Finally! I’ve been visiting breweries in Houston since 2012 when it was essentially just Saint Arnold. And don’t get me wrong. Saint Arnold is awesome. But I learned about Buffalo Bayou years back and drove past their brewery which was only open on weekends and me being a business traveler I was never in Houston on the weekends. So, i was thrilled when I learned that Buffalo Bayou Brewing Company had a new brewery and taproom in Houston! This facility is new, without being officially opened yet, but I stopped in tonight ant the burger was delicious and the beers delightful. More Cowbell double IPA was wonderful with dinner and Pecan Pie scotch ale was a delightful after dinner drink. Great place. Great food. Great Beers!
I stopped in at Great Heights Brewing Company in Houston, Texas. Decisions, Decisions. Their Porter was a great choice. It is cold enough outside to want to drink a slightly darker beer, heavier beer. This was perfect. Yet, not too heavy. Easy to drink and delicious. Malty, caramelly, chocolatey. And I even had the great opportunity to sit next to Santa Claus at the bar. Good times!
I stopped in at Platypus Brewing Company in Houston, Texas for dinner and a beer. Their Greens Salad, loaded, with chicken, was awesome! I had a small Troppo Australian/Mexican wheat. I seldom drink wheat beers but this came highly recommended and I tasted it first. It’s delicious with a bit of a mango flavor. I also had a small Bears, Beets, Battlestar Gallactica Table Beer which had a slight beet color, no beet taste but clearly influenced by the sweetness of the beets. These beers both paired nicely with the salad. Great food and drink and great vibe.
I stopped in at Sigma Brewing Company in Houston, Texas and tried their Murry Chrimmus beer. This beer is an imperial porter with cacao and cinnamon. The beer was good. I hoped for more chocolate and cinnamon flavor that wasn’t there.
I stopped in at City Acre Brewing Company in Houston, Texas for a late bite to eat and a beer. Their TXPA Pale Ale is delicious. I rarely do this but I’ll make a comparison. It’s not as hoppy as Sierra Nevada Pale Ale, which I enjoy, but is very flavorful, citrusy, and drinkable. I really enjoyed it. And, it paired wonderfully with Rick’s Rolls – pork barbecue and cole slaw egg rolls. And the cabbage slaw that came with it was also awesome. I also tried the Bellington Imperial Red. Where was that back in MD on St. Patrick’s Day? If you’re in Houston please do stop in at City Acre. Great indoor/outdoor vibe. Owner and brewmaster Matt was pouring last night. He’s an awesome guy to chat with. Very helpful and engaging. He’s doing an awesome job. Stop in and support him.
I stopped in at Under the Radar Brewery in Houston, Texas late one night. As it turned out I was the only customer. This gave me a wonderful opportunity to discuss craft beer with the bartender for an enjoyable extended time. And, all the while, I enjoyed Radar Love, a light but well hopped wheat beer. Tasty. The bartender and I didn’t solve the craft beer industry’s problems but we sure tried. And that’s what you should do. You should try a beer at Under the Radar Brewery. I recommend Radar Love. And, of course, one of my favorite rock songs is also Radar Love by Golden Earring (especially the drum solo by Ginger Baker).
I stopped in at the Eureka Heights Brewing Company in Houston, Texas. As usual I discussed the beer options with the bartender. We reached the mutual conclusion that I needed to try a flight. This turned out to be a great option. All of the beers were tasty. I’ll focus on two of them. I especially enjoyed the Wicket Awesome ESB – I love a good ESB and this was good. Just the right amount of malty sweetness balanced with the bitterness of the hops. Delicious. And, I loved Moo Caliente Spiced Milk Stout. YUM! Chocolatey with a spicy kick. The cream ale was more substantial and hoppy than I’m used to but was tasty. Both the pale and IPA were also good. As you can see, I emptied all glasses.
I stopped in at Town in City Brewing Company in Houston, TX and at the bartender’s recommendation went with the City Porter. This was no disappointment! Talk about smooth and drinkable, full of flavor, yet not heavy at all. Rich, malty, hints of coffee. This was the perfect beer between landing at the airport and hitting my hotel late at night.
Who’d have thought? A brewery in a Whole Foods Market? Revolutionary!
I stopped in at Whole Foods Market Brewing Company in Houston, Texas and, of course, I had to try the TX Grapefruit Blonde Ale. What a delight to drink this light, effervescent, slightly grapefruit flavored beer.
I stopped in at Karbach Brewing Company in Houston, Texas for dinner and a beer. Their fish tacos were excellent. And all of the beers I tried were also excellent. And, I want to give a shout out to my great bartender. Not sure whar her name was but she was very kind and helpful. Their Zee German Pils was light bodied and easy to drink. Their Weekend Warrior Pale Ale was solid. Just a bit hoppy and flavorful. Mother in Lager was rich and malty. 5th Anniversary Quintuple IPA was the closest thing I’ve had to Dogfish 120 – rich IPA!. And the BBH bourbon barrel series. You just have to say bourbon and you have my attention. The BBH with Cherries and the Secret Beer aged in bourbon barrels were both rich and delicious dessert drinks. What a great line-up!