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.
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!
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".
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.
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.
Established in 2014, the Galveston Bay Beer Company is Galveston County’s largest brewery. At the time, it was also one of the first in the area. The interesting thing about the brewery besides its beers is its commitment to preserving Galveston County’s rich beer brewing history, which dates back to 1895. The company has artifacts related to the craft of beer brewing from the past 120 years.Their air-conditioned taproom at Dickinson is open daily. With at least 12 beers to choose from, some are exclusive to the taproom only. Opened in 2016, they “specialize in lighter style beers but dark beer fans can enjoy the Bull Shark, their Scottish ale". A blogger advises readers to ask their bartenders about “High Grade” and the beer's interesting backstory during the prohibition era.
A brewery and taproom in East End, Sigma Brewing Company offers a friendly backyard atmosphere and delicious, handcrafted brews. The company was founded by a group of guys with an obsession for beer and an equally strong obsession with perfecting it. At Sigma Brewing Company, expect a small batches of brews like the “XPA, an extra-pale ale, and hoppy New Zealand IPA.” The owners take the brewery game up a notch with music blasting, movies playing, and on-site food trucks in rotation. You can also chill in their dog-friendly patio or warehouse space, and play a game of cornhole, board games or vintage arcades. Whether you're sipping a quadruple dry hopped and hazy Medina Sod or savoring the complexity of a bourbon barrel-aged Maximum Deluxury porter, the pint they pour will never disappoint!
As with other craft breweries, Under The Radar Brewery got its start in homebrewing. Its three founders brewed in their garage until they realized they could bring their hobby to the next level. Starting out small and opening without so much as a sign, the brewery’s name suggests how things were initially done at the brewery. It also found a perfect spot among condos and townhomes, and further bolsters the under-the-radar nature of the brewery.Their taproom, though small, has an outdoor area, and serves five “usuals” (their core beers) and a couple of seasonal/ special beers. It’s also kid- and dog-friendly, much like a backyard in one’s neighborhood. They’re not canning their brews yet, but do check their website for updates on where their beers are available.
Located in Houston, Moon Tower Inn attracts an eclectic, unpretentious crowd that gives you that small-town, everybody's-family feel. After a year’s hiatus and major renovation, they reopened in early 2013, offering “more the 60 different craft beers.” Though the space remains true to its previous form with the large patio and beer garden as the centerpiece, there are new elements such as an on-site brewing operation. They pump out some serious game dogs that are plump and meaty with over-the-top fillings, gourmet sausages such as the wild boar. In addition, Moon Tower also offers tons of specials, such as dollar beer nights, burgers and the monthly growlers giveaway. You won't have any problems finding space out on Moon Tower's covered patio or in their giant, fantastic yard. There are plenty of long wooden picnic tables to fill with friends, pints and sausages.
When the world was introduced to the Houston Astrodome in 1965, it was the world’s first air-conditioned domed stadium. People dubbed it the “8th wonder of the world”. The founders of 8th Wonder Brewery jokingly named their company after the moniker of this Houston icon as they brewed craft beers in a dome-like warehouse,8th Wonder has been brewing their beers since 2013, and promises “fermented fun in East Downtown Houston”. The brewery currently has 7 beers available year-round, with seasonal recipes lined up throughout the year. Some beers are available in 6 or 4 packs, while others are available only on draft or showcased as a limited release. Give their taproom a visit for some of their “Imagin8ion brews – craft beers featured as one-offs or test batches.8th Wonder also owns and operates 8th Wonder Distillery.
True Anomaly Brewing specializes in “hop-forward ales, Belgian-style ales, and wild/sour fermented ‘explorations’”. With this kind of lineup of craft beers, the anomaly would be the right word. The story behind the brewery’s name is also based on the founders' day jobs. Also, the founders started as homebrewers. And, 10 years after and countless beer batches brewed, they finally decided to start a brewery. True Anomaly is also space-themed. This includes the building's exteriors. And also, the “contemporary-industrial interiors”. Plus, the NASA posters hanging from the walls and the names of its beers. All of which are related to the founders’ backgrounds.
Established by husband Adam Cryer and his wife, Sarah Pope, the Baileson Brewing Company features two of man’s best friends – beers and pooches. The “pooches” part come from the company’s name – a combination of the couple’s two dogs Bailey and Jameson. (They have a third fur baby called Beau, who came later.) The brewery, of course, supplies the handcrafted beers, especially ales.Located in the outskirts of the Rice Village area in Houston, the brewery was an old gas station built in 1950 until the building became an auto-service station in the mid-1970s. The couple retained the exterior canopy, which serves as the brewpub’s patio, and fitted it with picnic tables.They allow non-beer fans to bring wine from their neighbor next door, and allow outside food. The place, of course, is “dog-friendliest”, with the couple claiming that their pooches “have better social lives” than their humans.
Craft Beer Cellar Houston is all about one thing: “really amazing beer!” These “beer geeks” have invested much time and effort in learning everything they can – from how beers are made, to the ingredients, the best food to pair it with, about draft systems, taps, and even how to brew their own batch! And they have certainly applied their knowledge – in selecting the beer types and brands they carry and through their recommendations to their patrons. Also, all of Craft Beer Cellar Houston’s beer geeks are Apprentice Beercierge or Cicerone® Certified Beer Servers; the store owners have their Beercierge and Cicerone® Certifications as well, so each visitor is sure to be in good hands!
Saint Arnold Brewing Company is known for brewing world-class beers and delivering them to the customers as fresh as possible. Founded by Brock Wagner and Kevin Bartol, they chose Houston because it was the "largest city in the country that did not have a microbrewery." Brock was a longtime homebrewer and had considered opening a brewery as far back as college. Seven years after graduating, he revisited the idea, enlisted Kevin's help and the brewery was off and running. They brew several different beers that are available year round, as well as seasonal and a few single batch brews. They have a small crew that does everything at the brewery from brewing the beer, filtering the beer to bottling, and selling them. They are available in bars, restaurants, grocery stores, liquor stores and warehouse stores throughout Texas and Louisiana.
High Fidelity Brewing is famous for its High Fi English Pale Ale. "A bit sweeter as advertised. And they say it's an American style bitter. I approve." That's according to one loyal customer. You can send check out their website or send them an email for inquiries regarding their products.
Laser Brewing is a “national award winning craft brewery” based out of Houston, Texas. It is a home brew venture by Chris Anderson that has hopes of leading to something bigger in the future. They offer seasonal beers like “Damn girl,” a special birthday stout brewed once a year for a special someone. They also have beer selections that are available year round including “IDFWitU,” a refreshing Witbier with a fantastic mix of orange and chamomile flavor with a hint of honey; “Wild Eyes,” an American IPA filled with huge late additions of Columbus, Amarillo and Citra hops giving this beer a huge citrus fruit aroma and flavor; “Galactic Harvest,” an easy to drink tropical, citrusy IPA that won Third Place at the National Homebrew Competition in 2016!
Established in December 2006, Phoenix On Westheimer is a Houston neighborhood brewpub. This “home-away-from-home” invites guests to “a welcoming place” and features an extensive selection of house brews and craft beers from other popular Texas breweries. They also carry craft beers from other states, several national brands, and even European imports. There is wine, cocktails, and non-alcoholic beverages, of course, and the food menu is just as extensive.Because it’s a sports bar, after all, there are 5 large projection screens and 24 LED TVs. They even say that if a game is “televised or legally streamed”, they should have access to it. Not interested in the game? There are other ways to unwind, including billiards. Still not convinced? They have daily deals that might just make you drop by for a visit.
The people behind Local Group Brewing are a group of Texas locals who just want to share a damn good beer with the community. Their taproom is designed for exploration so tours of their brewing facility is always welcome. The co-founder/head brewer is called "Huggy Bear". With a name like that, you're basically ensured that your beer will be comforting! They usually have a dozen beers on tap, anywhere from American Sparkling Ale with 4.8% ABV all the way up to their unique Blood Orange Mango Double Fruited Kettle Sour (try saying that five times) at 8.2% ABV.
Platypus Brewing is a craft brewery and taproom serving “handcrafted beers and Australian-inspired comfort food” in cozy digs with a patio. It is the brainchild of five beer lovers looking to marry the tastes from Down Under with Texas beer. Platypus Brewing brings together a traditional brewpub concept with a linger-worthy tasting room that promises beer flights and pubgrub. They have a mix of ales, ranging from the “smooth and dry-hopped red ales to classic American wheat options.” They also have a menu of cheeses and charcuterie plates, salads and Aussie-inspired items available at the kitchen. If you are looking for a private event venue, they have a unique space called “mezzanine,” a perfect vantage point, overlooking the action of the brewery on one side and views to downtown Houston from the other. It will certainly leave a lasting impression for your event!
After a long circuitous life journey, husband and wife John and Kathryn found their true calling by establishing Holler Brewing Company. Thank the beer gods that the Hollers decided to move to Houston in 2009. To prepare, both ditched their unrelated old jobs, and separately undertook a different route towards the brewery business. John earned his diploma from Siebel Institute of Chicago. Kathryn, meanwhile, racked up hands-on experience at a brewery in Florida. In November 2016, they finally opened the brewery and haven’t looked back since.At the taproom, find a rotating list of about 6-8 beers. Stop by often. They have created over 100 brewing recipes since they started, and you’re bound to find something new with each visit. As if the beers aren’t enough, every Wednesday is Steak Night with their partner, Snow Topi.