Bars

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…

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…

Drive Inn, Drive Out

I’m leaving. I’ll come back again. I make no apologies for the way I wax enthusiastic about Down House, so it’s no wonder that when the same folks tried their hand at an ice house, I needed to hear little…

Trappeze Pub – Athens

You might expect to have quite a few highly touted food and drink options to wade through in any big city. In smaller college towns, however, you might think the pickings would be slimmer. But even if that’s the case,…

Porter Beer Bar – Atlanta

Much like college football Saturdays have expanded to include Thursday and Friday night games, our annual football trip has evolved to include a night in the nearby metropolis where we usually have to land. Last year, we spent 24 hours…

In de Wildeman

Amsterdam, Netherlands http://www.indewildeman.nl/ Bourdain visited during a layover. Google anything related to craft beer in the Dutch capital and In de Wildeman will invariably be listed. The Flying Dog Brewery in Maryland even saw fit to brew a special In…

Blind Tiger Ale House – NYC

Walking the streets of Greenwich Village on a frigid March day in New York, a bite to eat and respite from the cold quickly rose to the top of the priority list. Thankfully, the Blind Tiger Ale House was just…

Texas Independence Day

It was a beautiful weekend in Houston, if perhaps a bit on the chilly side once the sun went down, but perfect for an outdoor celebration of Texas’ Independence Day. The Refinery, a “burgers and whiskey” joint in the former…

Strangeways – Dallas

Sad British pop might fuel a torrid 500-day affair with Zooey Deschanel, but you might not suspect it’d launch a craft beer haven in Dallas. Named for the Smiths’ final album, Strangeways didn’t seem to bear that out when I…

Up A Creek

Trendy new hotspots may get all the buzz, but the hill country aesthetic of the Creek family of establishments pulls me in like an irresistible tractor beam. Where Dry Creek is smaller and BYOB, and Cedar Creek is massive and…