It was late 2011 when Clown Shoes Beer first stepped foot in Texas, a turn of phrase I used in the title of a piece I did on their arrival while writing for another website. Looking back on what I wrote, while I made a point to share some thoughts on other beers in the brewery's portfolio, there's no denying that I was most taken with the mythical beast of a beer known as Blaecorn Unidragon. In fact, after that the beer became in my personal imperial stout rotation.
Coming up on its sixth year in the brewing business, Clown Shoes Beer has carved a seat firmly in the craft beer market producing some great bold, high ABV beers at price points lower than most of their competitors. The beers are contract brewed by Mercury Brewing Co. in Ipswich, Mass.
Clown Shoes Beer has long been known as a brewery that is not afraid to take chances with its beers or its distribution, including releasing various beers that are only available in specific states.
One such release for the Ipswich, Mass.-based brewery was the Texas-exclusive The Good, The Bad & The Unidragon, a 14 percent ABV Russian imperial stout that uses the brewery's Blaecorn Unidragon Russian imperial stout (11.5 percent ABV) as its base, but changes things up considerably by using malts grown in Texas by Blackland Malt Co.