This is the first of a series highlighting local brewers, distillers, and other craft spirit/beer-related people. The first interviewee is Robert Brogden from the new Twisted Acre Brewery. He is a hobbyist who is living the dream of so many by making the transition to pro brewer. Without further ado, here is the story behind the newest brewery in the Houston area.
Twisted Acre Brewery is a true home-built family operation, although one of the two owners may regret that currently. Twisted Acre is owned by the husband and wife team of Robert and Nicole Broaden. The whole operation is due to a gift from Nicole. She purchased Robert his first brewing kit. The beer that came from the first kit, to quote Robert, was “undrinkable.” Rather than quit as most people do, he spent hours on the internet and YouTube learning the details of the art of brewing. I can personally attest his version of brew school 101 was a roaring success.
Robert built his own new setup from the ground up. As a self-diagnosed OCD sufferer, he made sure the new equipment was laid out perfectly. His first beer was a red IPA. He was so proud of the results that he had a party the first night the beer was ready to drink. The rave reviews led him to wonder if he was gifted enough to brew professionally. After years of creating and tweaking recipes in his brew garage, Robert got the blessing from Nicole to make his passion an occupation.
Robert’s brewing style is a modern one. His brews come in a variety of flavors, from easy drinking to the fullest of flavor. He has no fear of non-traditional ingredients or flavors. His base beer is a Mexican lager, a style that a lot of craft brewers look at with scorn. “Green Card,” as it is called, is crisp and refreshing. You can get it dressed with salt and lime as well. This puts Twisted Acre in a prime position to target those new to the craft beer world who want to dip their toes in to the water.
Make no mistake though, Robert also has beers for even the most experienced craft beer drinkers. His honey IPA “Bumbletree” is an intriguing combination, with the sweetness being a great break-up for the high amount of IBUs in it. The mixture makes for an extremely drinkable beer, all things considered. My personal favorite is his coffee stout “21-Gun Salute.” In a collaboration with Counter Strike Coffee and their “Napalm” beans, this flavor-forward beer lets you know it is all about the coffee, but without burning out your taste buds. The creaminess of the stout supports the varying flavors very well, showing that Robert has a vast base of brewing tastes. He came to brewing as an IPA-crazed hophead, but has learned to spread his flavors to be more inviting of other preferences.
Robert and Nicole have given their all to get Twisted Acre open to the public. Their hard work is finally paying off, as their Grand Opening is this weekend. (Tickets are being presold through their website.) Go check them out and you will see a couple’s hard work in totality. Everything in the brewery was built or designed by them. Nicole even hand-drew the logo on her tablet, pixel by pixel. Here’s hoping they get as much out of the brewery as they put into it!
Six Pack to Go
The next section will appear in every Tap Talk from now on: I am calling it the “Six Pack to Go.” It consists of six fun questions I ask the brewer. Robert was gracious enough to serve as my guinea pig (sorry, PETA). Here we go:
What’s your favorite beer/food pairing?
Steak with a nice hearty stout
What’s your favorite brewery in the Houston area (not your own)?
B-52 Brewing Company
What’s your favorite brewery outside of Houston?
What’s your favorite beer from a Houston-area brewery (not your own)?
Houston Haze by Spindletap Brewery
What’s your favorite beer from outside of Houston?
Any variety of Sculpin IPA by Ballast Point
If you had to pick your last beer ever, what would it be? (You can choose your own.)
21 Gun Salute Coffee Stout
Twisted Acre Brewery
16103 Grant Rd Space J
Cypress, TX 77429