Beer, Wine & Spirits in Four Corners

90-Minute Wine-Education Class for 2, 4, or 6, or a Private Class for 10 at The Cellar Door (Up to 73% Off)

The Cellar Door

Houston

90-minute class introduces participants to wine-tasting methods and the subtle nuances of flavor in varietals like pinot noir and chardonnay

$100 $41

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One-Hour Distillery Tour for Two, Four, or Six at Yellow Rose Distilling (Up to 62% Off)

Yellow Rose Distilling

Houston

Tour newly renovated 600-gallon distillery that produces award-winning bourbon and whiskey

$14 $7

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Wine-Education Class with Appetizers for 2, 4, 6, or 10 at La Fuente Winery (50% Off) 

La Fuente Winery

Spring Branch East

Winery producing Chilean wines hosts an educational course on the beverage while pupils sample appetizers

$50 $26

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Distillery Tour for Two, Four, or Six at Whitmeyer's Distilling Co. (Up to 62% Off)

Whitmeyer's Distilling Co.

Independence Grove

Experts take groups through the ins and outs of the distilling process to show how Whitmeyer’s spirits get made

$26 $13

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Winery Tour with Optional VIP Membership or Two $50 Gift Cards at Clear Creek Vineyard & Winery (Up to 50% Off)

Clear Creek Vineyard & Winery

Kemah

Tour a winery where varietals are crafted from Texas and California grapes and sample wines and cheeses or join the VIP club for discounts

$38 $19

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Vineyard Tour for Two, Four, or Six with Credit for the Deli at Haak Vineyards & Winery (59% Off)

Haak Vineyards & Winery

Santa Fe Trails

Thousands of vines cover 3 acres at Galveston County’s only winery, where award-winning libations nestle in cellar’s oak barrels

$40 $17

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1-Hour Distillery Tours for 2 or 4 with Optional T-Shirts at Big Thicket Distilling Company (Up to 42% Off)

Big Thicket Distilling Company

Conroe

Distillery tours show off grain to glass whiskey and vodka made from organic, Non-GMO Texas-grown corn

$20 $12

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5K Run with Chili and Beer Tasting at Chili Quest & Beer Fest on Saturday, January 17 (Up to 30% Off)

Chili Quest & Beer Fest

Historic Strand District

Romp along the beach in the Beerfooter Beach Run, then head downtown to sample chilies and 120+ beers as live music plays

$60 $42

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Select Local Merchants

Block 7 Wine Company offers customers a concept-fusing combination of retail wine space, wine bar, and restaurant, the latter of which delights diners with a menu of elegant dishes backed by premium ingredients. Start by noshing on a Slow Dough Bakery pretzel with herbed honey mustard ($4), or opt for truffle popcorn with Italian black truffle salt ($4), the secret snack served to the Illuminati at movie-theater concession stands across America. Dry-aged fans of dry-aged beef might go for the 21-day dry-aged prime rib eye ($29) or choose the handheld convenience of the dry-aged patty on the Block 7 burger, which also sports gruyere cheese and smoked bacon "relish" ($12). Flatbreads, such as a "whole pig" option topped with Italian sausage, prosciutto, and smoked bacon ($12), defy Einstein's Law of Two-Dimensional Flavor Containment, and a "sloppy Giuseppe" with ground venison and wild boar confit ($10) exposes the inadequate sloppy sandwiches of childhood. A downsized lunch menu is also available to quash midday appetite coups, in addition to $9 lunch specials served Tuesday through Friday from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. (and Saturday beginning at noon). With a different lunch special each day, you can opt for choices such as bacon-wrapped meatloaf on a Wednesday, whiskey-infused pork chop on a Thursday, or fish tacos on a Friday.

720 Shepherd Drive
Houston,
TX
US

Painting with a Twist adultizes the group art class by pairing expert instruction with the option to sip libations and socialize with other classmates. Check the schedule online to view available classes. Each two- or three-hour session will teach you step-by-step how to replicate the featured design (upcoming classes capture everything from flowers to crawfish, cafés, and the rugged masculinity of Burton Gilliam). Canvas, paints, and brushes are all provided, along with a handy stock of wine cups and openers to promote the creative flow. Upon the conclusion of your BYOB painting class, you'll have a 16”x20” painting to hang proudly atop your mantle.

3569 Highway 6
Sugar Land,
TX
US

A day spent with the Texas Beer Bus crew not only results in plenty of beer tastings, but in bragging rights, too. That's because the bus?s resident beer expert walks guests through the proper steps for smelling, sipping, and bathing in each beer style. The air-conditioned bus takes the group to brewpubs and breweries, such as Fort Bend Brewing Co, Karbach Brewing Co., Texian Brewing Co., Buffalo Bayou Brewery, and No Label Brewing Co. Everyone gets brew samples, such as light lagers or imperial stouts, but visits also grant everyone behind-the-scenes peeks at the brewing process. The bus, meanwhile, keeps everyone entertained with plenty of snacks.

15929 City Walk
Sugar Land,
TX
US

The squiggles on Thai Siam’s menu indicate the spice level of each dish, on a scale of one (“warming up”) to four (“suicide hot”). “Warm up” with pineapple fried rice or go full throttle with red-curry tofu, then cool down after either with housemade coconut ice cream. The paper umbrella topper will draw a smile even through heat-induced tears.

11581 S Highway 6
Sugar Land,
TX
US

In Houston, September beats out July and August for the hottest month of the year—it has nothing to do with the weather, however. The culprit behind the elevated heat level is the Houston Hot Sauce Festival. This annual event brings together exhibitors from across the country to sell and hand out samples of their signature hot sauces, salsas, jams, dips, and other spicy foods. Luckily, vendors also supply plenty of cool beverages, thus eliminating the need for bite-size fire extinguishers.

Live entertainment complements the spicy goods. Blues artists, jazz bands, and other musician play throughout the festival, and each day brings special events, such as salsa eating competitions or fire eating performances.

10505 Cash Rd
Stafford,
TX
US

Mary O'Connor sprouted from a huge family tree, one so big that the town of Port O'Connor, Texas was named after her family. She married into a clan of equal size, the Bramans, and looked after her children and grandchildren, cultivating their talents. She recognized in her grandson Joe a natural aptitude for the culinary arts, and she set him on his path to become a chef, sommelier, vintner, and person who eats sometimes.

Today, Joe owns and runs Braman Winery, honoring his grandmother with every ounce of wine he bottles. He creates complex flavor profiles in his wines, whether they're straight cabernet sauvignons, meritage blends that include sweet malbec grapes, or drier whites such as his pinot grigio. The winery also offers an assortment of meats, crackers, and cheese available for purchase along with unique items from the gift boutique.

3333 Fm 359 Road
Richmond,
TX
US