Tag Archives: craft beer

The Science of Suds in Craft Brewing

For the 38 percent of Americans who name beer as their “go-to” after work wind-down, there’s nothing quite like a cold brew at the end of a rough day. And with small-batch brewing now accounting for nearly a quarter of the market share, the craft beer craze has become a way of life. But how much do we really think about the “craft” in craft beer? At South Texas College,…

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Using Science to Craft Beer

Steve Padilla, UTRGV legacy alum, and owner of Big River Brewery. (photo, Paul Chouy, UTRGV)

It’s not about the type of beer that fills your glass; it’s all about the process. Just ask Steve Padilla. Owner of Big River Brewery in Pharr and alumnus of UTRGV legacy institution UT Pan American, Padilla says that whether you prefer stouts, lagers or seasonal sours, his authentic Valley brews came from ideas fermented in the science classroom. Padilla got a degree in nursing in 2008. As a nurse and anesthetist,…

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‘Crafty’ Approach to Business

Grain to Glass is the only craft beer venue south of San Antonio offering beer flights. (Courtesy)

While craft beers, including IPAs, are certainly gaining a foothold in the Rio Grande Valley, they still haven’t made a great deal of headway in this land of common lagers. But there’s a place that may help to expand the popularity of craft beers in the Valley. It’s Grain to Glass in McAllen, which is devoted to “Keepin’ McAllen Crafty.” After making some revisions to its original menu, the restaurant…

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