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Petrol Station Beer Dinner: Back to Basics

November 10, 2013

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When Ben Fullelove, owner of Petrol Station and Brash Brewing, announced that he would be hosting a beer dinner at Petrol Station for the first time in forever, I was a little hesitant. I’ve now been to four of Ben’s beer dinners and three of them were home runs, while the most recent was not […]

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Belgium/France Beercation: Day 1

October 20, 2013

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As soon as we landed at Charles de Gaulle in Paris we picked up our snazzy Renault rental and headed north for Watou, Belgium. We spent our first two nights in the beautiful Brouwershuis, right next door to the St. Bernardus brewery. The facility used to house the brewers (hence the name) but now is […]

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LAX Birthday Trip

February 7, 2013

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After being called out a few times on Twitter recently for not blogging, (OTT, triathlon training, work & life are getting in the way!) I knew I had to write a recap of my birthday/Reserve Society beer trip to the Los Angeles area. Gotta stay sharp! Hopefully, after the 83rd Texas Legislature is over I’ll […]

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Beercation: Portland, Oregon

November 16, 2012

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Beer•cation [bɪə(r)keɪʃn̩] n. traveling to a foreign destination to drink local beverages at the source, or close to:  John and Leslie took a beercation to Oregon.  In a whirlwind almost 3 days in Portland, Oregon, and the Columbia River Gorge area, we visited 16 breweries (and a distillery), saw a gorgeous waterfall, learned about the Bonneville […]

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Beer Dinner: Stephen Beaumont & Tim Webb at The Flying Saucer Sugar Land

October 12, 2012

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Stephen Beaumont and Tim Webb, Authors of the New World Atlas of Beer, hosted a series of “Tutored” beer dinners at several of the Flying Saucer locations to promote their book. When General Manager of the Flying Saucer Sugar Land location, Jake Rainey, told me that Ben Rabbani (formerly of Rainbow Lodge and Bootsie’s) was the chef designing the menu, […]

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Preview: Cottonwood Bar

October 5, 2012

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I’m always excited to hear about a new craft beer bar in Houston and Cottonwood in the Garden Oaks area is no exception. Brought to thirsty Houstonians by the people behind Liberty Station, we can expect a few things to carry over from Liberty and some new features that really take advantage of their huge […]

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Philly/Rehoboth Beach/Atlantic City: Metal & Beer, part 2

June 28, 2012

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Metal and Beer Part Two. Check out Part One here. After a quick breakfast Friday morning, we visited the historical Reading Terminal Market to peruse. All of the shops weren’t quite open yet, but it was cool to see all the fresh seafood, produce, local cheeses and meats getting setup for the day. There were […]

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Philly/Rehoboth Beach/Atlantic City: Metal and Beer, Part 1

June 26, 2012

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What would make a trip to the east coast to see Metallica live [twice!], at their hand-picked music festival, better than starting the trip out at a great craft beer city like Philadelphia? Throwing in a trip to the Dogfish Head brewpub in Rehoboth Beach, Delaware. Oh, and shooting dice at a casino. We always […]

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A Beer Dinner with Kyle White & Jonathan Jones

May 8, 2012

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I have had the pleasure to experience three beer dinners with Jonathan Jones in the kitchen. I can’t pick a favorite- it’s too hard. Like the beers, the food has all been so different, complimentary in its own right, which is precisely the point. Formerly of Max’s Wine Dive, Xuco Xicana and Beaver’s, his new […]

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Moon Tower Inn Reopening: A New Brewpub

January 4, 2012

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As February inches closer, Houston (and especially the craft beer community) is anxiously awaiting Moon Tower-Inn‘s reopening. When they posted on their Facebook a few details of the reopening, one part particularly caught my eye: “yes we are putting in a BREWERY!!!!!”. So of course, I had to figure out who it was and what […]

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Tour of Texas: Shiner Restaurant & Bar Beer Dinner

December 12, 2011

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When people ask what my “gateway” or first craft beer was, I answer “Shiner!”. I could never stomach the other beers that kids drank in high school and college, so I always went for Shiner. When I got tired of Shiner Bock everyday, I tried the Shiner Blonde, then their seasonals and commemorative series. I […]

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No Label Beer Dinner at Ziggy’s Bar & Grill

December 8, 2011

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Originally, this dinner was slated to take place during Houston Beer Week in November, but with so many events going on Ziggy’s Grill decided it would be best to wait a few weeks to let the dust settle. There were a few reasons I wanted to attend this dinner; I want to support one of […]

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Vic & Anthony’s North Coast Beer Dinner

November 22, 2011

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The grand finale of Houston Beer Week was the North Coast beer dinner put on by Vic & Anthony’s, which is fitting because they have this whole beer dinner down to an art. [Check out previous V&A dinners I've attended: Real Ale and Midsummer Dinner] First Course: Point aux Pins Oyster with Finger Chile, Apple […]

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Mead Dinner: The Modular & Redstone Meadery

November 22, 2011

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For one of my last Houston Beer Week events, I mixed it up and attended a mead dinner put on by The Modular food truck, Grand Prize Bar and Redstone Meadery out of Boulder, Colorado, I wrote a little preview with more background information, you can check it out here. This was a very unique […]

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A Beer Dinner of Epic Proportions: The Clandestine Dinner

November 18, 2011

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One of the most anticipated dinners of Houston Beer Week was definitely the Clandestine dinner. Technically, it was two dinners; a battle, if you will, of beer dinners, between two of Houston’s craft beer pioneers, Ben Fullelove of Petrol Station and Kevin Floyd of Anvil and Hay Merchant. The dishes were cooked by two of […]

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Jester King/Mikkeller Beer Dinner at Haven

November 15, 2011

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For Houston Beer Week so far, I have posts up on: Monsters of Beer & Night After Monsters, the Rockwell Tavern Texas Beer Brunch, and the Karbach Brewing Beer Dinner at Down House! Whew! Since Mikkel is in town for various Houston Beer Week events, of course there had to be a dinner with Jester […]

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Karbach Brewing Beer Dinner at Down House

November 15, 2011

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After attending the Texas Beer Brunch at Rockwell Tavern out in Cypress, then the Night After Monsters event in the early evening, Sunday shaped up to be a day full of excellent beer and food. Quite an awesome start to Houston Beer Week! Then there was the Karbach Beer Dinner at Down House in the […]

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Texas Beer Brunch at Rockwell Tavern & Grill

November 14, 2011

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Houston Beer Week is now in full swing and there are plenty of events to attend; I attended both Monsters of Beer and Night After Monsters, check out my recap here. I was invited to be a guest at Rockwell Tavern & Grill‘s Texas Beer Brunch on behalf of Open The Taps; Tiffany Richie, Owner […]

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Preview: The Tasting Room & Ladies of Craft Beer Grapes vs. Grains Dinner

October 31, 2011

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When fellow beer lover, and good friend of mine, Leah, announced that she was partnering with The Tasting Room to do a Grapes Vs. Grains (wine vs. beer) dinner, I was excited to see what they would come up with. As the Houston Ladies of Craft Beer organizer, Leah hosts monthly happy hours to encourage […]

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GABF – Events

October 7, 2011

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Part two of my GABF posts consists of all of the outside events we packed in when we weren’t visiting a brewery or at one of the sessions. Check out part 1 on the GABF Sessions here. We decided not to attend the Friday GABF session based on the recommendations from our friends that had […]

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