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Silver Grizzly: Great downtown spot for blend of beverage and community

Dec. 27, 2017 at 7:25 a.m.
Updated Dec. 27, 2017 at 7:25 a.m.

A Cappuccino at the Silver Grizzly Espresso on Friday December 8, 2017. (Michael Cavazos/News-Journal Photo)

For decades, coffee houses have served as hubs for the community. They provide laid back environments for people to socialize while enjoying a cup of joe.

In the year since Silver Grizzly Espresso opened in downtown Longview, it has become just that – a gathering place in the community where people come to hang out with friends and meet up with business associates. Its environment is warm and inviting, and makes you feel at home while you’re there.

And did we mention that Silver Grizzly knows how to serve up a delicious cup of coffee?

On the espresso menu, you can order a latte, cappuccino, Americano, espresso and cortado. You can get your coffee hot or iced and made with a variety of syrups, including vanilla bean, mocha and caramel. Silver Grizzly also features seasonal syrups. For coffees made with milk, Silver Grizzly offers alternatives to whole milk, including soy, almond and skim. It also offers a selection of specialty brewed coffees.

I’m especially fond of Silver Grizzly’s cappuccinos. Bold, crisp and smooth, they’re certain to help wake you up in the morning, give you a caffeine boost mid-day, or warm you up on a cold night.

If you’re not in the mood for coffee, Silver Grizzly also features tea, craft beer and pastries. The craft beer menu features two selections – the Big Inch and the 1877 – from Longview’s own Oil Horse Brewing Co. The 1877 is a malt-flavored beer with a strong caramel flavors. Meanwhile, the Big Inch – which we had on a recent night – has a toffee nose with caramel and a strong chocolate flavor with a slightly sweet finish. It has great flavor and is nice to drink on a cold day or in the heat of summer.

But Silver Grizzly is about much more than its beverages. It’s about community. In the last year, it has built up the community and brought people together through its events, like the block parties that have brought live music and entertainment to downtown, and through its support of other community events, like serving up a specially made batch of peppermint hot chocolate (and it was delicious!) before the recent Longview Christmas parade to help keep parade goers warm. It has become a part of downtown, taking part in other downtown activities, such as hosting artists during the quarterly ArtWalk to allow them to showcase their work, and serving as an overflow space for Oil Horse Brewing Co.’s weekly geek night trivia.

It has, in short, become a gathering place, a home away home in downtown Longview. With its relaxed atmosphere and inviting environment, it’s an excellent location to meet business associates, friends or families and build relationships. For your everyday morning coffee or for special occasions, Silver Grizzly is an excellent choice!

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