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…

Dolium Episcopi

With fewer bottles available than even the already difficult to obtain Divine Reserve series, one feels almost as if the Bishop’s Barrel series can only be discussed in hushed, ecclesiastical tones. Only available at select pubs and restaurants, do you…

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…

All In the Phamily

I first got “pho cup’d” at the Haute Wheels food truck festival a couple of years ago. An ill-fated event for many, I arrived early enough that I pretty much had my pick of the litter and managed to add…

Growler Prowler

It wasn’t enough that at either end of the strip of Waugh between Allen Parkway and Westheimer one could have their growlers filled at Whole Foods or Hay Merchant, respectively. Not to mention Premium Draught just a couple of miles…

Shakesbeer

Whether you found him banal or brilliant, tiresome or titillating, most everyone is familiar with George Orwell from their high school days reading Animal Farm and 1984. One my favorite discoveries over my years of sifting through a farrago of…

Born on the Bayou

It was a mild January afternoon this past Saturday, with the errant cloud providing sporadic shade as the multitudes gathered outside one of the young Turks on Houston’s beer scene, the Buffalo Bayou Brewing Co., to celebrate its first anniversary.…