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…

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…

Drive Inn, Drive Out

I’m leaving. I’ll come back again. I make no apologies for the way I wax enthusiastic about Down House, so it’s no wonder that when the same folks tried their hand at an ice house, I needed to hear little…

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…

Tengo No Cash

Maracaibo, Venezuela Refracted through the prism of Spanish, the name “Venezuela” comes from the original Italian explorers’ recollection of their homeland upon seeing the stilted native lodgings along the coastal waterways of this stretch of the new world, dubbing it…

Walkin’ in a Winter Warmer Wonderland

‘Tis the season for that hiemal brew known as the Winter Warmer. As with many traditional styles in the modern day, the lines can get a bit blurry, but this was originally an English style designed to leave some malt…

BFM Abbaye de Saint Bon-Chien

Awhile back, Saint Arnold released one of its most anticipated seasonals, and the line started forming outside Spec’s Midtown as early as 6:00 am. The entire stock of Pumpkinator sold out within minutes despite the larger quantities brewed this year…