ETX Brewing Co. sampler.

The happening new downtown area called Off the Square stays busy with the likes of ETX Brewing Co. (221 S. Broadway) pulling in crowds Wednesday through Saturday. When it’s nice outside and the garage doors are up, you’re sitting in a sidewalk beer garden, watching the street traffic go by as you sip brews made on-site. Because the choices are so many, we enjoy getting a flight that lets us sample several short pours. Among choices, I especially like Red House Wheat, an unfiltered red wheat beer that hints of orange; Downtown Cherry Brown, a brown ale bearing notes of tart cherry; Hitching Post, a mellow amber ale with a faint caramel influence; and Coffee City Stout, a dark beer made with a little locally roasted coffee and Belgian chocolate.

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