Flavors of Central Texas - Brick & Forge {Straight From the Chair}

Published by: Michael Linnemann | Published on: 07 Jan, 2022
Flavors of Central Texas - Brick & Forge {Straight From the Chair}

As Chamber Chair, I’ve taken it upon myself to visit the chamber member restaurants in the area who jumped in to participate in our annual Flavors of Central Texas event.
My first stop today was at the Brick & Forge Taproom on Central Texas Expressway along restaurant row. The flavors coupon gets you a half order of nachos for free with an entrée. If you’re going to do this you need to bring a friend or a big appetite. I came here solo, so this was a challenge. But, as Chair of the Chamber, this is the responsibility that I must take on.
I decided to sit at the bar because the bar looks awesome. Dark stained wood, 30 beers on tap, big screen TVs airing whatever sporting event you want to see, and Gary running the show who knows the menu left and right and can offer up some serious detail about every beer he’s serving.

I started with a White Stone Long Gone Blonde, a local brewery out of Cedar Park. I don’t usually drink beer in the middle of the day, but again, it’s my duty to our chamber members. This isn’t an easy job and not for the meek.
The beer flowed as other folks poured into the place. It seems like almost everyone here knows each other, so if you want a solid meal and a nice cold beer in a place where you can make friends pretty quickly, then perhaps this is where you need to hang.  
Gary upgraded my nachos to the pork nachos. He highly recommends anything here that has pork in it because they slow roast it for six hours. Their half pound Angus burgers are also to die for, along with the ribeye. This is all hearsay of course, but he seems like a great guy so I would take his word for it. I worked my way through the nachos loaded with sour cream chives and melted cheese and then moved on to the pulled pork sandwich with a side of fries. I had to eat it with a fork and knife because it’s that big. Amazing flavor, sitting on a bed of coleslaw and topped with a well-balanced barbecue sauce.

Gary was right about the pork.  

I sampled the Kill Box Kolsch from Temple and the Light Circus Karbach as I wrapped up the meal.  Kill Box is super light if that’s your style (hats off to our friends to the east) and the Light Circus is a bit sweet if you like it that way.  All worth a try.
I will certainly be back. Perhaps next time I’ll try the ribeye, and bring a friend. Thank you Brick & Forge (and Gary) for hosting me today and for being members of our amazing Chamber of Commerce, and best of luck with Flavors!


Flavors of Central Texas lasts the entire month of January 2022 and ticket holders can redeem their tickets at any time and in any order during the month! Get your Flavors tickets TODAY!