Haute Dog

The fizzy mint lemonade couldn’t be more refreshing on one of those early summer days, when each one surreptitiously adds a degree or two to the previous day’s high. Sitting on the patio waiting for your dog, the scene is…

To the Boil House

You don’t tug on Superman’s cape, you don’t spit into the wind. You don’t insist on ketchup at a steakhouse, and you don’t ask for a side of seasoning at the Boil House. That is, if Jim Croce had visited…

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…

Just Add Beer

As the craft beer industry has boomed, so has the proliferation of food trucks, the focus on locally sourced ingredients, and a premium placed on culinary artistry generally. It’s no wonder then that some of those streams have been crossed,…

North by Northwest

No, I’m not writing an exposé on Hitchcock films or the unholy progeny of Kimye, but rather taking a look at perhaps another extension of the craft beer trajectory on Houston’s northwest side. The reason I keep coming back to…

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…