Houston International Festival

According to recent reports, the Bayou City is now the most diverse in the United States, and the Houston International Festival has been celebrating that diversity for 43 years. The weather was perfect for the first of two iFest weekends,…

High Fidelity

There’s a scene in the movie High Fidelity where a customer comes in asking if the record store has “I Just Called to Say I Love You” for his daughter’s birthday. Barry (Jack Black) tells the customer no, because “well, it’s…

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…

Brouwerij de Molen

Bodegraven, Netherlands Walking the cramped streets of a city like Amsterdam is an apt microcosmic metaphor for the tightly packed European geography, especially those countries bordering the North Sea. Citizens grow up speaking the languages of their neighbors: Dutch, French,…

Brooklyn Brewery

Probably one of the most iconic New York breweries and, since it’s available in at least half the country, probably one of the better known in all of US craft beer, right up there with Stone and Dogfish Head, the…

To Øl – Sans Frontière

There may be no finer pairing than food trucks and breweries. They go together like lamb and tuna fish, often parked outside during brewery tours. Fittingly, much like food trucks are often a stepping stone to a more traditional, “brick…

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…