Real Ale is proud to make beer with as little processing as possible. In addition to being unfiltered and unpasteurized, they never use preservatives or artificial colors. They believe that doing less to the beer actually creates more complexity, aroma and flavor. With a large portfolio of beers available throughout the year, it's easy to find your next favorite beer in the Real Ale line-up. Some of their most popular beers include:
- Firemans #4 - an ever-drinkable blond ale with a balance of smooth malt and zesty hops
- Hans' Pils - Bright, hoppy and flavorful German-style pilsner
- Devil's Backbone - Belgian-style tripel with a distinctive flavor and aroma
- Four Squared - Refreshing dry-hopped pale ale
- Lost Gold IPA - An abundance of American hops marks the spot
Location, Location, Location
As all Texans, the Real Ale Brewing Company lives and breathes Texas. The founders stationed their operations in the beautiful Hill Country town of Blanco, comfortably convenient to Texas' monstrous cities. Not only is Blanco home to some of the state's highest quality drinking water, it also makes for an efficient distribution point. Besides a cleaner environment, the routes from production to thirsty Texans' hands are also quicker, allowing for fresher beer for consumers to enjoy. When asked if Real Ale plans to distribute beer outside of Texas in the future, owner Brad Farbstein replied, "If you can't sell beer in your own backyard, why try someone else's?"
Second generation Texan Brad Farbstein bought the company two years into its inception. A native Houstonian and UT grad, Brad had already developed a passion for brewing beer at home long before he did it professionally. That passion is evident in the quality of the beer that Real Ale prides itself in producing. For him, it's all about great beer by Texans, for Texans.
Growth in Loyalty
Real Ale shows its commitment to Texas in other ways too. Almost all of their resources are from here. Their boxes come from Victory Packaging out of San Antonio and Temple Inland of Austin; their beer bottles come from Waco; and their spent grain (by-product of beer ingredients) goes to a local ranch for livestock feed, as remaining vital nutrients would otherwise go to waste. Fittingly, Real Ale is a long time Go Texan member and proud to say H-E-B is its longest supporting customer.