Innovative Beverage Trade Marketers, Brands to gather in NYC March 21-23

Are you tired of an archaically regulated industry controlling your ability to sell your wines, beers, ciders and spirits to American consumers? Would you like to taste beverages you might otherwise never taste from multiple, diverse regions all in the same venue? Are you a producer looking for an importer so you can break into the American market? If so, mark your calendar to attend the USA Trade Tasting at the Metropolitan Pavilion in New […]

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Back-to-School with Beer: Brewniversity Houston Starts Sept. 12

Go Back to School with Beer as Central Market hosts another semester of Brewniversity with all new classes for beer lovers and learners starting Thursday, September 12 in the Houston, Texas location. Classes kick off with a Sip & Stroll around the Westheimer location, where patrons can sample beers, ales and the foods paired with featured selections. Or, spend an evening with cheese expert Janet Fletcher as she teaches the art of pairing artisanal cheeses […]

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Wine Bloggers’ 5-Year Reunion: The Good, The Bad and The Ugly Redux

Thoughts of attending a high school reunion lead to a barrage of emotional responses. From “I Can’t Wait!” to “Not just no; but Hell, No!” and plenty in-between, a reunion is different things to different people. For one whom high school was the pinnacle of his existence, it is a chance to relive the memories and for a brief time forget that he is no longer the star quarterback, the debate team ace or she […]

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7 Things You Might Not Know…

Since attending the first Wine Bloggers’ Conference in 2008 in Santa Rosa, I’ve spent a lot of time “palling around with terroirists” and got to know The Beer Wench in the process. Ashley’s is one of the few blogs to which I actually subscribe. I notice she has been posting quite often lately, thus shaming me even more for my failure to post at least every other day. So I thought I’d take her up on her little challenge, and actually do something I rarely do, actually “blog.”

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Man Cannot Live on Wine Alone

I love wine. If not for the effects of the alcohol, I would likely drink it at every meal and most of the time in between. Wine has joined food, music and football in the pantheon of my passions. Compared to the other three it is a relative newcomer, but takes a backseat to none of them. In fact, it often complements them quite well. But in the same way that play-off hockey can engage […]

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Beer Fest: Arrogant Bastards and Lusty Wenches!

The 2010 Fall Beer Fest at Brenner’s Steakhouse on the Bayou treated guests to music, tasty food and over 50 seasonal artisan beers all in the lush landscaped gardens of Brenner’s on the Bayou near Memorial Park in Houston, Texas. Buxom beer wenches dressed in traditional Oktoberfest garb poured from 9 different breweries including Houston’s oldest craft brewery: Saint Arnold which is celebrating its 16th-year. Founders Brock Wagner and Kevin Bartol, along with the recognizable […]

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New Belgium Springboard Ale

New Belgium’s Web site has some babble about this beer springing forth from dreams about acupuncturists and barrels, or some such nonsense. What a shame that is, as this is a exceptionally tasty hot weather beer, and that is a really stupid way to describe it unless their target is new age acupuncturist beer snobs. Springboard Ale is a very refreshing Belgian Pale Ale that goes down almost too easy. It has a very light […]

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