In this fast-paced modern society, it is easy to spend more time isolated with our favorite technology than with friends and family. But if you take time to think about it, who would reasonably argue that sharing a good meal and a fine pint of craft beer, in a warm environment, with friends and family is not better for building a great community than self-absorbed isolation? Thus, the vision for the Angelina Brewing Company.

Look at where we are—downtown, small town, Texas. We don’t hate skyscrapers and endless concrete (at least some of us don’t); we just think it is time to go back to those conditions in which human beings can grow again—small towns, close-knit communities, and the neighborhood pub, where friends and families can gather and do human things, like talk, laugh, and even experience joy.

Look at our menu—it’s Texas-chic pub grub created by a Southwestern chef and the goal is good food, constantly getting better—for the oldest to the youngest of customers. Try the beer that is putting “craft” back into brewing beer—from Lufkin Lights—to Moonlight & Magnolias—to Crockett’s Revenge—it is brewed with pride for the people we live with.

Finally, look around you when you enter our building—the atmosphere breathes regional history and permanence. The building is over 100 years old; the wood covering the walls and bar is 75-100 years old; the iconic saw blade mounted on the wall is a real 250-pound lumber saw that real men once operated to make a living in Angelina County for real families; and the giant winged-Pegasus really is from an old local Mobil service station. And, by the way, the big bass on the wall was caught by an East Texan and the items on the Kid’s Menu are actually named after the owners’ children. Yes, we harmlessly bowed a bit to technology with a few flat-screen televisions. It is, after all, the land of Cowboys and Texans!

Born as part of a vision of restoring historic communities, Angelina Brewing Company stands for the idea that it is good for everyone to have a gathering place where we can all go, in neighborhoods those before us abandoned in the name of progress, and begin to rebuild a love of history and community—one pint at a time.