A glance into draft beer philosophy
By: Michael Fox
Consumers look for quality, which has been the driving inspiration for the tap wall at Scuttlebutt’s Bar and Grill since day one. Originally fitted for 20 draft beers, we pushed the envelope by adding an additional eight taps despite the space constraints of our bar’s 72-square-foot walk-in cooler. Keg and Case stack on Kegs as we organize for convenience 15-and-a-half gallons at a time. Needless to say, “keg tetris,” as we lovingly call it, is a necessity, and we’ve gotten pretty good at it.
You won’t find domestic beers up there (except for Lonestar – it is the National Beer of Texas, after all). Instead our philosophy is to offer what we consider the best styles in craft beers available. Arguably, some have grown to be staples. Who doesn’t love a good Hefeweizen, blonde, triple or porter – sometimes all on the same day? The India Pale Ale seems to have entranced our crowd. Hop heads abound on this side of Corpus Christi, and something about that floral nose and hoppy bitter IPA bite has an effect on us. Is it love? We’re not here to judge.
If that’s not your style, we don’t mind. Try instead a Scotch ale, a Red, a Brown, an Amber, Belgian Wit, Shandy, Stout, Pale Ale or Extra Special Bitter; we’ve had them all. The hybrids are often the most interesting. Breweries start experimenting with White and Red IPAs and Black Hefeweizens, and sparks start flying from our eyes. We love beers brewed with coffee, chocolate, vanilla, raspberry, ginger, grapefruit, orange peel, coriander or aged in oak barrels. We crave strong malt backbones and debilitating hops. We brave bold brews and revel in the robust. If you’re shy to venture too far from comfort, don’t worry: We still have all your favorite domestics in bottles.
Compared to our northern neighbors, Corpus Christi is in the very early stages of developing microbrews and local breweries, but that doesn’t keep us from staying true to Texas. With selections from Blanco, Fredericksburg, New Braunfels and of course, Shiner, we like to represent. Some of our best sellers are from Real Ale, Pedernales and Guadalupe Brewing Companies, to whom we owe a debt of gratitude. We also thrive on some of the best from California, Oregon, Colorado and the East Coast. Stone, Deschutes, New Belgium, Odell’s and Harpoon are loved by us, and they frequent our establishment often.
We’re always on the lookout for new breweries to the area and always willing to try new things. We get giddy for limited editions and rarities; we strive to offer something no one else has.
It’s with pride we hand you our beer menu. Still, some stand in disbelief when we tell them that their favorite light beer is not on tap here. We get asked all the time, “What kind of bar doesn’t have domestics on draft?” Answer: the kind that wins Best of the Best Beer Selection in Corpus Christi.
Michael Fox is a self-proclaimed beer connoisseur, an avid clown enthusiast and the bar manager at Scuttlebutt’s Bar and Grill. For more information, call 361-949-6769 or go online to www.scuttlebuttsbarandgrill.com.