Buying a Round

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…

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…

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,…