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“Peak Beer,” Deli, Teeth, and Labyrinths: Thursday’s Show (November 3, 2016)

This morning, the Houston Business Journal reported 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, […]

Photo: Michael Hagerty, Houston Public MediaThis morning, the Houston Business Journal reported 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, 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.

Also this hour…

The Kosher-Style Deli Stands Firm Here in Houston

On Wednesday’s show, our foodies from The Full Menu foodies discussed some of their favorite breakfast stops in Greater Houston. Among them: Kenny & Ziggy’s New York Delicatessen. Kenny & Ziggy’s has had success here in Houston in what seems, more and more, to be a fading tradition elsewhere: the classic Kosher-style delicatessen. One of New York’s most storied examples, Carnegie Deli in Manhattan, recently announced it’s closing at the end of the year, after nearly 80 years of serving pastrami on rye (always on rye). We listen back to our 2015 conversation with Ziggy Gruber, the owner and operator of Kenny & Ziggy’s, about the state of traditional Kosher-style delis here in Houston and across the country.

Leftover Halloween Candy Haunts Dentists’ Nightmares

Okay, that may be overstating it a bit. But as you contemplate whether to down all that cavity-inducing, sugar-laden joy, we welcome your questions about the best ways to protect your teeth for Dr. Ryan Quock, associate professor and vice chair of the Restorative Dentistry and Prosthodontics Department at the UT Health School of Dentistry.

Labyrinth Lovers Descend on Houston, Probably Via A Long Winding Path 

Have you ever experienced a labyrinth? No, not the David Bowie movie from the 80s – an actual labyrinth. The twisting, coiled paths that people often walk along as an act of meditation or prayer. Well, you might not know that Greater Houston is home to quite a few of them. And, in the coming days (Nov. 10-12, 2016), labyrinth enthusiasts from all over the country will assemble in Houston for the annual gathering of The Labyrinth Society. To learn more, Michael Hagerty went to one of them to meet up with local labyrinth enthusiast Sarah Gish.

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