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I popped the cap and poured Black Wit-O into my favorite “We Love Houston Beer” pint glass and observed the carbonation create a thin layer of head settle at the top. This brew is as black as ink and immediately made me think of Guinness or a strong coffee stout. I had slight whiffs of licorice followed by...

From the immediate pour to the lift of the glass, I was swarmed with caramel hints and what seemed like coffee undertones. The beer’s physical appearance was a copper with murkiness that allowed very little light to shine through, it seemed almost thick but allowed a thin lace of head to rest on top. My first taste was...

Sailing Santa is actually a consumer inspired brew! The great minds at Saint Arnold's Brewing listened when we asked for a seasonal blend of Elisaa IPA and Christmas Ale with a touch of Christmas spice! It isn't a true IPA, more malt characteristics than anything. It sure is smooth sailing though! it has a sneaky high ABV which is always good around this time of year. Most places are releasing stouts this time of year because cold weather is perfect for that style of beer. However, in Houston,...

We asked a bit about the philosophy behind the beer and who they're trying to reach. Bobby explained to us that Back Pew Brewing isn't really interested in brewing beer to transition people from macro to craft. He believes there are plenty of other breweries that'll do that just fine. "We brew beer that we believe in, simple as that." That's why they put so much effort into brewing a...

Citra Mellow is a special beer. The team and I have been on a hunt for the last few weeks to gather a handful of certain "special" beers from around the Greater Houston area, and Citra Mellow was on that list. (More info on why it's special soon.) We got word that Galveston Island Brewing had started canning Citra Mellow, and the day the cans were available, we made a drive down to Galveston for a couple 6 packs....

8th Wonder Brewery did the city justice with Hopston. It's a TX IPA that's light on the tongue, but not light on flavor. I really dig 8th Wonder for their creativity - not only in the beers themselves, but in their names and artwork. Hopston's no different. Hopston is bit stronger in flavor than other IPAs I've had, but it's...

Garden State Hefeweizen by Southern Star brewing is the perfect hefeweizen for my taste. I'm of the opinion that Southern Star is hit or miss sometimes. I really like Conspiracy Theory, but I don't care for the Bombshell Blonde. I hesitated picking up Garden State Hefeweizen for that very reason. Man did I have some egg on my face for that, Garden State has a...

The Ranga is my first beer from Platypus Brewing, and it tastes great! I've never had an Australian beer, so I didn't know what to expect, but something told me Platypus would be churning out great beer. It starts off clean and sweet and the sweetness continues all the way through until...

Our friends Marcus and Kinga over at Baa Baa Brewhouse are hosting the 12 Beers of Christmas, a Houston Homebrew Competition. The competition will happen in 2 stages beginning in December, and the winner will be invited to brew their beer on a commercial scale at Baa Baa Brewhouse along with bragging rights, a trophy, and the opportunity to share their beer with thirsty Houstonians (and Brookshire-ans?) More info and registration...