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    September 26, 2014

    The 5 Best Things to Eat or Drink This Weekend: Can You Complete The World's End Pub Crawl?

    5th Annual Galveston Island Shrimp Festival @ Saengerfest Park Friday, 5 p.m. to 10 p.m.; Saturday, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.; Sunday 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. 23rd and Strand, Galveston Spend your weekend in Galveston at the 5th Annual Galveston Island Shrimp Festival. The weekend is filled with events and activ ... More >>

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    September 11, 2014

    7 Seasonal Brews to Kick Off the Fall Season in Houston

    You know fall is almost here when Starbucks starts selling Pumpkin Spice Lattes and Oktoberfest beers start popping up all over the place. Too bad it's still hot as ever outside. We're almost halfway through September and the grocery store beer aisles are already filled with a multitude of fall brew ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 8, 2014

    Put On Your Lederhosen, It's Oktoberfest Time at King's Biergarten and Restaurant

    King's Oktoberfest is right around the corner. So put on your lederhosen and head down to King's Biergarten & Restaurant for the fourth annual celebration on September 26 through September 28 at the Pearland restaurant. During the first year of King's Oktoberfest, the restaurant only had seating f ... More >>

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    July 18, 2014

    The 5 Best Things to Eat or Drink This Weekend: Pub Night at Saint Arnold & Belgian Beer Tasting at The Ginger Man

    Pub Night @ Saint Arnold Brewery Friday, 5 p.m. to 10 p.m. 2000 Lyons Pub Night returns this Friday night at Saint Arnold, and they'll be tapping a keg of Siembra Azul Tequila Barrel Aged Divine Reserve 14; it's a Belgian strong golden ale and the first beer Saint Arnold has aged in tequila barrels ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 11, 2014

    The Five Best Beer Flights in Houston

    Decisions, decisions, decisions. How to pick just one or two beers to drink during happy hour when there are so many to choose from? Fortunately for those fickle souls among us, a number of bars and restaurants in town offer beer flights, so you can get more bang for your buck and more beer for y ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 12, 2014

    Celebrate American Craft Beer Week at These Houston Spots

    Twenty years ago, this wouldn't have been a thing at all. But it's 2014, and the craft beer movement is bigger and more awesome than ever. And just in case you needed an excuse to indulge in craft beer made right here in the ol' US of A, some marketing genius has created American Craft Beer Week, ... More >>

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    December 26, 2013

    Craft Brewers Great and Small Capitalize on Texas's Recent Legislative Changes

    Nightfly visits The League of Extraordinary Brewers and Saint Arnold.

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    September 30, 2013

    Top 8 Seasonal Texas Brews to Get You in the Fall Spirit

    Many small brewing companies love any excuse to come out with a special beer to stir up excitement among fans. The idea is that if it's available for only a short period of time each year people will want it that much more. In my case, it totally works. Every year I look forward to fall beers becau ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 26, 2013

    Don't Miss Out ... Get Your Brewfest Tickets NOW!

    Brewfest is only two weeks away, so we can finally reveal our awesome list of beers and breweries and the stellar band lineup. In case you missed our first post, the festival will take place on October 5 from 2 to 7 p.m. in and around Silver Street Station. Inside, there will be an alarming amount ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 13, 2013

    Saint Arnold Expands Craft Beer Distribution to Colorado & Florida, But Still Thrives in Texas

    Saint Arnold is heading east and west. The local craft beer brewery will now offer several of its beers in Colorado and Florida at the start of the fall season. While the dates are not set in stone, marketing director, Lennie Ambrose, and Jeremy "Jerm" Johnson of the marketing team, both said a few ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 7, 2013

    Drink In the Craft Beer at Houston Press's Inaugural BrewFest

    Trying to navigate the suddenly complex and overwhelming world of craft beer at a time when seasonal sours and bourbon barrel-aged Russian Imperial Stouts are all the rage? It's best to lay a foundation first -- building institutional knowledge of what exactly craft beer is, which styles you like an ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 2, 2013

    One Short of a Six-Pack: Five Great Beer Songs Written By Texans

    Beer has nothing to prove to you. The sudsy stuff has been around nearly 10,000 years by some estimates, and has played a critical role in building civilizations and maintaining life itself, according to various historians and scientists. Still, like an honors student aiming for valedictorian and ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 15, 2013

    New Texas Beer Legislation: What It Could Mean For You

    In case you didn't know, we here in Texas are so far behind the curve when it comes to alcohol laws, we might as well be your grandmother trying to work The America Online. Other states literally look to Texas as the textbook example of how not to do things. It's an embarrassment, really. States li ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 14, 2012

    Dallas Beer Scene: Revolver Brewing Gets Serious in Granbury

    It's been a big year for craft beer in Texas. One of the biggest stories, however, is news that hasn't quite made its way down to Houston. Dallas is currently experiencing a boom in breweries as big as, if not bigger than, the expansion Houston and Austin have seen in past years. Dallas/Fort Worth a ... More >>

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    December 13, 2012

    Dallas Beer Scene: Lakewood Brewing Brings Its A Game

    It's been a big year for craft beer in Texas. One of the biggest stories, however, is news that hasn't quite made its way down to Houston. Dallas is currently experiencing a boom in breweries as big as, if not bigger than, the expansion Houston and Austin have seen in past years. Dallas/Fort Worth a ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 12, 2012

    Dallas Beer Scene: The Common Table Owner Corey Pond Gives Us an Insider's Look at What's Brewing in DFW

    It's been quite the year for craft beer in Texas. One of the biggest stories, however, is news that hasn't quite made its way down to Houston. Dallas is currently experiencing a boom in breweries that's as big as, if not bigger than, the expansions Houston and Austin have seen in past years. (See "T ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 7, 2012

    The Draft Brings Philanthropy, Craft Beer and Fine Food to The East End

    Houston Beer Week buzz has been kind of a slow burn this year. With no balls-to-the-wall epic beer dinners like last year's Petrol Station vs. Hay Merchant battle planned for this year, one big event -- The Draft -- is promising to be Beer Week's heavy hitter. The Draft is this year's revamped and ... More >>

  • Dining

    October 18, 2012

    Fit for a King

    A Pearland biergarten serves up tasty Austrian-German food and lots of fun.

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    October 17, 2012

    Celebrate Oktoberfest Like the Germans Do at King's Biergarten -- With Beer

    When it comes to German beer on draft, there are two places to beat in Houston -- even if one of them is technically in Pearland. Closer to the heart of the city, Midtown's Bar Munich has an impressive array of taps that includes all six varieties of Hofbräu München (including their Oktoberfest b ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 15, 2012

    Flying Saucer Sugar Land Announces Beer Feast Event

    I will be the first to admit, I never expected to like much Sugar Land's Town Square had to offer, much less the package as a whole. Between the distance, the generally unappealing Town Center shopping format or the fact most other concepts of this nature dotting Houston's landscape tend to be a tea ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 18, 2012

    The Battle Hymn of the Beer-public: There's No Room for Snobs in Craft Beer

    When Mongoose versus Cobra first opened, one of my favorite things to do was sit outside on a busy Friday night and watch as the following scene played itself out over and over like some version of Groundhog Day with a different pack of confused Midtowners each time: Group of snappily dressed men ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 29, 2012

    Sixpoint Brewery Makes Its Mark on Texas

    "It was very planned out," said Sixpoint founder Shane Welch of his brewery's recent move into the Texas market. The Brooklyn, New York-based brewery hit Texas this week with an initial offering of five different beers, a number Welch promised would grow in the near future. We had a chance to check ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 1, 2012

    Mikkeller Offers a New Salvo in the Beer Wars: 300 IBU Tastes Like Burning

    The beer wars are nothing new. Long before craft beer came along, the large macro breweries engaged in back-and-forth barbs, jockeying for position in the market. Usually carried out via marketing and commercial sniping, the battles all but amounted to multimillion-dollar re-enactments of schoolyard ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 11, 2012

    Creative Pizza and Crafty Pints at That Pizza Place On Ella

    I'll admit that I wouldn't have been quite as drawn to That Pizza Place On Ella -- the subject of this week's cafe review -- were it not for the marquee above, which crows that the pizza joint has the largest beer selection in Oak Forest Larger than Petrol Station? I thought. Surely not. Either way ... More >>

  • Dining

    June 21, 2012

    Where the Chefs Eat

    Grant Gordon, Matt Marcus and Kevin Naderi

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    June 14, 2012
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    April 30, 2012

    2nd Annual Texas Beer Fest a Success

    Check out our photos from the Texas Beer Festival at Discovery Green. This past Saturday, a sun-drenched Discovery Green was converted into a playground for beer-lovers as it played host to the second annual Texas Beer Fest. As I walked into the festival grounds, I opened up the event booklet and r ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 12, 2012

    Track Your Bud Lets You Find Out Where Your Brew Was Born

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    December 15, 2011

    Fort Bend Brewing Brings One More Craft Brewery to Town

    ​First Houston, then Conroe, then Katy. Now Sugar Land is getting a craft brewery of its own -- Fort Bend Brewing -- and the momentum created by the rash of brewery openings in 2011 seems determined to continue into 2012. Fort Bend Brewing plans to open early next year, starting small with a ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 14, 2011

    Mikkeller Beer Comes to Houston: Night After Monsters

    Mikkel Borg Bjergsø and Jakob Mielcke​Mikkel Borg Bjergsø moved around the crowd last night at the Night After Monsters beer tasting like a virtual unknown. Clad in a red plaid shirt and a scruffy beard, Mikkel looked more like any other Montrose resident who'd walked over to Whole Foods for ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 11, 2011

    Upcoming Events: A Week Full of Beer

    Read on for our picks of the best beer dinners next week.​In case you hadn't heard, it's Houston Beer Week, y'all. The week-long celebration of craft beer and local breweries kicks off tonight with a kick-off happy hour at Ziggy's Downtown, from 5 to 7 p.m. The restaurant will be offering $2 ... More >>

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    November 8, 2011

    Night After Monsters: Winner and Craft Beer Labels Announced

    Brooklyn's Oktoberfest: the label that proved toughest to guess.​We had 29 entries for last week's Night After Monsters contest, in which we asked our readers to identify 15 craft beer labels which had been edited to remove all identifying text. And of those 29 entries, an impressive 19 got al ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 27, 2011

    Houston Beer Week 2011: Bigger, Better, Beer-ier

    Read on for a full -- and we do mean FULL -- schedule of HBW events.​The second annual Houston Beer Week kicks off this year on an auspicious date: 11/11/11. That's when the big craft beer festival will celebrate its sophomore year with a kick-off happy hour at Ziggy's Downtown, from 5 to 7 p. ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 25, 2011

    Austin's Jester King Craft Brewery Sues the TABC, But Is the TABC Really the Bad Guy?

    Shit just got real.​Jester King, based in Austin, is one of the state's most popular craft breweries. The TABC (or Texas Alcoholic Beverage Commission), also based in Austin, is one of the state's most powerful agencies. And with news that Jester King has just filed a lawsuit against the TABC, ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 25, 2011

    Karbach Brewing's Grand Opening Brings a Big Crowd

    Karbach's banana-flavored wheat beer is already a hit.​At last night's grand opening for Karbach Brewing, Rich Arnold walked over to me with a glass of Karbach's Weisse Versa wheat in hand. "Have you ever had a beer that tastes so much like..." "Banana!" we both finished at the same time. The ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 29, 2011

    Would You Like Some Cheese with That Beer?

    Greg Engert, the only beer expert ever to be named Sommelier of the Year in 2010 by Food and Wine Magazine, first got his interest in fine craft beers from his father. After he studied abroad in Munich and Dublin, his taste for international brewing developed. Engert now works with chefs to pair ... More >>

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    September 20, 2011

    Oktoberfest 2011: Where to Binge on Beer and Brats

    Insert obligatory photo of buxom woman in a dirndl consuming lager from a stein here. (And remember: Lederhosen are Austrian, not Bavarian!)​If there's one thing that we Americans enjoy doing, it's co-opting other countries' holidays and turning them into giant boozefests for no good reason ot ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 18, 2011

    5 Lessons Learned From Our First Homebrew

    Garrettc​We enjoy the occasional pint and, like much of America, have taken an interest in craft beer ever since we could afford (and thus appreciate) it. While I like to simply imbibe my beers, my husband enjoys discussing the various flavors and styles of beer. "What if," he asked, "we cou ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 19, 2011

    Open the Taps: Houston Lobbies for Statewide Access to Better Beer

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    July 7, 2011

    AB InBev Trademarking Our Area Code for Crappy Beer

    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 >>

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    April 29, 2011

    Brew Blog: Texas Beer Fest

    ​Despite having some really terrible beer laws, Texas has some really great beer. While efforts are currently underway to change the law, we don't have to wait to get our hands on some wonderful brews. Not only are there many bars around town serving up Lone Star libations, we now have the Tex ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 11, 2011

    Pierre Celis, Brewer of Hoegaarden and Celis Beer, Dead at 86

    Flickr user wolfworld​Pierre Celis, the "King of Belgian White Beer", died over the weekend. He was 86. In spite of several unfavorable transactions with major brewing companies, Celis is widely considered one of the forbearers of the craft-brewing movement in America. His self-named brewery ... More >>

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    March 30, 2011

    Comment of the Day

    ​Today Nicholas Hall tried St. Arnold's Divine Reserve #11 and loved it, like just about everyone else in Houston. Except, perhaps, commenter Bubbledome: Much ado about nothing - the later third of this review sounds more like an acid trip than a beer tasting. Sheesh... There are probably a ... More >>

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    February 18, 2011

    Proposed Beer Legislation Seeks To Loosen the Reins on Texas Brewers

    logocheif.comFreetail for retail sale? Supporters of HB 660 hope so.​Hey, I love Texas as much as the next girl, but when it comes to laws the Lone Star State has a reputation for being a bit outdated. And when it comes to alcohol laws, we're downright hard-core. The regulations are particula ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 21, 2011

    More on The Hay Merchant

    Kevin Floyd​Oh happy day. On Wednesday we heard the news that our favorite beer nerd, Kevin Floyd, was expecting. No, he's not having a baby. He's opening The Hay Merchant, a new beer bar with Anvil Bar & Refuge co-owner Bobby Heugel, and yesterday we had the opportunity to talk with him it. ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 24, 2010

    We're Buzzed About Houston Beer Week

    foshydog​From October 11 to 17, local taprooms, eateries, breweries and beer aficionados will join forces to pay homage to all the creative combinations of hops, malt, yeast and water - better known as beer. The first ever Houston Beer Week will be eight days of beer magic taking place in Hous ... More >>

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    September 13, 2010

    Learning Is Fun and Intoxicating: "Beer 101" at Anvil Bar & Refuge

    The place settings were almost too pretty to disturb. ​Kevin Floyd is a huge beer nerd. In fact, you could say the co-owner of Anvil Bar & Refuge is the Lord of the Beer Nerds. Okay, that may be stretching it just a tad, but Floyd is the biggest beer nerd we've encountered, which made the "Bee ... More >>

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    September 1, 2010

    Five Easy Steps To Beer Pairing Nirvana

    SamuelAdams.comAnd you thought only wine could be paired with food.​No, we're not talking about the way the subtle notes of ice-cold rocky mountain air in that Coors Light accentuate the cool ranch flavor in Doritos, not here at least. The knowledge that different varieties of beer compliment ... More >>

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    August 9, 2010

    The Brew Ha-Ha on the Brewmasters International Beer Festival

    ​Hopheads, grab your steins! It's a brewtiful day to love beer in the Lone Star State. On Labor Day weekend (September 3-6), through a partnership with Spec's and Food & Vine Time Productions, Galveston's Moody Gardens will host the largest-scale beer event in Texas. The Brewmasters Internatio ... More >>

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