Texas Beer Run Timing is everything. Sometimes one needs to reach back in order to move…
I’ll keep working my way back to you, babe
With a burning love inside
Yeah, I’m working my way back to you, babe
And the happiness that died — The Spinners
I keep working my way back until I find Pathfinder Brewery. Hudson Oaks sits 20 miles west of Fort Worth. Wasn’t even aware of this small Texas town. But as I unfolded my trusty old brewery map, I noticed Pathfinder Brewing on the path of my Texas Beer Run. Pathfinder isn’t the easiest place to find as it is tucked away in an industrial area just outside of town. GPS gets you in the general vicinity and lets you rely on your Spidey senses to find the rest of the way. Like a lost easter egg, Pathfinder is hidden just out of plain view off a Highway 180, and down a gravely road that makes you feel like you are trespassing. But hey, sometimes a scavenger hunt can be just what the doctor ordered.
Typical warehouse aesthetic frames the brewery. Pathfinder showcases plenty of space and a nice venue for live music. This place is set up for conversation more so than gathering to stare at the tv. The staff is super friendly and enjoy engaging you the customer. “Let me show you around” invited one of the beertenders, “Take as many pictures as you’d like.” It’s a family friendly spot. Picnic tables arranged along the generous patio is built for all weather. Plenty of open lawn and trees for the kids to play on.
The beer that will bring me back
Generally, when I stop at a brewery, I’m looking for that single beer, the thing that make people want to come here. I arrive just after opening and was the only customer in the joint. It’s a football Saturday in Texas so most folks were at pee-wee football games or watching college football at home.
Sliding into the wood plank barstool, I sheepishly made my selection, “Give me a taste of every style you got.” After three sips of three different styles, I recognized that Eric Addison has game. He isn’t about fluff; he’s about executing classic styles. While 3 Dragons is the award winning Belgian quad poster beer, (gold at the US Open Beer Championship in 2021 and sports a 4.1 rating on untappd) for my money Schusterstick, an American Strong Ale, was the beer that will bring me back. Nice balance of malty sweetness and bittering hop. It’s a simple beer drinker’s beer that is nuanced and satisfying.
Pathfinder is worth the trip. Down to earth and relaxed. It’s a great place to post up and hang out with friends and family. Time is not a thing here, just a chance to enjoy the moment.
Ratings on a 5 point scale
- Beer: 3.9
- Atmosphere: 3.6
- Staff: 4.5
- Selection: 4.1
This right here is what will keep me working my way back to Pathfinder Brewery. It’s a special place. Until then its on to the next stop on my Texas Beer Run. Be Sure to donate to CraftPAC and help me save Texas Breweries. Listen in on the Brew Bound Podcast as I discuss the Texas Beer Run. Cheers.