Houston has become increasingly popular in the past five years as breweries have started springing up in the South, giving locals a taste of the hazy IPA. The biggest city in America has started to witness a rise in IPAs, so much so that it is commonly referred to as “Juiceton.” In 2017, Larry Koestler, a craft beer genius, challenged the breweries in Houston to start making thick Northeastern-style drinks.
If you are new in Houston or are simply just finding your way around the drinking scene here, this article is just what you need. After all, Houston is busy enough to get confusing, especially with the number of breweries available in each corner.
- True Anomaly Brewing Company
- No Label Brewing Co.
- Saint Arnold Brewing Company
- Lone Pint
- Karbach Brewing Co.
- Buffalo Bayou Brewing Co.
- Great Heights Brewing Company
- Local Group Brewing
True Anomaly Brewing Company
True Anomaly Brewing Company was previously a garage that was then converted into one of the best breweries in Houston. Did you know that this brewhouse was created by two NASA employees? It’s true! The sour suds and fermented drinks share French, German, and Belgian styles, coming together nicely.
Try the Ben’s House IPA, which is fresh from the tank and contains notes of floral and citrus, along with the Beryl after Beryl Markham which is loaded with notes of red currants and raspberries. Beryl after Beryl Markham is named after the first individual who flew from the UK to North America and across the Atlantic alone for the first time. The Contact Light Saison is also another wonderful beer option that you are bound to enjoy.
No Label Brewing Co.
After a recent switch in ownership, No Label Brewing Co seems to be flourishing. You can find a number of heavy hitters in this brewery, such as El Hefe Weizen- a German wheat ale rife with notes of citrus, cloves, and banana, as well as the 1980 Kolsch. The best part about this brewery is that it focuses on bringing new kinds of beers with different flavors to its customers.
If it has been a few years since you have paid No Label Brewing Co a visit, you should definitely find your way there again. The Cali boy is a popular choice, especially for those who like an occasional, refreshing blonde ale.
Saint Arnold Brewing Company
Saint Arnold Brewing Company has been around for almost 27 years, making it one of the best breweries in Houston. In fact, even today, this brewery continues to increase its ranks. Being the oldest craft brewery around, its customers love that all the beers are fresh, flavorful, and perfect for a hot day in the summer. A few years ago, the brewery was renovated as it opened up an indoor restaurant and threw in some gorgeous skyline views.
If you visit Saint Arnold Brewing Company, you must absolutely try Lawnmover Kolsch. This is a refreshing and crisp beer with a malty body that is sweet and contains hints of citrus. German Hallertaur hops help bring its delicate flavor. Surprisingly, this beer is light enough to be enjoyed when doing simple activities, like walking the dog.
The best part about this brewery is that it makes use of renewable energy, recycles old grain that can be fed to cows at a local farm, and composts hops. All in all, this brewery is making a world of difference to the environment. Moreover, you will find a refreshing beer garden here, along with pub games, live music, and food trucks over the weekend to provide the best form of entertainment for all those looking for a relaxing night out.
You cannot go to Lone Pint without trying the Yellow Rose IPA- this is a fruity, malty drink that is known to be the best in the state. Other drinks to try at Lone Pint include El Cuero White Stout- a hazy amber drink with the scent of coffee, toffee, and caramel- and Gentleman’s Relish English Brown Ale-a malt, a chocolatey drink that uses English hops.
Karbach Brewing Co.
This is a German-style brewery that is not only safe to bring your children to but also allows dogs to visit the beer garden! This brewery is known for its brewing techniques and high-quality craft beers that have everyone coming back for more within no time.
The best drinks that most customers enjoy are the Light Circus IPA, Love Street Blonde, and Hopadillow IPA. The Tasty Waves Summer Seasonal is the most popular beer here. Pair any of these drinks with the Pork tacos or Korean Beef Bulgogi Bowl, and you will find it hard to let go of this wonderful brewery.
Buffalo Bayou Brewing Co.
If you have been around Houston for some time, you will know that Buffalo Bayou Brewing Co is not new. It is a familiar brewery that has been around for centuries and concentrates on delicious handcrafted, old-school brews. Built in 2011, this is the perfect little place to chat with your friends. The best part is that it is open for guest tours on Saturday, allowing individuals to try their beers and understand how they are made.
The Dreamsicle, Key Lime Pie blonde ale, and Crush City IPA are the best beers found in this brewery. Pair any of these drinks with the falafel wrap, Woodlands Pizza, or Chicken Tikka masala to become hooked to this brewery for the rest of your life. Moreover, do not forget to try the Sticky Toffee Pudding that comes with vanilla and caramel ice cream- a killer combination.
Great Heights Brewing Company
Found in Central Northwest Houston, Great Heights Brewing Company is popular with customers because of its delicious craft beers and hip atmosphere. The versatility here is contagious- you can buy cans to drink at home, spend the day in the taproom, or even bring your own flask to fill with your favorite brew- there is absolutely no one to stop you. The best part is that you can spend a casual afternoon here with your friends or date you are just getting to know.
This brewery is the perfect spot for some beer and pizza. You need to try the Blue Tile IPA and Fruited Fruity Pellets. Both these options go wonderfully with a delicious, cheesy pizza and will have you returning to the brewery with more options to try with your friends.
Local Group Brewing
An industrial taproom that serves craft beers, this brewery will become a quick favorite if you like beers, comfort food, and of course, a brunch every weekend with your loved ones. After all, what better way to start the end of the week than by going to brunch with your mates?
Popular food items here include the soft pretzel with churros and beer mustard. Moreover, the chicken bread sandwich is also a quick favorite. It comes with chipotle honey, spicy mayo, and pickles- a combination that will have you reaching out for more. Pair these food items with the Blurry Eyes IPA, Magic Flip lager, or Laser Tag IPA for the ultimate experience.