If you consider yourself a whiskey snob, or have aspirations of becoming one, you might want to find your way to Balcones Waco distillery this weekend. Founder Chip Tate recently announced a special fifth-anniversary, straight single-malt release that 100 only folks will get to enjoy. Yes, only 100. ... More >>
What with the announcement of this year's Meat Fight date (more on that in a minute), and the sad fact that said date is way off toward the end of the year, we thought it might be time to have a quick poke around the internet to see what we could see. And what we saw was a bounty of barbecue events. ... More >>
In recent years, when conservative activists have tried to slip creationism into science textbooks adopted by Texas' State Board of Education, they have dressed it up as "intelligent design," or explained the need to teach the "weaknesses" of the theory of evolution. A Trojan horse, perhaps, and one ... More >>
Our series of live performance videos, produced by Globe Trek Productions, continues with a clip of Air Review playing "Young," from this year's Low Wishes, while walking down the Elm Street and into Wit's End. It's a song of ambitious scope (most songs with "Wow-ooh" choruses are), and the acoustic ... More >>
I read about the new whiskeys from Herman Marshall back in July, and I've been on the hunt ever since. Maybe I should have been more diligent -- it is whiskey after all -- but every bar I checked didn't have it. When I called bars that were listed in articles about the whiskey, they said they hadn't ... More >>
Investigators still haven't determined the official cause of the fertilizer plant explosion that killed 15 people and injured at least 200 others in West last month, but all signs point to the large quantities of highly explosive ammonium nitrate that were stored there. What's also become clear is ... More >>
Fort Worth-based Firestone and Robertson Distilling Co. won double gold medals and Best in Class in the category of American Craft Whiskey for their TX blended whiskey at the 13th Annual World Spirits Competition in San Francisco recently, where more than 1,407 spirits were poured from 63 countries ... More >>
Shame on us for not seeing this sooner. A Waco distillery whooped up on the Scots in the whiskey distillin' business a month ago. They won Best in Glass, a recent whiskey competition, beating names I'm sure you'll recognize like Macallan and Glenmorangie, just to name two. See also: - Texas Distill ... More >>
While Dallas is trying in earnest to advance in the craft beer movement, both in terms of brewers and drinkers, it just can't compete with the craft church movement. An infographic created by FloatingSheep.org (and reported by TheDailyMeal.com) compared usage of the words "beer" and "church" on Tw ... More >>
Seeing how Waco's resident quote generator/firearms enthusiast Ted Nugent made some rather controversial statements about President Obama this week, which he's already "smoothed" over with Secret Service, and how current Republican candidate for President Mitt Romney is looking for a VP candidate, i ... More >>
"When do we get to go home?" Alice Gossett inquired, a little irritably. She wore brown pajamas and soft purple booties. Tiny in her wheelchair, her feet didn't quite reach the ground. "As soon as we get our treat!" the nurse answered, beaming at her. Gossett was not impressed. "Never mind our t ... More >>
For the past seven years Teresa Woodard's been a "popular" reporter and anchor for a Fox affiliate in St. Louis, where, as evidenced by the video sampler platter below, she's donned many different looks for all kinds of stories. (Among then: The Banfield.) But it says here that Woodard's about to ... More >>
When Snoop Dogg was issued a citation for marijuana possession at a border checkpoint outside El Paso last week, the world reacted with shock and disbelief. We had no idea this beacon of sobriety -- the same guy who penned "Smoke Weed Everyday" - could act so out of character. Of course, Texas is f ... More >>
Gosh, it's been ... what ... four whole days since the last mention of The Zoo? But I can't help myself: While scouting the YouTube for something wildly unrelated, I came across this just-posted flashback courtesy one "Walter from Waco" (oh, the memories): an old KZEW-FM TV ad starring Johns LaBella ... More >>
Breakfast tacos are as Texan as Waco's unofficial status as Austin and DFW's bathroom break along Intestate 35. Breakfast tacos are as Texan as football and the state's other top sport, historical revisionism. I love Texas. I love breakfast tacos. Love led me to Taco Joint in East Dallas. Th ... More >>
A month ago we noted that Park and Rec had picked McCarthy Building Company to build the Woodall Rodgers Deck Park; yesterday, the city council added its okee-doke. Which is why, late last night, park officials sent word: The first batch of the 316 110-foot-long, Waco-made beams needed to constru ... More >>
Photos by Patrick MichelsSonya "the Black Widow" Thomas puts away one of 56 tamales she ate Saturday -- good enough for second place.He set the world tamale-eating record here three years ago, downing 71 in a 12-minute bout on the steps of Lewisville City Hall, and even with a dozen fewer tamales la ... More >>
Jesse HugheyOne recent trend in the culinary world, the concept of the "gastro-pub," is a boon for beer lovers. Pubs that focus their efforts on good food tend to serve higher quality beers and wines than your average bar. The late, great Zymology on Lower Greenville was one short-lived example, ... More >>
Used to be a time when procuring a real Imperial Pure Cane Sugar Dr Pepper meant hoping that case of bottles you ordered from Dublin arrived mostly intact; though, years ago, my old man bought a few cases of the 12-ounce cans from a guy in a parking lot on 183, seedy. Now, of course, they're availab ... More >>
Several Friends of Unfair Park have asked why the Rangers would broadcast a majority of their games on The Fan, when KRLD-AM has such a mammoth signal, especially at night. Which is why I called John Blake, the team's recently returned exec vice president of communications, to discuss the decision b ... More >>
In Concert, Volume One (Yep Roc)
Weekend Christian concerts approach the cross from opposite sides
White Riot: A Tribute to the Clash (Uncut Magazine)
This Bush's summer home is a long way from Kennebunkport, but the folks in Crawford think that's fine
Watermelon, Chicken and Gritz (Atlantic)
Billy Joe Shaver has a stunning new album in stores. But he can't enjoy it.
X'd out; Columbia compiles rockabilly; Hellions tribute to the Circle Jerks; Gig plugs galore; And Street Beat is ch-ch-ch-changing?
It is 6:07 p.m. John Albert Burks salutes the Oakland Raiders and says goodbye to his friends. Minutes later, he is a dead man. This year's 21st execution.
Like-minded "Patriots" find their own around the new Branch Davidian Church in Waco
Pachyderm-ing them in at Fair Park
Charter school scandals are teaching Texas a tough lesson -- one the state should have known four years and $77 million ago.