Bloody Marvelous

For our annual football trip, in 2010 my college buddies and I found ourselves in beautiful Madison, Wisconsin. The weather could not have been more perfect, with the sun shining and a cool cross-breeze coming through, between Lakes Mendota and Monona. The brisk Autumn…

Mosaic, Mo’ Problems

When Houstonia magazine asked some local craft beer cognoscenti to render a verdict on some of the best beers and breweries in town, it naturally engendered a lively debate. The city’s godfather of craft beer, Saint Arnold, justifiably took the…

On PBR and Hipsterism

The Cake Doughnut Theory In the frenzied world of marketing and advertising, whenever something works, no matter by what dark art or manic alchemy, the consultants and strategy wonks would fain bottle that lightning and use it for their own…

Mui Sabroso

Between all the beer sampling, a guy’s gotta eat, and herewith I resume my food truck predations. A contentious customer service call to Comcast ultimately ended with me cancelling my service entirely, free to bask in the freedom a marionette…

Birra Cooltura

Craft Beer in Venezuela Business travels routinely take me south of the border and, as any self-respecting peregrine beer aficionado would do, I look into the local craft scene to see what’s, ahem, brewing. That’s a fairly easy proposition when…

Dubbel Bubbel

Back when I visited the Cedar Creek brewery last year, they were just getting settled into some new digs, with three core offerings and a new seasonal release. I kept going back for the Pale Ale, but perhaps the most…

The Farmer in Odell

Led by the Beatles and the English acts that followed, the so-called British Invasion of the 1960’s revolutionized the American music scene, largely ushering out the surf music craze of the decade’s early years while forcing other genres like the…

Get Your Jollies

Based out of Austin, Flood Distribution is a small start-up operation bringing big names to the Texas market, doggedly making deliveries even if the partners have to drive the trucks themselves. They’re working with the Shelton Brothers to bring that…

Summery Execution

The solstice has passed but the heat is just getting started for the Houston summer, when the mercury can stay above 90 till nigh on October. Thankfully, ’tis also the season when brewers roll out their light and refreshing pilsners,…