Fort Bend Brewing Co. releases new brew as craft beer business booms

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by KHOU.com staff

Mia Gradney / KHOU 11 News

Posted on February 3, 2014 at 2:54 PM

Updated Monday, Feb 3 at 3:20 PM

HOUSTON—The craft beer business continues to boom and it is really thriving at the Fort Bend Brewing Company in Missouri City.

The 2-year-old brewery recently released a new brew: Grand reserve.

“It’s called a barley wine because the strength of it is similar to a wine, but barley is the main ingredient,” said Carl Norberg, with the Fort Bend Brewing Company.

The barley wine has 11 percent alcohol compared to your typical craft beer at 5 percent.

The flavor profile is what Norberg, the head brewer, says is driving the rapidly expanding craft beer market.

“The growth of craft beer is actually piggy-backing off the artisanal movement that you have, as far as food.  Everyone seems to be seeking better flavors in a number of things,” he said.

There are so many craft brewers now, compared to just two years ago, Norberg says he can’t keep up, but he welcomes the competition.

“There’s a lot of room in the market.  We’re far from reaching a saturation point,” he said.

They’re confident that there’s always more room in the fridge for another cold one.

Beer from Fort Bend Brewing Company can be found in over 100 restaurants, bars and stores.

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