Beer

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…

Rumpkinator

Yesterday marked the official release of the 6th in Saint Arnold’s Bishop’s Barrel series, an imperial pumpkin stout aged in rum barrels. As with previous Bishop’s Barrel roll outs, #6 is sold only through bars and restaurants, and each has…

Rye Sense of Humulus

Over the years, I recall hearing groundskeepers and their ilk mentioning that “the winter rye is coming in,” referring to the seeds they had sown in the fall to maintain ground cover as less hearty grasses die off during the…