Beer

Summer Fest

As the days have grown shorter and the weather colder, thoughts drift back to the heady days of summer. Austin’s Jester King brewery ties their beers closely to the seasons, focusing as they do on farmhouse-style and wild ales. After…

Pumpkinpalooza

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George Washington Carver is well-known to history for coming up with about 100 products made from peanuts, and even more food recipes. I feel like he had to have had some sort of pumpkin-whisperer counterpart because, come October, the gamboge gourds…

Swamp Cabbage

Swamp Cabbage

921 Brookwood Dr, Columbia SC After the trek from campus down to the stadium and a flight at Conquest Brewing, we were less than keen to hike to the other side of the stadium to visit River Rat Brewing, the next…

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…

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…