Germany's Oktoberfest, the world's largest beer festival held every year in Munich, will not take place in 2021 due to the coronavirus crisis. The pandemic has forced the cancellation of the hugely popular festival for the second consecutive year, but the revelry of the annual celebration can still be shared in smaller venues here stateside. This past weekend, the Kirby Ice House Beer Fest was a Who's Who among local and Texas breweries and an inspired tribute to the great Oktoberfest held in Munich.
Houston has a proud tradition of icehouses, the neighborhood joint where people can gather for a cold drink. They’ve become much more polished over the years and have evolved from tiny convenience stores to full-fledged hospitality destinations. But at their heart, the icehouse is still a welcoming place for friends and families to gather.