A large, delicious-looking sandwich is shown on a plate, overflowing with smoked brisket.

09 – We Get Horny (Toad), Smoked and Ascend Above the African Clouds



This episode we give thanks to a brewery oasis in the wide open spaces of west Texas. Next, we get smoked by a culinary pit master who helps us pair Thanksgiving meal favorites with beer. And finally, we salute troops, past and present, and speak with a veteran who rose above his own struggles and then summited Mount Kilimanjaro with a band of brothers. That and our usual craic on this episode of Life in 16 oz.

Horny Toad Brewing Co (12:18)

Pitmaster (35:10)
Warrior’s Keep (54:39)
Beer Buzz (1:28:44)

The four featured beers on this month's podcast on display.
This episode’s featured beers include Stella Artois’ Midnight Lager, Anchor Brewing’s Anchor Porter, Samuel Smith’s 30th Anniversary Winter Welcome Ale, and High Water’s Sugaree Maple Pecan Pie Stout. (Life in 16 oz. photo/Paul Wade)
Exterior photo of the Horny Toad Brewing Company, which shows tables and chairs in the shade beneath the old-timey awning of this converted older than old school gas station.
Exterior view of the Horny Toad Brewing Company in Rowena, Texas. The company operates out of a converted older than old school gas station and a man cave-like taproom inside, loaded with local and beer-related memorabilia. (Horny Toad Brewing Company/Courtesy photo)
The beer menu, taps and memorabilia on display behind the bar at Horny Toad Brewing.
The beer selection and years of collected memorabilia featured behind the counter show the owner’s passion and knowledge of the beer industry at Horny Toad Brewery in Rowena, Texas (Runnels County), Oct. 6, 2019.
A locally-made table in the Horny Toad Brewery's taproom incorporates numerous historical photos and memorabilia from the local area.
One of the locally-made tables featured at Horny Toad Brewing Company in Rowena, Texas, on Oct. 6, 2019. The furnishings land other memorabilia give the taproom and service station area a comfortable, relaxing feel. (Life in 16 oz. photo/Paul Wade)
Two large metal tanks are shown labeled with the names "Bonnie" and "Clyde" on the front of them at Horny Toad Brewing Company.
After cooling down the wort, which is the liquid produced during the brewing process, Horny Toad pumps it into the fermentation room into Bonnie, Clyde or Barrow to keep it below 70 degrees. (Life in 16 oz. photo/Paul Wade)
Horny Toad's taproom has beer-related memorabilia collected over many years hanging all over the taproom walls, which looks more like a cozy man cave in someone's basement.
The taproom of Horny Toad Brewery, open once monthly on the first Saturday of the month, in Rowena, Texas, Oct. 6, 2019. The brewery is housed inside a converted old time gas station, where the brewery’s owner, Mike McNeill, still has his first home brew kit, a Mr. Beer brew kit, as the tip jar. Friends and family run the operations, and homemade food in crock pots replaces the usual food truck. (Life in 16 oz. photo/Paul Wade)
The brewery's logo is shown branded into the woodwork of the bar top.
The Horny Toad Brewery’s logo as seen in the woodwork of the bar top, Oct. 6, 2019. (Life in 16 oz. photo/Paul Wade)
Jan-Michael Vincent holds a large tray full of smoked brisket.
A proud-looking Jan-Michael Valdez shows off his smoked brisket. (Courtesy photo/Jan-Michael Valdez)
Jan-Michael Valdez takes a selfie with his brewing equipment visible in the background.
Jan-Michael Valdez in his element, brewing tasty beer. (Courtesy photo/Jan-Michael Valdez)

 

Robbie Horne, director of veteran recreation at The Warrior’s Keep, poses with his “battle buddies” while atop Mount Kilimanjaro in Tanzania. (The Warrior’s Keep/Courtesy Photo)
The Warrior's Keep - Robbie Horne
Robbie Horne, director of veteran recreation at The Warrior’s Keep, poses with local children while in Tanzania to summit Mount Kilimanjaro. (Courtesy photo/The Warrior’s Keep)
Robbie Horne, director of veteran recreation at The Warrior’s Keep, looks out over Tanzania following his ascent to the top of Mount Kilimanjaro. (Courtesy photo/The Warrior’s Keep)