This is a stock 2011 Kawasaki W800. It's a new model for this year, but with vintage styling that mimics the late-60s much closer than the "new-classics" from European companies like Triumph and Moto-Guzzi. It has an air-cooled 773cc parallel-twin engine with fuel-injection and a kickstarter. It has more chrome that I'd like, but overall it looks like a fun and functional ride. This is a very tasteful design from a company whose name I generally associate with plastic-covered dirtbikes and sportbikes. Unfortunately for me (and many others) the W800 is not available in North American markets.
Real Ale Brewing Company is another Texas-based microbrewery. They operate out of Blanco and have won their fair share of awards in the 15-year existence. I got to try their Brewhouse Brown Ale as part of a sampler pack. It's less roasty than some other brown ales but smooth. Maybe too smooth if you're looking for a more punchy beer experience, but this seemed pleasant and reliable to me. A good session beer; it doesn't draw too much attention to itself and can be enjoyed without fuss or pretension.
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