We're excited to announce the official start date of #TXOTX2018! From January 19th til January 31st, bars and restaurants throughout Houston will be celebrating the unique beverages of the Basque Country.
Known in the local language of Euskal as El Pais Vasco, this mountainous region extends as far north as the coast of the Bay of Biscay in the French Pyrenees and as far south as the Ebro Valley of Rioja in Spain. Fiercely autonomous, this region feels unique to the rest of Spain and France. We find the ciders and wines that come from here to be special and perfect for the Texas palate.
The name Txotx comes from the cider-houses (Sagardotegi in Euskal), which traditionally begin to offer freshly fermented cider in January, coinciding with the holiday Día de San Sebastian on the 19th. The sagardotegis open up their barrel rooms to the public and host large parties, pouring the cider directly out of the fermentation casks, known as kupelas. As the owner taps the kupela, he shouts “Txotx!” (pronounced Choach). This battle-cry has become synonymous with the festivities and is one of the signature events of the Pais Vasco.
In that tradition, Houston bars and restaurants will pour exciting wines and ciders from the Basque region. We will host cider-makers and Iberian wine importers to help illustrate the unique flavor of these beverages. Check here to follow all these Basque happenings. We look forward to seeing you soon! #TXOTX2018
Get stamps at all locations and get a chance to receive a free Porron (while supplies last)! Passports and stamps are available at all participating locations. When all stamps are collected, visit Camerata or 13 Celsius to receive your gift.
Below are a list of participating restaurants & bars: