This gift-giving holiday season, the Greater Houston community experienced Yelp Texas Made, a series of events that featured and celebrated local artisans and their handmade crafts. Yelpers were taken inside kitchens, humble headquarters and production facilities to learn about local purveyors and products that make Texas one of a kind! The idea is to meet business owners, sample their crafty goods and gab about their philosophy and approach to community at complimentary experiences all month long.
The series kicked off on Sunday, November 25th with Texas’ oldest and continuously operating craft brewery Saint Arnold Brewing Company. Yelpers checked out the brewery’s newest expansion – the beautiful beer garden – then embarked on an educational tour of the facility, followed by an intimate tasting in the private Investors Lounge.
On Saturday, December 1st, Yelpers made way to Houston’s first distillery Whitmeyer’s Distilling. Established in 2012, Whitmeyer’s Distilling is H-town’s first distillery located in Harris County. At the event, Yelpers learned about cofounding brothers Travis and Chris Whitmeyer, toured the distillery, and savored an educational tasting of their whiskey, bourbon, gin.
On Tuesday, December 11th we headed over to midtown for a wine tasting at Sable Gate Winery. The 50 Yelpers in attendance met owner and founder Szilvia Konya who lead the five wine tasting and history behind the winery.
On Thursday, December 13th the Texas Made series moved it over to Sugar Land, Texas where Chamak Cosmetic and Chocolates teamed up with Cadenza Coffee for a chocolate and coffee tasting. Yelpers were greeted by Chamak owner Sarah Ali who lead a curated chocolate tasting, spoke about the history of her hobby-turned-business; Cadenza owner Joey Paffel then spoke about his Houston-based, small batch coffee roasting company followed by a three coffee tasting of their Colombian, Honduran and Nicaraguan beans.