Saturday, August 30, 2008

Another Current Addiction

So my wife got on this kick for British-style cream ales a while back, so I grabbed a four-pack of Wexford's Irish Cream Ale (yes, I know British and Irish aren't the same thing, please don't letter-bomb me), and we've both gotten to love it. It's in the tall-boy cans with the nitrogen widget in it, and that nitro makes for some serious creamy goodness. It just glides down the throat, pleasing my tastebuds mightily along the way. Drinking a nitro pour, with its smoother mouthfeel that carbonated beers, always brings back good memories of my lone trip to London which I desperately want to repeat. (2012 Olympics or bust!)

I first heard of this fine brew from Beergirl (recognize that picture, Sara?) and I really owe her big thanks for it.

If you dig Boddington's, shell out the extra two bucks for this instead. Your return on investment will be huge.

Friday, August 29, 2008

Drinkers of the World Unite

So tonight I went downtown to the annual AFL-CIO Labor Day Fish Fry to cover it in my duties as a political reporter, always a fun event provided you like Democratic politicians and fried fish. Fortunately, I'm pretty partial to both.

But damn, my ability to connect with the common working man has its limits. I know those union guys are all about keepin' it real and blue-collar, but does the beer selection always have to be a choice between Miller Lite and Miller High Life? C'mon, throw us beer snobs a bone – I don't expect a Belgian tripel or anything, but could we at least get a keg of Shiner Bock?

Saturday, August 23, 2008

Benefit at Austin Homebrew Supply

Message I received about what sounds like a worthy cause (and not far from my house, so maybe I'll go):
Austin Homebrew Supply at 7951 Burnet Rd. will be holding a fundraising event on Saturday August 23rd from Noon-6pm for a young man named Orion Fierro who's family is facing mounting medical bills after Orion had brain surgery to repair malformed arteries. The event will include 3 bands, beverages, and food. There will be a donation jar set up for Orion's fund, along with 10% of the stores sales on that day will go toward Orion's recovery fund. We hope to see you there!

UPDATE: I just came back from this. It's a nice little time. Some good beer (Live Oak's IPA, NXNW's Hefeweizen, and (512)'s Wit, and even a small keg of Lovejoy's Pale Ale), burgers, sausages, and desserts. Hurry on down there and give them a donation.

Thursday, August 21, 2008

New Bar in West Campus

I just got an e-mail from Chip Tait, the founder of Lovejoy's, letting me know he's opened a new bar in the West Campus area. Sez Chip:

"The Drungo Ice House recently opened at the corner of 29th and Rio Grande (next to Junior's).

"We have 14 draught beers and 40+ in the bottle. We're open daily from 11am - midnight. We have outdoor seating, free parking and free pool."

And guess what, kids? It's on the No. 3 bus route!!!

Go to the Flying Saucer and VOTE

I could have added this to my "combining my passions" series as well — politics and beer. Beginning Sept. 3 at 7pm, you can go to the Flying Saucer and "vote" for your favorite candidate by purchasing the pint glasses ($5) you see above until election night. Votes will be tallied and updated each day, and customers can vote as many times as they like (presumably, you have to continue shelling out the five bucks each time, but hey, vote-buying is nothing new, right?).

The pint glasses will be available at all Flying Saucer locations.

(Erm, why do they depict Obama wearing lipstick on his glass?)

Wednesday, August 20, 2008

Another great canned beer — this time from Texas

I should have written up Southern Star Pine Belt Pale Ale weeks ago. And actually, I did, so I'll just reprint here what I first wrote about them in The Austin Chronicle back on July 4:

[W]ow, for their first time at the plate, these guys hit it out of the park. Ignore the fact that it comes in cans (a rarity in the world of craft brewing): From the moment it poured into my glass and the smell of the hops hit my nose, I knew I'd love it. A slightly strawberryish flavor preceding a bracing, aggressive hop punch tasted wonderful going down, and heck, even my burps tasted good afterward. Rookie of the year!

I'm especially excited about Southern Star because it's yet another great Texas brewery, based out of Conroe (near Houston). I suspect this canned beer thing is a trend in the making.

Friday, August 15, 2008

On semi-hiatus for a while

Not only am I not drinking beer for a few days, but I probably won't be beer-blogging much either for about the next week or so. As you may have noticed, the Olympics have started. And as you also may have noticed if you're a regular reader, I am a rabid track & field fan. The track events in Beijing started today and continue through Aug. 24, so I will be obsessively glued to the television instead of the computer until then. I might post if I'm really inspired or blessed with a load of free time (hah!), but otherwise, don't expect much from me.

(Oh yeah: Beijing is 13 hours ahead of Texas, and all the track is being shown on tape delay. If you happen to spot the results of a particular event on the Internet, please, please, please don't talk to me about it until after it has been broadcast on NBC.)

Wednesday, August 13, 2008

Whoo-hoo! Recognition!

Just this morning, I noticed the food column of the Austin American-Statesman's Addie Broyles (that's her in the picture) for the first time, but a few minutes ago I discovered that she has already noticed me: On her blog, she has me listed in her blogroll, and in this round-up of her favorite local food/drink blogs, she described I Love Beer as "A must for beer connoisseurs."

Thanks, Addie!

Monday, August 11, 2008

Life Is Not Worth Living

Dark days have descended upon my life.

I have been bothered by a mysterious intestinal bug for the entire summer, an illness of which I'll spare you the details except to say that it makes my body do disgusting things. I finally saw a gastroenterologist, though, and got a diagnosis identifying the ugly little parasite that has been tormenting me.

So what does this have to do with beer? And why am I so glum? Because the medicine I've been prescribed requires abstinence from alcohol. I can't drink for the next eight days! And this weekend I'm entered in a day-long poker tournament. I can't play poker sober!
This is going to be a rough week.

I can't help but think of one of my favorite quotes, which I've seen credited to either Frank Sinatra or Dean Martin: "
I feel sorry for people who don't drink. When they wake up in the morning, that's the best they're going to feel all day."

(UPDATE: Well, apparently I can play poker sober. Out of a 27-player field, I finished fifth and managed to come out $20 ahead. But I still want a beer, dammit.)

Wednesday, August 06, 2008

(512) Brewery's Grand Opening Saturday

Thanks to Machuca for reminding me of this, because I'd forgotten it. Unfortunately, I also can't make it. But I'm looking forward to trying their beers soon.

Monday, August 04, 2008

It's coming, I promise

Yes, dear readers, I know you want a recap of my 40th birthday madness. I promise, I'll get to it, and I won't do my usual write-it-up-six-weeks-later laziness. I was out fairly late with friends (and recuperating) last night, and tonight I have to work late, but I may have something late tonight, or maybe tomorrow night.

EDIT: You can get a Twitter version of what happened at