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…

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…