Texas Beer and Cocktail News: August 2014

The Funnel Cake Ale from Community Brewing. Funnel cakes: is there anything they can’t do? http://beerblog.dallasnews.com/2014/08/only-in-texas-a-funnel-cake-flavored-beer-to-be-served-at-state-fair.html/
  • There’s a new Texas cocktail/food blog in town! Welcome Whiskey and Wry!
  • Alba Huerta of Anvil fame has now opened her long-awaited bar called Julep on the eastern side of the Washington corridor. The place has gotten tons of press in the Houston Chronicle, Houston Press, Eater, even Zagat. Set to become one of Houston’s (and the country’s!) premiere bars, I’m sure.
  • Rudyard’s and O’Dell Brewing Company are bringing you their 82nd monthly beer dinner this Thursday. Check it out!
  • There’s a new bar on the Westheimer curve from the people who brought us Royal Oak and Boondocks. I must admit: I love Boondocks. Their $1 happy hour well drinks special is one of the best deals in town, even if you do have to brave those bathrooms. Stone’s Throw, right next door to Boondocks, on the other hand, looks gorgeous, and the cocktail menu is inviting, too! Very different from Boondocks, that’s for sure.
  • If you’re in Austin battling the heat, Food Republic has you list of bars to go to for seven inviting frozen drinks. Frozen Chartreuse Swizzle, anyone?
  • Austin now has a craft cidery. Sounds like a Texas Keeper to me.
  • Dallas’s Alamo Drafthouse is premiering Deep Ellum’s new Belgian IPA called Boomstick while showing the movie that inspired it, Army of Darkness. “Oh, that’s just what we call pillowtalk, baby.” “Hail to the king, baby.” August 26.
  • New Braunfels is going to get a growler place. Can you take a growler on your raft as you float on the river? Man, I hope so.
  • Prohibition Supperclub is set to open sometime later this summer in downtown Houston. Burlesque, anyone?
  • If you’re looking for a beer and/or wine festival around Houston, the Houston Chronicle has you covered. Lots of good stuff happening. 
  • And if you’re in Dallas, the Dallas News has your beer festivals there, too. 
  • Austin’s Independence Brewing Company launches its new lower-ABV pale ale called Power and Light. I like the trend of the more drinkable pale ales, I must admit.
  • I don’t know what a beer is doing as a finalist for the State of Texas Fried Food competition, but Community Brewing actually has a Funnel-Cake beer. I should write an entire post about this stuff, even though I haven’t even tried it. But I LOVE funnel cakes. Memories of going to the jockey lot in Anderson, SC as a kid. Oh, man.

Remember to send all of your Texas beer and cocktail news. Openings, happenings, whatever. I will include them in the monthly list.

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