A lot of news has been made of the recent legislation that exited committee earlier this week regarding the Texas beer industry. I addressed the basics of these bills earlier today. While generally positive, reactions in the craft beer community have been noticeably and understandably mixed. See a ... More >>
In an august decision that will shine in the annals of beer-related jurisprudence for as long as bar patrons whomp each other over the side of the head, a Texas state appeals court has ruled that Anheuser-Busch cannot be sued just because their longneck beer bottles are so damn handy for getting tha ... More >>
Whether you're at a show with friends or just putting your feet up while listening to some tunes after a long day at work, for many alcohol is just another part of the rock and roll experience. And when hard liquor gets too expensive and wine seems too highfalutin, there is one drink that's always t ... More >>
There are many things about food and drink that I will readily admit confound me. How did salty, slimy fish eggs become a delicacy an ounce of which cost more than my monthly rent? What is the obsession with food so spicy, it literally hurts to eat it? If Anthony Bourdain weren't famous, would he be ... More >>
In a strange about-face, the president tries to hack medical marijuana off at the knees.
NO PERIOD, Governor.If your state has a team in the World Series, chances are your governor is going to make a silly bet with a cohort from the other league. So it's no surprise Rick Perry has a bet with someone called Jay Nixon, who we are reliably informed is the governor of Missouri. And ... More >>
Will you support the cause?It's one thing to sit and complain about the wretched restrictions the State of Texas has placed on the sale and distribution of craft beer. It's quite another to actually do something about it. And because Houston is a city of do-ers, five Houston craft beer lovers ... More >>
Filling a stein with Budweiser is tantamount to filling a Riedel glass with Boone's Farm, just FYI.Anheuser-Busch is counting on civic pride to make its next product a smash seller: beer named after America's various beer-drinking cities, based on their area codes. To that end, AB has alread ... More >>
We have some great commenters here on Hair Balls, and it's time we paid some damn attention to them. So we'll be highlighting a Comment of the Day each morning, from the previous day's work. Maybe two comments, even. This will all be determined by a highly rigorous scientific formula involv ... More >>
Each week, we put together a sampler plate of the most interesting links from both local and national food blogs. Know a blog we should be paying particular attention to? Leave the address in the comments section below. Barleyvine: The termination of House Bill 602 in the Texas legislature last wee ... More >>
Each week, we put together a sampler plate of the most interesting links from both local and national food blogs. Know a blog we should be paying particular attention to? Leave the address in the comments section below. 29-95: Yes, it's true: There was a tie this year at the James Beard Foundation ... More >>
Since I focused on Reinheitsgebot, Germany's beer purity law, in choosing my last two Brew Blog entries, I decided to kick it to the curb for this one. There's something to be said for tradition, but there's no reason to be stifled by it. With that in mind, I selected Wild Blue Blueberry Lag ... More >>
2011 is almost here — how will you ring it in?
2011 is almost here — how will you ring it in?
Many excellent West Coast and Pacific Northwest brewers have long shown the good sense to ship their wares to Texas, and Deschutes Brewery has now joined the party in a real way, too. The Bend, Oregon brewery has inked a deal with Ben E. Keith Beverages to expand its local reach. Of course ... More >>
Marijuana's steady creep toward legalization nationwide.
Typically we would never celebrate a prominent distributor of Anheuser-Busch beers (or even mention that dreaded name), but we can make an exception for something this cool. Fort Worth-based Ben E. Keith Beverage, the nation's third-largest beer wholesaler, has partnered with other distribut ... More >>
Photo by aznviolaguyOkay, Ed, if you insist. We've been lax in our examinations of Ed Shane's monthly Flack Fest, Best in Texas, lately. Let's rectify that. In the January issue, publisher Shane led off with this sterling bit of advice as the national and world economies fell apart. "Be careful. ... More >>
Yeah, so we judged a Texas Two-Step dancing contest last night.That's pretty much the equivalent of Sarah Palin judging a Dance Salad festival, but we tried.You know it's bad when the only song you recognize in the half-dozen or so tunes in the warm-up is George Strait's "Love Without End, Amen, ... More >>
Our state is the top beer market in the country, so why are we falling behind in the microbrewery movement?
The Golden Arm Trio gives this early horror classic a new soundtrack
2026 is just around the corner
HSPVA grads say thanks to Director of Jazz Studies Emeritus Dr. Robert Morgan
A preacher makes the news again
Blaggards, Houston's only Celtic metal band
Gretchen Wilsonís return to town makes us wonder, Whatís really behind all these songs about Wal-Mart, cheap beer and NASCAR?
The United States faces off with Mexico in Houston
The City of Houston wants to further spiff up the area around Minute Maid Park. The historic Cohn House stands in its way.
Houston was supposed to be cracking down on polluters. So why has it spent five years cleaning up on little guys like Walter Bazarsky?
John McCain's family
Call to contribute to the Bush bid, and guess who answers?
How the curtain came down -- for the time being -- at the "show biz" charity
A winning documentary about the Clinton campaign's inner circle