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Ben Milam Whiskey Honors a Texas Revolutionary

Ben Milam Whiskey Honors a Texas Revolutionary

Texian revolutionary Ben Milam may not be as famous today as James Bowie, Davy Crockett, and William Barret Travis, but he should be. After all, Milam led the Siege of Bexar in late 1835 that drove Mexican forces out of San Antonio and the Alamo and set the stage for the Republic of Texas to win its independence the following spring. Felled by a sniper, Milam gave his life to the cause. Read More »

Adults Only Spring Break on Distillery Row

Adults Only Spring Break on Distillery Row

“It’s called Dripping Springs for a reason,” says Meryl Sager, the sparkly-eyed bartender at the Desert Door tasting room as she spoons a glob of honeycomb into the Yaupon Palmer, a sotol-based version of an Arnold Palmer made with yaupon tea. “Everything here is dripping.” Sager’s right. When you drive the back roads around Dripping Springs and Driftwood, you are meandering through Central Texas’ distillery motherland. Although not visible from these pretty, tree-lined roads, barnfulls of stills are near at hand, all bubbling away to create small-batch spirits— from gin to sotol to whiskey—ready for you to swill, preferably while sitting outdoors on a breezy day with friends. These springs drip the good stuff. Read More »

What the Heck is Ranch Water?

What the Heck is Ranch Water?

You can belly up to any bar in West Texas, whether it’s a dark dive or a glamorous hotel, and, without even glancing at a menu, order a ranch water. Heck, these days, you can do that at pretty much any bar in Texas. The simple cocktail has developed quite the fan base, and it’s led to contested origin stories and bubbling debate about the proper ingredients. Read More »

Big Bend Brewing Company Shuts Down Operations

Big Bend Brewing Company Shuts Down Operations

The Alpine brewery hopes the closing will be temporary. Texas beer lovers must bid adieu (for now) to “the beer from out here.” Read More »

Holiday-Themed Pop-Up Concept Coming to Texas Bars

Holiday-Themed Pop-Up Concept Coming to Texas Bars

While most of us might be too old to sit on Santa’s lap, that doesn’t mean we’ve outgrown holiday merriment. For a warm glow within and without, make plans to stop by Miracle, a pop-up concept coming to five Texas bars this season. Miracle transforms watering holes in Austin, Dallas, Fort Worth, San Antonio, and Galveston into full-blown holiday wonderlands with nostalgic, kitschy décor and themed specialty cocktails Nov. 23 through Dec. 29. The concept debuted in New York City in 2014 and now has 80 locations internationally. Read More »

The Devil’s Backbone Tavern

Not far from one shaded overlook is the Devil’s Backbone Tavern, which opened in 1932. Beer is cheap and ... Read More »

Where to Eat in Amarillo

Where to Eat in Amarillo

Worldwide, Amarillo is probably most famous for The Big Texan Steak Ranch and its free 72-ounce steak (“if ... Read More »

Front Porch Distillery

Front Porch Distillery

Nacogdoches business owners value the college students and professors as customers. John D. Bradford is a good example. A Stephen F. Austin banner hangs from a tin roof above the distilling tanks at his Front Porch Distillery, which he opened with his four daughters in late 2016, creating it from an old catfish restaurant on the outskirts of town. Read More »

What the Heck Is Sotol? Visit This Hill Country Distillery and Tasting Room and Find Out

What the Heck Is Sotol? Visit This Hill Country Distillery and Tasting Room and Find Out

Desert Door’s sandstorm margarita combines its signature sotol with lime, peaches, rosemary, and jalapeño.In 2016, graduate students Judson Kauffman, Brent Looby, and Ryan Campbell stood around in a college parking garage drinking Mexican sotol from the bottle before class. Read More »

This Houston Brewery Made Headlines with Its Heroic Harvey Rescues

This Houston Brewery Made Headlines with Its Heroic Harvey Rescues

Just as you’d expect of the fourth-largest city in America, the vibe is delightfully diverse—a 20-something couple canoodles in a seating area made from a retrofitted shipping container; a group of coworkers roll up their sleeves, setting newly freed elbows on a picnic table; and a trio of pals stare up at a television watching the tense last moments of a basketball game. Different races, ethnicities, and age groups have come together, cradling amber and coffee-colored pints of beer, carrying on the centuries-old tradition of breweries, pubs, and taverns as centers of their communities. Read More »

Award-Winning Bourbon Distilleries in Texas

Award-Winning Bourbon Distilleries in Texas

Blame it on Tito’s. The craft vodka from Austin, which grew from obscurity 20 years ago into one of Texas’ ... Read More »

Camp Comfort Provides an Antidote to Life’s Stressful Moments with Pizza, Bicycling, and Wine Nearby

Camp Comfort Provides an Antidote to Life’s Stressful Moments with Pizza, Bicycling, and Wine Nearby

Comfort’s effect on me during my recent visit mirrored my thoughts on my first trip more than 20 years ago: This ... Read More »

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