The big news this week was the surprising temporary closing of Saint Arnold Brewing Co.'s Beer Garden & Restaurant because of a change in its TABC definition, thanks to a Gov. Greg Abbott move. Breweries can do takeout right now, though a few with kitchens are open for seating (Buffalo Bayou under tents, Platypus, City Acre).
Here's what else is going on in the Houston beer scene:
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According to Brash Brewing, the Texas Alcoholic Beverage Commission has disallowed in-store distribution of its popular Pussy Wagon beer because the name "is obscene or indecent." Pussy Wagon is still available at the brewery and at bars, when they re-open.
Next week No Label will release Viking Hipster, a Baltic porter, for drive-thru sales.
Spindletap on Friday released Sticky Fingers double IPA, an 8-percent ABV beer with Simcoe and Citra hops. Get yours through 6 p.m., then starting 11 a.m. Saturday. Also, Spindletap has a drive-thru window.
Ingenious held a can release Wednesday, and you may still be able to get some of the goods. The beers released include Sparkly Boi Cotton Candy, a 5-percent ABV hard seltzer with pink cotton candy; Blueberry Margarita Shandy, a 4.9-percent ABV wheat shandy conditioned on lemon, lime, sea salt, and blueberries; and Fruit Madness Banana Colada, a 9-percent imperial sour ale smoothie with pineapple, banana, coconut, and mango.
Brash Brewing is unveiling Good Talk Russ IPA next week at the taproom.
Sigma's version of Black is Beautiful, the beer first made by Weathered Souls in San Antonio to support Black Lives Matter and attempts at police reform, will be available July 24.
You won't get to see Sub Zero literally rip out someone's spinal cord by drinking Eureka Heights' ABACABB, but you will get a hazy treat. This 6.5-percent ABV IPA brewed with Strata hops is out now.
Astral has a new one out called Limelight, a 3.7-percent ABV Berliner Weisse conditioned on lime puree.