We were delighted to host a visit from two French journalists who are doing a spread on Texas food and traditions. We were first contacted by Texas Tourism-France in order to facilitate a tour of the LBJ Ranch/Western Whitehouse in Stonewall. We provided them with some additional points of interest we thought they might like to visit and they did in fact rearrange their itinerary to accommodate a visit to both Pecan Street Brewing and Garrison Brothers Bourbon. The journalists Elvire Von Bardeleben and Nicolas Bougeard work for the publication, Liberation Next in France. Both live in Paris.
They started out their morning touring the LBJ State Park in Stonewall with Russ Whitlock, then on to Pecan Street Brewing. Elvire noted that Texas food portions are much larger than in France and that they had yet to finish a meal here. They enjoyed lunch at Pecan Street and sampled all the beers. They were impressed with both the food and the beers. Nicolas stated that micro brewing is not popular in France and that he’s impressed with the large amounts of quality beers offered at our Hill Country Breweries. Patty Elliott graciously presented them with 2 Pecan Street Brewing t-shirts and glasses then gave them a tour of the brewery along with Sean Elliott. Nicolas wore his new t shirt right over his other shirt, so I’d say they liked their gifts.
We also presented them with a gift bag from the chamber, Real Ale Brewing and Whittington Jerky. We discussed the significance and history of jerky in Texas. Their time was limited, having really liked to stop by Whittington’s for a tour, but they were unable to do so. We hope they’ll write about it in their article. Upon leaving the brewery they headed up the road to tour the Garrison Brothers Distillery, where Dan and Stephanie gave them a great welcome, tour and interview. After leaving Garrison Brothers Bourbon they were headed to Austin. We are looking forward to some great press about Johnson City in France. traînées heureuses (Happy Trails) Elvire and Nicolas