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For a couple of years in the early 1970s, the 105-acre plant grounds were home to an avian-themed park called Busch Gardens that included an Asian-style pagoda, boat rides and a domed ice cave. Even after the park closed, Houstonians curious about malt, hops and "beechwood aging" made their way east down Interstate 10 to tour the brewery and hoist complimentary beers in the hospitality room. An array of craft breweries unheard of two decades ag...
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Drink beer, support the arts. Or at least some deserving local artists. Southern Star Brewing Co. in Conroe is putting original artwork on its newest series of canned beers. Southern Star founder D...
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A little more on the closure of El Cantina Superior and its owners' plans to open a brewpub in the space, 602 Studewood: First, beer fans excited by the arrival of accomplished Texas brewmaster Eri...
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Two new reports show beer's prolonged and powerful economic impact on the U.S. and on Texas in particular. The National Beer Wholesalers Association and Beer Institute report this morning that the ...
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Co-founder Ryan Soroka said 8th Wonder, which had its own person making all sales and deliveries its first two years in business, saw the number of retail accounts increase by about 50 percent immediately upon signing with Silver Eagle. Ben E. Keith, the nation's third-largest independent beer distributor, will sell B-52 Brewing's Payload Pilsner, Wingman Wheat IPA, Breakfast Stout and Double IPA in Fort Bend, Harris, Galveston and Montgomery co...
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[...] one of Houston's masters of sweet treats is giving it prominence on the dessert menu. Sara Brook, who drinks neither coffee nor beer but is fond of the flavors they add, will offer a series of eight craft-beer-infused cakes, puddings, tortes and tarts through the end of the year for her monthly specials at Dessert Gallery. Anyone who's attended one of the growing number of craft-beer dinners around town already understands the pleasures o...
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Houstonians welcome Spindletap Brewery to the local craft beer scene.
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Deep Ellum Brewing Co. launched the crowd-funded "Operation Six-Pack to Go" on Wednesday and said it had filed a federal lawsuit this week attempting to accomplish what multiple efforts in the Texas Legislature have failed to do: Under the state's three-tier system, with few exceptions, distributors maintain exclusive rights to buy beer from breweries and sell it to retailers. Texas, however, does just that by creating distinctions between vari...
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Weekend beercast: Visit the new Town In City Brewing Co.
Hard to believe, but we have known Justin Engle and Steven Macalello for four years. We've enjoyed their homebrew and have waited patiently for them to get their Heights brewery, Town In City Brewi...
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Silver Eagle's fee hike has some craft beer bars pondering a boycott.
The issue boiled over this week when Silver Eagle Distributors instituted an unannounced 20 percent hike in the deposit it charges retailers when they purchase a keg filled with beer, local proprietors said. Affected brands include Houston's Saint Arnold, Karbach and 8th Wonder and such national brands as Firestone-Walker, Lagunitas, Sierra Nevada and Stone. Because of state laws governing how beer is sold in Texas, no other wholesalers are all...
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B-52 Brewing Co. has signed a distribution deal with Ben E. Keith Beverages, a move intended to get the Conroe craft's products into more bars and restaurants. The wholesaler will begin with sales ...
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A year-old Austin brewery has prevailed in round 1 of its legal battle with craft beer giant New Belgium Brewing Co. over the rights to a product name both claim as their own. In Denver, a federal magistrate judge has ruled that Colorado has no jurisdiction in New Belgium's lawsuit against Oasis Texas Brewing Co. to stop or severely restrict its use of the name Slow Ride for its pale ale, one of its four core beers. The fight is the latest in a...
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Author of "Houston Beer: A Heady History of Brewing in the Bayou City." Houston Chronicle Assistant Business Editor and Beer, TX blogger: blog.chron.com/beertx
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