Ah, October. Time for Pumpkin Spice Lattes, Halloween parties, cold fronts and gluttinous candy consumption. Also a time for Oktoberfests around the world (and most famously in Munich, Germany -- yes, we know the only official Oktoberfest ended on October 6 this year, but still). Beer, beer, lederho ... More >>
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 >>
In case you've been living under a rock, we have some amazing news for y'all. As of this past Saturday, Oktoberfest has begun. The 16 day festival -- held in Munich, Germany, but celebrated everywhere -- is the world's largest fair. It was first held in 1810, when all of Munich was invited to cele ... More >>
Despite the fact that I am not an avid beer drinker, I get very excited about local Oktoberfest activities. I minored in German and edited a travel guide to Deutschland, so I feel a sort of kinship with die Deutschen. Oktoberfest finds its origins in the early nineteenth century, when Prince Ludw ... More >>
As our sister blog Eating...Our Words does, from time to time Rocks Off will be giving your our picks for the top taverns in various Houston-area neighborhoods. Of course, the lines can be porous, but here anything with a TABC license that cannot reasonably be considered either a restaurant, coffeeh ... More >>
No, it's not quite on par with Oktoberfest in Munich, but it's pretty damn close! The Houston Press Brewfest will take place at Silver Street Station on Saturday, October 5 from 2 to 7 p.m. in conjunction with Lucky's Pub. The event features more than 30 beers on tap including local craft brews and ... More >>
I knew something cool was going on when bubbles started floating past my office window. Then Abe at the front desk gave me a call. "Is there a limo selling ice cream out front?" he asked. "I don't see one...should there be?" Indeed, there should be, and indeed there was a vehicle selling ice crea ... More >>
Johan Schuster Charivari Restaurant 2521 Bagby 713-521-7231 www.charivarirest.com This is Part 2 in a three part Chef Chat series. You can read Parts 1 here and Part 3 in this same space on Friday. EOW: When did you start cooking? JS: I've been doing this for 34 years. We were three brothers ... More >>
When it comes to German beer on draft, there are two places to beat in Houston -- even if one of them is technically in Pearland. Closer to the heart of the city, Midtown's Bar Munich has an impressive array of taps that includes all six varieties of Hofbräu München (including their Oktoberfest b ... More >>
The Beatles' concert at San Francisco's Candlestick Park 46 years ago today was the end of an era for the band. Except for a famously unannounced appearance on top the Apple building two and a half years later, it would be the final live performance that the Fab Four would ever play together. It w ... More >>
Spare me your opinion on the accuracy of the attribution, or the exact translation of "entities must not be multiplied beyond necessity," and indulge me in my slightly unwarranted perversion of the spirit of the statement, but, when you get right down to it, Occam's Razor is essentially the Reinheit ... More >>
Food & Wine magazine recently featured a series of articles on culinary destinations, or "...the world's best food pilgrimages," as they put it. While it was indeed interesting, I must say that places like Bangkok, Rome and India are just the tip of the iceberg when it comes to food travels. The ... More >>
Bar Munich brings a little bit of Deutschland to Midtown.
Follow the rainbow to these golden St. Patrick's Day events.
Kiss the year goodbye at a hot New Year's Eve party.
Kiss the year goodbye at a hot New Year's Eve party.
Insert obligatory photo of buxom woman in a dirndl consuming lager from a stein here. (And remember: Lederhosen are Austrian, not Bavarian!)If there's one thing that we Americans enjoy doing, it's co-opting other countries' holidays and turning them into giant boozefests for no good reason ot ... More >>
What's in a name? That which we call a Bock / By any other name would taste as malty.The other night, I attended a business dinner held at the downtown outpost of the House of Blues. The meal was mediocre, but that wasn't really the point. This was a meet-and-eat event designed to smooth ove ... More >>
You don't want Chuck Bronson coming after you.There are uncountable things that could have gone wrong in the raid that ended up with Osama Bin Laden dead; operations like this usually have the odds against them. The Bin Laden raid will join the ranks of historic missions, some famous because ... More >>
We've got you covered this St. Paddy's Day.
Listening to Wait, Wait ...Don't Tell Me on NPR a few weeks ago, a caller from Cleveland was challenged to come up with something positive about his city. After a long silence that drew plenty of laughs, he said, "Great Lakes beer." The Cleveland-based brewery is definitely one of many reaso ... More >>
UH theater graduate students take on the story of one cold Scandinavian
Free Press Houston has added Devin the Dude, whom Rocks Off is currently trying to track down for a prospective new feature (email us, mang!) and Prince Paul to its Summer Fest August 8 and 9 in Eleanor Tinsley Park. See FPH's or Pegstar's Web sites for ticket info (hint: it's $7 per day). Yesterday ... More >>
At last, Pitchfork has laid bare its aesthetic in book form in this old-media attempt at pop music canonization. As the cover describes, The Pitchfork 500 is “Our Guide to the Greatest Songs from Punk to the Present,” beginning with singles released in 1977. That Pitchfork chieftains Scott Plag ... More >>
Our state is the top beer market in the country, so why are we falling behind in the microbrewery movement?
For sale in Houston, slightly used
Houstonian Jack McConn has a desk set he wants to sell. It’s not just any old desk set, mind you. It’s the one Hitler used to sign the Munich Pact back on this day in 1938. (For those of you who skipped history class that day, the Munich Pact was an agreement by France, Britain, Italy and the up ... More >>
Man, there are some times I wonder how I can get out of bed and face my working days. One such was yesterday. When our feared Web editor Keith Plocek sent out a call for “volunteers” to go taste the new-in-America draft Modelo beers, I gritted my teeth and took it for the team. As one of the old ... More >>
It's not torture, but this latest Mideast thriller's as conventional as they come. We're (water) bored. (Sorry.)
Bob Schneider performs Friday, May 11, at Warehouse Live, 813 St. Emanuel, 713-225-5483. Skyblue72 and Stillife also perform.
Idomeneo may be dry at times, but Mozart is still a genius
Getting misty-eyed over creamed herring and sweet German beer at AnneMarie's Bistro
Joe Mannke gives us the dish on German food
Texas is overrun with native whitetails, so why do restaurants have to buy their venison from game farms?
A Wave of Laughter, Strip Search Horrors, Fine Frye
Hackemack's is a barrel of fun
Robert Henry Johnson likes to play, both with his dances and with his audiences
Can that Guy Forsyth play the blues