Tag: saint arnold

IPA Day 2K15

Today marks the fifth annual National IPA Day, and every year the craft beer landscape changes. I feel like the segment as a whole has moved further along what I’ve called the Craft Beer Trajectory, where people now appreciate the subtle nuances…

Pocketful of Rye

The history of rye beers goes back centuries, to Germany, where roggenbiers were brewed with up to 50 or 60% rye in the grist, the rest consisting of barley. A few bad harvests led in part to the Reinheitsgebot, or German purity…

Friday Night Frights

Friday the 13th

Paraskevidekatriaphobia is a sort of pseudo-scientific term referring to a fear of Friday the 13th, today being the first of 2015¹. The suffix –phobia is generally used, however, to refer to an irrational fear of something, i.e. something that a greater segment…

Barrel Rider

In the throes of the craft beer boom, consumers have become spoilt for choice. With more than 3000 breweries currently operating in the United States and thousands more on the way, retail shelves are lined with options from coast to…

The State of Craft Beer

Earlier this month, there was a bit of a tempest in a tankard when beer writer Andy Crouch profiled Boston Beer Co. founder Jim Koch and how the craft beer industry he helped launch has now left him behind. The…

Pumpkinpalooza

George Washington Carver is well-known to history for coming up with about 100 products made from peanuts, and even more food recipes. I feel like he had to have had some sort of pumpkin-whisperer counterpart because, come October, the gamboge gourds…

Mosaic, Mo’ Problems

When Houstonia magazine asked some local craft beer cognoscenti to render a verdict on some of the best beers and breweries in town, it naturally engendered a lively debate. The city’s godfather of craft beer, Saint Arnold, justifiably took the…

Summery Execution

The solstice has passed but the heat is just getting started for the Houston summer, when the mercury can stay above 90 till nigh on October. Thankfully, ’tis also the season when brewers roll out their light and refreshing pilsners,…

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…

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…