Over the past few years, the craft beer industry has boomed in Houston, making it a beer-lover’s paradise. And now it's easier than ever to experience all of the one-of-a-kind blends in Houston with the Houston Brew Pass. Purchase your 1-Day, 3-Day, 90-Day or Conroe area Brew Pass to get started on your tasting journey or read on to learn more about what makes the hops scene in Houston so cool.
It seems right to start with Texas’ oldest craft brewery. Since the first keg was shipped in 1994, Saint Arnold Brewing Co. 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. And while it is included in the Brew Pass, Saturday admittance is $10, and includes a souvenir glass and four 8 oz. samples.
Eureka Heights Brewing Co. beers are unique and strive to be approachable. With lower ABV%, you can enjoy more without needing someone to cart you off the property. Their seasonal stouts are delicious, and the rotation of food trucks is on point. Bring your friends by to experience cornhole, foosball and most importantly, whichever brews are in season.
Not included in the Brew Pass, but still worth a visit is 8th Wonder Brewery. 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.
Situated on an acre of land, City Acre Brewing is famous for its hops, but it’s also the place to be when the weather is nice. In fact, they have an extensive garden onsite with almost 60 permanent fruiting plants they use every bit of, even in the beers! We recommend the Hitchcock if you like blonde beers or the Bayouwolf if you’re into IPAs.
Get in on the hype early and try one of Houston’s newest independently owned breweries. Great Heights offers a spacious, air-conditioned taproom and a dog friendly patio. Plus, you can feel good about trying their awesome beers like Bam Bam and So Inclined because every ounce of spent grain from each brew is given to local farmers for livestock feed.
We are turning everyone into a Holler Back Girl courtesy of the Holler family, whose name this brewery bears. After ditching their “adult lives” to craft brews, John and Kathryn Holler chose Sawyer Yards as their Holler Brewing Company home and opened their doors to a thirsty public in November 2016. With a constantly rotating tap list based on season, there’s sure to be a new favorite walking in the door even if an old classic is walking out.
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.
Just some dudes brewing beers… at least that’s how Sigma Brewing Co. started. Now they’re a fully fledged operation that cranks out some of our local favorites in an atmosphere that makes you feel quite at home. Dogs are welcome on the patio and in the warehouse on days it’s open.
If you’re looking for a Cheers style neighborhood bar, look no further. Town in City has a “Townie” program where you can meet every month, socialize and taste beer coming through production with your neighbors and friends. Visitors can get the same vibe from this place’s family feel during a quick visit, but the suds aren’t bad either.
We couldn’t leave off our friends to the North! These two breweries are tucked away, but have a cult following. Nestled among the pine forests, they both boast a wide variety of cold brews and inventive flavors, like the Bombshell Blonde that made Southern Star a local favorite and the Breakfast Stout that makes B-52 a place you don’t have to feel bad about drinking at before 5.
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