10 Houston Beers for 10 Houston Bands
4. LONE PINT 667 NEIGHBOR OF THE BEAST and DOOMSTRESS
This American IPA from Magnolia’s Lone Pint Brewery is more than just a clever name. According to its webpage, the brewers adopted the name for one of its core brews from writing on the wall of a favored bar. The beer is devilishly hop-heavy, with a 66 IBU count. Doomstress is heavy, too. It’s the new stoner-rock project of Project Armageddon’s Doomstress Alexis and Brandon Johnson. They team with Ohio drummer Tomasz Scull for this group, which was officially announced only this month and has already received high reviews for its debut EP, Supernatural Kvlt Sounds. With covers of occult rockers Uriah Heep and Coven, the band is settling into its diabolical neighborhood rather nicely.
The Suspects at Houston Whatever Fest
3. SAINT ARNOLD AMBER ALE and THE SUSPECTS
One is a pillar of its community, with a familiar, beloved flavor and staying power that’s allowed it to survive long enough to see newcomers ascend, become critical darlings and fade away. The other is a beer. Saint Arnold’s Amber is the first beer produced by Texas’s oldest craft brewery. It debuted in June 1994, at which time The Suspects were closing in on a full year together. And, like the ska band, the beer has made its own scene better by remaining true to its original recipe. Both are still going strong and are highly recommended any hot summer night. You can catch The Suspects next on July 16 at Warehouse Live. You can catch Saint Arnold’s Amber practically any time at your local grocery.
2. SOUTHERN STAR BOMBSHELL BLONDE and THE FREAKOUTS
There’s some nonsense about not judging books by covers, but in this instance we’re going to admit we were attracted to both the beer and the band by the eye-catching first impressions they made. The beer is an ale, brewed year-round by Conroe’s Southern Star Brewing. Inside, it’s a smooth, full-bodied ale with a low hops count and a moderate, 5.25 percent ABV. Tastes wonderful. But look at that can, wouldja? The artwork, set against that cool blue background, just jumps off the shelf at the supermarket. Thankfully, the beer inside the container is just as pleasing.
As for the band, they’re glam-rockers whose fashion isn’t an afterthought, but an integral part of what’s being presented. And, like the beer, the band kicks ass on its own, even without the look. Judge for yourself by catching them at this weekend's Velocityfest at Fitzgerald’s. Additionally, Freakouts front woman Ash Kay is a blond bombshell by any measure. But, unlike the beer, she’s intense, in your face and highly intoxicating.
Soul Creatures' Rochelle Sloan never hits a sour note.
1. TEXIAN CHARLIE FOXTROT and THE SOUL CREATURES
A sour beer is just what it sounds like — a brew that’s intentionally tart. It’s one of the craft-beer world’s hottest styles, but not many local breweries are mass-producing the pungent stuff. Richmond-based Texian Brewing Company has a couple of fine ones, though. The limited-run Donkey Lady Sour Ale is like a bushel of sour apples to the face. Charlie Foxtrot, a sour wheat ale with an alcohol-by-volume rating of 7.5 percent, is available year-round. It gets funkier in the wheat than the farmer’s daughter.
When it comes to the funk, Soul Creatures serve up the face-contorting good stuff. The band isn’t content to trot out the same played-out staples of the genre, but skews heavily towards its own soulful, soul-lifting originals. Appropriately enough, you can catch them next at the H-Town Beer Fest June 11 at Jones Plaza, ahead of a July 23 White Oak Music Hall gig for Muddy Belle’s album release.
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