Beer

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,…

Just Gose to Show You

With the recent release of Saint Arnold’s Boiler Room Berliner Weisse, a few craft beer Twitterati got to talking about the vitality of certain historic beer styles during a recent Twitter Bottle Share (TBS), specifically “origin ales,” as the Brewers…

Bull Session

The Beer Judge Certification Program (BJCP) outlines more than 20 categories of beer styles, with more than 70 sub-styles. Definitions are constantly evolving, and of course modern brewers never met a guideline they didn’t flout, always pushing the envelope. Even…

Divine Intervention

As enthusiasm for craft beer has burgeoned over recent years, some special releases from local breweries have been increasingly harder to obtain. Lines at the Midtown Spec’s location have notoriously wrapped around the building, with some patrons lining up as…

Chill Pils

Perhaps an extension of the craft beer trajectory would be, after the hop arms race and the exploration of more obscure styles, when brewers seek to reclaim traditional styles that have been stretched to the breaking point by the large…

Take My Breath Away

I often think of the entirety of human history as reflected in the growth of a single human being. You have the childlike curiosity and mythological wonder of the ancients, the teen angst and closed-mindedness of the middle ages, up…