“Never underestimate how much assistance, how much satisfaction, how much comfort, how much soul and transcendence there might be in a well-made taco and a cold bottle of beer.”
If the old adage “If you love what you do, you’ll never work a day in your life” is true, Ricky Harris has not worked for a while. Since taking over the management of the bar at Fuzzy’s Taco Shop in Mineral Wells, Harris has been able to do something he found a passion for many years ago, while in the Navy. When in Dubai, Harris and friends went out on the town and
discovered that what they used to drink in the states were considered “imports” and the price of the ales were considerably higher there. “It made us take a look at their domestic beers because we could actually afford them” Harris said, then stated “I had never really paid much attention to them in the states.” What started as a simple way to save a few dollars unknowingly opened the door to what Harris would later turn into his profession…the knowledge of beers and ales…the beverages enjoyed by adults world wide.
Harris, a student at Tarleton, with a soon to be completed degree in communications (and a minor in business), will graduate in December. He is already using his skills from both degrees, as the manager of the bar where a steady stream of customers come to find out the latest scuttlebutt from the day, and many stop in to see what new tastes are on tap.
With 20 taps, there are far more to choose from than just your “ordinary”. Many of the beers on tap are seasonal. Harris likened it to the fashion seasons saying “We have our seasons as well. We start planning the flavors well in advance. The summer season is coming to a close, so we are trying to phase out those flavors, such as the Crispin Apple or the Illusive Traveler Grapefruit”. Both flavors perfect for a hot summer day. The fall crafts are ready to show their stuff, with one that is said to taste like “liquid pumpkin pie”.
Finding the perfect craft beer to serve the customers is a labor of love for Harris, who spends countless hours studying and
researching the making of each drink. Those who are unfamiliar to the world of craft beer (or other ales, stouts or mixes) are considered welcomed “students” to Harris, who one day hopes to become a Brew Master, with his own brand. Harris will gladly share his wealth of knowledge on the subject. “A lot of people stick to the same old thing, because it’s safe” Harris said, adding “I like to show them that there are a lot of really good choices out there, in addition to the ones they are used to.” They even have a beer that is made by monks, Chimay Beer. Chimay Brewery is a beer brewery in Chimay, southern Hainaut, Belgium. The brewery is located in the Scourmont Abbey, a Trappist monastery, and is one of the eleven breweries worldwide that produce Trappist beer. The proceeds brought in by the sales of the beer help the monks with their missions. Brewing for a cause, I suppose.
At the end of the day, its always great to have a place to kick back and relax. Whether it’s iced cold beer you want, or iced tea, you can find what you want at Fuzzy’s in Mineral Wells. And so much more. The warm friendly atmosphere is worth the drive!
Here are some fun facts for you to share with Ricky Harris, he’ll get a kick out of you for sharing!
- A Beer Wave of 388,000 Gallons (or 1.4m L) flooded London in 1814 after a huge vat ruptured.
- Light is what makes Beer go bad
- George Washington had his own brew house on the grounds of Mount Vernon.
- Egyptian Pyramid workers were paid with beer: 1 gallon (4L) per day.
- The oldest known recipe for BEER is over 4,000 years old,made by Sumerians.
- In the Middle Ages BEER was consumed more than water as the alcohol made it safer.
So, there ya have it. In the words of Sam Malone….Cheers!