Tuesday, January 26, 2010

Texas Tequila Throwdown

Texas Tequila Throwdown

On January 23rd, 10 Tequila companies from all over Texas congregated to Houston for a large public tasting and competition. Though it was mainly for bragging rights, each company wanted to take the title for the best Tequila in Texas. 30 people were randomly drawn to judge the Blanco and Reposado Tequila’s. I can imagine it was hard to try 10 samples of Tequila and make a clear judgment but they all took their time made their vote based on their preference of flavor. The results found Dulce Vida from Austin had the best Blanco and Pepe Z also from Austin had the best Reposado. I found while organizing this event every company felt very sure of their product and everyone expected to win in each category. For this reason alone I decided to surprise both the attendees and the Tequila companies by grabbing the representative from each company and put their taste buds to the test. To make it fair I event included a few Tequila lovers to the panel. By the looks of the representatives they seemed pretty sure that they were going to pick their own brand but I know this wasn’t going to be as easy as they thought. As the samples came out one by one the representatives took their time and made their vote. With 12 judges, four of them pick sample number 1 and made Riazul from Houston the best Anejo in Texas. The room seemed to light up with excitement as Riazul took the best in their own hometown. While Houston won the best Anejo, Austin seemed to dominate the competition. Every company did a great job representing Texas. This was a big win for everyone due to the amount of press the event received. People drove in from all over Texas and I even had the pleasure of meeting a couple from California and a gentleman from New York. The winner over all was Texas. With over 300 attendees, the Texas Tequila Throwdown was without a doubt a huge success. Attendees brought out tons of coats and blankets to donate to the Star of Hope Mission and had the boxes overflowing within the first hour. Houston has to be one of the most giving cities and without a doubt none of this would have been possible without the help of JR Cohen and the Coffee Groundz staff, Spec’s and Russell Guess of Your Bartender. I thank everyone for coming out and all of the support. Thanks again to everyone involved and I look forward to working with you all again in the future. Look out for the Texas Tequila Throwdown 2011 in Austin, TX?

Blanco Judging Samples

1. Dulce Vida
2. Pepe Z
3. Republic
4. Solorzano
5. Don Valente
6. El Gran Jubileo
7. Riazul
8. Acumbaro
9. Dos Lunas
10. El Grado

Reposado Judging Samples

1. El Gran Jubileo
2. Pepe Z
3. Dulce Vida
4. Don Valente
5. Solorzano
6. Riazul
7. Republic
8. Acumbaro
9. El Grado
10. Dos Lunas

Anejo Judging Samples

1. Riazul
2. Republic
3. El Grado
4. Solorzano
5. Dulce Vida
6. El Gran Jubileo
7. Don Valente
8. Dos Lunas
9. Pepe Z
10. Acumbaro

Photos courtesy of Pauline Alderete

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Monday, January 18, 2010

Saint Arnold Brewing Company

Saint Arnold Brewing Company
2000 Lyons Ave.
Houston, TX 77020

This week we stopped into the new home for Saint Arnold Brewing Company just outside of Downtown. We learn a little bit about the new brewery, the beers and the One Pot Show Down. Be sure to check out the brewery everyday at 3pm and on Saturdays between 11am-3pm. Tour cost $7 but comes with 4 drink tokens and a sweet keepsake Saint Arnold glass. Well worth it in our book. Word of warning, on Saturdays get here early. The seating fills up quick so bring your own chair if you feel the need to sit down. Also feel free to bring your own smorgasbord of food to go along with that great local beer. Cheers!

Wednesday, January 13, 2010

Texas Tequila Throwdown

Be sure to come out to Coffee Groundz on January 23rd and be apart of the biggest Tequila tasting in Texas. We will have 7 great Texas companies all competing to be the best in Texas. The public will decide who has what it takes. There is no cover for this event but we ask that you bring a new or used blanket or jacket that we can donate to the Star of Hope. Music will be provided by DJ Ash with Music Heals. It goes down from 3pm - 6 pm so get here early its gonna be packed!

Monday, January 4, 2010

Texas Tequila Throwdown Press Release





Hosted by Mike Cortez of Bite Me *Houston*

Houston, TX January 23, 2010 -- Saturday, January 23, Mike Cortez of Bite Me Houston will host a large gathering of Texas Tequila companies for a large public tasting. The event will take place at Coffee Groundz (2503 Bagby StreetHouston, TX 77006) at 3pm.

Riazul (Houston), Republic Tequila (Austin), Dos Luna’s Tequila (El Paso), Pepe Z Tequila (Austin), Tequila Don Valente (Dallas), Dulce Vida (Austin), Tequila El Gran Jubileo (La Grange), Acumbaro Tequila (Houston), Tequila Solorzano (Houston) and El Grado Tequila (Corpus Christi) are the Texas companies competing in the event in hopes of being named the best Tequila in Texas. Each company will feature their Blanco, Reposado and Anejo tequilas, and a winner will be selected from each category. This is a blind tasting and the public is the judge. Each company in attendance will speak at the event about their company and the tequila.

The Texas Tequila Throw Down is a free event and is open to the public, ages 21 and up.
The coordinators ask that attendees donate a new or gently used blanket or jacket to participate in the tasting. The Texas Tequila Throw Down is a great way to support Texas business while helping those in need.

For more information please contact:
Mike Cortez

Bite Me *Houston* is a local blog written by Mike Cortez featuring Houston businesses for their food and drinks. Started in the summer of 2009 the blog has really taken off and with the help of social networking Mike has made quite the name for himself. Striving to set himself apart from the other foodies in Houston, Mike is always looking to support local companies and giving back to the city. The Texas Tequila Throw Down is a great way to gather the public while helping out the less fortunate.