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 >>
For the past ten years, Food & Vine Time Productions has hosted Wine & Food Week in The Woodlands featuring a multitude of wine dinners, seminars, food competitions and tasting events. Last year nearly 11,000 people attended events during the week, and this year, co-founders Clifton and Constance Mc ... More >>
The phrase "renaissance man" is so overused that coin has lost most of its value. But Jon Langford -- artist, musician, playwright, radio disc jockey, songwriter, death-penalty opponent, punk rock pioneer, and philanthropist who rolls into the Continental Club Saturday with his ragtag ensemble of mi ... More >>
A new classic cocktail
On Tuesday, September 17, at 7 p.m., Bistro Provence wants to treat you to an evening with rosé wines during La Vie en Rosé. Enjoy a four-course meal paired with rosé wines from French Country Wines for $70. Start with grilled almonds and tomato tapenade, followed by a watercress gazpacho, then s ... More >>
The restaurant bans kids after 7p.m., and everyone on the Internet has an opinion.
Back in the summer of '93, I got heat stroke. And a concussion. It was my first summer in Houston, after 10 years in Indiana, with its average July high of 83. I was playing an all-day soccer tournament out in Bear Creek Park, its freshly-razed expanse offering no respite from the brutal sun. I had ... More >>
My family and I have been Houston Texans season ticketholders since Game 1, that celebrated and gratifying franchise opener (Texans 19, Cowboys 10), and we've always taken seriously our tailgating privileges. Texans fans tailgate better than most, including the North Texas delusionals who do it u ... 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 >>
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 >>
This was the worst beer I'd ever tasted. I'd heard it talked about in such hushed, almost reverential, terms that I barely hesitated to shell out nearly a buck per fluid ounce of the stuff at Spec's Downtown. Later, as I poured about $7 worth of the beer down the drain, I wondered what the hell ever ... More >>
I haven't had the best of luck with gluten-free beer. In my experience, gluten-free beer is a lot like most "meat substitute" type products; the more they try to be the real thing, the more they fall short. Beer and burgers, for example, have a lot in common. Though there are wide stylistic differen ... More >>
The most iconic and creative on Texas shelves.
Last week, we took a look at some of the very worst labels you can find on a bottle of beer. To counterbalance all that artistic vomit, we gathered some of the most iconic and creative labels on shelves today -- labels that feature artwork as original and important as craft beer itself. 10. Boulev ... More >>
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 >>
Grant Gordon, Matt Marcus and Kevin Naderi
Have you been to the Strand lately? Galveston's main pedestrian thoroughfare seems to have wilted somewhat despite the flurry of post-Ike rehabbing and renovation. The end of the Strand near Hendley Market is completely quiet these days. And at the opposite end, the Railroad Museum still stands sadl ... More >>
I don't really get T.S. Eliot's beef with April. "Winter's over, stuff is growing again, woe is me." I think maybe he was just vitamin D-deficient as a child, the resulting rickets keeping him from playing with the other kids. It must have been a vicious cycle: Stay inside writing impenetrable ver ... More >>
I've trained my eight-year-old daughter to pick out beer for me. I'll pause a moment to allow you to gasp, if you want to. . . . . . . . . . .. . . . . . . . . .. . . . . . . . . .. . . . . . . . . .. . . . . . . . . .. . . . . . . . . .. . . . . . . . . . . . . There, that ought to do it. Just s ... More >>
I had been pretty excited to get my hands on this one, ever since seeing breathless tweets announcing its arrival in Houston. To be honest, I'm not a particular fan of either brewery, finding Sierra Nevada to be solid but uninspiring, and Dogfish to be somewhat erratic. Of course, it's always worthw ... More >>
Belly up to the bar for a build-your-own-burger and a milkshake at this California import.
Home Brew Demo at Texas Beer Festival. For a slideshow of the event, click here.Last week's post about the Texas Beer Festival garnered some interesting responses. Most seemed excited about an event born out of the desire to showcase Texas beers. A few notable exceptions were voiced. Well, no ... More >>
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 >>
While it may seem blasphemous to speak ill of a beer on this day, the most high and holy of drunken holidays, I simply cannot stand Guinness. I want to love it, I really do. A proper Guinness pour--billions of tiny bubbles rising slowly through the blackness--is truly food porn at its fines ... More >>