Peticolas Brewing has had an eventful 2019, thanks in large part to owner Michael Peticolas' involvement in seeing the hotly debated "Beer to Go" amendment pass through the Texas Legislature. But it's important not to forget how special the brewery's anniversary beer was this year. Inspired by everyone's favorite classic cocktail, the Old Fashioned, the 13% ABV beer called The Usual is a delightful barleywine-based brew with cherries, fresh orange peel, bitters and whiskey-soaked oak chips. You won't find it on the taproom menu all the time, but when it does show up, it's a mistake to skip it.

A year later, and the advice that was given to owners Scott and Tio Wagner stuck like Velveeta to a T-shirt: "Just keep it simple." Wedged in a strip mall off of the President George Bush Turnpike, Sky Rocket Burger grinds Angus chuck in-house and loose-packs the burgers, leaving carved banks for juices. Flipped and seared, it's draped with American cheese. Chopped lettuce, tomato, pickle discs and yellow mustard (choose your own condiments) lends a classic, drive-in flavor. It's perfect and simple.

Hey, Hero, make ours a double.

When taking on brunch, the restaurant's mimosa can be a deal-breaker. That's why if there's the option to have a ridiculously large one to share among friends, that restaurant holds a special place on the brunch rotation. At Victory Park's Hero by HG Sply Co., you can get a mega-mosa for your table. It's not just sparkling wine and OJ; nah, if you're sharing one beverage with four people, you need to taking in more confidence than that. This one comes with vodka, sparkling wine, fresh orange juice, lemon and simple syrup, all for $45.

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