.E.G. Papou Yia Yia And few more that just seemed to come out of the ether. Mama Mel Maxie Bear Frank Costanza Del Boca Vista Newman Saucy Vossy Floyd Brown FreeBoosie Pisotl Pete Aragorn the Bold Juan Miguel Pokie Patty Mayonnaise Hoby Wan Kenobi Val Pal Doro Mace Windu Bug-a-boo Kit & Pooh Kemp Yoke II A Scurvy Pirate Daddy Rage Jive Turkey Pain Train...

The Money is in the Bank

Over the past several weeks, the words on the pages of our business plan have become money in the bank.  This week, we are starting to turn money in the bank to bricks on the ground as we begin building Martin House.  As of last Thursday, July 26th, Martin House Brewing Company is fully funded and moving forward full-speed with our plan.  In the next few days and weeks, we’ll be ordering our brewing and packaging equipment and signing a lease on our future brewery building.  We are about three months ahead of schedule, and we’re off to a strong start. The fundraising process was something nobody here at Martin House had done before, so we didn’t really know what to expect.  We officially started our fundraising at the beginning of June and had budgeted until November (6 months) to finish the process – it happened in 7 weeks.  We started by reaching out to our to immediate family and friend networks, and our funding really accelerated from there.  It turns out that our networks reached pretty far, and we had a business plan that people trusted. On that note, we’d like to thank all of our investors for having confidence in our beer, our vision, and us.  When we call our investors “Martin House Family Members”, it’s something we take pride in.  Every penny we spend we will do with the knowledge that you have given us a great responsibility.    We will temper our actions with wisdom, and diligence will be our watchword.  Most importantly, we will produce the highest quality beer possible – something you will be proud...
The Genesis of U.S. Craft Beer

The Genesis of U.S. Craft Beer

Homebrewing is the genesis of American craft beer.  We’ve got our good friend Jimmy Carter to thank for the amazing beer culture in the U.S. today.  It was 1978 when President Carter passed a bill legalizing homebrewing, sparking the craft beer renaissance.   Personally, homebrewing pushed me so deep into beer culture that starting Martin House was the next logical step in my beer-loving career. I’m not alone.  Sam Calagione of Dogfish, Steve Hindy of Brooklyn, and Ken Grossman of Sierra Nevada are the giants whose shoulders I’m on. There are countless others both big and small in the brewing world.  Ask around the DFW brewing community, and you’ll find several more examples right here in our backyard.  Homebrewing is the AAA league of craft brewers. I cut my homebrewing teeth during a short stint living in South Florida.   They didn’t have a great homebrew culture there.  So that’s why it was great to start hanging out with the guys at Cap and Hare when we finally made our way back to Fort Worth last November.    Martin House had the pleasure of serving beer at the July meeting.  We had four varieties flowing, and a crowd of about 80 hard-core beer loving homebrewers floated every keg we brought. It was a big moment for me as a one-time homebrewer and now an aspiring professional brewer to endure the picky palate of the Cap and Hare.  I knew this was a crowd that would have plenty to tell me about my beer – and they did.  The feedback was overwhelmingly positive.  It felt good to have their praise, because I owe...
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