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.…

Up A Creek

Trendy new hotspots may get all the buzz, but the hill country aesthetic of the Creek family of establishments pulls me in like an irresistible tractor beam. Where Dry Creek is smaller and BYOB, and Cedar Creek is massive and…

Scotch Map Revisited

While this site might lead you to believe otherwise, I don’t always drink beer (but when I do, it’s good beer). I don’t always drink liquor either, but when I do, it’s usually whiskey and, if I have my druthers,…

Ranger Creek

In a short story titled “Pierre Menard, Autor del Quijote”, Argentine writer Jorge Luis Borges tells, in his magical realist fashion, of the titular Menard, who was attempting to write Don Quijote. As a 20th century Frenchman, he was not trying…

APEX Bar – Portland

The second half of 2012 went by in such a blur that I hardly documented our annual football trip aside from a look at the mouth-puckering sour beers at Cascade Brewing. My buddies and I take the trip every year…

Lagerdemain

The Backlash Beer Co. is a small, two-person operation out of Boston, contract brewing their largely Belgian-style lineup for about a year and a half now. With only a couple of regular releases under their belt, in the boldest craft…