• Blogs

    November 21, 2014

    Upcoming Events: Christmastime at Texas Ren Fest and More

    Rice Village's Café Rabelais will be hosting a Burgundy Dinner on Monday, November 24 at 7 p.m. The event will feature an elegant French-inspired meal paired with Burgundy wines from Domaine Manuel Oliver ($95 per person plus tax and gratuity). See for more details and to make rese ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 17, 2014

    On Chill Filtering and the Aberlour A'Bundah

    Not too long ago I started noticing that some Scotches were described as "non-chill filtered." Aware of how marketing and branding works, at first I paid this no mind. I figured it could be essentially meaningless, similar to vodkas that brag about how many times they're distilled, as if past a cert ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 4, 2014

    Starting a Liquor Cabinet: Scotch

    I've spent the last year drinking a lot of whiskey, as I decided to become, if not an expert on the subject, at least someone who could plausibly offer recommendations to others. Much of my work has appeared here in the Press, although I've done plenty of it on my own time as well. As I moved along ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 22, 2014

    Reserve 101 gets the first bottle of Glenmorangie Pride 1978 in America, and for $750 a shot, it's yours

    You may remember back in February that I wrote about Reserve 101's acquisition of a bottle of Glenmorangie 1963, a 25-year whiskey forgotten in the corner of a warehouse for many years until it was discovered and bottled. That bottle, though it retailed for $550 a shot, sold out in 66 days, inspirin ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 14, 2014

    First Look at Springbok, A South African Gastropub in Downtown Houston

    Located on Main Street, just around the corner from The Flying Saucer in the heart of downtown, is the cool new South African bar and gastropub, Springbok. Named after a type of African antelope and the South African rugby team of the same name, it's fitting that the decor includes wall mounted anim ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 2, 2014

    Garrison Brothers' Spring 2014 Single Barrel Bourbon May Be Their Best Yet

    I'm a big fan of the Garrison Brothers distillery and their bourbon, as you may have read in one of my recent articles. I am particularly fond of this bourbon not merely because it was the first true bourbon distilled in Texas and represents our state well, but because it's really unique among bourb ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 12, 2014

    Upcoming Events: Corn Tamales Are Now at Hugo's

    Hugo's now has corn tamales, but it's only for the month of September. Chef Hugo Ortega is using fresh corn from Mexico, where it is harvested every year, to make these traditional tamales. Each order is made with masa, rajas (sliced poblano peppers), queso fresco, crema and tomatillo salsa and cost ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 8, 2014

    GlenDronach's Cask Strength Line of Scotches Is a Hidden Gem

    Recently, I was at Spec's browsing Macallan's offerings; the Macallan 12 is one of my standards for Scotch, and I always keep some around. While looking through older vintages, I noticed that the price of the 18-year had climbed quite high. (Over the period of perhaps a couple of months, it went fro ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 1, 2014

    Three Labor Day Cocktails from Houston Bartenders

    The Labor Day holiday is here. And it's a day for sleeping in, relaxing, swimming at the pool, cooking on the grill and most importantly, not working. When we think about the best plans for a day off from work, we think sipping on a great cocktail is on the agenda. We spoke with three local bartend ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 11, 2014

    The Garrison Brothers Distillery is Fun and Educational for Bourbon Experts and Novices Alike

    Hye, Texas, is a town of 105 people, located on U.S. 290 on the road from Austin to Fredericksburg. It's also the home of Garrison Brothers distillery, the first bourbon distillery in Texas and one which makes bourbon exclusively. Their bourbon is pricey, but it has always been highly reviewed, and ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 31, 2014

    Yellow Rose Distilling Plans to Open Houston's First Distillery

    The Great Texas Whiskey Debate--as we've come to call it--is alive and well in Houston. Ever since we conducted a taste test of "Texas whiskeys" last month, we've been hearing from diehard fans of the spirit and of the state that many products that claim to be made in Texas are actually only bottled ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 2, 2014

    A Ranking of Texas Whiskeys Under $40

    Though Kentucky and Tennessee have long been considered the whiskey and bourbon capitols of the country, Texas is increasingly making a name for itself as a whiskey producer. Walk into Spec's and ask for Texas whiskey, and they'll point you to a whole section filled with amber-hued liquor purporte ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 24, 2014

    Great Whiskey Debate: And the Winner Is...

    Earlier this month, I attended the Great Whiskey Debate, a private event for whiskey enthusiasts in Houston. I received an invitation to cover the event, which is part of a touring series set up by Beam/Suntory, in part to raise brand awareness but also to highlight the differences between each type ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 20, 2014

    From Corn to Barley, Part 2: Private Collections and Single Malts Beyond Scotland

    You should not be surprised to read that, as a native of south Louisiana, I love a good crawfish boil. When my friend "Ken"* invited me to his, I thought I'd catch up with him and a few others, and maybe discuss our upcoming fantasy football season. What I got on top of some good crawfish and conver ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 30, 2014

    From Corn to Barley: How a Bourbon Drinker Learned to Love Scotch, Part 1

    Although I wouldn't have called myself an aficionado until the last few years, bourbon has long been my go-to spirit of choice. Its warm sweetness is both comforting and relatively easy on the senses. In recent years, I've become more interested in discerning flavors among bourbons, sampling any num ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 20, 2014

    Recap: Houston Whiskey Festival 2014

    The first Houston Whiskey Festival is in the books, having taken place Downtown at the Julia Ideson Building on McKinney St. this past Saturday. An unexpectedly rainy day proved to be a harbinger (and a partial cause) of some complications inside. While we loved the setting and were able to sample e ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 13, 2014

    An Irish Cocktail With The Taste of Texas

    Jameson Irish Whiskey and Q Ginger Ale with a slice of Texas grapefruit isn't just for St. Patrick's Day.

  • Blogs

    March 13, 2014

    Cheers! The First Houston Whiskey Festival is Here

    The first Houston Whiskey Festival is upon us. On Saturday, March 15, at the Julia Ideson Building, you can sample more than 60 whiskies from around the world (other spirits and cocktails will be available) while enjoying the cigar lounge, live brass bands, and more. (No tickets will be sold at the ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 17, 2014

    The Rare Glenmorangie 1963 Arrives in Texas at Reserve 101 (It Will Set You Back $550 a Shot)

    Scotch fans will be excited to hear that Reserve 101, the downtown Houston bar with the largest selection of whiskey in town, just obtained a rare treat: On Saturday, the bar officially received a bottle of Glenmorangie 1963, one of only 50 in the world. Reserve 101 is the only bar in the entire sta ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 24, 2014

    The 5 Best Things to Eat or Drink This Weekend: Saint Arnold Pub Crawl in The Woodlands & A Burns Night Celebration

    Glenmorangie Tasting & Dinner @ Kiran's Friday, 6:30 p.m. 4100 Westheimer Enjoy a delightful seven-course tasting menu paired with a variety of Glenmorangie products for $115 at Kiran's tonight. Hal Brock of Glazer's will be the host for the evening. The night kicks off with a variety of appetizers ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 21, 2014

    Top Ten Most Outstanding Texas-Owned Liquors

    Texas spirits are getting some well-deserved international recognition.

  • Blogs

    December 16, 2013

    Stock Your Bar With Value: Ten Award-Winning Bottles of Booze For Under $30

    A Double Gold nearly guarantees these spirits are good.

  • Blogs

    November 18, 2013

    David Feherty Makes Hard Truths Funny at Waggoner Foundation Speaker Series

    Golf Commentator David Feherty hasn't recovered. He's made that clear in his address at the Waggoners Foundation Speaking Series fall luncheon at the Hilton Americas-Houston on Friday. He's not cured of alcoholism or addiction, he's just not drunk right now. The luncheon benefited the Council on Alc ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 4, 2013

    Upcoming Events: Margarita, Queso and Caesar Salad Competitions, Beer & Whiskey Dinners & More

    Reserve 101 hosts a tasting of Glenfiddich single malt scotch whiskey on Tuesday, October 8, at 6:30 p.m. David Allardice, brand ambassador of Glenfiddich, will be there to offer samples of his company's whiskeys and to answer any questions you have about the distillery. Each ticket costs $20 and al ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 28, 2013

    Master Distiller Greg Davis Talks Maker's 46.

    Recently, Eating Our Words was fortunate enough to sit down with Makers Mark Master Distiller Greg Davis at Eleven XI to talk about Makers 46 and what exactly makes it so different than the original. Maker's 46 is the bolder, grander version of the classic bourbon. At just three years old it is in m ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 13, 2013

    Pregame for St. Patty's Day with The Irish Blonde Cocktail

    With less than a week to go until Saint Patrick's Day, it's time to start taste-tasting mixed drinks so on the day-of you can mask your alcoholism with sophisticated cocktail selections. You're not fooling anyone if you belly up to the bar and request an Irish Car Bomb nor will you turn any heads ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 8, 2013

    Immature and Delicious: White Whiskey

    Recently a few friends and I started a whiskey tasting club as an excuse to consume expensive liquor an opportunity to educate our palates on the nuances of high-quality blended malt beverages. At our second meeting, our sergeant-at-arms laid a bottle of clear spirits on the table. "Ahoy!," I sai ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 24, 2013

    5 Ways To Honor National Irish Coffee Day, Including an Irish Coffee Cupcake

    Today is National Irish Coffee Day. And who doesn't like when its completely acceptable to put a little extra somthin' in your drink in the daytime. I may or may not be doing it right now. What? It's just coffee. To celebrate this very special holiday, here are five boozy and delicious Irish coffee ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 26, 2012

    Perry's Steakhouse and Glenmorangie Team Up For Scotch Dinner Series

    Bob Perry started the Perry's group of restaurants in 1979 with a humble butcher shop. That first place, Perry & Sons Market and Grille, is located on Scarsdale Boulevard in Southeast Houston. Chris Perry, Bob's son, developed the Perry's Steakhouse & Grille concept. These days, there are nine Perry ... More >>

  • Dining

    August 9, 2012

    Keep Cool and Caffeinated

    Houston's ten best iced coffee crinks

  • Blogs

    July 30, 2012

    Yellow Rose, Houston's First Legal Bourbon Distillery, Set to Launch Soon

    Master distiller Troy Smith points to a few sacks of corn on the floor of the small warehouse that houses Yellow Rose Distillery in a quiet, residential area just north of Tomball. "We use organic corn from North Texas," he says. "And we grind it all by hand." That corn is the most important ingred ... More >>

  • Music

    July 26, 2012
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    June 14, 2012
  • Blogs

    March 1, 2012

    A Month of the Irish: 31 Ways to Get Your Paddy On

    It's the Month O' The Irish. Well, the Irish-Americans, that is. We've previously brought you A Month of Oatmeal and 29 Ways to Indulge in Chocolate, so in honor of Irish American Month, we've searched the town for its greatest Irish bevvies and the best spots to grab an after. Get bolloxed with an ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 27, 2011

    Five Cocktails You May Prefer to Mix at Home

    Photo by John Kiely​Classic cocktails are called that, not because they're old, but because they are delicious. Most of them can be ordered at any well-stocked bar, and some of them--such as a Negroni, Sazerac, or Martini--can be ordered with swagger. However, there's some classic cocktails ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 19, 2011

    Sampler Plate: This Week in Food Blogs

    CultureMap: The anticipation for Phoenicia's opening downtown builds by the day. If you just can't take the wait any longer, check out CultureMap's exclusive photos of the new grocery store/market in the bottom floor of One Park Place. Eater Houston: Samba Grille, winner of our 2011 Best of Houston ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 6, 2011

    September Knows How To Party: Bourbon!

    Anamaris Cousins PriceBourbon - before and after​I don't know how this all got started, these National (fill in the blank) month/day, but if September is celebrating the joys of bourbon, who am I to stand in the way? Well, officially, it is National Bourbon Heritage Month, a time to celebrate ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 27, 2011

    Whiskeys of the World: Cocktail Class at Anvil Bar & Refuge

    Whiskey: basically the same as vodka.​"You're not going to like this," says Bobby Heugel, pausing for effect while an expectant crowd giggles semi-nervously. "When it comes down to it, whiskey is the same thing as vodka." The crowd laughs, unsure of exactly what to make of this statement. "And ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 13, 2011

    Top 5 Simple Foods to Pair with Scotch and Whiskey

    smiling_da_vinci​ I recently started drinking whiskey for the same reason most other people do -- because someone they knew was drinking whiskey. For the past decade, I'd stayed away from the brown stuff, because all the Crown shots from college had left a mental (not to mention liver) scar. ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 24, 2011

    Bourbon Tasting with Fred Noe at Gravitas

    Manhattan.​Fred Noe has bourbon in his blood. The great-grandson of Jim Beam, Noe has continued his family's tradition by running the production of Jim Beam bourbons as well as those vended under the brands Knob Creek, Bakers, and Basil Hayden's. On a recent warm spring evening, Noe hosted a ... More >>

  • News

    March 17, 2011

    Made in Texas

    Think all bourbon comes from Kentucky? Think again.

  • Blogs

    March 17, 2011

    Irish Whiskey: Keep It Simple for St. Pat's

    Turner recommends Jameson Gold, if you can afford a glass.​Don't gild the lily tonight when you're celebrating St. Patrick's Day. That's the advice of whiskey connoisseur and former front-of-house man for Branch Water Tavern, the effusive Evan Turner. "Keep it simple. Drink it neat. Those pro ... More >>

  • Dining

    October 14, 2010
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    October 13, 2010

    Stirred & Shaken: Branch Water Tavern's Ramble

    Troy Fields​I'm not sure that the whiskey sour has developed a wimpy reputation, but I have one decent piece of anecdotal evidence. I was at Leon's Lounge a few years back with my friend Dulin, who doesn't drink much. (He's an Irish Catholic outlier.) Dulin ordered a whiskey sour, and the bart ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 5, 2009

    A Chat with David Mascari of Downing Street

    ​When I sit down at the last free seat along the bar at Downing Street, David Mascari wins me over immediately by getting my name and shaking my hand after he takes my drink order. It's obvious he's comfortable behind the bar, and soon I find out why. "I've been here almost 11 years," he says. "We ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 17, 2008

    Bushmills 1608 for St. Paddy’s Day

    Another St Patrick’s Day shopping suggestion: Bushmills 1608 super-premium Irish whiskey is a bargain at only $100 a bottle. If Jameson’s Rarest Vintage Reserve was a little too rich for your blood at $250 a bottle, how about Bushmills 1608, another super-premium Irish whiskey at less than half ... More >>

  • Dining

    April 4, 2002

    Controlled Explosion

    The Stag's Head's Exploding Irish Car Bomb

  • Dining

    August 23, 2001

    Stirred and Shaken

    T.K. Bitterman's Perfect Manhattan

  • Dining

    June 28, 2001

    Goin' Yard

    Caribbean Cuisine

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    February 3, 1994