Does The World Need Another Craft Brewery? Houston Says Yes!
The craft beer scene in Texas is flourishing and Houston’s own local breweries are burgeoning both in number and the amount of delicious and unique brews they are creating. It is no wonder that Houston would play such an important role in these hoppy creations since Texas’ oldest craft brewery is located here. The Saint Arnold Brewing company opened its doors in 1994 as Houston’s first microbrewery. Over the years it’s been joined by numerous microbreweries and brewpubs, with the largest boom in growth taking place only in the last few years.
With so many great spots to choose from, it’s hard to know which breweries should be top on your list to try. It was no easy feat, but we’ve managed to pick a handful of our favorites. A few characteristics that are high on our list for must-visit spots?
● Spacious seating and a relaxing atmosphere
● Good or convenient location and a lot of parking
● A willingness to experiment and create adventurous flavors
● The allure of something exclusive
● A source of food nearby for when the inevitable urge to snack sets in
● And of course, anything that incorporates local or Texas culture always hits a soft spot
11 Below Brewing
This open-air brewery is located in a corporate park on the northwest side of town just outside of Beltway 8. This allows for a spacious venue with plenty of picnic tables and lots of parking. They also have rotating food trucks bringing a variety of tasty treats for patrons. Happy hours are Thursdays and Fridays from 5-8pm and open house is every Saturday from 12-3pm. Admission to the brewery is free and they operate on a token system.
8th Wonder Brewing
At 8th Wonder Brewing, their craft beer is brewed inside of a dome-like warehouse paying homage to the Astrodome, which was nicknamed the 8th Wonder of the World. Year-round brews include the Houston and Dome Faux’m, a throwback cream ale. Other limited edition brews have included BO$$ Beer, a pineapple wheat, and French Toast, which is a breakfast beer. The taproom is open daily from 11 am to 10 pm, except for Sundays when they close early at 6 pm.
Buffalo Bayou Brewing Co.
Brewery tours at Buffalo Bayou Brewing Co. take place every Saturday from noon to 3 pm. These tours give you an exclusive chance to taste all draught beers and even present the opportunity to sample experimental beers that aren’t available anywhere else. This combined with nearby food trucks and pet adoptions make this the perfect way to while away a Saturday afternoon. Tickets for the tours are only $10.
Beers at Platypus Brewing are “brewed with a Texas Heart and an Australian Soul”. Bobby Dazzler, an Australian ale, and the Freckled Dingo are a tribute to two of the owners’ Australian roots, while Stars at Night is clearly a tip of the hat to Texas. Come out and enjoy one of these worldly brews on the outdoor deck. Dinner and afternoon snacks are also available daily, with lunch offered Friday through Sunday. On Sundays, they even have a rotating brunch menu.
Under the Radar Brewery
Under the Radar has a little bit of something for everyone with beers including a Dirty Blonde Ale, Mid Frequency IPA, and Porter Authority. The taproom is open Thursday and Friday evenings, all day on Saturday, and noon to 7 pm on Sunday. They are both dog and family friendly and have live music on Friday nights from 6 to 8 pm. A German food truck is located conveniently next door, which is the perfect pairing for the brewery’s cozy outdoor Biergarten.
Sigma Brewing Company
Sigma Brewing Company offers a fun atmosphere with a movie projector and plenty of games available for entertainment. The taproom is roomy making it a great spot to mingle with friends, and there is even a comfortable couch to lounge on. Outdoor seating is also available and we hear the bartenders are ready to share the brewery’s origin story. Come sample their ever-growing beer list available as a flight, and a half or full pour.
BakFish Brewing Company
BakFish’s 2000 square-foot tap room is located in Pearland just off the main thoroughfare. They offer brews like the All Y’all Golden Ale and Goat Roper Brown Porter with plenty of bar-top and picnic table seating, both indoors and out. Food trucks are close by and always changing, and outdoor games are readily available to help pass the time. The venue is open seven days a week and is very family and dog-friendly.
We hope you enjoy trying some of these awesome local microbreweries. Let us know which ones are your favorites!