OVER THE PAST FEW YEARS, HOUSTON’S CRAFT BEER AND BREWERY SCENE HAS BEEN EMERGING AS A BEER LOVER’S PARADISE. ONE SURE WAY TO BEAT AUGUST’S HEAT IS TO KICK BACK WITH AN ICE COLD BEER (OR THREE). HERE’S OUR ROUND-UP OF SOME LOCAL BREWERIES TO VISIT NOW AND SOME UP-AND-COMERS ON THE BEER HORIZON.
JUST A BEER AWAY
1. 8TH WONDER BREWERY
The guys at 8th Wonder have been making quite a name for themselves and their taproom, located in the heart of EaDo. You can even enjoy a Yoga class inside the brewery, courtesy of Yoga & Hops, before sampling some of Houston’s finest. New brew to check out? “Pharmhouse Agave Saison.” (We haven’t tried it yet, but word on the street is a big yes!) 2202 Dallas Street, Houston, TX 77003
2. SAINT ARNOLD BREWING COMPANY
No round-up would be complete without them, so don’t forget to visit (or re-visit) the brewery that paved the way for many on this list and holds the title of the oldest craft brewery in Texas. Personal choice? “Elissa IPA.” (It’s our go-to beer to enjoy with a burger.) 2000 Lyons Avenue, Houston, TX 77020
3. KARBACH BREWING CO.
If you’ve been drinking beer at all over the past few years (like we have), then you have probably had one of these tasty cans in hand. With renovations to their brewery including a full-service restaurant on site, be sure to stop in and grab dinner along with your beer. Personal brew of choice? Well, it’s a tie between my old faithful “Weekend Warrior Pale Ale” and the seasonal “The Barn Burner.” 2032 Karbach, Houston, TX 77092
4. 11 BELOW BREWING
These new kids on the block are brewing round the clock, working on getting themselves known and aiming to please. Their brews might not be at your local pub yet, so give their brewery a try. Personal brew of choice? The “7-Iron” Session Ale. 6820 Bourgeois Road, Houston, TX 77066
5. BUFFALO BAYOU BREWING CO.
With their emphasis on utilizing local resources, this brewery is making quite a home for itself in the Heights. Personal brew of choice? I’m going with my husband on this: He LOVES “More Cowbell.” Clearly it’s not just a Blue Oyster Cult reference as my husband literally swears by this stuff. 5310 Nolda Street, Houston, TX 77007
WORTH THE DRIVE
6. THE LONE PINT BREWERY
Using only raw, whole cone hops and giving the spent feed to local dairy farmers, Lone Pint has been enjoying the sweet smell of success with their “Yellow Rose.” Personal brew of choice? A tie again between the aforementioned “Yellow Rose” and “667 Neighbor of the Beast,” the latter being one of our personal favorites even just to order in public. 507 Commerce Street, Magnolia, TX 77355
7. NO LABEL BREWING CO.
Making sure Katy is not left out, No Label has been working hard brewing up some tasty beers for your drinking pleasure. “Pale Horse Ale” is my personal choice; it’s in our fridge as I write this, but not for long! 5351 1st Street, Katy, TX 77493
8. B-52 BREWING CO.
So, yes, I admit it: I love my beer, but, alas, I am also lazy and it’s hard to get me to drive out to Conroe. That said, the folks at B-52 are making sure the drive is worth it with their passion for brewing and their events calendar. Personal brew of choice? “Rye Saison.” 12470 Milroy Lane, Conroe, TX 77304
ON THE HORIZON
Galactic Coast Brewing – www.galacticcoastbrewing.com
City Acre Brewing Company – www.cityacrebrewing.com
Brash Brewing Company – @brashbrewingco
Town in City Brewing Company – www.townincitybrewing.com