Historic Fort Worth Saloon
No visit to H3 Ranch is complete without a stop at Booger Red's Saloon. Located next door, Booger Red's is named in honor of the legendary Texas bronc-busting champion Samuel Thomas Privett (1858-1926).
A Stockyards District institution since 1984, Booger Red's features Fort Worth's most complete selection of tequilas, the one-of-a-kind "Anita-Rita" margarita, wines and spirits as well as domestic and imported beers.
After a day of touring the Stockyards District or just before lunch or dinner at H3 Ranch, Booger Red's is the perfect place to hang up your hat, settle into a saddle barstool and enjoy appetizers, ribs, cool beverages and more in a delightful western setting. And who knows? Hang around long enough and you might just see a real cowboy or country and western star.
Buffalo Butt Beer
Be sure to try the saloon's popular 12-oz. Buffalo Butt Beer, named for the aft end of the mighty beast prominently mounted in the center of Booger Red's bar. Each frosty bottle of Buffalo Butt Beer is served in an iced bucket. The Hunter Bothers of Ayre County, Scotland -- Robert, William and David -- immigrated to America with their parents in 1844. They lived and worked as farmers in Macoupin County, Illinois until recruited by William F. "Buffalo Bill" Cody to hunt buffalo needed by hungry workers laying railroad tracks across the continent. In 1873, the three Hunter brothers founded a livestock commission company with officers in Ft. Worth, East St. Louis and Kansas City. The Hunter brother's Ft. Worth operation was located on the site where the Stockyards Hotel now stands. When the railroad linked Ft. Worth to other principal cities in 1876, the brothers organized Texas first railway shipment of cattle to market. With syndicated investors from the northeast, they experienced great success. By 1884, their livestock commission company owned or leased 11,464,000 acres of land and 386,000 head of cattle. Included in these holdings were the three Hunter brothers' ranch operations, distinguished by the H3 brand.
After a long day under the hot Texas sun, the brothers could always be found telling stories of the old hunting days with Buffalo Bill while quenching their thirsts in one of the numerous drinking establishment located in Ft. Worth's legendary, tavern-and- bawdy-house district, "Hell's Half Acre".
On one occasion, surrounded by an amused audience, William Hunter remarked that an ice-cold beer was the only thing that could make him forget his often viewed sight of a buffalo's butt. A portly brewmaster listening intently to the brothers' colorful recollections and, having imbibed a few himself, laughed uproariously and vowed to create Buffalo Butt Beer to commemorate the posterior of the prairie's most majestic beast.
Buffalo Butt Beer is "hand crafted" in small batches and, like the great beers of the last century, it is not subjected to pasteurization or micro filtering. It is normal for this style beer to appear slightly hazy.
Signature Anita-Rita Margarita
Settle into a booth at H3 Ranch or saddle up to the bar at Booger Red's Saloon and order a one-of-a-kind margarita: the Anita-Rita. Concocted with premium tequilas, lime juice and secret ingredients including extract from selected Sarrano peppers, Anita-Ritas are prepared by the batch and aged in an authentic still atop the bar at Booger Red's. Every Anita-Rita is served on the rocks in a frosted 18-ounce schooner (with or without a salted rim). Try one, and you’ll understand why H3's house margarita, which is named after William Hunter's daughter Anita, is the most popular drink in the historic Stockyards District.