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Mike's Place Sports Bar
Mike's Place Sports Bar opened in it current location in April 1994. We have since become known for having a friendly atmosphere, and providing some very good times. Mike's Place Sports Bar is located on Jones Road near West Road. Just a few blocks from Highway 290, and minutes from FM 1960. We are a short trip from anywhere, and with our great drink prices and almost daily specials, Mike's Place is a popular hang out for adults of all ages. We offer 4 pool tables, 3 dart boards, free shuffleboard, arcade games, and touchscreen games. Live bands on Friday nights, and Karaoke every Tuesday and Saturday. We have a dart tournament every Tuesday night, a dart league that meets every Wednesday, and pool league meets every Tuesday and Thursday. Want a cocktail while checking your e-mail or the latest Wall Street numbers? Mike's Place offers FREE WIFI! Check out our Upcoming Events section, and our Specials section and come on in! We promise, you'll be a regular in no time!
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A Houston Beer Blog, about good beer and good food, and good times. Local Beer is Good Beer. Local Food is Good Food. Sunday brought us the sixth installment of Camp Beer. For the unfamiliar, Camp Beer is an organized beer tasting event for charity (yes drinking for charity!!). Camp Beer is hosted by the amazing beer enthusiast Cathy Clark, founder of LIVE IT BIG, and Kevin Floyd, owner of Anvil Bar and Refuge as well as the upcoming Hay Merchant. Cathy brings the beer, and Kevin brings his knowledge to give participants some education. Each Camp Beer gives the participants an opportunity to try rare beers that are many times not available in the state. Each tasting has a theme, and this one was no different. The theme for Sunday's tasting was "From Scandinavia with Love" featuring, you guessed it, beers from Scandinavia. The countries represented Sunday were Norway and Denmark with 4 different breweries between the two. Mikkeller: Mikkeller brewery is technically from Denmark, however they don't actually own a brewery. Mikkeller is actually a Gypsy brewery that goes around the world brewing beers at a different brewery's. As Kevin pointed out, in 2010 alone, Mikkeller produced 76 new beers. A pretty amazing feat. One of the neat things that Mikkeller has done is produce a series of single hop beers. Each of these beers are the exact same, just with a different hop. This series is where we started our tasting. The base for each of the single hop beers has a base malt bill of pilsner, cara crystal along with English ale yeast and each weighs in at 6.9%. East Kent Golding: East Kent Golding is a traditional hop used in many British beers. Kevin points out East Kent is just one of many different types of Golding hops each marked by the location they are grown. This beer as all the others pour a light pale golden color. Lots of floral earthy notes on the nose. The taste is the same, a little sweetness on the pallete, tastes just like many of the British beers I had in London minus the Maris Otter malts. Centinnial - Kevin reports this is a cross between a Brewer's Gold and another hop variety, a true American hop. Spicey, citrusy, some grapefruit pith in the beer. A very resiny finish. Chinook - This beer started out with a sweet taste with a very bitter finish. Not overly citrusy or earthy, just very high amounts of resin left over on the tongue. Nelson Sauvin - A New Zealand variety that gets its name for being similar to Sauvignon Blanc. I didn't know what to think about this one. Its very unusual, some flavors of earthy sweetness, but an underlying flavor that I couldn't place. Interesting.
All Good Beer
A blog about drinking, brewing and enjoying good beer. Houston Beer Bars The Flying Saucer - Situated in the heart of downtown and right on the Metro rail lines. Featuring a wall of over 85 taps and with another 130 beers in the bottle. A full menu is also available. Join the UFO club and be immortalized in the Ring Of Honor with your own saucer on the wall after your 200th beer. The Ginger Man - Located in the trendy Rice Village, it's the oldest location of the Ginger Man family of pubs. About 80 beers on tap with an extensive list of beers by the bottle as well. It does not have full food service, but they do offer light snacks such as chips, cheese plate and pretzel dogs. Large patios in front and back make this a great place to lounge around outside on nice days. The front patio is also great for people watching. The Petrol Station - A former gas station turned coffeehouse / bar hidden away in the Garden Oaks / Oak Forest neighbourhood. Its not very large inside, only 6 or 7 tables and an L shaped bar. But, like a lot of places like this, it has very large patios in front and back. A carefully chosen beer selection consists of 14 taps and 2 casks with no macro lagers in sight. They managed to squeeze in a small kitchen which serves up some amazing handmade sandwiches and burgers. Although considered one of the top cocktail bars in America, Anvil also has a carefully chosen selection of craft beer on tap and cask. The available beers are constantly rotated and an updated chalkboard on the wall indicates what's on Right Now and what's Up Next for each of the taps. A great place to go with a mixture of people who like craft beer and unique cocktails. The Usual Pub - Its pretty small and dark inside, but has a large patio out front. Its also far enough off the popular Washington Ave strip that parking is easy to find. They have about 10 rotating taps of craft beer and quite a large and broad range of styles in the bottle. Regardless of what you're in the mood for, it certainly shouldn't be hard to find a few good selections here. Taps House Of Beer - It's more of a large sports bar that has a lot of taps then just a beer bar. Located on the very trendy Washington Avenue strip, its pretty easy to spot as the doorway is a large wooden beer cask. The entire bar is just one large room with outdoor patios in the front and back of the building. A long wooden bar runs the entire length of the right side with 96 taps along the wall behind it. Didn't find anything rare or extreme available, but the number of taps they have still makes it worth mentioning. Parking can very difficult to find in the area and tickets and towed vehicles are not uncommon.
Top 15 Places to Get a Beer in Houston, TX
The Houston bar scene is as diverse as Houston itself. However, the Houston beer culture is quite underdeveloped, and the city's virtual lack of craft beer producers is perplexing given the explosion of microbreweries and brewpubs in the Northeastern and Northwestern States. A good beer bar, however, is the perfect remedy for the Houston beer-hunter. The ideal watering hole is an amalgamation of many atmosphere x-factors and a beverage selection beyond the predictable basic menu of InBev/Miller-Coors products. The following represent The Ferm's Top 15 recommended places to get a beer. In basic terms, the criteria for the ranking were based on a combination of our subjective opinion of the atmosphere and quality of beers available.
Houston places to buy and drink beer
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