BEER AND FOOTBALL

Brew of H gives Cougars fans their own beer to enjoy during football season

Brew of H is now available in cans. No Label Brewing

Houston Cougar football season has mercifully descended upon us, and as fans flood into TDECU stadium they’ll be happy to know that their namesake brew will once again be ready, waiting, and even more accessible all season long.

Katy-Based No Label’s “Brew of H” Pale Ale returns to the stadium for its second year, sporting a new distributor for easier access as well as can availability for students and alums alike to enjoy.

“We at No Label couldn’t be more excited about the launch of Brew of H in cans this year,” No Label Co-Owner Jennifer Royo exclaimed. “It’s going to be a great season with great beer. We can’t wait to cheer on our Coogs with a cold Brew of H.”

Those brand new cans shouldn’t be too hard to find either, as No Label announced a new distribution partnership with Silver Eagle Distributors. The new partnership ensures greater availability to Cougar fans not only across the city, but also greatly increases its presence within the stadium itself. And more beer is never a bad thing.

Royo and her husband Brian have accomplished an uncanny feat. From UH students to alumni to craft beer entrepreneurs, to ultimately serving a product made in homage to UH back to the university itself. The announcement of their partnership with Silver Eagle only adds to what was already a heartwarming, albeit unique success story.

Interestingly enough, Brew of H’s genesis can be traced back to 2014. At the time it was simply a T-shirt design by local craft beer-centric clothing line Brewheart Apparel, sold online and to patrons of the on-campus bar The Rooftop Bar and Grill on Calhoun. The whimsical play on words has since made the improbable jump from T-shirts and hats to an actual brew pouring out of taps across the city and now be distributed in tailgate-friendly cans, just in time for the fall semester.

In 2015 No Label and Brewheart Apparel began discussions to put an actual brew to Brew of H. By mid August of 2016 the beer had debuted and was an instant favorite to students and city-wide Cougar fans alike. Since then Brew of H has been widely viewed as the unofficial beer of UH.

“If someone would have told me four years ago that one of my t-shirt designs would become a widely distributed beer, I would have told them they were crazy,” Brewheart owner Shannon Parker said. “It has been incredibly surreal, not to mention humbling to work with No Label and watch the Brew of H brand grow and inspire Coogs and Houstonians as a whole.”

Per No Label, the Pale Ale recipe is described as “light bodied with a soft fruity aroma with hints of orange zest giving way to hints of grapefruit and a piney dankness. A perfect balance of malt and hops gives Brew of H its refreshingly crisp and easy drinking character with a nice and dry finish.”

The T-shirt itself can still be found at The Rooftop Bar and Grill on Calhoun and brewheartapparel.com, with availability soon coming to woodsonslocal.com. The shirt comes in various styles, including short sleeve and ¾-length sleeve.

Ultimately the unlikely story of a sweet shirt design turned regionally distributed craft-beer has continued to prosper and benefit Cougar fans and beer enthusiasts alike. This weekend we can all toast to the start of a new college football season, and with No Label’s new distribution partnership, there’s little reason why Cougars across the city shouldn’t be toasting with a frosty pint of Brew of H.


 

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The Rockets selected Jalen Green with the No. 2 pick. Photo by Arturo Holmes/Getty Images.

The city of Houston can finally rejoice as Jalen Green was selected as the number two pick by the Rockets at the 2021 NBA Draft. It was already suspected that the Rockets would draft Green from past reports. Shams Charania of The Athletic already reported that the Rockets narrowed their decision down to Green.

Green is an explosive shooting guard that can get in-and-out amongst the perimeter and paint. With the G-League Ignite, he averaged 17.9 points, 2.8 assists, and 1.5 steals per game. He is an excellent free throw shooter at 82.9 percent. Like James Harden, he is incredibly good at getting to the free throw line. Green has a good trigger from three by shooting 36.5 percent on 5.7 attempts a game. His mature status since high school has prepared him for the NBA.

"His down-hill playmaking is really hard to guard", as Joey Fucca, his ex-coach told TDS. "If he says he's going to get to the rim, good luck. He is very good at getting to the free throw line, he is also very explosive to finish above the rim. When his three ball is on, you're just going to have a long night. I wouldn't be excited to guard him."

Green has blistering speed with outstanding handles to blow by his defenders and score. Spectators have compared Green to a younger Kobe Bryant, Tracy McGrady, Bradley Beal, and Zach Lavine, which are superstar players. He is a particularly good midrange shooter underneath the perimeter, as he shot 35 percent on a small quantity of attempts in a shorter season.

"Jalen is a uniquely blessed guy. He's a transcendent athlete," as Rockets GM Rafael Stone said. "He can handle the ball, and he can shoot. Normally, people that athletic aren't as skilled. We think that combination of tools makes him an extraordinarily exciting prospect."

During his press conference on Thursday night, Green emphasized the achievements he wants to accomplish with the Rockets. Green even discussed his desire of being a better defender, as he wants to continue to get better. He has a great wingspan and lateral movement to stay with opposing players on defense and be disruptive in the passing lanes.

"They're going to say it's a great choice," Green said. "Rookie of the Year, All-Star, All-Defense, max contract. We're doing it big."

"Yeah, I think I can be that piece. I think I'm going to bring that dominant mentality, that defensive mindset…They already got a lot of star players"

As the draft continued, the Rockets sent future draft picks from the Wizards to land the 16th pick in the draft, which was 6'10 Alperen Sengun from Turkey. The 16th pick did belong to the Oklahoma City Thunder until Rafael Stone executed an interesting deal with Sam Presti.

"We did not think he would fall to us at 23, so we were really aggressive to try and move up all throughout the first round to acquire him," as Stone said.

Sengun's abilities on the court revolve around his post ups and skillful passing. He even maintains good feet along the baseline. In his press conference, he mentioned his passing skills can become better. There are clips of him looking impressive on shovel passes, passing the ball behind his back, and finding the cutting man towards the basket. Sengun looked good in double teams by showing he can still find the open man with his back turned.

While playing in the Turkish Super League, Sengun was an MVP at 18-years-old, averaged 19.2 points, 9.4 rebounds, 2.5 assist, 1.7 blocks, and 1.3 steals per game. He could be another huge figure next to Christian Wood on the court, and a safety blanket for the Rockets if they cannot bring back Kelly Olynyk.

Usman Garbua is similar to former Rocket Luc Mbah a Moute. He is 6'8 with a tremendous wingspan at 7'3 and can guard anyone on the court, which is 1-5. Garbua was seen guarding Kevin Durant in the Team USA vs. Spain matchup and had interesting battles. The Rockets will get a ton of energy out of the 19-year-old player. He knows how to run the floor in transition, so he can finish around the rim. As I see it, he could be on a defensive first team in the future as he matures more. Garbua will become a defensive nightmare against opposing players.

"I think he's the best defender in the world outside of the NBA, and he's just 19 years old," Stone said. "I think he potentially could be really, really impactful on that side of the ball."

As the Rockets made their last selection, they selected Green's AAU buddy, Josh Christopher from Arizona State. He impressed a ton of scouts during his draft workouts and scrimmage against other prospects. Christopher had a double-double during his third scrimmage, which was 16 points and 10 rebounds. He is a very shifty guard with a ferocious step back.

While playing with the Sun Devils, he averaged 14.3 points per game and shot 49 percent from the field. Just like Green, he loved the midrange opportunities, as he shot 49.6 percent underneath the perimeter. He is another shifty big body the Rockets will have in their back court at 6'5. Christopher is very good at rebounding and playing defense. Stone loves watching him in defensive one-on-one situations. Christopher has Sixth Man of the Year written all over him because of his stocky body type and upside.

Hopefully, the Rockets have an exciting summer league and training camp along with their season.

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