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Going Back to School for a Really Good Beer

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Behind the Review host and Yelp's Small Business Expert, Emily Washcovick, shares a look at this week's episode of the podcast.

Thinking about brewpubs and draft houses can conjure up images of dark, woody interiors with long bars and rows upon rows of taps pouring every kind of beer imaginable.

Farm Ale Brewing is not one of those places, and that's a great thing.

Housed in an old school building in Eola, Texas, just east of San Angelo, Farm Ale Brewing blends the history of the building with a limited selection of quality craft beers, canned and distributed from inside the schoolhouse. The history of the building is just as important as the beer, according to Farm Ale's brewmaster, Chris.

"A lot of what we're trying to do is not only be a brewery, but we want to bring the school back and kind of restore some of its former glory because it was one of the bigger schools in the area way back in the day," he said.

"And I've had people out here who actually graduated from out here, and we can walk them through the building, and they'll say 'Oh, this was the science room. This was the home making room. This was math. This was English.' We've got old pictures of graduating classes from 1938 hanging on the walls in the hallway. We're trying to bring it back to where people can come out and drink a beer in their first grade classroom."

That dedication to the history of the building isn't lost on its visitors, including reviewer Joshua H.

"As somebody who does food and travel blogging with wine, beer, and food as the primary features, I'm always looking for the unique, novel, new, and just different types of things within that domain. And that's basically what I found when I saw my first advertisement for Farm Ale Brewing. That it's very different. It's not being done like any other brewery or alehouse that I've been to. Not only where it's at, but just the very deep historical nature of the location. And it's not just about going to have good beer. There's so much else around it that made it a really unique story and experience for me to go and do a blog feature on.

"The schoolhouse that it used to be, the history that it has, the upgrades that they're doing on it now, what it's being repurposed for as, a beer-making facility, the tours that you can get with Chris himself, the food that they have in their old classrooms. The whole thing is just a very unique, one-of-a-kind experience."

In addition to the unique location of Farm Ale Brewing, they also stand out because they dropped another traditional aspect of an alehouse—the many, many kinds of beers available. Farm Ale has purposefully........

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