NEDERLAND – Nederland’s own brewery continues to make a name for itself, this time winning medals at a craft beer competition in Texas.
Buckstin Brewing Co., 1211 Boston Ave., The Netherlands, won a bronze medal for Birra D’Oro, an Italian pilsner, and a silver medal for Chugboat Island, a Belgian dubbel.
Randy Edwards, who heads up sales, said it was the inaugural event for the Texas Craft Brewers Cup, held Saturday in Austin. The competition was tough with 131 breweries competing and 755 beer entries judged.
Buckstin has medals and ribbons from other competitions, including the 2020 U.S. Open Beer Championship, winning gold for The Mute Saison and silver for Easy Breezy Blonde.
This year’s medal has not arrived but will be in the form of a bolo style tie.
Justin Buchanan-Lopez, owner of the tavern with his wife Gabriuelle Blanco, said Italian pilsner was new to them.
“There’s been a lot of research and I have a lot of experience when creating a recipe,” Buchanan-Lopez said. “We’ve never brewed anything like this before, and we were happy with how it came out and super excited to have it recognized like this on its first outing.”
The Buckstin brand of beer is popping up in local grocery stores.
Edwards said it began distribution in early September, starting with restaurants and bars first.
“Now we’re currently in four HEBs and four Market Basket, soon to be seven and five Express Marts and we also have an agreement with a few independent liquor stores,” Edwards said.
Buchanan-Lopez marvels at how some people still don’t know their business.
“It’s crazy for us that it’s only been two years, but we still have people here who had no idea that we were open, that there was a brewery in the Netherlands,” he said. he declares. “And we are as family-friendly as possible. We like to think of ourselves as a pizzeria as much as we are a brewery.
The brewery is not housed in a huge facility. The Tavern/Restaurant is on Boston Avenue and offers the essentials of the brewery at the rear of the building with the Tavern/Restaurant at the front.
“As you can see, our installation is not massive,” he said. “We work practically around the clock, as soon as the tank is empty, we fill it up again.”
Right now the plan is to keep filling orders, keep their beer in stores, and keep creating new beers.
“We would, for the most part, like to brew traditional Type 2 beers. If you get a Belgian dubbel from us, we want it to taste like a traditional Belgian dubbel made in Belgium,” he said. declared.
Buchanan-Lopez doesn’t shy away from researching their beers. He’ll read all the books he can, search YouTube, Goggle, or go to a forum.
And where there used to be 5 gallon batches at home that if they couldn’t be poured properly, a batch at the brewery can be 225 gallons or the dubbel batches are about 450 gallons of beer.
In addition, they brew three to four days a week.
For more information, call 409-519-8091.