Libations |
December 30, 2016

Where Everybody Knows Your Name

In the age of gastropubs and microbreweries, Texas still boasts a few real dive bars—where the jukebox is irreplaceable, the beer is domestic, and the patrons feel like family—if you know where to look.

Food & Drink |
September 17, 2015

The Hangover

Chip Tate built Balcones into one of the country’s most innovative whiskey distilleries. But last year he lost the company in a bitter clash with his investors. Now he’s starting from scratch—again.

Libations |
September 17, 2015

Five Unexpected Wine Finds

Comfort Bending Branch Winery’s Tannat grapes, a dark, inky variety from Southwest France and Uruguay, make for innovative wines with rich fruit concentration and grippy tannin. 2012 Estate Tannat, CM, $60. Del Rio Val Verde Winery, founded in this sleepy border city in 1883, is the state’s

Libations |
August 13, 2013

And Texas’s Best Sommelier Is…

Following a rigorous competition at the ninth annual TEXSOM conference, Austin sommelier Scott Ota, of Arro restaurant, takes top honors in what has been called a game-changing year for the state's wine industry.

Libations |
January 20, 2013

That’s the Spirit

Not that you’re looking for an excuse, but these five original cocktails concocted by Texas bartenders using local liquors are a thoroughly acceptable reason to pour yourself a drink. Or three.

Libations |
April 30, 2012

Build a Better Margarita and They Will Come

Sangrita, tequila, and flavored salts From Jim's session (but they're another story) [caption id="attachment_501703" align="alignleft" width="680"]<img class="size-full wp-image-501703" src="https://www.texasmonthly.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/06/0515_TEX.jpg" alt="texanist clothing" width="680" height="965" /> Do I need to update my jeans style?[/caption] <strong><span class="dropcap">Q:</span> I have always been “wear and let wear” when it comes to

Libations |
January 18, 2012

Pourology 101 Comes to San Antonio

Modeled on the Manhattan Cocktail Classic, the first ever San Antonio Cocktail Conference is ginning up for next weekend, with four days of drink seminars, guided tastings, and cocktail parties. You can get a buzz just reading the program, which is amazing both in its scope and

Libations |
September 27, 2011

Texas Craft Brewers Festival Returns to Austin

The Texas Craft Brewers Festival is back! Well, it was back and now it's gone. Don't worry, you can always catch it next year. It happened this past Saturday, September 24th at Fiesta Gardens in Austin--the first time the festival had been put on since 2005. There have