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  • What are HOU drinking? – June 2017
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    What are HOU drinking? – June 2017

    When the Allen brothers named this city after the foremost Texas hero, they fated that Houston would be a city with a “personality” as big as his. So it should come as no surprise the big Texas spirit and big Texas taste is present in Houston’s beer scene. To celebrate beverages that would make The

  • On demand craft beer? Not yet.
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    On demand craft beer? Not yet.

    If you’re like me, you pay close attention to the latest announcement of some or another company joining in on the push to expand the ‘on demand economy’ into beer, wine and liquor. A confluence of circumstances recently has had me doing more than just watching press releases to using the services. I’ve used a

  • 5 Breweries Put Their Twist on Saint Arnold Classics
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    5 Breweries Put Their Twist on Saint Arnold Classics

    Saint Arnold Brewing Company is the oldest craft brewery in Texas, but that title doesn’t do justice to the impact they’ve had on the landscape of beer in Houston. I think calling them “The Godfather of Houston Beer” is a more appropriate title. Over the last 23 years, brewers and staff from Saint Arnold have

  • Editorial: Ken Goodman doesn’t look good in wool (HB3287)
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    Editorial: Ken Goodman doesn’t look good in wool (HB3287)

    Note: this post represents the sole opinion of me, Nathan Miller, and does not reflect an endorsement on behalf of Houston Beer Guide. From time to time, we will run editorial/opinion pieces when we feel a need. These are not “news,” nor “reviews,” nor are they endorsed posts, other than by the person who writes

  • These Are the Beer Bills That Could Impact Texas Breweries
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    These Are the Beer Bills That Could Impact Texas Breweries

    Special thanks to Isaiah Warner for his help collecting this list of bills that could impact the Texas beer industry and for his help explaining the legislative process in Texas. Update 4/17/17: When this list was originally compiled, sister bills HB 3287/SB 2083 had not been submitted. These distributor-funded bills, which restrict the ability of

  • Houston Beer Guide Bracket 2017
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    Houston Beer Guide Bracket 2017

    Contributions by Nathan Miller, Jose Luis Cubria, Kenneth Krampota, Josh Frink and HBG Staff (Click here to for a zoomable version) Yo that IPA Region is stacked! Mostly Harmless got screwed, though. Pumpkinator vs. Rocket Fuel in the Sweet 16 is gonna be brutal. I’ve got EZ7 as my Cinderella. Think Yellow Rose can win it all

  • Who will be Houston’s Tree House or Trillium?
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    Who will be Houston’s Tree House or Trillium?

    The Northeast-Style IPA Spreads its Wings Last April, with a good deal of fanfare (at least within beer geek circles), The Veil Brewing Company in Richmond, Virginia, flung its doors open for the first time on a Saturday morning at 11:00 a.m. Why does this matter to a primarily Houston-based audience of beer lovers? For

  • Our Favorite Beers of 2016
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    Our Favorite Beers of 2016

      Well, 2016 certainly was interesting, wasn’t it? Jose started the year off by telling you to stop aging beer, we hosted a Houston Beer themed March Madness bracket and a bot almost ruined it, Lone Pint (FINALLY) started dating bottles of Yellow Rose, Saint Arnold turned 22, Whole Foods sold beer for $2, and Karbach

  • Is it Worth it to Stand in Line for Beer?
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    Is it Worth it to Stand in Line for Beer?

    I’ve read the articles against standing in line for beer. Thrillist recently wrote one, and there’s an entire thread devoted to debating the subject on Beer Advocate, but here I sit, in my second line in a week for beer. The question you may ask is why? Do I not believe there are great beers

  • BREAKING: Anheuser-Busch InBev purchases Karbach
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    BREAKING: Anheuser-Busch InBev purchases Karbach

    This story will be updated throughout the day, please check back for updates. We will also tweet updates from @HoustonBeer. Update 3:00pm: Karbach has yet to respond to requests for comment. Meanwhile, we were able to reach Scott Metzger, Freetail owner, who was able to clarify the ramifications for Karbach as far as the Texas Craft

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  • Thanks Charles! We've decided to limit our map to Houston breweries (and breweries that primarily sell beer in Houston and/or its suburbs). While Shiner does have a 77XXX zip code, they are geographically much closer to Austin and San Antonio.

    by Josh F. Contact Us

  • Shiner - Texas's largest craft brewery - is impacted by this barrel limit as well. They're currently the only craft brewery in Texas that isn't allowed to sell beer on site. They're unable to test out "small batch" beers sold on draft directly to consumers. Packaging and distribution is a huge portion of beer manufacturing, and preventing them from testing out new ideas is limiting their creativity and the potential discovery of a great new beer!

    by Laura Quinn Editorial: Ken Goodman doesn't look good in wool (HB3287)

  • Excellent resource, the brewery map. I just want to request that you please add Spoetzl Brewery, in Shiner, Texas. Thank you!

    by Charles Porter III Contact Us

  • I agree that Mr Goodman isn't the best messenger, but the message is still valid. The Texas Craft Brewer's Guild, comprised of the vast majority of Texas's small and independent breweries, is also against the Bill. If it passes, every brewery in Texas will be devalued. Investors will be less willing to invest, lenders will be less willing to lend, and breweries will find it more difficult to finance growth. This Bill will do nothing positive for small Texas breweries - it's only purpose is to increase the control distributors have over the Texas beer market. I personally no longer support breweries who have sold out to ABI, but I want that to be my choice and not a government mandate. Michael Graham Co-Founder Austin Beerworks

    by Michael Graham Editorial: Ken Goodman doesn't look good in wool (HB3287)

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