Jester King

  • Dining

    August 15, 2013

    La Fisheria

    The restaurant bans kids after 7p.m., and everyone on the Internet has an opinion.

  • Blogs

    August 5, 2013

    Summer Session: Low Alcohol for High Temps

    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 >>

  • 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

    January 18, 2013

    Tasting the Unconventional: 10 of the Best Eccentric Ales

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    January 9, 2013

    New from Shiner: FM 966 Spring Farmhouse Ale

    Well, someone at Shiner must have finally wised up and realized this whole craft beer thing isn't going anywhere. Because for the first time in 103 years, the Spoetzl brewery in Shiner has not one, but two ales in their portfolio. After the moderate success of its Double Wheat Ale -- Shiner 102 - ... More >>

  • Dining

    December 27, 2012

    Underdogs and Juggernauts

    The 10 best new restaurants of 2012.

  • Blogs

    December 18, 2012

    The Top 10 Texas Beers of 2012

    Taking a look back just four years to former Houston Press food critic Robb Walsh's list of Top 10 Texas beers from 2008 shows what a difference a few years make. While the list holds some very solid selections, like Pale Moon and Live Oak Pilz -- as well as one carry-over to this list-- the sheer ... 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 >>

  • 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 >>

  • Dining

    August 30, 2012

    The Best Beer Labels

    The most iconic and creative on Texas shelves.

  • Blogs

    August 22, 2012

    Gonzo Artwork and Lone Star Labels on the Rise: The 10 Best Beer Labels in Texas

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    August 16, 2012

    Drawn by Drunken Seven-Year-Olds: The 10 Ugliest Beer Labels in Texas

    I can admit it: I am a packaging whore to some extent. A nice label is bound to catch my eye, be it laundry detergent, gin, beer, heroin... By the same token, bad marketing can turn me off of what may very well be a great product. Beer is a notorious offender in the bad-packaging arena. Across the ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 27, 2012

    Upcoming Events: Restaurant Weeks and Rare Real Ales

    On August 15, culinarians across the country will be celebrating what would have been Julia Child's 100th birthday. Hoping to recruit at least one million people into the celebration, her original publisher - Alfred A. Knopf - has begun JC100, a celebration of Julia's legacy in the 100 days leading ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 18, 2012

    Upcoming Events: Of Book Signings and Beer Tastings

    The barely three-month-old Underbelly is coming out of the gate strong, and is now ready to host its first beer dinner. Chef Chris Shepherd is joining forces with Austin-based brewery Jester King to create a five-course menu of what Shepherd calls his "traditional Houston-inspired food." Beer pairi ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 5, 2012

    Brew Blog: Jester King Thrash Metal Farmhouse Strong Ale

    While seemingly every other beer-loving person in the City of Houston was packed into The Hay Merchant a few weeks back, I was alternately stuck at work reading through pages of boring technical documents, or helping my kid with math homework. I'm not complaining, exactly, but I must admit that I fe ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 27, 2011

    The Biggest Disappointments of 2011

    I think that 2012 is shaping up to be Houston's year, after a long 2011 featuring false starts, delayed openings, unexpected closings and failures to launch. That's not to say that 2011 didn't have its perks: Look for our list of the year's best new restaurant later this week. But it came with its ... More >>

  • Dining

    November 17, 2011

    Texas on Washington

    The second benjy's location serves low-key local foods.

  • 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

    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

    July 8, 2011

    Upcoming Events

    Collaborative dinners take center stage. (Note: There are women involved, too.)​Justin Basye, Peter Jahnke and their bunch of wild young hearts chefs were the talk of the week, as their new pop-up dinner series was announced this past Monday. Les Sauvages (translation: the savages, or the wild ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 3, 2011

    An Austin Adventure of Gastronomical Proportions at Barley Swine

    Photo by John SuhBeer-battered zucchini, mussels, basil dressing​In order to continue riding the wave of culinary creativity, sometimes we have to think outside the box. Sometimes we have to look outside the city. What is going on in the restaurants up the interstate? What ingredients and t ... More >>