Located in the heart of Katy, Texas, No Label Brewing Company is one of Houston area's first breweries that offers a variety of craft beers 7 days a week in an “energetic, family friendly, and dog friendly atmosphere.” There have some experimental, higher alcohol limited-edition brews known as their Off Label. They have a large outdoor and indoor space and some arcade games for entertainment. Their picnic-table-filled courtyard is strategically positioned for optimal shade, be it underneath the awning, shaded by some oak trees or under the silos.The taproom is not air-conditioned, but large industrial fans diminish the Texas heat as much. Current offerings include Belgo Black, Belgian dubbel; Cape Comorin, dry hopped double IPA; ’16 ProAm – 2 Versions, Belgian trippel; Sittin’ Sidehaze, and New England-style IPA.
Baa Baa Brewhouse owners Marcus and Kinga Wunderle have fond memories of childhood nursery rhymes. They established in April 2016 a very family- and pet-friendly nano-brewery in Brookshire. There are toys and an extensive play area for the kids, and treats made from spent grains for four-legged friends. The brewery itself has a very relaxed and casual atmosphere with several picnic tables for their patrons. It is also available for special events. Aside from this, it is also a "small spot packed with great beer and an amazing staff". Also offers "absolutely delicious beers! Though beer is a bit of a strange way to describe what they've got going on with some of their offerings. For starters, there are a few beer-beers: a blonde, kolesch, and several varieties of stouts. Each good in their own right, but the beers that set Baa Baa apart are their fruited sours".
Braman Winery is a combined winery and brewery that has a "rustic, industrial, and masculine" environment on a "large building with lots of patio seating". The inside has "tv's and tables for relaxing with a bar for wine and a bar for beer" and the outside has "multiple tables for enjoying live music, food, and spirits". "They don't have a kitchen but a food truck is at the entrance or you can bring your food in". "Their beer is really good and their red wine is good" too. You can choose to have some of their wines including "Zinfandel, Riesling, and Cabernet" for a "relaxing night" or just "play Bingo on Thursdays" or attend a "trivia night". "Dogs are more than welcome outside" too.
Together with partners Jeffrey Hajovsky, Jeremy Hajovsky, and Patrick Ivey, Jeremiah Ivey founded Fulbrook Ale Works. A U.S. Army combat veteran, he is also the head brewer for this young brewery located in Richmond. The brewery started operations in February 2018 after purchasing the brewery and taproom of Texian Brewing in August 2017. The two companies have since entered into a contracted brewing arrangement.Open 7 days a week, Fulbrook’s taproom is great for guests with kids and pets. It currently features a lineup of six beers, and owing to Ivey’s background, all have military-themed names. The brewery and taproom accepts reservations for events as well.
Wicked Boxer Brewing’s owners are fond of dogs, especially the boxer breed. With the black and white mug of a boxer as a logo, Cypress residents and brewery owners Jamie and Brian Cain envisioned a kid-friendly and dog-friendly brewery and taproom for local residents. They also wanted to create a “community-driven business”, which explains their successful Kickstarter campaign. One of their community projects include collaborating with Houston Boxer Rescue to help raise funds and hold adoption events. Combining their passion for craft beer and boxers, they named their brewery after the traits of their beloved breed – “playful, fun, entertaining, and of course oh-so-wicked!”Note: They are in the process of moving out of their Mueschke Rd taproom. Watch their social media pages for the grand reopening at 8190 Barker Cypress Rd. Suite 300.
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.
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.
When Robert Brogdon and wife Nicole opened their brewery Twisted Acre Brewery and taproom in December 2018, it was the fulfillment of a dream. The couple had been homebrewing since 2012, starting with Nicole giving Robert a home brewing kit. Since then, they’ve enjoyed a reputation at local festivals with their beers.Despite an unsuccessful Kickstarter campaign, the couple went ahead with their dreams. They even quit their jobs to set up the brewery. “I told him if we waited until we had enough money to do this, we'd be waiting forever," Nicole says in an interview prior to the opening of the brewery. The brewery currently has a 3.5 BBL equipment. They would have wanted something larger if the Kicstarter campaign had been successful.For their beers, the couple focuses on “unexpected flavors”. They’ve incorporated “rich flavors like toffee and caramel”. A butterscotch cream ale, Buttercream, is one of their more popular beers.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
All of Walking Stick Brewing Company’s beers take inspiration from the Rockies that have been so much a part of Andy and his wife, Angie. The brewery’s beers are named after the “14ers”, the 53 mountains in Colorado exceeding 14,000 feet. "Amazing Houston brewery" with an "atmosphere" that is "perfect for a spring night". There are "tons of outdoor seating, and a few indoor options as well". The owners are "fantastic to chat beer with" and the rest of the service is also "equally as pleasant". "The flight" will "not disappoint" anyone "as all the beers" are "awesome". There are also "a few really unique brews, and others just great, solid beer". Definitely, "great beer choices, a great taco truck and gorgeous flowers everywhere!" Furthermore, "pet-friendly, parking is easy, in walking distance to other bars, in a neighborhood area, and has lawn games".
Sean Bednarz and Patrick Christian of Great Heights Brewing Company have been friends since fifth grade. During a camping in the summer of 2015, they stopped by at various breweries in Colorado, and started discussing the possibilities of opening one. In 2017, a few days before Harvey struck, they opened their doors to their new taproom.Prior to opening the brewery, both Sean and Christian held desk jobs with long hours. They say that putting up the company is “living the dream”. What makes their brewery extra special is that they chose to establish it in their old neighborhood of Garden Oaks/ Oak Forest. Today, Sean handles the brewing part while Patrick takes care of the sales side.Tips: The brewery is open daily but hours vary (check their website). The patio is pet-friendly, and there’s soda and popcorn for kids. There are food trucks from Wednesdays to Saturdays, but they don’t mind if you bring food from outside.
Huff Brewing Company is located in the small town of Bellville. Opened in 2012, husband and wife Ryan and Christine Huff own and operate the small brewery with a commitment to creating excellent beers. It is located about four miles from downtown Bellville. The brewery is a first for the town since Prohibition shutdown a brewery in 1918. Among its lineup of beers are the Huffmeister and Huff’s Original Amber.Both Ryan and Christine maintain their full-time jobs and share bar tending duties. This is why the taproom is only open on Fridays. The couple didn’t initially set out to establish a taproom. Instead, the plan was to offer their creations in Houston and supply bars and restaurants in the region.Tip: Occasionally, and sometimes by appointment, they might be open on a Saturday. They don’t serve food but check their Facebook page if a food truck is scheduled.
The Buffalo Bayou Brewing Company thrives on creativity and imagination. It has a simple mission: (1) “create great craft beer that is unapologetically Houston,” and (2) “bring people around great beer.” Their slogan reflects it – “Houston’s most creative brewery”.Founded by two friends Ras Zarinfar and Ryan Robertson in March 2011, many things have happened since they started at their original location on Nolda Street. Once a boat storage warehouse, they imagined, and created, a successful brewery and taproom business. About 70 craft beers later, they imagined bigger things for their Houston community. Within six weeks, the company raised $1M in funding from 583 individuals to build a 28,000 sq. ft. brewery and taproom.The new location opens in Fall 2019, with three floors of beer goodness. It’s much like, as the owners would like to say, Willy Wonka’s beer factory, but run by a Belgian monk in Texas cowboy boots! The deck offers spectacular views of the Houston skyline! Imagine that…
The six owners of Eureka Heights Brewing Company, three married couples actually, named their brewery after a fault line that runs through The Heights area in Houston. By design, the brewery specializes in “sessionable beers” with low ABVs. Seasonal offerings - some with higher ABVs - complement their core beers.At the spacious 20,000 square feet taproom, a former food distribution warehouse, visitors can see the gleaming stainless steel tanks while enjoying their beers. Open since fall 2016, the brewery is popular for their Wednesday Trivia Nights. The breweries started canning their beers in summer 2018, and these are already available in major stores. The team keeps things around the brewery light and humorous. For example, the owners usually name their beers after inside jokes or references. Food is available via local food trucks, and the outdoor seating area is pet-friendly.
It took quite a while for the owners of Fire Ant Brewing to have their dream brewery – almost eight years, they say. After getting approval from the city, they still had to wait some more for construction and a few setbacks. Everyone seems to agree, however, that the wait was worth it.A true brewpub, Fire Ant Brewing also features a restaurant and a bar patio that’s been voted #1 in Tomball. The brewpub serves the town known for its strong German heritage, and also the surrounding areas of Woodlands, Spring, Magnolia and the Cypress. With this in mind, the brewpub made sure to have a few German-inspired food and beers on the menu.Fire Ant is great for families and dog-friendly. Watch their social media pages for announcements on their happy hours and other events.
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.