Pig’s Pearls – GDL

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Calle General Coronado #79 Col. Americana Guadalajara, México When evangelizing craft beer to the masses – especially in Mexico, where the inchoate industry faces a vertiginous uphill battle – proffering a deftly executed IPA to a man drinking Tecate is often like…

ABGB Max Armadillo

Austin has perhaps led the charge in craft beer for the Lone Star State, if only in sheer quantity of breweries. The state’s best brewery is subjective, the oldest less so, but regardless, our wayward capital city has certainly fostered a thriving artisanal atmosphere.…

The Function of the One

Imagine, if you will, that Underbelly, the Houston Dairymaids, Blacksmith, Revival Market, Slow Dough Bread Co., a Jester King Brewery taproom, and a host of other creative companies from graphic designers to florists were housed in the same repurposed Houston…

Untappd Badge Calendar

Badges? We don’t need no steenkin badges! Look. I know you’re above chasing after Untappd badges. They’re meaningless after all, they don’t gain you admittance to the most exclusive of clubs, and they don’t even exist except in cyberspace. Like…

Stave Church

I’d be lying if I said the prospect of visiting Crooked Stave didn’t make the decision to stay an extra night in Denver easier. We still had the long drive back to Texas ahead of us, but never do today…

Cerveza Artesanal

Craft Beer in Mexico I had long been teased with the prospect of craft beer in Mexico by the likes of advertisements from Bohemia touting a Chocolate Stout. Nobody would accuse Bohemia of being craft, produced as it is by Cervecería…

BeerTemple

Amsterdam, Netherlands Once our friendly guide at In de Wildeman had laid out a map of all the places we should visit, the next stop was the BeerTemple. When traveling, I always like to get into the native trenches as…

Hard to Swallow

In an abrupt change of tack, Brock Wagner and the brew team at Saint Arnold report that they have decided to discontinue their popular Bishop’s Barrel series. Saint Arnold has been a mainstay of the craft beer industry in Texas,…

Tommyknocker – Idaho Springs

After spending Christmas week skiing in and around Frisco, we decided to stay an extra night in Denver before undertaking the long drive back to Texas. Luckily, about halfway between the two, and just in time for lunch, sits the…

Pocketful of Rye

The history of rye beers goes back centuries, to Germany, where roggenbiers were brewed with up to 50 or 60% rye in the grist, the rest consisting of barley. A few bad harvests led in part to the Reinheitsgebot, or German purity…

Legal Sleaze

With each new legislative session, representatives introduce bills for consideration which then move from the House to the Senate and ultimately to the Governor’s (or, federally, the President’s) desk. In Texas, groups like Open the Taps are doing the Lord’s…

Póg Mo Thóin

Through a sort of beer-soaked metonymy, Guinness has come to stand for Ireland as a whole, certainly for its brewing history, and especially on St. Patrick’s Day, one of those cultural peculiarities that America is so good at appropriating. It…

Breckenfridge

It always seems to be a few degrees colder in Breckenridge. We drove over from Frisco for coffee and hot chocolate; the historic town is beautiful, with a Main St. that’s actually the main street, and the myriad Christmas lights…

Friday Night Frights

Friday the 13th

Paraskevidekatriaphobia is a sort of pseudo-scientific term referring to a fear of Friday the 13th, today being the first of 2015¹. The suffix –phobia is generally used, however, to refer to an irrational fear of something, i.e. something that a greater segment…

Mount Up

Founders Brewing out of Michigan was one of those heavy-hitter breweries that Texans were elated to see launching distribution in the Lone Star State a couple of years ago. Many of their year-round offerings were already highly regarded, not to mention their…

Backcountry Brewery

Having come up from Alamosa through Poncha Springs, passing between the ninguid slopes of Copper Mountain and Breckenridge, we arrived in Frisco, Colorado just as the snow began to fall. The clerks at the corner store weren’t surprised to see Texas…

#LeftShark

Left Shark

Left Sharks vs Jets

If you watched the Super Bowl Sunday night, and you weren’t seething with rage from the Budweiser commercial, you might have noticed the phenomenon now known as Left Shark.

UPDATE: 9 Feb 2015

These things are a lot more popular when someone famous gets hold of them.

Lexicocrafty

Words are important. To me, at least. While aiming for cogent arguments and a lapidarian verbal economy on these pages, I’ll be the first to admit I’m prone to turbid prolixity if not outright unabashed pseudery. But I also remember…