TASTE OF THE BIG BEND
It may be remote out here in West Texas, but it's far from barren. And the following brewers, roasters, and farmers are proving it. This is an arts publication, and we believe these men and women are practicing an art form of the highest level by creating some of the best food and drink in the Big Bend Region.
1 / BIG BEND BREWERY
The Big Bend Brewery cares about two things: beer and you, the person drinking it. If you don't feel special yet, you should, because they brew the best beer in West Texas.
The Big Bend Brewery was founded by Steve Anderson, an iconic figure in the world of Texas craft beer. After 32 years of making his mark in Austin, Texas, Steve packed up and moved to Alpine. And we're glad he did.
Their commitment to craftsmanship and only the finest ingredients results in a brew that can't be described as just another beer. One sip is all it takes to remind you what's so satisfying about the fiss pop of opening a beer this good after a long day.
If you don't try some while you're out here, shame on you. Visit their website bigbendbrewing.com to find out where to buy some for yourself.
4 / FORT DAVIS NUTS
Gus and David Billing started The Fort Davis Nut Company in their home kitchen over 17 years ago. Today, they're still hand making what they claim to be the best tasting pecans in the world (they'll send you samples to prove it).
The Billing's pecans are unique. Marinating the pecans in different syrups before any roasting occurs creates a delicious flavor you won't find anywhere else. After roasting, the brothers lightly coat small batches of pecans with one of their signature toppings. This process of moderation prevents the nuts from being drowned in excessive flavoring, and preserves the taste and texture of the original nut.
Cinnamon, Chocolate, Key-Lime, and their original Vanilla-Almond are just some of the addicting options available. Visit their website allpecans.com to get your mouth watering sample, and be sure to stop by their retail store when you're in Fort Davis.
The Fort Davis Nut Company is open Monday - Saturday from 9:00 am to 5:00 pm.
5 / GOAT CHEESE
Several years ago Malinda Beeman and Allan McClane started the Marfa Maid Dairy and began producing delicious goat cheese. All the milk comes from goats they raise themselves to make aged and semi-soft cheeses.
Cheese making classes are available at the dairy. In a day-long class, you could learn to make several types of cheese from different kinds of milk. After your hard work, there's a cheese tasting.
For more information about their dairy and cheese, or for a schedule of upcoming classes, email email@example.com, visit their website marfamaid.com, or call (432) 729-3987.
- David Stephens