Craft Pride beer bar in Austin, Texas

I earned a good living selling Fuller’s ESB in Austin for five years back in the aughts. There was a small group of elderly pensioners that came to the pub every single day and hoisted a few pints while they swapped lies and quietly gazed upon the college girls and soccer moms who made up part of our patronage. Continue Reading

Covington Brewhouse in Covington, Louisiana has closed.

Is it any wonder?

Covington was famous for making watery, indistinct beers that never made headway in Louisiana’s tiny craft beer scene.

The concern has been sold and the new owners are remaining mum on the plans for the operation.

Let’s hope they lure a brewer onto the North Shore from a genuine craft beer hub.

Covington had been in business since 2004 first as Heiner Brau and later as Covington Brewhouse.

Big Bend Brewing Company is closing

Big Bend Brewing Company is shutting down operations on the last day of December 2018. This comes just eight months after the concern broke ground on a new facility in San Antonio, 400 miles from the mothership in Alpine, Texas.

Big Bend was a major player from day one back in 2012 when they flung their doors open with brewing legend Steve Anderson (RIP) on the mash tun. Continue Reading

The two things we miss most about Texas: Roadside taco stands and hundreds of local craft breweries

Just a reminder that when you’re at your neighborhood brewery drinking that $7 pint of microbrew that means $992 dollars goes into that concern’s coffers when they kick that particular keg. Not a bad little markup. Drink up y’all. Continue Reading

RL Reeves Jr reports on the U.S beer scene

Growing up in a dry county in the Cumberland Highlands of Kentucky meant making trips to Jellico, Tennessee if you wanted to buy beer. All you needed was a fake ID and enough gas money for the 50 mile roundtrip. Of course you could stay local and visit a bootlegger but they commanded high prices and you never knew if a cop was hiding up in the edge of the woods watching the goings on with a binocular. Continue Reading

RL Reeves Jr’s gateway beer.

Houston is booming but it still has a ways to go before it can catch up to Austin. 53 craft breweries call Space City home while Austin, the state capitol, can lay claim to 74 outfits brewing pure liquid gold. Cynthia Lescalleet breaks down the numbers in this piece for Forbes.

Heading to Houston? Make sure to visit Brash, and have a cold glass of Pussy Wagon, one of the Lone Star’s great IPAs. Continue Reading

Inside Dixie Brewing Company Headquarters in New Orleans East

It had been 20 months since we created our ‘Comprehensive List Of All The Breweries In Louisiana’. A lot has changed since then, and now we can lay claim to hosting 38 breweries in our great state.

Statewide we have Great Raft up in Shreveport in our number one spot on our power rankings while we adjudge Wayward Owl to be putting out the finest brew in New Orleans proper.

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