Tailgating: Breakfast Beer
Students of Texas beer culture might assume that the Texans fans who show up three or four hours before the game to tailgate would prefer Bud Light to craft beers and imports. And while it is undeniably true that a hell of a lot of Bud, Miller and other mainstream brews are consumed in the Reliant parking lot -- a surprising number of upscale beers were also in evidence when we stopped by last month.
Saint Arnold’s brings their tied-dyed Bentley to Texans home games and pours free beverages for the faithful while they last. Which makes sense since Saint Arnold’s founder Brock Wagner is a season ticket holder and crazed Texans fan. Wagner has been known to paint his face with the team logo before taking his seat in the stadium.
With a noon kick-off, this Sunday’s Texans game against the Ravens will provide tailgaters with an excellent opportunity to taste test breakfast beers. I am thinking Real Ale's Shade Grown Coffee Porter, which is made with Katz's fair trade coffee, would be the perfect brew for this event--too bad it’s only available in draught. -- Robb Walsh