Memories led me to dig this up. It’s a list of establishments that make, sell, or serve good beers in the Houston area.
I maintained this list for five years. I received lots of emails from locals and travelers because of it’s presence. It even made it into some dead-paper references, including at least once at the Houston Press.
It was initially hosted by Tenagra.com, and I left it there after acquiring shirl.com because initially I didn’t have a web hosting provider, just the domain, and later because moving things about on the internet might get people lost back then.
I should include this review on my résumé:
… Bill Shirley’s labor of love is one of the most useful to foodies. It’s an exhaustive, encyclopedic, thirst-provoking list of Houston’s microbreweries, brewpubs, pubs, bars and even home-brew clubs.
Without further ado, or comment, from the way back machine we have Location for Fine Beer in the Houston Area.
I took up a friend on joining her at a West Galveston beach house this past weekend. I used the opportunity to get down there a little early and check out the Board Game Island and to ride my bike around the town and the sea wall. Board Game Island is a cafe a few blocks off the Strand that has many board games for its visitors to borrow while there.
I had a nice sandwich while there, though they were out of bacon, what’s up with that? They also serve beer and coffee. The beer selection was a bit minimal, and the St. Arnold Weedwacker was server almost room temperature in the bottle (likely due to the face that the waitress was quite young an unfamiliar with beer – though she did know to offer some that weren’t listed in the menu.) Continue reading
Patrick Beach at the Austin-American Statesman ran an article on the current fight for an inch: Regulation, Legislation and Fun You Can’t Have with Texas Beer: the patchwork of Texas’ beer laws satisfies almost no one.
My summary of it: beer distributers are engaging in anti-Texas behavior. Texas legislators are weak and willing to bow to the political will of the distributors.
But you’re welcome to read the article yourself if you don’t like my interpretation.
I previously emailed Rep. Farrar about House Bill 1062. She pushed for similar legislation two years ago, and got stomped by the distributers lobby. She left a comment hinting she was going to introduce a more feasible bill, but didn’t offer the details.
I ran into Brock Wagner soon thereafter. He had just met with Rep. Farrar in Austin and gave me the details. There are particulars that the the enormous distributers lobby complain about. Those pieces needed to be minimized if the legislation is to have a chance. She was going to introduce different legislation that had a better chance of surviving.
I’ve been so busy working on a new job that I missed the introduction of the new bill, HB2094. Charles Kuffner had mention of it on his blog, but I missed that too.
It seems it was scheduled for a public hearing the day after St. Patrick’s Day. I haven’t yet heard how that went. I don’t think that newspapers pay attention to government anymore.
“Not only should Texans be able to buy Texas beer, but our beer-buying money should, whenever possible, stay in the communities where the beer is produced.” So says J.R. Labbe at the Star-Telegram.
Contact your state senator and representative and tell them to support HB 754 and SB 1062. Heck, tell them to co-sponsor it.
It should be a no-brainer. Get it done, and get on with the hard work!
Did you contact your Representative yesterday? Excellent! Today, we are contacting our state Senator…
The Texas State Legislature has once again convened (for the 81st time), and there is another attempt to pass a minor, simple, and obvious bill that will set right the current inability of small brewers to sell their product from their breweries – a right that was restored to the craft vintners of the state in 2005.
Whenever this bill arises, it is usually killed in committee, thanks to big money distributors (Eagle among them). See I Love Beer for more information on what you can do, and please contact your state senator! The more light that shines on an issue, the harder it is for a legislative committee to keep it from seeing the house floor.