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 >>
The folks at the Houston Marathon Committee are always looking for ways to improve the annual event, both for the full and half marathons. One surefire way to do that is to change the course. Frankly, I've never fully comprehended how a person could run that far. I have friends who have done it and ... More >>
With all the buzz around downtown Houston lately, you may feel a little out of the loop if you haven't had a chance to check out the revitalized dining and entertainment district for yourself in the past year. Line & Lariat -- one of downtown's best restaurants, housed in the historic Union Nationa ... More >>
Buffalo Bayou Brewing Co., Houston's youngest fully-operational brewery, celebrated its one-year anniversary this past Saturday with a few hundred of its closest friends. The party was held on-site at Buffalo Bayou's warehouse location near Shepherd and I-10, featuring exclusive beers, live music a ... More >>
We recently had a handful of friends over to help christen our new home. And we decided since they were kind enough to come visit, the least we could do would be to use them as guinea pigs for a host of oddball beers sitting in our beer cellar -- from gluten-free strawberry beer to sours. While I'm ... More >>
Who knew we in Houston were sitting on such a gold mine of urban planning? A lot of us, actually, especially the ones who take time out to enjoy Buffalo Bayou. Now that strip leading to downtown is getting some more of the recognition it deserves, as the American Planning Association has named it ... More >>
A new minor league baseball team, a new amusement park, the urban wilderness of Buffalo Bayou, food, concerts and plays — Houston, prepare to get your summer on.
"I have no idea why people are here, at this beat-up warehouse to drink some fucking weird beers," Rassul Zarinfar, founder and CEO of Buffalo Bayou Brewing Co., said to me sarcastically, yet straight-faced, as he regarded the large, enthusiastic crowd that showed up for the brewery's sneak peek on ... More >>
That up above, the dreamy rendering of the area that used to house the downtown Post Office? It's "Bayou Commons," which is "strategically designed to be downtown Houston's first residential district celebrating cultural diversity and urban lifestyle." But don't go looking for it yet.
The hearts of beer-loving Houstonians were aflutter when it was announced last year that popular San Antonio brewpub Freetail Brewing Co. would be opening a Bayou City location in the heart of downtown. After all, for a city that loves its beer, we are sadly bereft of any proper brewpubs. (I love th ... More >>
Went airborne, with fatal results.A boat crew cleaning up Buffalo Bayou found, among the usual debris, the body of a dead motorcyclist about 10 a.m. today. Police think the man, 31, whose name has not been released pending verification, might have been in the water for as long as ten hours, ... 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 involving wit ... More >>
Photos courtesy of FacebookCo-founders taste batches of Buffalo's latest brew in front of renderings of the brewery's facility.At the end of its first year in the beer business, Rassul Zarinfar hopes that his new brewery -- Buffalo Bayou Brewing -- will have released at least one huge dud. " ... More >>
Found shot to death in the bayouHouston homicide detectives are asking the public's help in identifying a homeless man whose body was found in Buffalo Bayou downtown Saturday morning. The man had apparently suffered gunshot wounds, HPD said. The body was found near the 700 block of Franklin ... More >>
A bridge to somewhereDon't bother trying to get on Memorial Drive this weekend -- you won't be able to.The picturesque road will be closed from Waugh to downtown from just before 12:01 a.m. Saturday to just before 12:01 a.m. Monday. And no, that doesn't mean you can walk it or ride a bike on it, ... More >>
Photos by Taylor TurnerNot exactly Gilligan's Island.The not-so-everyday presence of yachts on Buffalo Bayou has been bringing sight-seers to Allen's Landing this week. But the docking is no holiday for the boaters, who've been stranded at the downtown birthplace of the city of Houston since Sund ... More >>
Splish, splash the day away on the banks of the Sabine Promenade
No one can tolerate the name of Houston's newest pedestrian bridge, the Tolerance Bridge (get it?).The Houston Chronicle reports that the mayor's office is seeking new names for the $7 million bridge over Buffalo Bayou near Allen Parkway and Montrose after city council members cried "lame."The H ... More >>
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