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Karbach Purchased, and The Beer Drinker’s Guide to God: Houston Matters Weekend for Nov. 12, 2016

On Nov. 3, 2016, we leanred one of Houston’s fastest-growing breweries — Karbach Brewing Company — is being acquired by Anheuser-Busch InBev, Budweiser’s parent company. Perhaps this was inevitable. Some in the local brewing industry have been worried we’d reached “peak beer” in Houston, with 17 breweries operating in the region. Even after Karbach’s acquisition, some wonder […]

Photo: Derek Stokely. Graphic: Michael Hagerty, Houston Public MediaOn Nov. 3, 2016, we leanred one of Houston’s fastest-growing breweries — Karbach Brewing Company — is being acquired by Anheuser-Busch InBev, Budweiser’s parent company. Perhaps this was inevitable. Some in the local brewing industry have been worried we’d reached “peak beer” in Houston, with 17 breweries operating in the region.

Even after Karbach’s acquisition, some wonder if it’s too much competition for craft beer — that there won’t be enough customers for all of them to thrive. Besides which: just because beer is brewed locally doesn’t automatically mean it’s any good.

On this edition of Houston Matters Weekend, we discuss the state of the craft beer industry in the region. We welcome your questions and comments for Brock Wagner, founder and brewer at St. Arnold Brewing Company, Ronnie Crocker, who writes about beer for the Houston Chronicle, and Ned Davis, the co-founder of Under the Radar Brewery.

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The Beer Drinker’s Guide to God

Then, you may not have heard of Episcopalian priest Father William “Bill” Miller, but he grew up close to The Heights, in Garden Oaks. Recently he released his second book, “The Beer Drinker’s Guide to God: The Whole and Holy Truth About Lager, Loving, and Living.

For a priest to choose a topic like God and alcohol, you’ve probably guessed that he’s not your average priest — and that’s possibly confirmed when you hear he currently resides in Hawaii, but owns a bar in Marfa, Texas, called Padre’s. Father Bill visited Houston and sat down with Edel Howlin to discuss his latest writing endeavors.

Historically Black Colleges and Universities

Next, historically black colleges and universities — or HBCUs — have fallen on some hard times lately: financial problems, low graduation rates — some have been denied accreditation. These and other challenges recently led Dr. John Rudley, the former president of Texas Southern University, to call being an HBCU President “one of the most stressful jobs in America.” He also recently lashed out on Twitter, singling out no fewer than a dozen key problems he faced while serving as the school’s leader. As part of our DiverseCity initiative, we hear some of his concerns in a conversation with News 88.7’s Eddie Robinson.

What Humans of the Future Might Be Like

Finally,  author Scott Solomon says humanity is an “odd species” because of how we’ve dominated the planet — and really modified it to fit our needs. But what does that tell us about where we’re going as a species? Can we glean from humanity’s evolution to date what the future of humanity may become. Solomon digs into that question in his new book, Future Humans: Inside the Science of Our Continuing Evolution. Solomon teaches ecology, evolutionary biology and scientific communication at Rice University.

Houston Matters Weekend airs every Saturday at 1 p.m. on News 88.7. If you have questions or comments about something you hear, e-mail us at talk@houstonmatters.org. | News 88.7 Program Lineup

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