Beer and barbecue are a pretty natural pairing, which is why Cory Hodson set out to create Intrinsic Smokehouse & Brewery. The new barbecue brewpub opened its doors in Downtown Garland this past Saturday, serving up classic Texas barbecue and classic brews from both (really) near and far.
The fare on offer is classic Texas barbecue, spruced up with a few modern touches. A wood-fired smoker (named Tara) will crank out the usual barbecue options – including smoked brisket, ribs, and sausage – smoked by Pitmaster Tex, the unnamed owner of Junior’s Lone Star Sauce, a locally-made, beer-infused barbecue sauce. In addition to the usual meats and sides, you’ll also find flatbreads topped with smoked meats and "pub-made" desserts.
The brewery will also craft six in-house beers in addition to its long list of beers not brewed in-house. If you find one that you particularly enjoy, Intrinsic has obtained the permits to serve as a growler fill-station, which means that you can take home your favorites once you’re done drinking at the bar.
You may remember Hodson from Deep Ellum Brewing Company's Labor of Love homebrewing competition last year. Hodson's Basil Buzz, a Hefeweizen infused with basil and honey, took home Best In Show.
As of right now, Eater has confirmed that Intrinsic has five beers on tap, and Basil Buzz is not one of them. Instead, you'll find more wintry pours, including a smoked witbier and a tamarind fruit-infused red ale with "just enough habanero to wake you up." If you missed the all-day grand opening festivities at Intrinsic this weekend, you'll have to wait until tomorrow to check it out. Intrinsic Smokehouse & Brewery is open Tuesday through Saturday from 11 a.m. to 11 p.m.