Summer Treats for the Young and the Young at Heart

We asked our Dairy/Frozen foods Expert which treats are the best for a house full of kids or just a quick snack by the pool. We loved every one of her recommendations,and we think you will, too! 

Ruby’s Rockets 
The great thing about these veggie-and-fruit pops is that the great flavors also blend healthy vegetables for a treat that pleases kids and parents. We’ve got new Ruby’s flavors in store:  Gravity Grape is made from Concord grapes, blueberries, purple sweet potatoes, sweet potatoes, and açai berries. Far Out Fudge blends cocoa, beets, sweet potatoes and açai berries. Ruby’s Rockets are also super low-cal, rich in probiotics, and have no artificial ingredients. Look for the other three flavors! 

Jolly Llama 
These sorbet push pops make deliciously healthy desserts.  All-natural and free of just about everything, including gluten and diary, Jolly Llama pops blend coconut milk in their impressive lineup of flavors–dark chocolate, mango, strawberry, banana, and more! 

Siggi’s               
If you know how sublimely creamy Siggi’s yogurts are, you already know how wonderful these yogurt tubes are. And they’re perfect for kids—low in fat, low in sugar, and made with no more than five ingredients. Extra bonus: These are great on the go, perfect for road trips, picnics, or summer game sidelines. 
     
Sassy Lassi
We carry these velvety smooth, probiotic yogurt drinks in four fun flavors. They’re made with handmade yogurt, real fruit, and a just a smidge of sugar.  

Mamma Chia Chia Squeeze Vitality Snacks
Here’s the thing with these snacks: Chia seeds packs a big punch of omega 3’s, as well as healthy doses of fiber and protein. They’re also vegan, gluten-free, and great on the go because they don’t have to be refrigerated. Try all six flavor pouches. 

Lifeway Organic ProBugs Organic Whole Milk Kefir 
First, kefir is like yogurt, in the way that it’s a cultured milk product that contains probiotics, though kefir is thinner than standard yogurt. Second, these are worth it just for the kid-friendly names: Sublime Slime Lime, Orange Creamy Crawler, Strawana Split, just to name a few. High in protein and calcium, and so fun the kids won’t even know they’re enjoying a healthy snack! 

Lone Pint Brewery: SMaSHing It

Heather Niederhofer, her husband Blake, and her brother Trevor started Lone Pint Brewery in 2012, and since then, their beer—as well as their reputation—has taken a meteoric rise. The siblings have been home-brewing in Magnolia, Texas, for over ten years now, so the art of craft beer is nothing new to them.

The funny thing is, that before and after the success of their brewery, Heather and Trevor have maintained full-time jobs in the Finance industry and have mastered balancing the two industries. Blake is the Head Brewmaster and the mad scientist behind most of their delicious creations.

They recently came in to pour at Central Market Houston, and Blake was generous enough to sit down for chat with me. Here are some of the topics we covered: 

 
Do Heather and Trevor still view this as a “side project”?
 
Blake: The brewery staff has been growing. Heather and Trevor still have day jobs, but I run a crew of four other brewers. We also recently added two sales people.
 
To what do you attribute your success?
 
Blake: We only brew beers that we want to drink, which keeps our beers balanced. We are also one of the few breweries to use Whole Cone Hops, which we feel make a better beer.
 
Who are a couple of breweries that you admire?
 
Blake: We are big fans of Jester King. They have a very unique way of doing business and a beautiful brewery. We are also big fans of all of the work Brock [Brewing Company] and Saint Arnold’s have done legislatively, as well as expanding the local beer market.
 
Explain the concept of SMaSH beers, and why they are so important to you?
 
Blake: SMaSH is short for “Single Malt and Single Hop.” We like to do these because you can really learn the flavors of different hops and grain. Often when blending hops, the subtleties of the hop can be lost.
 
What do you make of the “Yellow Rose Phenomena”?
 
Blake: It was really a surprise for us. When we first made Yellow Rose, Mosaic [a new hop released in 2012] was relatively unknown. We have been really happy with the response, and we will be making much more in the future!
 
What are your plans for expansion?
 
Blake: Since opening, we have tripled our capacity, and we have ordered additional tanks that should arrive near the end of the year. The new tanks will double our capacity.
 
How are your Ghost Peppers coming?
 
Blake: The Ghost Peppers are great! We plan on harvesting some soon to use when we brew our “Ghost Pepper Porter” again.
 
What is the next release you have coming out in a bottle?
 
Blake: Tornado Shark will be our next bottle release. It should be available this summer.
 
If you find yourself anywhere in the vicinity of Magnolia on a Saturday, my advice to you is to run, not walk, over to not only taste the freshest, best beer available in Texas, but to meet some of the best people that I have ever met in the industry!

Lone Pint Brewery: SMaSHing It

Heather Niederhofer, her husband Blake, and her brother Trevor started Lone Pint Brewery in 2012, and since then, their beer—as well as their reputation—has taken a meteoric rise. The siblings have been home-brewing in Magnolia, Texas, for over ten years now, so the art of craft beer is nothing new to them.

The funny thing is, that before and after the success of their brewery, Heather and Trevor have maintained full-time jobs in the Finance industry and have mastered balancing the two industries. Blake is the Head Brewmaster and the mad scientist behind most of their delicious creations.

They recently came in to pour at Central Market Houston, and Blake was generous enough to sit down for chat with me. Here are some of the topics we covered: 

 
Do Heather and Trevor still view this as a “side project”?
 
Blake: The brewery staff has been growing. Heather and Trevor still have day jobs, but I run a crew of four other brewers. We also recently added two sales people.
 
To what do you attribute your success?
 
Blake: We only brew beers that we want to drink, which keeps our beers balanced. We are also one of the few breweries to use Whole Cone Hops, which we feel make a better beer.
 
Who are a couple of breweries that you admire?
 
Blake: We are big fans of Jester King. They have a very unique way of doing business and a beautiful brewery. We are also big fans of all of the work Brock [Brewing Company] and Saint Arnold’s have done legislatively, as well as expanding the local beer market.
 
Explain the concept of SMaSH beers, and why they are so important to you?
 
Blake: SMaSH is short for “Single Malt and Single Hop.” We like to do these because you can really learn the flavors of different hops and grain. Often when blending hops, the subtleties of the hop can be lost.
 
What do you make of the “Yellow Rose Phenomena”?
 
Blake: It was really a surprise for us. When we first made Yellow Rose, Mosaic [a new hop released in 2012] was relatively unknown. We have been really happy with the response, and we will be making much more in the future!
 
What are your plans for expansion?
 
Blake: Since opening, we have tripled our capacity, and we have ordered additional tanks that should arrive near the end of the year. The new tanks will double our capacity.
 
How are your Ghost Peppers coming?
 
Blake: The Ghost Peppers are great! We plan on harvesting some soon to use when we brew our “Ghost Pepper Porter” again.
 
What is the next release you have coming out in a bottle?
 
Blake: Tornado Shark will be our next bottle release. It should be available this summer.
 
If you find yourself anywhere in the vicinity of Magnolia on a Saturday, my advice to you is to run, not walk, over to not only taste the freshest, best beer available in Texas, but to meet some of the best people that I have ever met in the industry!

Behind the Beer Label: Nebraska Brewing Company

Along with families, friends, and Brewmaster Tyson Arp, the Kavulaks worked hard to get their beers made and sold to the general public.

The beers sold at the brew pub were winning medals, and it was harder to keep up with demands. The Kavulaks decided to expand, opening a brewery in 2014, and soon everyone across the U.S. was able to enjoy their beers.

Here at Central Market Austin N Lamar, we carry Nebraska Brewing Company’s:

  • EOS Hefeweizen
  • Brunette Nut Brown
  • Cardinal Pale Ale
  • IPA
  • Infinite WIT
  • Apricot au Poivre Saison
  • Melange a Trois
  • Black Betty Russian Imperial Stout

And, yes, you should try every one! (Plus, the cans are awesome!)

Behind the Beer Label: Nebraska Brewing Company

Along with families, friends, and Brewmaster Tyson Arp, the Kavulaks worked hard to get their beers made and sold to the general public.

The beers sold at the brew pub were winning medals, and it was harder to keep up with demands. The Kavulaks decided to expand, opening a brewery in 2014, and soon everyone across the U.S. was able to enjoy their beers.

Here at Central Market Austin N Lamar, we carry Nebraska Brewing Company’s:

  • EOS Hefeweizen
  • Brunette Nut Brown
  • Cardinal Pale Ale
  • IPA
  • Infinite WIT
  • Apricot au Poivre Saison
  • Melange a Trois
  • Black Betty Russian Imperial Stout

And, yes, you should try every one! (Plus, the cans are awesome!)

Dads: Great Guys, Tough Customers

With that in mind I scoured my favorite store, you know which one, to come up with a few ideas, just right for the hard to buy for guy in my life and yours, who is really into food:

A selection of artisan salame from Olli Salumeria was my first idea. Artisanal slow-cured meats based on original 160-year-old family recipes, how could you go wrong. We carry a variety of the gorgeous products that Olli has to offer. By far my favorite is the Toscano with addition of a fennel native to Florence, which gives the salame a slight licorice-like aroma.  But there are classics like pepperoni, calabrese, chorizo, or even Napoli which is smoked over apple wood. If dad is a snacker then these salame are perfect.

If your dad is the master in the kichen, then our own cookbook is a gift that he will actually use. In  the Central Market 20th Anniversary Cookbook, we offer lessons on cooking delicious dishes for every season, from starters right through to desserts. 

The Texas craft beer scene is taking off, and what a better way to have the dad in your life sip and sample his way through the state than with a custom 6-pack of Texas beers.  Our beer and wine partners can help create a perfectly crafted pack of anything from hefe to porters, and all the sudsy options in between.

Keep dad looking good with any of the amazingly, manly products in our Healthy Living department. One of my favorite finds, Everyone Soap for Men in Cedar & Citrus. This three-in-one shampoo, soap and shave gel is perfect for an invigorating shower and shampoo, and a fresh, clean shave, did I mention how good it smells?

A bottle of Central Market exclusive Kuleto Cabernet is a great way to toast dad on his day. Receiving 92 points in Wine Spectator, this Cab is dry with a pleasing hint of sweetness, and pairs perfectly with a set of Riedel wine glasses, find both in the wine department.

Does he need a morning pick-me-up. Up dad's coffee game with pieces from the Hario V60 line, and help him create perfect pour-over cup. The pour-over method allows the coffee maker (dad) to control all the aspects in creating a cup just the way he likes it.

Nothing is better than a sharp knife, and the cooking schools sell the classic Wüsthof chef's knife, pair that with a Knife Skills class and he will be slicing and dicing his way through the kitchen in no time.

Knife Skills is just the start of the classes from the Cooking School, and I love giving gifts that are an experience. Whether it is a Father/Child class or Classic Steakhouse Dinner, there is something sure to peak his culinary interest.

Now the only thing left to do is wrap these goodies up and give him a big hug on June 21st. He deserves it.

Houston’s Karbach Brewery Opens Its New Digs

The new 19,000-square-foot, two-story facility houses a 120-barrel, German-designed brewhouse, tasting room, private event space, and kitchen. The popular brewery now has the capability of producing 60,000 barrels annually with room for future growth. 
 
In addition to more beer, Karbach has said they expect to add 100 more jobs to help boost the city's workforce. Local demand has been a strong driver in Karbach’s quick growth, and last year the popular craft brewery expanded its presence in Houston and also launched in San Antonio and Austin. Within the next year they will be in the DFW area, and cheers will be heard statewide!
 
Connected to the new brewhouse is Karbach's new restaurant and bar open daily and offering amazing food in a style chef Joseph Stayshich calls "elevated pub fare.” I've tried most of it, and I definitely think “elevated” is the word for this cuisine from the chef who most recently spent five years at the Rice Village Benjy's. 
 
The menu features not just pretzels, pizza, and burgers, but also Gulf shrimp and grits, a charcuterie plate, and a grilled flat-iron steak served with butter infused with Karbach's bourbon barrel-aged Hellfighter porter.
 
For me personally, in its short existence, I feel that Karback's has not only achieved what they originally set out to do, but have continued to increase the quality of their beer, as well as barrel-aging program. 
 
At my Central Market in Houston, the entire lineup of Karbach beers all fall within the top 20 most popular beers we sell. Some of them are my personal favorites. I think the thing that impresses the most about Karbach is their “Customer First” attitude, and that includes a friendly, caring relationship with the people that sell their pride and joy! 
 
Karbach drew national attention in 2013 when cited by The New Yorker as the second fastest-growing brewery in the nation. The brewery produced nearly 19,000 barrels in 2013 and is on pace to hit 29,000 barrels this year. 
 
Ask the owners of Karbach Brewing Co. if they expected to embark on a $15 million expansion of their brewery only four years after they opened their doors, and the answer will probably be a resounding no. But for one of the fastest-growing breweries in the nation, that's exactly what's happening.
 
In addition to all of the other wonderful new features at the brewery, they have a laid-back beer garden just outside the restaurant to accompany the old beer garden around the corner that so many of us craft beer-loving Houstonians have grown to love.
 
No matter where you live in this great state of ours, if you are in Houston, you have to swing by and see the new digs, talk to the amazing staff, and who know’s… maybe I’ll see you there!
 
You can find Karbach's beers at our stores in Houston, San Antonio, and Austin. 
 

Houston’s Karbach Brewery Opens Its New Digs

The new 19,000-square-foot, two-story facility houses a 120-barrel, German-designed brewhouse, tasting room, private event space, and kitchen. The popular brewery now has the capability of producing 60,000 barrels annually with room for future growth. 
 
In addition to more beer, Karbach has said they expect to add 100 more jobs to help boost the city's workforce. Local demand has been a strong driver in Karbach’s quick growth, and last year the popular craft brewery expanded its presence in Houston and also launched in San Antonio and Austin. Within the next year they will be in the DFW area, and cheers will be heard statewide!
 
Connected to the new brewhouse is Karbach's new restaurant and bar open daily and offering amazing food in a style chef Joseph Stayshich calls "elevated pub fare.” I've tried most of it, and I definitely think “elevated” is the word for this cuisine from the chef who most recently spent five years at the Rice Village Benjy's. 
 
The menu features not just pretzels, pizza, and burgers, but also Gulf shrimp and grits, a charcuterie plate, and a grilled flat-iron steak served with butter infused with Karbach's bourbon barrel-aged Hellfighter porter.
 
For me personally, in its short existence, I feel that Karback's has not only achieved what they originally set out to do, but have continued to increase the quality of their beer, as well as barrel-aging program. 
 
At my Central Market in Houston, the entire lineup of Karbach beers all fall within the top 20 most popular beers we sell. Some of them are my personal favorites. I think the thing that impresses the most about Karbach is their “Customer First” attitude, and that includes a friendly, caring relationship with the people that sell their pride and joy! 
 
Karbach drew national attention in 2013 when cited by The New Yorker as the second fastest-growing brewery in the nation. The brewery produced nearly 19,000 barrels in 2013 and is on pace to hit 29,000 barrels this year. 
 
Ask the owners of Karbach Brewing Co. if they expected to embark on a $15 million expansion of their brewery only four years after they opened their doors, and the answer will probably be a resounding no. But for one of the fastest-growing breweries in the nation, that's exactly what's happening.
 
In addition to all of the other wonderful new features at the brewery, they have a laid-back beer garden just outside the restaurant to accompany the old beer garden around the corner that so many of us craft beer-loving Houstonians have grown to love.
 
No matter where you live in this great state of ours, if you are in Houston, you have to swing by and see the new digs, talk to the amazing staff, and who know’s… maybe I’ll see you there!
 
You can find Karbach's beers at our stores in Houston, San Antonio, and Austin.