Eureka Heights Brewing Company celebrated their grand opening on October 15th with a Firkin Jorts Party! Guests were encouraged to wear jorts (jean shorts) and as much denim as possible. Tickets even included your very own denim koozie to slip your custom logo glass into. In addition to their usual line up of beers, ten unique casks were available for guests to sample. Wokker Texas Ranger was parked out front to make sure there was plenty for people to munch on. The large open warehouse was the perfect space to have a huge celebration and people came in droves to partake in the celebration. This was definitely one of the funniest grand openings I've been to!
My favorite beers of the day were the Buckle Bunny and the Moo Caliente Milk Stout. The Buckle Bunny is a light cream ale (4.2% ABV) that was crisp and refreshing. Great with food and the perfect beer for a warm day. I'm a huge fan of stouts and Moo Caliente (6% ABV) did not disappoint. Moo Caliente has hints of cinnamon and cayenne. For the grand opening, they played around with the flavors adding coconut, cocoa nibs, coffee, and vanilla. For me, vanilla was the best!
Eureka Heights is open Friday 4 to 8 p.m., Saturday Noon to 8 p.m., and Sunday Noon to 4 p.m. Tours are available during tap room hours. Their beer can be found around town and 32 oz. crowlers can be purchased at the brewery to take home.
Texas Monthly hosted their first ever Whiskey Affair on October 12th at Silver Street Studios. The venue was transformed into an intimate and glamorous setting for over 50 brown spirits including whiskeys, bourbons, and scotches. Texas was well represented with 9 Banded, Balcones, Silver Star, Rebecca Creek, and Garrison Brothers.
Bites were available throughout the evening from Bosscat Kitchen, Kiran's, Café Annie, Eight Row Flint, and Fluff Bake Bar. Infiniti provided a lounge area for guests as well as a fun photo booth. VIP guests were able to enter one hour early and received a cool swag bag that included stickers, bandanas, a round ice mold, and lots more.
A special part of the Whiskey Affair was guest mixologists Alba Huerta of Julep and Mike Raymond of Reserve 101. Huerta made a delicious hand-crafted Fig Julep. Raymond made a Peach Blossom with Toki Whiskey and a house made peach syrup with cloves and cracked peppers. He also made the best Old Fashioned I have ever tasted using Maker's 46, Honey Syrup, and Hell-fire Bitters.
The Second Annual Arts & Drafts Houston was held October 1 at the Silo on Clinton Street. Sponsored by Grandma's Boys Lemonade, this event was a celebration of art, music, and fun. The Silo provided the perfect venue for the collection of graffiti art and eclectic vendors. Over thirty craft beers were available to sample in addition to craft cocktails made with Blue Chair Bay Rum and Ciroc. Of course Grandma's Boys had their fresh fruit lemonades on hand to quench the thirst of attendees.
A graffiti art contest was held during the event. The winner, Jesus Sanchez, won a cool trophy, $150 cash prize and a graffiti kit from Ava Graphics. The People's Choice award for best brewery went to Saint Arnold's. The festival ended up raising $1,000 for La Rosa Family Services. La Rosa provides services to victims of domestic violence and their families.
The Second Annual Whiskies of the World Houston took place Saturday, October 1 at the Hyatt Regency Houston Hotel. Forty-three booths were set up with tastings from over 200 whiskies. The event also included a lavish buffet with items designed to stand up to such hardy spirits. VIP ticket holders were able to enter the venue one hour early and taste special vintages not available to the general admission.
In addition to tastings, this luxurious event provided guests with the opportunity to attend 45 minute master classes from Glenmorangie, High West, Balvenie, and Tullamore DEW, which included discussions and samples. There was even a Cigar Patio sponsored by Serious Cigars that covered topics such as how to properly pair a cigar with your whiskey in order to highlight the marriage of flavors.
Whiskies from all over the world and the United States were represented at the event. Texas spirits made a strong showing with representatives from Balcones, Red River, Republic, Ironroot, and Ranger Creek. Some of my favorite unique varieties were from Utah's High West and Clyde May's Alabama style whiskey.
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