To kick off Texas Highways Senior Editor Lori Moffatt’s new Cuisine Confidential series, she sat down with with beer aficionado and longtime restaurateur Kevin Floyd, who—after opening more than 25 restaurants throughout the Midwest–came back to his hometown of Houston in 2009 to open a trendsetting beer-and-cocktail bar called Anvil Bar & Refuge with his new business partner Bobby Heugel.
After going without a four-legged mayor for several years, the unincorporated community of Lajitas has a new goat at the helm. Clay Moore Henry was elected earlier this month to lead the Brewster County desert town on the western edge of Big Bend National Park. He’s a direct descendent of the town’s first and famously beer-drinking goat mayor, Clay Henry.
Spoetzl Brewery, founded in 1909 and now the fourth-largest craft brewery in the United States, has made quite a name for the Central Texas town of Shiner.
Looking ahead to spring, the Austin FOOD & WINE Festival, which will take place April 25-27 in Austin’s Butler Park, is gearing up for a full slate of cooking demonstrations, interactive fire pits, live music, and wine-and-cocktail tastings featuring internationally known chefs, sommeliers, and culinary personalities.
Editorial intern Lauren Oakley interviews writer Ian Dille about his July story on Texas microbreweries and discovers he’s a pretty hoppy fellow.
Brock Wagner, owner of the Saint Arnold Brewing Company in Houston, stands in the steel basket of a hydraulic boom lift flanked by a row of stainless-steel fermentation tanks, each named for a patron saint of brewers. Like a preacher at his pulpit, Wagner proselytizes on the virtues of Saint Arnold beer to a few hundred fervent believers gathered on the concrete floor below him. “Life is too short to drink bad beer,” he says. “You only have one liver. Use it wisely.”