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Beer Talk: Great Heights Might Have to Put Up Its Fins

Plus, a dog costume party with prizes for the best good boy or girl.

By Timothy Malcolm October 25, 2019

Sing it with me: "Baby shark, doo doo doo doo ..."

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Get your doggo out to Saint Arnold Brewing Company for its Halloween Dog Costume Contest, scheduled for 7 p.m. Thursday. If your child has fur and is always a good boy or girl, bring it to the beer garden and restaurant all dressed up. Prizes will be won.

Speaking of pups, Holler Brewing at noon Saturday is hosting its Ambassadog Reveal Party. The brewery wants a dog ambassador (or ambassadog). The party will include plenty of dog lifestyle vendors, and stay for the announcement of the ambassadog (the contenders have already been decided, and you can vote now). That dog will represent the brewery and get some gifts, while its parents will get some perks, too.

Nov. 2 is Karbach's Dia De Los Muertos celebration, which includes face painting, an art show, traditional decor, a mariachi band, and a live performance by the Slags. It starts at noon in the biergarten.

It seems we're very close to the opening of the new Buffalo Bayou Brewing Co. taproom and brewery at Sawyer Yards. Meanwhile, the brewery is part of another of those World Series wagers: Mayor Sylvester Turner is putting up Buffalo Bayou Crush City IPA and Burns Original BBQ brisket against Washington D.C. Mayor Muriel Bowser, who is wagering some sort of chili sausage thing, a vodka, and DC Brau beer (the same brewery wagering with Saint Arnold). Ah yes, Washington D.C. and its famous chili.

More wager fun: Great Heights will dress as baby sharks and dance in front of the Downtown Aquarium if the Nationals win, and if the Astros win, Hellbender Brewing in Washington, D.C., will do the same, but in front of the Air and Space Museum.

Beer Releases

B-52 Brewing continues to roll out the new stuff. Today it's a new series: Stout Szn. First is Cookies 'n Cream, coming in at 8 percent ABV, and second is Maple Syrup & Coffee, which is conditioned on Amber Rich maple syrup and Spindletap Coffee Company beans. It's at 9.3 percent ABV. 

Ingenious on Wednesday launched Basic Witch, a pumpkin and fall spice beer brewed as a Berliner weiss at 6.7 percent ABV.

There's a new West Coast IPA from Astral Brewing: Space City.


True Anomaly Haze Dust: I believe that True Anomaly is making the best beer in Houston currently. Between its wild fermentation work, its complex and balanced Belgians, and its nuanced pales, it's raising the bar for beer sophistication in the city. One of its latest, a New England IPA called Haze Dust, doesn't quite reach the heights that I've experienced previously with them, but it's still drinkable. A bit too dank (closing in on hop burn), Haze Dust feels more like a shameless attempt to go big on hops, and at 8.2 percent ABV, big on alcohol. I love how True Anomaly is able to make even the most singular of beer styles taste multi-faceted, but this is a little more simplistic. Rating: 6.4

Guten Tag goes for big German beer hall flavor.

Saint Arnold Guten Tag: Now available in stores is Saint Arnold's latest, Guten Tag, whose name reminds me of my days playing Wolfenstein 3-D. Guten Tag is considered a Bavarian-style lager promising breadiness and toastiness from its higher malt quantity. Certainly, those characteristics are there, while upon first taste Guten Tag lacks hoppiness in favor of smooth sweetness. It's a close cousin to an Oktoberfest beer, just a little cleaner, and while I like it, I can see it getting lost in the shuffle to similar amber-colored beers. A key as to how you should enjoy it: There's a soft pretzel cartoon on the beer label. Rating: 6.8

Explanation of ratings: 9.5-10: as good as the best beer in America; 9-9.4: the best beer in Houston; 8-8.9: among the better beers in Houston; 7-7.9: really good beer; 6-6.9: try this beer at least once; 5-5.9: if you’re stuck, this won’t hurt; 3-4.9: among the lowest-quality beers in Houston; 0-2.9: as bad as the worst beer in America.

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