Carolyn Beck

  • Blogs

    August 13, 2014

    Beer at Gun Shows? What Could Possibly Go Wrong?

    Years ago in Huntsville, Texas just around the corner from my aunt and uncle's house was a convenience store. The sign for this store was something that cracked up my father and I for many years. It read (in all caps): BEER WINE GAS DRUGS AMMO. It is difficult to imagine anyone could want much more ... More >>

  • Music

    April 25, 2013

    Tough Times at Rich's

    Trouble keeps following the infamous Midtown dance club like a cloud.

  • Blogs

    April 15, 2013

    UPDATED: Rich's Abruptly Shuts Down Again, Under Another Cloud of Mystery

    UPDATE (Monday, 5:45 p.m.) Cade Michals is a spokesman for Rich's Sacred Ground, not a partner. No doubt this is not the way Rich's wanted to celebrate its 30th anniversary this year. The most recent tenants of the long-running and equally star-crossed Midtown dance club closed their doors Friday w ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 16, 2012

    The TABC Responds to Our Article on Over-Serving at Restaurants

    Last week's blog post on the dangers of over-serving at restaurants was a broad topic to touch on in a single article -- perhaps too broad, as Carolyn Beck, director of communications for the Texas Alcoholic Beverage Commission, contacted us to clear up a few items about the TABC's role in combating ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 20, 2011

    Why We Love to Hate the Texas Alcoholic Beverage Control Commission

    Image via Westerville Public Libary (Westerville, Ohio).To understand our state's peculiar relationship with alcohol, we need to look back to the early post-Prohibition era when the TABC was founded (1935).​In the wake of a recent post on the absurdity of wine shipping regulation in Texas, a c ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 6, 2011

    Me and the TABC (Texas Alcoholic Beverage Commission)

    Image via the Texas Restaurant Association.TABC To Go is an excellent online TABC certification program for Texas restaurant and bar workers. Although not required by the state, many Texas employers require certification to ensure proper service of alcohol.​The Texas Alcoholic Beverage Commiss ... More >>

  • News

    August 3, 2006

    Beer and Porn

    Once again, the TABC tries to ruin bachelor life

  • News

    June 9, 2005

    On Their Backs

    Sugar Land spreads its legs