Swamp Cabbage

Swamp Cabbage

921 Brookwood Dr, Columbia SC After the trek from campus down to the stadium and a flight at Conquest Brewing, we were less than keen to hike to the other side of the stadium to visit River Rat Brewing, the next…

Conquest Brewing

947 S Stadium Road, Bay 1, Columbia, SC The suggestions of “Stand By Me” were unmistakable. The abandoned and rusting metal structures, the wizened oaks and coastal boxelders, the chunks of coal strewn about among the ballast lining the railroad…

Flood Distribution

The streets of early 19th century London must have been quiet. No automobiles motoring by or lorries rumbling, no pedestrians chatting on cellphones or televisions blaring advertisements in shop windows. Citizens would have been traipsing home from work or heading…

Festa Italiana

Leave the gun, take the umbrella. With the Greek Festival (among others) last weekend, the Italian Festival this past weekend, and the Korean Festival this coming weekend, you could be forgiven for feeling a bit like Wedding Crashers. But while…

Prawn Stars

Houston’s weather sine curve is climbing again, but over the weekend we got a preview of the fall weather to come, as the mercury dipped with crisp autumn air and clear blue skies. It was pretty ideal festival weather, and while most…

Red Oktober

Even though the russet-hued lagers that come out this time of year are called Oktoberfest, on a proper beer calendar, they’re really a September beer. That’s because, when Crown Prince Ludwig, later King Ludwig I, married in October 1810, he…

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…