Archive | June, 2015

Houston Beer Fest

The Brew 6/11

Posted on 11 June 2015 by Admin - Mike Cortez

This week in, The Brew! We talk about a beer fest in Houston, we see how a distributor is hurting local breweries down in Houston and then we get into some shameless self-promotions. Check it out now in this week’s edition of, The Brew!

Houston Beer Fest

Houston – The Houston Beer Festival is probably the most known festival in the state but not necessarily in the most positive light. Since the festivals first year it has been plagued with pour business planning and bad luck but things look to be changing for the better. Last year, founder Timothy Hudson sold the festival to a new group and they are looking to change the past perception of the festival and bring together a well-organized and successful event. Organizers are looking to keep the same model of big musical acts and a large selection of breweries from both the commercial and the craft side. There are many myths and rumors surrounding the festival and organizers are hoping that after this year many will see the new direction and the changes the festival has made. For tickets and more information, please click here.

 Silver Eagle

Houston – As the growth of breweries continues to expand, so do the number of bars and restaurants looking to support the local scene until Houston distributor Silver Eagle (Anheuser-Busch) announced last week that they would be increasing their price of keg deposits by 20% to local establishments. This has angered many bar owners who have taken to social to show their outrage of the distributor. The reason for the increase according to Ben Fulleove, owner of the Petrol Station and Brash Brewing, “ABI (Budweiser) raised their keg deposits to silver eagle to $70 because kegs shells were going missing from large accounts (stadiums, kegs sold to individuals from retailers). So basically, punish small craft beer businesses for macro incompetence”. Due to Silver Eagles increase, many business including Petrol Station, Flying Saucer, Hay Merchant and Mongoose vs Cobra have vowed not to purchase beer from the distributor. While many are thinking, who cares if these establishments won’t be carrying Anheuser-Busch products, you might not realize that Silver Eagle also carried many beers from craft brews such as Houston’s own Karbach, Saint Arnold and 8th Wonder. This puts local breweries and bars in a standoff against each other while trying to support the local scene. Only time will tell how this will play out but we will continue to follow the story for a future article.

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Texas – Last week I got to spend some time in Houston to be a guest of a couple of radio shows to talk about Texas Beer Guide and my book Beer Lover’s Texas. It has been a great honor to write a book about Texas breweries, brewpubs and craft beer bars and it has even been a great pleasure to see the support I have been receiving. If you are not in Houston or if you missed the two shows you can now check them out online. Thank you so much to Jon Denman from Drink of Ages and James Simpson of What’s on Tap for having me on their shows. I am currently in the works of putting together book signing events in Houston, Dallas and San Antonio. I have already book an event for Austin so mark your calendars for August 21st. More details will come out shortly about the upcoming events. Thank you all again for the continued support. Beer Lover’s Texas can be found online and at your favorite bookstore.

To listen to Drink of Ages: https://soundcloud.com/drinkofages/episode-114-drink-of-ages

What’s on Tap: I come on around the 18:30 mark

As always, if you’re looking to get out this weekend we suggest you visit a local brewery, don’t forget that we have a list of all of the breweries near you so head over to the Breweries and Brewpubs page and go support your local brewers.

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Saint Arnold

Special Brew 6/5 – Saint Arnold Brewing Company

Posted on 05 June 2015 by Admin - Mike Cortez

Saint Arnold

Saint Arnold was established on June 9th in 1994 in Houston and this weekend it is finally turning 21. Over the years, Saint Arnold has seen a lot of changes. The brewery started out in a small garage in the Spring Branch neighborhood in northwest Houston which quickly gained a lot of attention. Every Saturday, fans would flock to the brewery tours and pack out the small space. Eventually, Saint Arnold aimed to expand and relocated just outside of downtown in a larger facility allowing for more space for brewing as well as a dedicated hall for tours and special events space. Over the years Saint Arnold has continued to keep their fans satisfied with their specialty releases like Icon, Bishops Barrel Series and the elusive Divine Reserve. Saint Arnolds year round beers are just as appreciated for being easy drinking, full flavored go to beers that are great any time.  This weekend they are having two great events to celebrate this occasion. Saturday, Saint Arnold will host their normal weekly tour but Saturday evening they will have a pub night at the brewery which they will have some special releases available for purchase. On Sunday they will host a rare cellar tasting with a very stellar line up of barrel aged specialties that owner Brock Wagner has been keeping secret for this special celebration. Cheers to Saint Arnold on turning 21 and thank you for all the work they do in the community. Click here for tickets and more information.

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Saturday, June 6
21st Anniversary Pub Night
5:00 – 10:00 PM

Special Beers:
20th Anniversary Ale
Bishop’s Barrel No. 10
Cognac Barrel 20th Anniversary Ale
Cask Conditioned Amber Ale with Mosaic Hops

– No admission charge
– Food trucks on site or bring your own food
– Special Souvenir 21st Anniversary Glass available for $10 which includes a token for a beer from our regular lineup

This event is strictly 21 and up.

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Sunday, June 7
Special Saint Arnold Rare Cellar Tasting
Session One: 12:00 – 2:30 PM
Purchase Session One Tickets
$60 plus tax

OR

Session Two: 4:00 – 6:30 PM
Purchase Session Two Tickets
$60 plus tax
This event will operate as our very own Saint Arnold beer festival. Guests will receive a tasting glass and a punch card upon arrival and will be free to move through our Tour Hall and Investor’s Pub to visit each beer station and Houston Dairymaids cheese tasting table.

Food will be available for purchase from our kitchen.

Featured Beers:
– Bishop’s Barrel No. 2 Brett
– Bishop’s Barrel No. 8 and Divine Reserve No. 15
– Bishop’s Barrel No. 9
– Bishop’s Barrel No. 10
– Pumpkinator 2011 and Pumpkinator 2014
– Cask Conditioned Pumpkinator Aged in
Bourbon Barrels with Coffee and Cocoa Nibs
– 20th Anniversary Ale
– 20th Anniversary Ale Aged in Cognac Barrels
– Divine Reserve No. 11 and Fresh Endeavour
– Divine Reserve No. 12
– Divine Reserve No. 13 Aged in Bourbon Barrels
– Divine Reserve No. 14 Aged in Tequila Barrels
– Boiler Room Berliner Weisse with Syrup Selections
– Two selections from our regular beer lineup

Your ticket includes:
– 2 oz samples of each beer
– Houston Dairymaids Cheese Tasting Table
– Special Souvenir 21st Anniversary Tasting Glass

This event is strictly 21 and up.

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903

The Brew 6/4

Posted on 05 June 2015 by Admin - Mike Cortez

This week in, The Brew! Texas is finally drying out after over 20 days of rain and severe storms. Our hearts go out to those affected by the storms and we hope that you are all recovering. A big cheers to all of the first responders who were out during the storms to help those in need. This week we are going to talk about the outskirts of Texas. First, we see what far north Texas brewery is celebrating 2yrs, we see what west Texas brewery is heading east and finally we go camping at an east Texas brewery. Last week we went to Houston to do interviews with the Drink of Ages and What’s on Tap radio shows about my book Beer Lover’s Texas which is now on shelves and also available for ordering online. We will be posting those interviews once they are available. Until then, enjoy this week’s edition of The Brew!

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Sherman – Way up in north Texas is a small little town that sits less than 30 minutes from the Oklahoma is the quiet town of Sherman. It is an easy town to pass if you blink but thanks to the gang at 903 Brewers, has made stopping in Sherman well worth the trip. This weekend, 903 is celebrating 2yrs in business and what a great two years it has been. Over the last few months they have started to increase their distribution with some hitting the Hill Country while more still remains up in the north Texas region. Their old warehouse turned brewery has done a great job of putting out some pretty stellar beers such as my personal favorite, the Sasquatch Chocolate Milk Stout but their Crackin’ Up Pecan Porter and Sugar on Top IPA are just more examples of the great beers that they have brewed. Hats off to the hard work of founders Jeremy & Natalie Roberts over at 903 and congratulations on all their hard work. The party kicks off this Saturday with live music, food vendors and 21 beers available to try. General Admission tickets are still available and only a handful of VIP tickets remain. For tickets and more information, please click here.

big bend

Alpine – Out in the west Texas town of Alpine sits Big Bend Brewing Company. It was founded by Steve Anderson who has a long celebrated career of brewing in Texas. He was originally the brew master for Waterloo Brewing Company which was the first brewpub in the state and even brewed for Live Oak Brewing before heading out west to establish a brewery of his own. Now, Steve is head back to Austin. Well, not physically but in the form of beer. Big Bend Brewing Company has expanded their distribution and as of this week, their beers have begun hitting shelves across the city. This is a big move for the lone brewery out in west Texas. We hope that this is a sign of things to come and hopefully we will see the beers distributed to Dallas and Houston soon.

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Seven Points – With summer quickly approaching, it is time to head in to the great outdoors and be one with nature. I for one enjoy doing so with a cold beer in my hand and this weekend you can be doing just that. Cedar Creek Brewing Company is excited to show off their new brewery and hosting a camp out for a night of great food and damn good beer. The up and coming Intrinsic Brewing will also be participating in the even with their Pitmaster Tex taking care of the food as well as pouring some of their beer. Tickets are all inclusive so grab a tent and head on out for a great night under the stars. For tickets and more information, please click here.That’s my story of how a beer saved my life. But others in the area weren’t so lucky. Hundreds of people are left homeless and heartbroken. I ask if you take anything from this story, it’s that you spead the word that people in Wimberley and San Marcos need donations of food, water, clothing, blankets, etc. Send it to the Red Cross and Salvation Army in the area, and there are multiple drop off points in those towns.

As always, if you’re looking to get out this weekend we suggest you visit a local brewery, don’t forget that we have a list of all of the breweries near you so head over to the Breweries and Brewpubs page and go support your local brewers.

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