Killeen, located in the heart of Texas, is the home of the famous Fort Hood base. It is known as a military boom town because of its rapid growth from the high influx of military personnel and their families. Much of this city’s economy is tied to this base, and many locals are proud of their contribution to keeping this great country safe.
Killeen boasts a diverse population that adds its ethnic flare to the city, making it a melting pot of culture and flavors. There are plenty of things for visitors to do, with parks, picnic areas, public swimming pools, science attractions, and shopping centers. After all that, there is nothing better than relaxing at the city’s local brewery and sipping on some of Texas’s finest beers.
Currently, Killeen only has one brewery, Iron Gauntlet Brauhaus.
Iron Gauntlet Brauhaus
Killeen’s first microbrewery, Iron Gauntlet Brauhaus, opened its doors during the COVID-19 pandemic in November 2020. Founder and army veteran Laura Brown fell in love with the European-style beers when she and her ex-husband were stationed in Germany. When they returned to the USA, they started brewing at home. This hobby quickly turned into a passion, and when Laura got the opportunity to buy a location to open her own brewery, she went for it.
She knew it would be difficult, but Laura was up for the challenge. With the help of the local community, who have always supported veterans and their business ventures, Iron Gauntlet Brauhaus became a town favorite.
Don’t be fooled by its modest appearance and simple decor. This brewery is great for hanging out with friends and family on those warm Texas evenings. There is plenty of space with indoor and outdoor seating, and you can bring your four-legged friends along too. Iron Gauntlet is pet friendly and regularly hosts adoption nights to help find forever homes for pets without one.
You will find all kinds of entertainment, from themed nights like trivia night to various indoor and outdoor games, so you and your gang will stay busy for hours. If you’re feeling peckish after all the fun and games, no worries. While this brewery doesn’t have a kitchen on-site, you will find a food truck you can enjoy inside or out every night.
They go the extra mile for their customers and will treat you like family. The staff is friendly and helpful and will even give you an impromptu tour of their brewing equipment. Food trucks are outside daily, so you will always find something new to eat.
With 20 beers on tap, you have a wide variety of classic brews to choose from, which includes year-round and seasonal blends.
- Copperhead Stout is an American Stoute that is rich, full-bodied, and packs a punch.
- Molly Pitcher is an Irish Red Ale classic with a beautiful amber hue.
- Return to Base is a clean and crisp California common, making it an easy drink to enjoy.
- 254 is a hopped-up pale American wheat beer.
- Radio Czech is a crisp Czech pilsner
- Excalibur a wee heavy bourbon barrel Scotch ale
- Schützenschnur a traditional gose
- Charlie Mike a dark wheat ale that is malty and reminiscent of banana bread right out of the oven.
- St. Barbara’s Blessing is a solid Belgian ale brewed with molasses and strong malts.