Tuesday, August 31, 2010
Monday, August 30, 2010
Friday, August 27, 2010
This Labor Day weekend Sep. 3-5 Moody Gardens will host the first annual Brewmasters International Beer Festival – an event that promises to become one of the best and largest beer festivals in the nation. The four-day celebration will showcase over 300 international, domestic and local Texas brews with three signature events - the BrewTopia Beer Garden, the Brew Ha-Ha Grand Tasting and BrewLicious in the Ballroom – plus a homebrewers competition, charity golf tournament, live music, beer and food pairing seminars featuring renowned chefs, and educational events and expert speakers.
I recently received an email message from the festival organizers which included a list of the "255 beers and counting" that will be served. The list basically reads like the beer aisles at the downtown Spec's Liquor Warehouse. Although it doesn't look like there will be anything served that you can't normally get yourself, its a good opportunity to try a lot of different beers all in one place. I'm not sure if I'll be in attendance as I think we'll most likely be heading in the opposite direction for the long weekend.
More information about the various events can be found on the festival's Facebook page and website.
Tuesday, August 24, 2010
Monday, August 23, 2010
Sunday, August 22, 2010
During the last year, I've seen a huge improvement in the craft beer culture here in Houston and Texas overall. There's been more beer dinners in Houston over the past year then the entire time I've lived here. Petrol Station, Pappas Bros Steakhouse and Vic & Anthony's (to name just a few) have all had at least one with more being announced all the time. Bars and restaurants are increasing their craft beer selection and offering a greater range of styles with some starting to pay attention to the concept of pairing beer with food. Several beer bars have started to work together to promote craft beer and managed to organize Houston's first Cask Festival. Several beer festivals have been announced lately and the very first Houston Beer Week featuring all Texas breweries is set for October. A few people have even seen this new awareness and interest in craft beer as an opportunity to take a chance and follow their dreams. There is currently over a half a dozen new craft breweries under construction in the state with at least twice that number that have announced intentions and are in various stages of fundraising.
It's looking like Texas is at the beginning of a beer renaissance and I'm definitely excited about the next year of All Good Beer. Cheers.
Friday, August 20, 2010
Noon: Breckenridge - Summerbright aged in Cabernet barrels
1pm: Belgian Wit (A secret, you have to show up to try it)
2pm: Avery Brewing - DuganA on Cask
3pm: Stone Brewing - Vertical Epic 09.09.09
4pm: Southern Star Brewing - Cask of ProAm w/ Chipote Peppers and Agave Nectar
5pm: (512) Brewing - Cask of Double IPA (2nd anniversary beer)
6pm: Saint Arnold - Divine Reserve #9
7pm: Boulevard Brewing - Trailer 7 (Single Wide IPA with Tank 7 yeast)
8pm: Real Ale - Empire, barrel-aged Lost Gold IPA
9pm: Special Flemish Red (Another secret, you need to show up to try it)
The week will then conclude with Monsters of Beer, an outdoor beer festival featuring Texas breweries and brewpubs. It will take place on the Sunday afternoon from noon to 6pm on the street adjacent to 13 Celsisus. Tickets are $20 online ($30 at the gate) which includes a 5oz tasting glass to try all the beers from the participating breweries. There will be music, food from Hubcap Burgers and Melange Creperie and a silent auction with rare beers, beer tours and other odd beer paraphernalia.
Check the websites and follow the @houstonbeerweek and @monstersofbeer twitter feeds for more information as it is released.
Thursday, August 19, 2010
Wednesday, August 18, 2010
"A foam-filled and adventurous fund-raising event where beer-lovers and those new to the brew will have the opportunity to sample a selection of the finest specialty and seasonal brews from around the world paired with complementary food dishes."
Ticket are $50 for members of the Art Museum of Southeast Texas and $60 for non-members. Call (409) 832-3432 for tickets.
• 75+ beers (mostly American craft)
• Food pairings from: Carrabba's Italian Grill, Katharine & Co., Rao's Bakery, Spindletop Steakhouse, Two Magnolias, Zummo's Meats and more
• Charcuterie pairings from Abbie's Imports
• Over a dozen cheese pairings showcasing American artisan makers like Cheesy Girl, Cypress Grove, Maytag and several others
• Beer floats and chocolate nosh pairings
• 5oz etched tasting glass, unlimited pours
• custom screen printed shirts
• live, streaming podcast from BrewCrazy
• music entertainment
Its certainly sounds interesting, particularly the food pairings, but unfortunately, its a little out of the way for me for a Thursday evening.
Tuesday, August 17, 2010
Friday, August 13, 2010
Wednesday, August 11, 2010
Alaskan Brewing - Whiskey Barrel-Aged Smoked Porter
Avery Brewing - Quinquepartite
Bell’s Brewing - Eccentric Ale 2004
Big Sky Brewing - Ivan the Terrible
Boston Beer - Cosmic Mother Funk
Brooklyn Brewery - Reinschweinsgebot
The Bruery - Melange #3
Cascade Brewing - Noyeaux Sour Ale
Cigar City Brewing - Oak-Aged Jai Alai IPA
Deschutes Brewery - Black Butte XXII
Dogfish Head - Namaste
Foothills Brewing - Sexual Chocolate
Founders Brewing - Nemesis
Goose Island - Bourbon Barrel Coffee Stout
Great Divide Brewing - Flanders Red
Jolly Pumpkin Artisan Ales - Biere de Goord
New Belgium Brewing - Tart Lychee
Pike Pub & Brewery - Tripel Kriek
Rogue Ales - 21 Ale
Russian River Brewing - Temptation
Sierra Nevada Brewing - Brandy Barrel-Aged Belgian Trippel
Stone Brewing - Collaboration ESB
Three Floyds Brewing - Darklord
Upstream Brewing - 2006 Gueuze
Weyerbacher Brewing - Decadence
Wynkoop Brewery - Orville.33 Belgian Gold Ale
“The Denver Rare Beer Tasting is a unique celebration of beer,” said Daniel Bradford, publisher of All About Beer Magazine, which presents the event. “It is a chance for people who appreciate fine beers to mix with some of the rock stars of the brewing business, while enjoying beer they might never get the chance to have anywhere else.”
The event takes place at the Wynkoop Brewery on Friday, Sept. 17th from 1pm ~ 4pm. Tickets, on sale now, are $80 each and includes unlimited samples of more than 26 hard to find beers, a commemorative tasting glass and hors d’oeuvres. Only 500 tickets will be sold.
Scheduled releases in the Moveable Yeast series include Altared Amber (Amber Ale fermented with Belgian Trappist yeast), Bitter Belgian (Elissa IPA fermented with Belgian Trappist yeast) and Brown Bitter (Brown Ale fermented with Alt yeast).
Partial list of where you can find Weedwacker on draft from Beer, TX and 25-95.com:
The Flying Saucer Draught Emporium
Taps House of Beer
The Ginger Man
Under the Volcano
The Porch Swing
The Front Porch Pub
Onion Creek Coffeehouse
Cedar Creek Cafe
Canyon Creek Cafe
Stag's Head Pub
McGonigel's Mucky Duck
Anvil Bar & Refuge
Tuesday, August 10, 2010
Vic & Anthony's recently had a Dogfish Head Beer Dinner which sold out very quickly. If you're interested in attending this one, then I strongly recommend you make reservations soon.
Wednesday, August 4, 2010
“We have pulled together a heavyweight line up of breweries that will each bring a rare, limited release brew to the Denver Rare Beer Tasting,” said Rick Lyke, a prostate cancer survivor and founder of the Pints for Prostates campaign. “The brewers are generously raiding their private stocks to bring some incredible, exotic brews to the event. The reputation of the Denver Rare Beer Tasting spread rapidly after last year’s success. More than 60 percent of the tickets have been snapped up prior to the announcement of this tentative brewery list – and we’ve still not released the list of beers that will be poured.”
The attending breweries this year include:
Big Sky Brewing
Cigar City Brewing
Great Divide Brewing
Jolly Pumpkin Artisan Ales
New Belgium Brewing
Pike Pub & Brewery
Russian River Brewing
Sierra Nevada Brewing
Three Floyds Brewing
The event takes place at the Wynkoop Brewery on Friday, Sept. 17th from 1pm ~ 4pm. Tickets, on sale now, are $80 each and includes unlimited samples of more than 26 hard to find beers, a commemorative tasting glass and hors d’oeuvres. Only 500 tickets will be sold and it did sell out last year.
Tuesday, August 3, 2010
Monday, August 2, 2010
4th - Belhaven
11th - Lindemans
18th - Barbar
25th - Southern Star
The glasses are available starting at 5:30pm and only one glass per person with purchase of the beer of the day. As always, the glasses are subject to change and only available while supplies last.