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The Guide: Houston-Born Breweries
Over the past decade, the craft beer scene has really come into its own in Houston, making it a beer-lover’s paradise... in Texas. Isn't there just something SO right about that?
Warm summer days are easily escaped by ducking into one of the 25+ craft breweries in the area. Oh yes, we stay hydrated quite well.
Pro Tip: Love drinking beer and saving money? Meet the Houston Brew Pass. Purchase your 1-Day or 3-Day pass to get started on your Houston tasting journey at a discounted rate.
⬇️ 7 Must-Visit Houston Breweries ⬇️
Saint Arnold Brewing Co.
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.
Just recently, Saint Arnold opened up a huge beer garden next to the original brewery. With a full-service restaurant, all of their beers on tap, tons of space for the kids and pets to frolic, this spot has turned into a Houston staple in a very short amount of time.
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.
Located just a couple of miles from Downtown Houston, Eureka Heights Brewing Co. has some solid suds and a great environment to lounge. The 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.
p.s. don't forget to check their Facebook page for themed trivia nights.
8th Wonder Brewery
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.
Courtesy of @buffbrew on Instagram
Buffalo Bayou Brewing Company
What name represents the Bayou City than Buffalo Bayou Brewing Co.? With their new digs located at Sawyer Yards, BBBC's view of the downtown skyline is definitely one of the top vantage points in the city.
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.
Courtesy of @cityacrebrewing on Instagram
City Acre Brewing
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.
Courtesy of @trueanomalybrewing on Instagram
True Anomaly Brewing Co.
For beer drinkers with an urge to try something a little different, head to True Anomaly Brewing Co. Started by some former rocket scientists, space-suit developers, and mission managers who happened to have beer equipment in their garage, this brewery is a true passion project ready to serve all beer lovers who feel the same.
This hot spot includes a tap room and additional event space and of course an array of unique brews with something for everyone — from beer newbies to beer connoisseurs. Their website hosts lengthy descriptions of each brew so you know what you have to look forward to when you order.
Courtesy of @greatheightsbrewing on Instagram
Great Heights Brewing Company
In the heart of Garden Oaks in The Heights, Great Heights Brewing Company provides hand-crafted beer in a chill, cantina-lit, sweet-tune-music-playing atmosphere. With a great big patio deck on site as well, the brewery offers the perfect opportunity to enjoy a beer you'll love al fresco on Houston's nicer weather days. Try a Blue Tile IPA for a taste of America or broaden your horizons with a South Island Pale Ale brewed with Golden Promise Malt & New Zealand Motueka hops.