Sugar Land, TX – Home sweet home.
Raised in the Sugar Land area, I was able to watch the town slowly develop. As a kid, the only thing Sugar Land had to offer for entertainment was the old Imperial Sugar Factory, a few parks, and the newly developed First Colony Mall. Fortunately for me, by the time I hit 21, Sugar Land’s night life exploded. From bars to restaurants to the great Sugar Land Town Center.
The master minds behind Brewmasters International Beer Festival brought Red Hot Block Party to Sugar Land’s Town Center. Over 100 craft beers and wines to be sampled and sliders prepared by the restaurants within Town Center, this was the place to be last Saturday evening. As I thirstily made my way around the courtyard to sample some brew, a double IPA grabbed my attention; Left Coast Brewing Co’s Hop Juice, a 9.7% craft beer that was enjoyable without the strong, over-powering hoppiness many double IPA possess. It was clear to me that I had discovered a new personal IPA favorite.
They had the usual local breweries, like Saint Arnold’s, that never fail to impress me, as well as out-of-state ones that were quite the delicacy. I was feeling a bit fancy so I decided to head over to sample some of the wines. I don’t know much about wine, but I figured if I drank with my pinky out, I’d blend right in. I sampled Bogle Vineyard’s Sauvignon Blanc and instantly loved it.
All this beer and wine sampling made me build up an appetite, so I sampled just about all of the sliders prepared by restaurants within Town Center like Stadia, Blu, Lasagna House, and Baker Street Pub, to name a few. In my opinion, Blu had the best crab cake sliders hands down.
Texas is hot, so my only complaint about the day was the heat; but the great music, good brews, and delicious food made up for it. A big thanks to Clifton and Robin for having me out to another one of their amazing events. See you at the 2012 International Brewmasters beer festival in Galveston!