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3 New Local Frozen Treat Purveyors Will Help You Chill

Flavor 2014: Most of us already have our raspa stand of choice. Whether you’re going to wait in line at Las Nieves on Hildebrand—regardless of how many people may... By Jessica Elizarraras 7/29/2014
\'Most Naked Woman\' Set to Shimmy at San Antonio Burlesque Festival

'Most Naked Woman' Set to Shimmy at San Antonio Burlesque Festival

Food & Drink: The answer came unanimously without prompting or hesitation, as if sent straight from the sexually liberated goddess of... By Melanie Robinson 7/30/2014
Pub: Stay Golden Social House

Pub: Stay Golden Social House

Flavor 2014: Puro meets Pearl-adjacent at this laidback joint that packs a punch with seriously delicious cocktails... 7/29/2014
Chicken with a Cult Following at Pollos Asados

Chicken with a Cult Following at Pollos Asados

Food & Drink: It’s late on a Sunday morning, and the crowd that will soon fill Pollos Asados is just beginning to dribble in. Outside, the smoke from... By Ron Bechtol 7/30/2014
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  • Coming Soon: Texas Brewpub Boom The pints had barely been drained from toasting the passage of new small brewery legislation by the Texas Senate and House when brewery owners began... | 6/5/2013
  • Filling up at Big Hops Growler Station Sometimes a beer tastes so good on draft that you wish your sipping didn’t have to stop at the pub exit. Back at home, the bottled stuff somehow... | 4/3/2013
  • Winners and losers emerge in beer battles at the Texas Lege Beer drinkers, beer makers, and partisan politicians swarmed the Texas Capitol this month, wringing hands over how to modernize... | 3/20/2013
  • Texas beer bills get another go Small Texas breweries have been asking the state Legislature for one thing since 2007: the right to thrive. And for three sessions in a row... | 2/20/2013
  • Travis Poling rates new Texas microbrewery beers Shiner broke from its lager roots more than a year ago when it introduced an English-style ale called Wild Hare. Now that the rabbit is out of the hat... | 1/23/2013
  • Local beers you should know about If you drink ______, you may like _______. In the days of "faux craft" and international conglomerates owning some of the most beloved U.S... | 12/19/2012
  • Mezcal: Tasting "ten yards of barbed wire" These days, where there's smoke there's likely … a bartender. 1919's Stephan Mendez recently offered me a sample of rye infused with smoke from a... | 12/19/2012
  • Local brewery numbers mounting San Antonio and the surrounding region had a banner 2012 for new breweries and expansions, and even brewery-rich Austin is taking note with craft beer... | 12/19/2012
  • Strangest bartender stories Bars are places where people come to unwind, let their hair down a little and sometimes say what's on their minds. Bartenders have heard it all, but even... | 12/19/2012
  • Texas brewers have best showing at GABF Texas breweries made an admirable showing of nine medals at the awards competition of the Great American Beer Festival in Denver over the weekend. | 10/17/2012
  • Old Boxcar becomes Branchline Brewing In May, Jason Ard wrote a blog entry on his Tumblr site for Old Boxcar Brewing Co. He was impressed by the rising-tide-floats-all-ships camaraderie and... | 10/3/2012
  • Bottle & Tap: Get on the bus Boneshakers bicycle-friendly pub, a champion of Texas craft beer, wants to take its customers to the places where the good stuff is made. Each month... | 9/5/2012
  • Bottle & Tap: Take off the chill Outdoors the thermostat hit close to 100, but inside Freetail Brewing Co. was serving up cool weather brews with the AC cranked at its annual Christmas in July celebration. | 7/25/2012
  • Shiner gets prickly The Texas prickly pear cactus makes for some tasty nopalitos dishes, but the fruit of the cactus has been a staple in seasonal brewpub beers throughout the state. | 7/11/2012
  • SA plays beer guinea pigs Two beers, Indio and Third Shift, have launched in San Antonio in advance of national rollouts proving once again that our beer demographics are much... Just out on shelves is Indio, a Mexican beer from a comp | 6/20/2012
  • Grilling with the pros: Seasoning and heat are two key elements to master When it comes to grilling, there are really only two things to master: seasoning and heat. That's what San Antonio pit masters say are the key ingredients to the... | 6/20/2012
  • Ranger's small-batch brews Ranger Creek Brewing & Distilling Co. has made special releases of their beers a habit even as they establish their main brands to keep the beer hunters and... | 6/6/2012
  • Beer week is back When San Antonio Beer Week debuted last May, one morning news anchor observed, "I thought every week was beer week in San Antonio." This may well be true, but... | 5/9/2012
  • Vote beer Every two years the Texas Legislature meets to battle it out over budgets, education, and designating 42 as the State Domino Game of Texas. In the between years... | 4/18/2012
  • Old Boxcar gets rolling Old Boxcar Brewing Co., which will become San Antonio's second microbrewery when it opens later this year, pays homage to the founder's grandfather. | 4/4/2012
  • Proposed Mexican legislation NOM-186 alarms small producers It's rare that I use an exclamation point, let alone two, but circumstances apparently warrant it. I haven't heard the Mexican government's side on this, but it appears that new regulations... | 3/21/2012
  • Pedernales brewer is old school We've been waiting for Pedernales Brewing Co. to start sending out beer for months now, but the flow of suds is still dammed behind a quagmire of government paperwork. | 3/21/2012
  • Shopping list: Beer There are several notable recent beer releases to add to the try-this list. Saint Arnold Endeavour, which began life as Divine Reserve No. 11 when it was released last... | 3/7/2012
  • Brewing coming back to Pearl A new brewpub and barbecue joint is returning to the land where beer was brewed for nearly 100 years. Last week, The Granary sought permission from the city's Historic and... | 2/22/2012
  • Shiner's Wild Hare The good folks at the Spoetzl Brewery in Shiner have explored many German and Czech lagers since they launched their annual anniversary brew series seven years ago, but... | 2/8/2012
  • New brews | 1/25/2012
  • Lobo ready to howl Pedernales Brewing Co., a Fredericksburg microbrewery five years in the making, opened its doors December 17 with a party and tanks full of their Lobo-branded beers. | 12/28/2011
  • Micro- to middle-brew pubs kicking up dust need to cling to that vision thing Those who have caught the fever for brewing beer often become like little kids picking what they want to be when they grow up. | 12/14/2011
  • One part perspiration, one part experimentation = beers that hit, miss, bewitch It's not unusual for beginner home brewers to make a few mistakes even when playing it safe, but experienced brew-kettle commandos intentionally... How to make a spruc | 12/14/2011
  • Sushi, pigtails, and hops Who puts wasabi in beer? Brewers who are trying to pair their creations with those of a top San Antonio sushi chef. | 12/7/2011
  • Freetail anniversary party Freetail Brewing Co., which celebrates its third anniversary the day after Thanksgiving, is expanding at the end of the year with the addition of a bottling line capable of turning out up to 1,800 bottles of the 22-ounce variety every hour. Freetail Brewing Co., which celebrates its third anniversary the day after Thanksgiving, is expanding at the end of the year with the addition of a bottling line capable of turning out up to 1,800 bottles of the 22-ounce varie | 11/22/2011
  • Thanksgasm at Ranger Creek Texas Girls’ Pint Out (self-described as “Gals into grolsch. Ladies into lagers. Princesses into pilsners. Angels of ale,” etc.) | 11/9/2011
  • Tried and true brew There is a tendency on the part of beer adventurers to turn up the nose at anything that isn’t new, big, unusual, or rare from breweries. | 11/2/2011
  • October Surprises The usual fall beers are making their way onto shelves, but there are some nice surprises this month including the big, the bold, and the quirky. | 10/12/2011
  • GIG ’em an aggie beer It’s tailgating time again for San Antonians traveling to Aggieland. Dean Brundage, one of three | 9/28/2011
  • Drink for rain, drink for fall Beer isn’t just for fancy food pairings, but also for special occasions. Thankfully the season offers special occasions galore. | 9/21/2011
  • BEER TRIPPIN’: RANCH ROAD 12 With so many new breweries popping up in Texas’ small Hill Country towns, the urge has been strong to slip the bonds of the city and head for breweries with a strong bucolic aesthetic. | 9/7/2011
  • Ranger Creek Hefe After a bit of a delay to get things right, Ranger Creek Brewing & Distilling Co. has released its German-style hefeweizen. | 8/31/2011
  • Second Brewpub for Southtown Second Brewpub for Southtown | 8/24/2011
  • Harbingers of fall With the first chill in the air last week (Did you notice the daily high dip from 102 to only 99 degrees?) the beers of fall began to pop up on shelves. | 8/17/2011
  • Open the Taps The 83rd Texas Legislature in 2013 can look forward to thirsty thousands clamoring to be heard above the voice of big-money lobbying groups. | 8/10/2011
  • Texas Craft Brewers Guild The Texas Craft Brewers Guild will have a showcase at the Great American Beer Festival in Denver. | 8/3/2011
  • Bottle & Tap: Try This at Home It is becoming more difficult to keep track of new breweries popping up in Texas. | 7/27/2011
  • Alamo Brewing could lure downtown traffic to the Eastside, if the city cuts a deal The view from the Hays Street Bridge tells stories for those willing to see them. | 7/20/2011
  • Rochefort’s Texas return For lovers of Belgian ales, particularly those rare sippers from the Trappist monk-run breweries of Belgium and the Netherlands | 7/20/2011
  • Limited Releases Abound The great thing about microbreweries and brewpubs is their agility. This means fresh new releases year-round, with some as rare as a South Texas rain shower. Freetail Brewing Co.’s Jason Davis has tapped a special version of the brewpub’s standard Rye W | 7/13/2011
  • Ranger Creek releases The folks at Ranger Creek Brewing & Distilling Co. will soon release a hefeweizen for the doggiest days of summer. The refreshing German beer features wheat, barley, and a special yeast that gives interesting fruity and spicy flavors. | 7/6/2011
  • Never A Dull Beer There is nothing wrong with a basic meat-and-potatoes meal (or black beans and rice, for my vegan friends), but variety makes the world a brighter place, and Texas brewers are doing their part to bring a little light to our corner of the universe. The tra | 6/29/2011
  • Fêted 15’s | 6/22/2011
  • Day Trippin’ for Beer San Antonio beer enthusiasts and new brew hunters will go to great lengths to take breweries outside the city for a test drive. And with the buzz around Austin’s exploding brewery scene, it’s even tempting to brave the inexcusable traffic morass of the Capi | 6/15/2011
  • Esquire on beer, brewpub taps, and the sun sets on Brasserie Pavil Esquire on beer Jeret Peña remembers coming to The Esquire in his youth when his mother worked on the other side of the street at a title company. In young adulthood, the infamous bar was his go-to place for a 10 a.m. dose of menudo. Nearly a decade la | 6/8/2011