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Best Dark Beers For The Holidays in Houston

Posted: December 18, 2018 at 5:22 pm   /   Bars, Beer, Featured

Houston’s sub-tropical climate doesn’t often demand rich and robust beer styles like stouts, porters and winter warmers. These thick, malt-driven beers just aren’t as refreshing as a light-bodied Kölsch or pale ale, beer styles that cut through the heat with crisp, thirst-quenching flavors. So, when Houston temperatures do finally drop below 80 degrees, it’s important to […]

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Picture of three bottles of sparkling wine against a Christmas tress and reindeer.

Houston Sommeliers’ Picks for Best Sparkling Wines for the Holidays

Posted: December 18, 2018 at 1:37 pm   /   Bars, Featured, Wine

Nothing quite puts the “pop “in a holiday celebration like opening a bottle of bubbles. While most people think of these as the go-to wines for celebrations and toasts, they’re more versatile than that. They can kick off a meal, be part of the main dish or simply be served as a refreshment. We asked […]

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Houston Sommelier Passes Famously Intense Wine Exam — Twice

Posted: December 6, 2018 at 4:37 pm   /   Bars, Sommeliers You Should Know

The Master Sommelier exam, administered by the Court of Master Sommeliers organization, is famously one of the most grueling tests in the world. There are even movies about the rigors candidates go through in trying to pass the test. In fact, sommeliers aren’t even allowed to take the exams until they’ve passed three others: the […]

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Hocus Pocus cocktail at Mongoose versus Cobra

Mongoose versus Cobra’s Bartenders Have Crafted a Must-Try Seasonal Cocktail List

Posted: December 4, 2018 at 8:36 am   /   Bars, Cocktails

Cocktail lovers who are looking for something new should have more than enough to keep them occupied at Mongoose versus Cobra, located in a historic building that’s over 100 years old at 1011 McGowen. The new drink list features nearly two dozen classics and bar-staff originals. Many of the cocktails feature comforting, cool-weather flavors, such as maple, sage, […]

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Beer Review: Saint Arnold’s Bishop’s Barrel 22 Caters To Beer AND Wine Lovers

Posted: November 29, 2018 at 11:56 am   /   Beer, Breweries

The 22nd installment in Saint Arnold Brewing Company’s Bishop’s Barrel series was released on November 26, and it appeals to more than beer drinkers thanks to an unlikely wine connection. Find it in most grocery stores, larger liquor stores and, of course, at the Saint Arnold beer garden. Saint Arnold initiated the Bishop’s Barrel series […]

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