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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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Camp Beer XI: Stoutapalooza III

September 21, 2012

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Once a quarter, Cathy Rascoe and the crew from Live It Big, Inc. (a local charity incubator) put on an event called Camp Beer. It’s a structured tasting of craft beers that are usually unavailable in the Texas market, with proceeds going to charities like Friday Harbour. The September version was the third installment of […]

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Houston’s Newest Craft Retailer: Premium Draught

July 19, 2012

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With the recent boom in craft breweries and bars in Houston it was only a matter of time before a new, boutique retail store to buy all of that beer popped up. Since our beverage laws don’t allow breweries to sell their beer on-premise, places like Specs, Kroger, HEB, Central Market, and Whole Foods fill […]

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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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Camp Beer XI: Ciders & Tart Beers

June 15, 2012

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Cathy Rascoe, creator of Live It Big, the charity incubator, as well as Houston & Dallas Beer Weeks puts on tastings for 60 people every quarter called Camp Beer. Its an afternoon of beer tasting, and this time cider. It’s usually done in a theme and beer lovers get together to help raise money for […]

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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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The Session #57- Beery Confessions

November 4, 2011

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What better way to break into doing posts for “The Sessions” (Beer Blogging Friday) than on the Month where the topic is “Beery Confessions: Guilty Secrets/Guilty Pleasure Beer”? If you aren’t familiar with The Sessions, it is a roundup of beer bloggers discussing the same topic, from their own perspective. If you read November’s host […]

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GABF- Brewery Visits

October 11, 2011

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I decided to section off my posts on GABF into brewery visits, outside events, and the actual sessions. When we arrived in Denver early Thursday morning, we headed straight to Fort Collins, then we hit Rock Bottom in downtown Denver that evening, and finally, Avery on Saturday. Fort Collins: Odell Brewing Co: We ordered the […]

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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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GABF – The Sessions

October 5, 2011

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Since we crammed as much as possible into 3 full days in Denver, Boulder, and Fort Collins I am breaking up my posts on GABF into three: the GABF Sessions, Breweries we visited and outside events. We’ll start with the sessions. This was my first GABF ever and after reliving it writing these posts, I […]

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[Craft] Beer as a Business

September 28, 2011

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Disputes about the alcoholic beverage industry, beer specifically, are nothing new. Since prohibition in the early 20th century until now, people in the industry have been working to protect the sanctity of this precious, ancient beverage. Most opposition comes from outside of the community (which I will not get into), but I’ve read a few […]

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Camp Beer VIII: Stoutapalooza II

September 19, 2011

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Camp Beer VIII: Stoutapalooza II took place on a Friday evening this time around, once again benefiting the charity incubator Live It Big. Unfortunately I didn’t attend the first Stoutapalooza, so I was definitely excited to participate in round two. Since most of the beers were 9%+ ABV, this Camp Beer featured fewer beers, 12 […]

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Hope For A Brewpub In Houston: City Acre Brewing Co.

September 11, 2011

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After a not so subtle entrance onto Houston’s social media scene, via a Twitter storm last week, I knew I had to sit down and chat with the person behind the account for the hopeful new Houston brewpub, City Acre Brewing Company. I sat down with Matt, the founder and head brewer of City Acre […]

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Follow-up: Yard Sale Brewing Company

September 11, 2011

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After a tip from my friend Dave, I contacted one of the founders of Yard Sale Brewing Company, Justin Engle, to chat about his plans for a new brewery in the Heights area of Houston. I had the chance to sit down with Justin and his business partner and graduate school buddy, Steve, at a […]

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Countdown to GABF!

August 31, 2011

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So, just under a month to go until we are in mile-high city for the Great American Beer Festival (GABF) and I couldn’t be more excited! This is my first trip to GABF and my first time back to Colorado as a big beer nerd. This is also the 30th anniversary of the festival, so […]

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Buffalo Bayou Brewing Company Announces Brewmaster

August 7, 2011

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Since my last chat with Rassul Zarinfar, founder of Buffalo Bayou Brewing Company, one of several new breweries hoping to enter the Houston craft beer scene, there have been a lot of updates to their progress getting into production mode. They expect their commercial equipment to arrive this week to their Cottage Grove location (south […]

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Follow-up: Hey Babe Brewery

July 31, 2011

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At the beginning of July, I mentioned a new brewery in a beer news round-up that I hoped to be able to chat with, not only because it’s a new brewery and I wanted to know their plans, but because they had already stirred up the beer nerds in town regarding their name and imagery. […]

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Discovery: New Braunfels Brewery

July 28, 2011

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Before I get started, I just wanted to say I’ve been a bit quiet on the blog lately, but for a very good reason! I’ve been working very hard with several other Houston beer nerds to get our newly formed grassroots, non-profit craft beer advocacy group, Open The Taps, up and running. I’m not going […]

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Brewery Visit: Karbach Brewing, Houston, Texas

July 18, 2011

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This Sunday I had the chance to check out the progress of construction at Karbach Brewing here in Houston; the marketing guy, David, invited us in to check out the brewery space and chat with him about Karbach’s beers, brewing equipment, tours and everything else related to getting a brewery up and running. Right now […]

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