Over the past few years, the craft beer industry has boomed in Houston, making it a beer-lover’s paradise. Each brewery has a different personality, expressed through their venue, food and beer. Get ready to grab a pint with these Houston craft breweries.
It seems right to start with Texas’ oldest craft brewery. Since the first keg was shipped in 1994, Saint Arnold has become one of the most-popular breweries in Houston, brewing some of the best beer sold in Texas and Louisiana. Lawnmower, a German-style Kölsch, is Saint Arnold’s most popular of 12 year- round beers, while seven seasonal beers and a few exclusives create a well-rounded lineup. The brewery itself is open from Monday through Saturday with varying hours and menus. Saturday admittance is $10, and includes a souvenir glass and four 8 oz. samples.
Named after the “Eight Wonder of the World,” the Astrodome, 8th Wonder is a champion for Houston sports, music and beer. Located in EaDo, 8th offers five year-round beers, four seasonal beers and many limited releases. The brewery also showcases local bands, an Eatsie Boys food truck and many annual events. $15 gets you three beer tokens and a souvenir pint glass, while $12 gets you three beer tokens and a 12 oz. plastic cup and $5 gets you one beer token. If you bring back your 8th Wonder glass, you can purchase the $12 or $5 option and use your 16 oz. glass.
What name represents the Bayou City than Buffalo Bayou Brewing Co.? With five year-round beers like the 1836 copper ale, you are sure to get many new flavors and experiences with this brewery. Buffalo Bayou also brews a near-endless line of seasonal beers. While the majority of people will experience their beer at a bar or other establishment, the Buffalo Bayou brewery open every Saturday from Noon to 3:00 pm for brewery tours. Tickets are available online.
An Australian and American cultural connection marked its foundation in Houston. The love of beer brought two Australians and two dual-citizens of the U.S.A. together to start the Washington Avenue venture, Platypus Brewing. The dog-friendly brewery opened in September 2016, and offers a variety of ten beers and food, both with a touch of Australian culture. Tours of the brewery take place at 2 and 4 pm on Fridays, but the brewery is open daily with indoor and outdoor seating, televisions and a great space to relax.
Head to the East End and try the recently-opened Sigma Brewing, or Holler Brewing Co., situated next to Silver Street Studios and very close to Platypus. Under the Radar is a hidden gem in the Midtown residential area, and you may pass the entrance a couple times before finding it, but Brash Brewing offers games, music and bold brews in The North Heights. You are sure to find some pint-size delight at Eureka Heights or Town in City Brewing, both located in the heights, while City Acre and Spindletap breweries are just outside of the I-610 loop, north of downtown. Other Houston-area breweries include:
Located between the Heights and the Washington Avenue Corridor, Buffalo Bayou Brewery is the work of Rassul Zarinfar and his team of brewers. The focus is on creating beer that is "unapologetically Houston." The brewery opened for Saturday tours in summer 2012, adding yet another spot for brew lovers to taste unique beers in H-Town. Buffalo's flagship beer is the 1836 (named for the year Houston was founded), a copper ale that's a tad sweet but full of flavor. Tours feature an experience right among the tanks, with picnic tables, multiple serving stations and plenty of fun.
Named after the city's iconic Astrodome, the East End-set 8th Wonder Brewery produces seasonal selections and limited-edition offerings. The brewery began offering tours in May 2013. Practicing their craft in a dome-like warehouse on the edge of Downtown and in the shadow of the major sports stadiums, these brewers say they are making Houston's "craft beer for the home team." The brews themselves are unique, ranging from the Rocket Fuel (Vietnamese coffee infused Porter) to the MCA Rauch, a classic Bamburg Rauch beer.
Explore the art of brewing at Anheuser-Busch. The Day Fresh Tour is an eye-opening experience that allows you to follow the making of Budweiser as well as special visits to the Brew House, Lager Cellar, Packaging Floor and Finishing Cellar. On the Houston Beermaster Tour you will visit the Brew House, Control Room, Quality Assurance, Lager Cellar, Packaging Floor and Finishing Cellar. To commemorate your Beermaster experience, a variety of gifts are provided. Both tours also get the opportunity to sample directly from the Finishing Tank for those 21+. All Beer sampling is complimentary.
Craft beer fans should also check out The Hay Merchant, Petrol Station, Mongoose vs. Cobra, Flying Saucer Draught Emporium, Moon Tower Inn, Premium Draught, Brewery Tap, The Ginger Man and Anvil Bar & Refuge.
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By GHCVB Staff
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