Five Burger and Local Craft Beer Pairings for Labor Day

Photo by Carla Soriano
Which No Label brew did we choose to pair with a turkey burger?
Most of us will spend our Labor Day outside by the pool (weather permitting) and will likely use the grill to make our lunch or dinner. Barbecue ribs and steaks are great Labor Day meals, but so are burgers. And what goes best with burgers? Well, fries, of course, but the other major accompaniment is beer.

When pairing burgers with beer, it's more than just matching the type of meat to the brew; you also have to consider the other components. We're talking about the cheese, sauce, bread and condiments.

Local grocery stores have a wide assortment of local craft beers, so you don't have to visit a restaurant or bar in the city to sip on one of those fine selections. Check out these five burger and local craft beer pairings to enjoy this holiday.

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Tickets on Sale Now for July 20 Sassafras Beer Dinner to Benefit Oak Forest Animal Advocates

Oak Forest has a stray animal problem, and neighborhood residents are rallying to do something about it.

It's not an original problem; the entire city of Houston shares it. Our streets are home to about one million stray animals, and BARC has neither the money nor the manpower to handle these staggering numbers. Rescue organizations turn away calls and emails for help on a daily basis with the refrain, "No money, no fosters. We're full, and we're broke."

On Sunday, July 20, the Oak Forest neighborhood is taking action to raise awareness--and funds--for the newly-formed Oak Forest Animal Advocates organization in an effort to take control of the stray population in their own backyards. So much the better for us, that action is a three-course dinner with beer pairings for $40 a person at neighborhood bar Sassafras.

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The 5 Best Beer Flights in Houston

Categories: Booze, Brew Blog

Photo courtesy MKT Bar.
Some flights provide variety, while others pair similar beers.
Decisions, decisions, decisions.

How to pick just one or two beers to drink during happy hour when there are so many to choose from?

Fortunately for those fickle souls among us, a number of bars and restaurants in town offer beer flights, so you can get more bang for your buck and more beer for your belly. If you can't decide which beer to taste on a night out, taste as many as possible with these various flights put together by beer aficionados so you don't have to do any thinking.

Of course, a few places offer build-your-own flights, which opens a door to endless possibilities (and hours of waffling back and forth). The indecisive should maybe stay away from those.

Drink up! Here's to Houston's hottest (and hoppiest) flights!

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Sundown at The Grove Returns With Craft Beer Flights & Delightful Bites

Photo by Molly Dunn
From left to right: Elissa, Amber, Icon and Lawnmower.
How does drinking a flight of beer with specially paired food while watching the sun set at Discovery Green sound? Pretty nice, right? Well, every Wednesday night until September 17, you can spend your evening sipping on beer from a featured brewery while munching on bites of food crafted by the chefs at The Grove.

Sundown at The Grove kicked off Wednesday, July 9, at 5:30 p.m. with beer flights from Saint Arnold and small plates prepared by The Grove's team of sous chefs led by chef de cuisine Ryan Williams. It was a relaxing evening on the upstairs patio overlooking Discovery Green.

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The Best Houston Beers for Summer

Photo courtesy D&T Drive Inn
Find most of these beers and more at D&T Drive Inn.
The sun is brutal and the air is thick and humid, and there's only one way to combat the Houston summer slump: Cold beer.

Fortunately, there are a number of breweries in our fair city, each of which has devised a special summer beer for the season. Some of them are released every year as soon as the days start getting longer. Others are small batch, limited edition brews intended to be as fleeting and lovely as a summer romance.

We tasted beers from each of Houston's six breweries and determined which libations are best to carry you through the summer and into fall. There are lots of hops, a little malt and more citrus than Carmen Miranda's headwear. Oh yeah, and there's also mint, hibiscus and Sour Patch Kids.

What can we say? Houston is full of creative brewers.

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Taste-Testing Summer Beer Cocktails at Yard House

Photo by Molly Dunn
Yard House has combined the fruitiness of summer with beer to make six special beer cocktails.
Yard House is known for having more than 125 beers on tap, but this summer you should consider ordering one of the new beer cocktails. Each location features six new alcoholic drinks made from a beer on tap plus a slew of liqueurs and bitters.

The new beer cocktails include the Dreamsicle, an alcoholic rendition of the classic orange-cream Popsicle; the Framboise Fog, a mix of Mezcal, bitters and Framboise; the Hawaiian Five O, a surf-side fruity cocktail featuring cider, bitters, pineapple and coconut rum; the Jack & Ginger, a Bavarian Weiss drink mixed with Jack Daniels Honey, ginger citrus agave and orange bitters; The Silly European, a House Belgian Amber Ale Tripel stirred with gin, amaretto Disaronno plus bitters; and the West Coast Shandy, a light summer drink made with an IPA, grapefruit, X-rated fusion liqueur and citrus agave.

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Saint Arnold Celebrates Its 20th Anniversary: Beef, Bands and Lots of Brews

Photo by Kaitlin Steinberg
The bands played on the loading dock below the decorative silos.
It was a hot and steamy evening this past Saturday as crowds gathered to party at the Saint Arnold brewery and taste the new 20th Anniversary Ale, but the temperatures didn't stop folks from dancing the night away in front of the festive loading dock. Of course, all the cold beer that was flowing probably didn't hurt either.

The event sold out before it began on Saturday, the crowds drawn by the promise of tasting the new, limited edition beer and the music of Sideshow Tramps, The Niceguys, The Suffers and Hayes Carll. All guests also got a full dinner from Goode Co. BBQ and a pretty sweet souvenir 20th anniversary tasting glass.

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Saint Arnold Celebrates 20 Years of Beers This Weekend

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This is the label for the limited edition 20th Anniversary Ale from Saint Arnold.
On June 9, 1994, Saint Arnold Brewing Company shipped the first keg of Amber Ale it ever produced for retail sale. It was brewed with a mission that brewer and co-founder Brock Wagner stands by even today, 20 years later: "Brew and sell the best beer in Texas and create an institution Houston and Texas are proud of."

It's safe to say that Houstonians are mighty proud of Saint Arnold, the oldest craft brewery of more than 130 in Texas, thanks to its longevity. This Saturday, June 7th, we have the opportunity to celebrate our pride and get our drink on at Saint Arnold's 20th Anniversary Party from 5 to 10:30 p.m. at the Saint Arnold Brewery downtown.

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Ten Best Alternatives to Beer (For Those Non-Hop Heads Among Us)

Photo by Morgan
Drastic times, man.
With the summer and Memorial Day approaching it's time to gather 'round the grill with friends and family and a nice cold brewski. Unless, of course, you're one of those crazy many people who just don't really dig beer.

For folks like you, there's always wine, of course, and cocktails, but those just don't have the same summery connotations as an icy can of Lone Star or a bottle of Saint Arnold Summer Pils.

Fret not, though, dear beer-despiser! There are a number of alternatives (not all of them tasty, mind you) to the traditional brew. From ciders to malt liquor, there's a refreshing brew out there to satisfy any taste. Unfortunately, the alternatives tend to have low ABVs, but that just means you get to drink more delicious Smirnoff Ices!

Here are the ten best alternatives to beer. And by best, we mean only.

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BrewFest Is Upon Us! Start Hydrating NOW!

Join us for all of the beer this Saturday!
The Third Annual Houston Press BrewFest is back this Saturday, May 17 from 2 to 7 p.m., and we've got your final brewery list and music lineup right here!

General admission tickets are currently $35, and VIP tickets are $60. Ticket prices go up $10 if you wait to buy them at the door, so go online now (if you haven't already) and get yourself a ticket. Sometimes we sell out, so it's a good idea to snag some tickets in advance.

A general admission ticket will get you entry and eight 3-ounce beer samples, and each VIP ticket includes eight 3-ounce beer samples plus food from Whole Foods and specialty beers for sampling.

The event is at Silver Street Station, and if you've ever attended anything at that venue, you might know that parking can be tricky. Parking is available at the corner of Washington and Silver Street, and there will be a shuttle running between this parking area and the venue from 1 to 7:15 p.m. Street parking is also available on the surrounding streets, but we cannot guarantee the safety of your vehicle there. Please do not park in the Winter Street Studios lot (2101 Winter Street) adjacent to Silver Street Station.

OK! Now that we've gotten all the boring logistics out of the way, let's talk beer!

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