In 2012, I had the bright idea to gather as many pumpkin beers as I could find and hold a taste test. I split half a dozen or so pumpkin beers with my girlfriend and my buddy Joey. Last year, we acquired ten beers. Another friend accompanied us, and I took detailed tasting notes. I decided the Sain ... More >>
My ongoing commitment to the young adults I parent is strong. Occasionally, it leads to weekends like one late last month, which included 30-plus hours of driving to and from Denver to help my daughter, who lives in nearby Boulder. Errands aside, my wife and I had about six waking hours in the Mile ... More >>
The A-list always comes out when Master Sommelier Bobby Stuckey and his business partner, celebrity chef Lachlan Patterson, come to town to cook and taste wine. Last night found the two of them at Reef, where Patterson prepared a meal inspired by the cuisine of Friuli (northeastern Italy) and Stuck ... More >>
Above & Beyond Listen, I get it: most FPSF-loving folks are going to go see Jack White. I understand: real rock, future legend, "Seven Nation Army," etc. etc. And I imagine that nothing I tell you will convince you otherwise. All I'm saying is that I can't think of many things better than being outs ... More >>
This week's cafe review takes a look at Osteria Mazzantini, a new-ish Italian restaurant from Mockingbird Bistro's John Sheely. I first went there on opening night, and though I enjoyed the food, I found myself most impressed by the creative and interesting wine list and the young sommelier who had ... More >>
John Friend built a yoga empire in Houston that came crashing down in 2012 amid allegations of financial mismanagement, an affair with a married student and Wiccan rituals. Now he’s resurfaced in Denver.
"All That Matters," Justin Bieber No R&B or pop singer decided to reinvent themselves musically and be taken seriously as the Biebs has in the past month or so. So sue me, Biebervelli might get tatted across my belly. BRANDO "Berzerk," Eminem All the old-school song samplings layered with Eminem's ... More >>
A herd of headless deer, the looming threat of disease and Big Government in Texas's thriving trophy buck industry.
Houston, is that a frico dropping? By my count, there were roughly forty of our city's top wine professionals in the room, all listening with rapt attention and relishing savory nuggets of wine wisdom imparted by Master Sommelier Bobby Stuckey (above). And I'm not talking benchwarmers. This was an ... More >>
Performers from New Orleans to Zimbabwe enliven this year's Brazilian-themed Houston International Festival.
As is the case in almost everything in 2013, the shelf life for enjoyment of the 2013 NCAA men's championship game (a thrilling 82-76 Louisville win over Michigan) was a total of about five minutes before we started looking ahead to 2013-2014. Almost immediately after the game was over, already odd ... More >>
Hey there, musicians. I like you guys. I enjoy checking you out, hearing what you're all about. I don't mind the sweaty venues or sticky floors when I venture out of my safe little bubble to see your shows. I don't even mind the massive bar tab that our little adventures cost me at the end of th ... More >>
People laugh dismissively when I say it, but the more they can incorporate WWE performers and the general WWE "way" of entertainment, the more enjoyable other genres of sports will become. No, I'm not talking about the predetermined outcomes of matches (The NBA has already incorporated that aspect o ... More >>
Hey, it's 4/20 day! Be glad you don't live in Boulder, where the University of Colorado is trying to end the annual massive on-campus celebration of the day by barring any visitors and spraying the quad where it's held with "a foul-smelling fish-based fertilizer on the grass." Bummer. Here in Hou ... More >>
UT goes down.Face it: UT has a lot of trouble with rankings, whether it's college football or Playboy. Sure, they sometimes (read: very rarely) come out on top -- Vince Young can lead them to a BCS title, Playboy can name them top party school in 2010 -- but mostly it's a series of disappoin ... More >>
Regular watchers of Brew Blog will know that we're big fans of Belgian beers. Now, given that it's such a small country, you'd be forgiven for assuming that Belgium has about five beers. But during a visit there a few years back, we were told that the country lays claim to 692 styles, a numbe ... More >>
A few weeks ago we gave lukewarm approval to an offering from Twisted Pine Brewing Co. of Boulder, Colorado. In their infinite wisdom and generosity, the folks at the brewery tripped over our review and thought it best to send along a few more of their products to see if we might more heart ... More >>
Running errands last Sunday took me past the Petrol Station on Wakefield at Golf, in the gently tree-lined neighborhood of Oak Forest. The Petrol Station is a popular watering hole -- with both freshly-roasted coffee and freshly-poured beer -- that serves a satisfying mix of English pub fare and bu ... More >>
Wilco, "New Madrid," live at the Fox Theater, Boulder, Colorado, May 1995 Rocks Off is never really not on an Uncle Tupelo kick, but it sure came flooding back after he heard "New Madrid" on Fred Imus' Saturday-morning Trailer Park Bash satellite-radio show last weekend. Even among such futur ... More >>
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