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Whole Food Market Brewing Company

Craft Brewery

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Whole Foods Market Brewing is one of two Whole Foods U.S. locations with a brewery inside the store. Its current brewer, James Carlyle, took over after his mentor Dave Ohmer left. According to James, the brewery is “an off the wall concept of grocery store and brewery in one”. This Houston location on 1700 Post Oak Blvd also distributes to a few bars including The Flying Saucer and Craft Beer Cellar. The other location in San Jose also has a brewery but does not serve other accounts. According to an online interview with James, the team uses a 5BBL system for now but hopes to expand soon, including canning their own brews.

(713) 346-0537

Astral Brewing

Craft Brewery

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Astral Brewing just opened in March 2019 and the reviews after just six months of operation blow the competition away. Or you might even say out of the galaxy. Co-founders Jose Ceja and Alex McDonald seem to have a winner on their hands, with these kinds of reviews:
  • Overall this is a perfect Kolsch. I struggle with rating beers a solid 5.0 because that means there’s nothing they can do to improve it. But a perfect appearance, a perfect aroma, a perfect mouthfeel and flavor… well, that’s a 5 star beer, y’all.” – from Beer Chronicle for their Astral Kraftwerk Kolsch
  • “Very fun little brewery! They have ping pong tables, good beers, music, food trucks and games galore.” – a random review from a random review site
The brewery is also very dog-friendly and currently offers “$2 off selected beers during televised local favorite football games”.

(713) 534-1067

Karbach Brewing Co

Craft Brewery

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Co-founders Ken Goodman and Chuck Robertson started with the distribution company CR Goodman Distribution Co., which brought in various labels into Texas. In 2008, they set out establish their own brewery, and by 2011, Karbach Brewing Company set up brewing operations in Houston. The company grew rapidly fast and the company moved to a larger brewhouse by 2014. In May 2016, the brewery added an on-site restaurant and biergarten. To much publicity in November 2016, the brewery announced the company's acquisition by Anheuser-Busch InBev. With this development, the brewery expects to expand capacity to 150,000 barrels per year in 2019. The brewery continues to produce popular its "mainstays" Hopadillo IPA, Love Street Kolsch-Style Blonde, and Crawford Bock, among others. They also continue to produce their popular seasonal and specialty series beers. Tip: The brewery conducts daily tours with schedules posted on their website. They require visitors, however, to wear closed-toe shoes.

(713) 680-2739

City Acre Brewing Co.

Craft Brewery

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Just 10 minutes north of downtown Houston, the City Acre Brewing finally opened in 2016 and Houston fell in love. The four-year delay did the owners a favor. They used the place as an events venue while they completed their Texas permits. Meanwhile, the plants and trees in the area had time to grow, and the brewpub had time to perfect its beers and recipes. When they finally opened, the raised vegetable gardens became a source for the seasonal farm-to-table menu. “I found the setting enchanting,” says one review, “(and) gardeners will enjoy checking out (the garden).” With Adirondack chairs and picnic tables scattered about, “it was quite easy to spend a few hours enjoying the blossoming gardens,” says another. The beers on taps, of course, are getting rave reviews,too. In addition, the brewery offers beer cocktails, a selection of wines, and feature their own house-made sodas.

(832) 377-0237

Spindletap Brewery

Craft Brewery

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Known for an oil & gas motif, philanthropy with child-driven causes, and killin’ it in the haze craze, Spindletap Brewery features a comfortable taproom with four flat-screen televisions behind the bar and five more overlooking the made-on-site picnic tables. They offer a wide selection of craft beers including their well-made “Blonde Ale” which is a solid crossover beer to welcome newcomers to the local-brew scene. For timid beer drinkers, the “Boomtown Blonde” is a light and refreshing starter. Other offerings include “Hopper House Double IPA, Pale Ale, a Single-hop India Pale Ale and the Honey Hole ESB.” They have a spacious production area that includes a projector capable of beaming a 300-inch high-definition image on a blank wall. They also have an indoor and outdoor patio with a pizza food truck set up outside.

(713) 325-1477

4J Brewing Company

Craft Brewery

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4J Brewing Company is a family-owned craft nano-brewery owned and operated by four siblings. The “J” refers to their names – Jessica, Jackie, Joana, and Jennifer. They currently offer five varieties of craft beers ranging from 5.1% to 6.7% (plus non-alcoholic root beer!). This 100% female-owned and female-brewed operation is based in the Houston/Spring Branch area and serves Amber Ale, Blonde Ale, India Pale Ale, Pale Ale, and American Stout at their taproom. The 4J’s beers are only available at their taproom. The siblings have decorated the place with many repurposed items from the 4J Ranch. (Mom and Dad also own 4J Ranch in Blue, Texas.) They also accept special private events at the taproom and offer memberships into the 4J Ladies. The 4J Ladies hold monthly events on the last Thursday of each month, and usually invite female business owners to talk about their expertise.

(713) 678-0776

Vallenson’s Brewing Company

Craft Brewery

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Vallenson's Brewing Company is a bit tucked away and surrounded by warehouses. This is "a great little spot for a good beer!" It is an "excellent little 3-barrel brewery with comfortable inside and outside seating areas". "It's got a great outdoor space: a small (but roomy) patio that opens onto a huge yard with a large tree growing in the center". Also, "they brew everything there, and they constantly have new stuff on the rotation since their system is designed for pretty small batches". They are also "dog-friendly and family-friendly with a large outdoor space for kids to play!" "Frisbee and cornhole available" too. And, "in a world of large micro breweries, Vallensons refers to themselves as a nano, they truly hold their ground".

(281) 617-7537

Brigadoon Brewery & Brew School

Craft Brewery

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The Brigadoon Brewery & Brew School attempts to recreate the "Scottish Renaissance brewpub". Located on the grounds of the Texas Renaissance Festival, it allows guests to step back in time and see "period specific" brewing equipment and techniques. This includes use of ingredients and recipes that would have been available during the 1400s through the 1600s”. Opened in 2008, the brewery uses modern equipment, too, but they try to remain an authentic and “unique living history demonstration” of techniques used during the Renaissance period. The brewery takes its name from the 1947 musical of the same name. The musical “centers (on) an enchanted village in Scotland, (and) features an array of traditional music and dance". Each year, at festival time from October to November, the team dons authentic period costumes to serve their beers. Check out Brigadoon's classes on craft beer brewing and join tours of the brewery during the festival. You can also find them at various other festivals around Texas.

(713) 893-6203

Texas Leaguer Brewing Company

Craft Brewery

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Texas Leaguer Brewing Company is a brewery with a baseball theme. Owner Nathan Rees invites you to join him and his staff from Friday to Sunday (hours vary) to “come watch a game on (their) big screen, play games, or hear some live music”. The brewery occupies a 12,000 sq ft warehouse set with communal picnic tables. The adjacent patio is dog-friendly and perfect for good weather days. With about seven beers on tap, the sports-centric bar gives heavy emphasis on baseball. Choose from their lineup using the big green baseball scorecard that lists available beers. Drop by on Farm System Fridays and catch their small batch releases. There’s also Little Leaguer Root Beer for the kids and the kids-at-heart.

(832) 895-9000

11 Below Brewing Company

Craft Brewery

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11 Below Brewing Company currently offers 13 varieties of craft beer – so, no, their name does not refer to the excellent beers they brew in North Houston. Here’s a hint – their co-founders worked at Texas oilfields at some point, but their love for beers led them to brewing beers instead. Four out of the 13 varieties they brew are available all year round, while the rest are seasonal offerings or specials so call ahead before heading out the door. All are available on draft while a selection is available in 12 oz cans at your favorite retailers. Oh – and all have clever names with “best paired with” recommendations. The company has a tasting room open to the public. Hours are Thursdays to Fridays from 5pm to 9pm, and Saturdays and Sundays from 12pm to 9pm.  Admission is free, and they’re also available for private events.

(281) 444-2337

Ingenious Brewing Company

Craft Brewery

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Ingenious Brewing Company is by Mike Broderick, its head brewer, and Justin Gyorfi, urologist by profession. The brewery specializes in “small batch beers” that “diverge from traditional norms”. With 24 taps that tend to be “outside-the-box”, the brewery releases beers that “look awesome on an Instagram feed”. If demand is any indication, the beers are delicious, too. Less than a year from their first anniversary, the brewery is barely able to keep up with the demand and is eyeing to open a second location. The brewery specializes in “tart fruited sours, pastry stouts, hop-loaded IPAs, and milkshake IPAs”. Enjoy them at the 2,000 square meter air-conditioned taproom, possibly including the “colorful” Smarty Stone beers. This line of beers took inspiration from the colors of Marvel’s Infinity Stones. You’ll have to come often, though, since they rotate beers often. You might even see a favorite making a comeback.

(832) 412-2142

Klaus Brewing Company

Craft Brewery

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Producing craft beers fresh from the source, Klaus Brewing Company was founded by a local group of family and friends led by passionate brewer, Thomas Lemke. They are focused on bringing the “under-served German-style beers to a wide range of consumers,” from beer aficionados to new converts alike. They are offering their flagship “Altbier, Helles Lager, Pilsner, and Weissbier” in a welcoming environment as well as seasonal beers such as “Kölsch, Dunkelweizen, Märzen, Maibock, Schwarzbier, and many others.” They have an air conditioned tap room where you can comfortably enjoy fresh local made German style craft brews year round. If you want to take in some fresh air and regular live music while enjoying their offerings, they also have an outside beer garden filled with table games and other entertainment.

(346) 284-1473

Bakfish Brewing Company

Craft Brewery

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Bakfish Brewing Company has a distinction that no one can ever take away -- Pearland’s first craft brewery and brewpub. Established by friends Brian Allen and Kris Szecsy, they quit their jobs to establish the brewery in 2016. Houston metro area’s third largest city was somewhat of a “beer desert” because it had no local brewery of its own prior to its opening. With a 2,000 square foot air-conditioned taproom and a large covered patio, the brewery accommodates seating for about 300. There are five flagship brews including I Tell You Wit (a Belgian wit bier), Golden Ale (a blond ale), and Defying Gravity double IPA, with rotating seasonal and small batch releases at the taproom. The brewery does not serve food but has scheduled rotating food trucks onsite. Guests can also have food delivered or bring their own at the family- and dog-friendly brewpub.

(281) 993-8658

Southern Yankee Beer Company

Craft Brewery

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A family owned and operated craft brewery in Houston, Southern Yankee Beer Company is known for bringing novel brews to the people! The owners are family of beer lovers, world travelers, and Houston transplants. They are passionate beer nerds that answered a call to brew for Houston, Spring, and Conroe. They offer a rotating selection of beers brewed in-house, including their five mainstays “Who's Paul? Pale Ale, HEYYEAYEA DIPA, Porter's Porter, Que Pablo Mexican Lager, and Fuzzy Bastard Cream Ale.” The taproom is located upstairs with plenty of seats and TVs while the bar outside is located in a small hut with a lot of seatings as well. Southern Yankee Beer Company is dedicated to make better beer, providing a better experience, and forging a larger beer community. It is family friendly, and there are usually food options from local food trucks that come out to serve.

(832) 224-5138

Fortress Beer Works

Craft Brewery

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Fortress BeerWorks based in Spring, Texas opened in mid-March 2019. Dion Billard was a homebrewer and friends Robert Fleming, John O’Hara, and Shawn Stasiuk used to hang around his garage for his beers. The four were friends at their day job. The brewery’s opening makes it Spring’s first and the 53rd for the Greater Houston area. The secluded but inviting taproom and brewery has over 6,600 square feet of space for guests. The indoor and outdoor seating areas easily accommodate over 100 people. There’s a fenced in playground for kids with plans to add more kid-friendly stuff. Food trucks will provide the food although guests are welcome to bring in their own. The brewery is also ideal for owners to bring their dogs. For options other than beer, the brewery has cider, root beer, and a selection of wines.

(713) 557-2340

Back Pew Brewing

Craft Brewery

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Bobby Harl established his craft brewery in 2015 inside an old church building and named it Back Pew Brewing. The 14-acre property the church sits on houses a taproom appropriately named “The Sanctuary”. With a large selection of brew creations, the so-called Houston prodigal son Harl offers his guests a choice between his Saints or Sinners line-up. The Saint beers are identifiable with their mostly white labels and described as “more traditional, ‘sessionable’ beers with lower ABVs”. The Sinners line, meanwhile, is denoted with mostly black labels, tap handles, or cans, and consist of “more unorthodox and less common ‘big’ beers”. These beers have higher ABVs, and therefore, are “more challenging”. The taproom is open Thursdays to Sundays, with food trucks available on Saturdays. Guests are welcome to bring outside food. Kids can play in the expansive yard, and pets are welcome, too!

(281) 608-7526

Saloon Door Brewing Co

Craft Brewery

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Established in 2016, Saloon Door Brewing Company is the creator of several popular and critically acclaimed brews including “Tasty AF Peanut Butter & Chocolate Milk Stout, I Must Break You Russian Imperial Stout, Panhandler Pale Ale and many others.” They make their craft beer in house with a 10-barrel system using only the finest ingredients available. They also focus on sustainable sourcing, using local vendors, and making maximum efforts to keep carbon footprint at an absolute minimum. Their rustic, “old west taproom” is roughly 2400 sq ft that can comfortable fit about 150 people. They have a big board where you can see the available brews that changes weekly, but they usually have between 16-20 ice cold, delicious, craft beers available on tap and/or on nitro. If beer isn’t your thing, they also have a house red and white wine, hard cider, soda and water available for you!

(281) 332-5800

Bearded Fox Brewing Co.

Craft Brewery

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Bearded Fox Brewing Co. is a craft microbrewery in Tomball that simply wants to create and serve great beer. The founders hope that when you drink their beer, you’ll feel good about it. That, for its founders, is the essence of a good beer. They also believe in sustainability and going local, which is why they source their ingredients from as many local sources as they can. And – they’ve kept it simple and local, too. Just beer and no food – they have local food trucks on rotation if you’re hungry.

You might wonder why they named their brewery and taproom Bearded Fox. It’s because the owners all have beards, and their wives they say, are foxes. Whether one believes that part or not doesn’t matter. They have been open since 2017 and they simply have great beer including four core beers and several on rotation.

 

(832) 761-7928

Megaton Brewery

Craft Brewery

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Located in Kingwood, Texas, The Megaton Brewery is a small craft beer producer and one of the top Houston breweries that offers a “great selection of craft beers” in their awesome taproom. Megaton’s Master Brewer, affectionately known as Captain Pint, began his journey of crafting his own brews in the early 1990’s. His brewing experience and culinary training led to years of experimental brewing well outside the boundaries of traditional beer styles. At Megaton Brewery, you can “experience, appreciate and enjoy their distinctive beer and atmosphere.” From the northeast side of Houston, they utilize their state of art 15 barrel brew house to create exclusive recipes using only the finest ingredients!

(281) 973-9043

Gordon Street Tavern

Craft Brewery

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Gordon Street Tavern is a “full-service casual dining tavern” in Alvin, Texas. Located at a building dated back from the 1880s, the tavern is open daily but hours vary so check their website for details. It is part of the same group that runs the Barbed Rose in Alvin. Besides an extensive menu of delicious offerings, the tavern has over 30 craft beers on tap. Some of the beers are creations of the tavern, while others are from various popular brewers around the U.S. Savor delicious salads, burgers, sandwiches, and entrees, and ask for the bar’s recommended pairings. The tavern also features a space for special events. It can seat around 40 people.

(281) 968-7402

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