Daniel Barnes of Treaty Oak Distilling Awarded Distiller of the Year

September 23, 2014

I had the privilege of hosting Treaty Oak Distilling’s first ever media event to announce that Daniel Barnes has received the prestigious 2014 Distiller of the Year award by MicroLiquor. He was selected among a field of more than 400 distinguished craft distiller entrants in the United States. The event felt like a party with friends […]

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Biggest beer bash ever: 120 brews on tap for Texas Craft Brewers Festival

September 18, 2014

It seems like there is a new brewery or brew pub opening somewhere in Texas every month. It would be a daunting (but fun!) task to try to visit all of the breweries; fortunately the Texas Craft Brewers Festival will bring 57 of the best brewers in the state together for its biggest event ever. This year, […]

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Where to Drink Right Now: 9 Austin Bars Celebrating Bourbon Heritage Month

September 12, 2014

Sometimes our government gets it right. On August 2, 2007 the U.S. Senate declared September as National Bourbon Heritage Month in a unanimous decision. This came years after Congress pronounced bourbon as “America’s Native Spirit” in 1964. It makes sipping bourbon feel downright patriotic. The Scots and Irish argue over who invented whiskey (or whisky […]

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New artisan gin joins Dripping Springs’ booming booze barrio

September 3, 2014

The area west of Oak Hill out to Dripping Springs, Texas is quickly becoming a booze barrio. The neighborhood is home to Revolution Spirits, the soon-to-open Deep Eddy Vodka distillery, and a new Treaty Oak Distilling facility that is under construction. San Luis Spirits, the maker of the Dripping Springs Vodka, has just added a new tasting bar and is offering […]

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Sommelier’s Top Wine Recommendations from TEXSOM

September 2, 2014

A breakdown of sparkling, white and red wine from the 10th annual Texas Sommelier Conference. It’s easy to feel overwhelmed when walking through the vast canyons of wines at the store. Faced with that immense selection, it’s tempting just to pick the same wine we know. On the flip side, the thousands of different wines […]

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The Best of Austin’s Steakhouses

August 30, 2014

There is one huge reason why I’m not a vegetarian: steak. Oh, glorious steak. The mere smell of it sends me into a shark-like frenzy. Biting into that hot flesh is the closest I will come to being a vampire, giving myself over to that carnal lust. Fortunately, Austin is well stocked with prime steakhouses. […]

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10th Annual TEXSOM Highlights

August 13, 2014

Its like Christmas in August, or, summer camp for wine pros. The tenth anniversary of the Texas Sommelier Conference, AKA TEXSOM, held at the Four Seasons Hotel Resort and Club Dallas at Las Colinas drew 900 sommeliers and wine enthusiasts to participate in educational seminars, wine tastings and tons of fun networking. This year  39 Master Sommeliers, 10 […]

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Red Room Lounge’s Joelle Cousins named the best sommelier in Texas at TEXSOM 2014

August 13, 2014

On Monday night, Joelle Cousins, general manager and sommelier of Red Room Lounge, was crowned the 2014  Texas’ Best Sommelier, the sixth winner from Austin in the past 10 years. Austin sommeliers placed first and third in the competition held at TEXSOM, one of the world’s most prominent wine education conferences. The trophy was presented to Cousins […]

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Deep Eddy Vodka to open new Hill Country distillery & tasting room

August 11, 2014

Deep Eddy Vodka is on a path to nationwide popularity, and the Austin-based company just landed $13 million in financing to continue its growth. The funding will be used in part to finish a new distillery and tasting room located in the Hill Country near Dripping Springs. The new facility, which is set to start […]

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Meet the Austin wine pros competing to become Texas’ best sommelier

August 7, 2014

On August 10, eight Austin wine experts will test their mettle against elite wine professionals from around the state in the Texas’ Best Sommelier Competition. The competition will be held at the 10th anniversary of TEXSOM, one of the world’s largest gathering of wine professionals taking place in Dallas. The winner of the annual competition presented by Texas Monthly will will […]

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