Beer the Texas Way, with Bud Light
If you follow me on social media (Instagram and/or Facebook), you no doubt saw the great time I had at Bud Light’s Houston brewery. That’s where I not only got to see how they brew America’s most popular light lager, but I also got to meet our fellow Texans who’ve been making beer the Texas way, for Texans, since 1982.
As a Texas girl, Bud Light has been a part of my life since my college years. It’s what we always had at parties, and it’s what we still enjoy whether we go out or stay in. So they were already preaching to the converted, but once we were greeted by all this fabulousness in the Budweiser Tasting Room, toured their brewery, and got to meet some of their fab staff, I became an even bigger fan.
From start to finish, I was just in awe. We literally got to see every nook and cranny. We also got a close look at their choice ingredients and their highest standards of quality, which give us the unmistakable clean, crisp taste of Bud Light.
From the Brewmaster, to quality control and beyond, everyone was on hand to answer our questions and provide valuable information about what they do and why they do it.
Here are the top three things that I learned that day, and that blew my mind.
- The Houston brewery provides all the Bud Light for Texas and neighboring states.
- The Brewmasters for every Anheuser-Busch Brewery conduct daily tastings of all the stages of creation. From the water used, to each ingredient added, to ensure every batch has the same clean, crisp taste we’re used to.
And here’s the most mind blowing of all. The Brewmaster encouraged us to stop the side pour. You know, where you tilt your glass about 45 degrees to keep the head to a bare minimum. Instead, he told us to only do the side pour until the glass is about half full. At that point he encouraged us to place the glass back to its normal position, and pour straight down the middle. He says this allows us to create at least a one inch head, which allows the beer to release its essence. Say what? Totally a new one for me, but definitely how I’ll be pouring my beer from now on.
After all that great information, and fresh pours from their brewing room, it was time to see these folks shine. Yes, this summer Bud Light is placing the spotlight on the Texans behind making our tasty light brew. Here’s one of the billboards that will be posted soon throughout Texas cities, including our beautiful San Antonio.
And here are a couple of the commercials you may have already seen on tv, and/or will undoubtedly see through out the summer.
Once we received all the fab Bud Light highlights, it was time to to mix and mingle, as we were treated to some yummy, Bud Light inspired eats, by Chef Hugo Ortega.
Besides the food being to die for, the whole experience felt like being at a family dinner. Needless to say I was thoroughly impressed with Bud Light’s commitment to quality, along with their choice to show Texans like me, their commitment to keeping it local. Plus they totally get extra kudos from this Mexican-American chica for offering the spots in both English and Spanish. Just another reason to be Texas Proud.
Here’s a quick video recap of how it all went down.
So the next time you pop open a cold Bud Light, I hope you think of all the Tejanos doing their part to make it happen. And if you’re ever in the area, I invite you to take a tour of the Houston Brewery, sample their freshly made beer, shop, and maybe even stay awhile to enjoy the tasting room. I promise, you won’t be disappointed.
How do you prefer your Bud Light – can, bottle, or draft?
Disclosure: I was not compensated for this post, but I was provided fab travel accommodations to attend the Bud Light event in Houston. Don’t worry though, all opinions of their fabulousness are my own!