Beer Buzz: Not From Round Here?…

Beer Buzz: Not From Round Here?…

Things have begun snowballing at a somewhat startling rate in the world of craft beer. In 2012 America had amassed 2,401 craft breweries, according to the Brewers Association. By their most recent count in 2015, that number has grown to 4,225. Such rapid growth has had many people, myself included,…

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Fall Beers

Fall Beers

Hooray for Fall! Football is on TV, jackets and sweaters have been brought to the front of the closet, ‘Pumpkin Spice’ has emerged from hibernation, (for better or for worse), and your aunt has those scented candles out again. Yes, fall is quite the season indeed. But the best part…

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In Texas We Oktoberfiesta!

In Texas We Oktoberfiesta!

On the sales floor at the Smith Street location, there has been a lot of talk about the “seasonal creep”: pumpkin and Oktoberfest beers coming out earlier and earlier. Well, that is the case, but it was summed up best by a Twitter user who responded by quoting Talladega Night’s…

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Labor Day Celebrations!

Labor Day Celebrations!

September 5 is Labor Day, a time to celebrate the hard work of American workers by taking a day off and spending time with family and friends! Sure manning the grill on a 100-degree day is hard work, but it’s certainly not a workday! And we have President Grover Cleveland…

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Juxtaposed!

Juxtaposed!

In my last two articles I have introduced you to my curiosity in the science of perception and flavor, and expanded upon that idea with, hopefully, a fun shot-and-beer pairing (tequila shots and sour beers? Yes!). This time around, I’d like to get a little bit nerdier about a portion…

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Top 15 Texas Craft Brewery Tour Day Trips

Top 15 Texas Craft Brewery Tour Day Trips

It’s Texas, it’s summer, it’s 100+ degrees, it’s time to go drink some beer! Texas is a big state, so we broke our Craft Brewery Tour Day Trips article into three cities for your traveling convenience. We’ll be covering five breweries in Dallas, five in Austin, and five in Houston.…

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Everyman’s Doing It!

Everyman’s Doing It!

How best to find a food pairing for a beer is a constant topic of conversation and debate among those at Spec’s, whether employee or guest, and all of us, myself included, would benefit more from basic information. There are a handful of “rules” I do my best to adhere…

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Mind’s Playing Tricks  On You…

Mind’s Playing Tricks On You…

I have a healthy level of curiosity in what we taste, how and why, when eating and drinking. How is it that I taste different fruits, flowers, herbs and spices in my cup of coffee? Why does this beer taste different today than it did last time I had it?…

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Brewvie Night: The Nice Guys

Brewvie Night: The Nice Guys

Chances are you've seen a Shane Black movie. He's had a hand in a plethora of cult classics and Hollywood blockbusters alike. We'll call his work the Shaneoverse. He started with Lethal Weapon, one of the first movies my father shared with me, which jump-started my love of Black's signature…

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Born In The USA Craft Beers – Part 2

Born in the USA Craft Beers – Part 2

It wouldn’t be a complete celebration of Craft Beer Week without a tip of the hat to the Lone Star State. Texans are famous for their beer-drinking ways and have even started our own microbreweries to keep up with the demand! So many breweries are springing up from one end…

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