The best breweries in Houston aren't just limited to breweries in trendy central neighborhoods like EaDo and the Heights that fall inside the I-610 Loop. Craft brewers have popped up near Sam Houston Beltway and beyond. In part two of this two-part series, here's a guide to the best local breweries to visit in the greater Houston area where you won't have to battle inner-loop traffic.
Karbach Brewing Co, situated just outside of the I-610 Loop near U.S. Hwy 290, was a local brewer that took off in a big way after starting as a beer distribution company. Well-known for Houston staples like Hopadillo IPA, Love Street, and Weekend Warrior, Karbach is arguably one of the most successful local brewers in the area. The brewer has a full indoor restaurant as well as its beer garden. Multiple token deal combinations are available to choose from, as well as a la carte beer. Recently, Karbach and Anheuser-Busch entered into an acquisition agreement, leading to hot debate over whether or not the company will still earn the title of “local” craft brewer.
2032 Karbach Street
Houston, Texas 77092
Monday - Friday | 2:30 p.m. - 9:30 p.m (tours at 3 p.m., 5 p.m. and 7 p.m.)
Saturday | 12 p.m. - 9:30 p.m. (tours every hour from 1 p.m. - 7 p.m.)
Sunday | 12 p.m. - 5:30 p.m. (tours every hour from 1 p.m. - 5 p.m.)
On the northwest side, near State Hwy 249 just outside of Beltway 8, lies 11 Below Brewing. Born from the hobby of mechanical and computer science engineers, the mostly-Texan team boasts beers of up to 12.3 percent ABV (alcohol by volume). The company’s website is updated with weekly schedules and shows what food trucks will be available each day. Trade in $10 for three tokens, and $5 more for a souvenir pint glass. The happy hour space currently shares the beer-creation space, so don’t expect it to be polished, but space is plentiful.
6820 Bourgeois Road
Houston, Texas 77066
Thursday - Friday l 5 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.
Saturday | 12 p.m. - 3 p.m.
Bearded Fox Brewing Co
“We don't want to drink beer just for the sake of drinking beer,” the creators of Bearded Fox Brewing Company say. The Tomball microbrewery totes three beers and uses local sourcing when possible. The brewer is still getting off the ground and does not have consistent hours yet but updates its Facebook account regularly.
11729 Spring Cypress Road
Tomball, Texas 77377
Intermittent, check the brewery's Facebook account for details.
If you’re really up for a drive out of town, Lone Pint Brewery in Magnolia is open Saturdays for drinks and tours. Known for its Yellow Rose IPA, the kid-and-dog-friendly spot has both indoor and outdoor mingling space. The outdoor yard has two long picnic tables, and the brewer encourages drinkers to bring comfortable chairs along for the afternoon. There’s no kitchen, but food trucks typically are available. $10 will get three beer tokens and a pint glass, and tours start at 2 p.m. Open mic sessions and local bands often accompany the Saturday neighborhood-feel happy hour.
507 Commerce Street
Magnolia, Texas 77355
Saturday 12 p.m. - 4 p.m.
No Label Brewing is another local craft beer company that has become well-known in and outside of Houston. Starting in 2009, a family decided to expand its homebrewing hobby into a business on the far west side of Katy. Core beers are $4 for a pint, and seasonal beers are $5 to $6 for a pint. Saturdays it costs $10 to get in the door if you’re 21 years old or over, but the price tag includes four beers — though they knock it down to two beers if you arrive after 2 p.m. Its year-round El Hefe Weizen and seasonal “What the Hatch” green chile-infused drink are common choices among beer-drinkers in Houston. With its brewing set-up at an old rice facility, there is no shortage of space to sit or meander.
5351 1st Street
Katy, Texas 77493
Monday - Friday | 3 p.m. - 10 p.m.
Saturday | 12 p.m. - 3 p.m. (tours and tastings only)
Sunday | 12 p.m. - 6 p.m.
Moving back into town, City Acre Brewing is about halfway between I-610 and the top half of Beltway 8, just off of I-69. Plenty of outdoor and indoor seating is available in this brewery, which also has a food menu and a large garden that much of its menu’s ingredients are grown in. Events like crafting and game night are common, with kids welcome at the venue (dogs are not currently, due to apparent permitting issues). City Acre has a wide variety of in-house made drinks besides beer, like beer cocktails, wine, sodas made in-house, and a brunch, lunch and dinner menu.
3418 Topping Street
Houston, Texas 77093
Monday, Wednesday, and Thursday | 5 p.m. - 10 p.m.
Friday | 4 p.m. - 11 p.m.
Saturday | 11 a.m. - 11 p.m.
Sunday | 11 a.m. - 8 p.m.
Named after a history of crude oil exploration and beer prohibition, Spindletap Brewery resides in the northeast side of town, off of I-69 and Little York Road. Spindletap’s beers follow in the oil pattern with names like Boomtown and Hop Gusher IPA. Indoor and outdoor space are both plentiful at this venue, and food trucks are nearby on Fridays. For $5 you can tour the facilities on Saturdays at 12:30 p.m. after making a reservation by e-mail.
10622 Hirsch Road
Houston, Texas 77016
Friday - Saturday | 12 p.m. - 9 p.m.
Sunday | 11 a.m. - 6 p.m.
Back Pew Brewing is what it sounds like – a brewery housed in an old church building, past Humble to the northeast. Its beer falls under two classes — either the sinners or the saints, and all have notably high ABV levels. There are multiple options for purchasing your beers, including bringing back a Back Pew pint cup for a discounted refill. No food is currently served, but food trucks are often on site. You can sit indoors in expansive seating that butts right up against the brewing equipment or settle in outside on picnic tables under shade canopies. The company property spans more than 10 acres and bringing tents, chairs, and games for the day is encouraged. One sticking point for some visitors will be the parking lot – it’s on the grass and will get muddy in the rain.
26452 Sorters McClellan Road
Porter, Texas 77365
Saturday | 12 p.m. - 5 p.m.
Moving back up to the north half of town, Brash Brewing Company is just above the top of I-610 near I-45. This brewery has some unique aspects, including a less kid-friendly website and beer name selection. Hang around inside the beer facility to see the neon backlit equipment, or play on one of the arcade games inside.
508 W Crosstimbers Road
Houston, Texas 77018
Intermittent, check Facebook for updates.
Saloon Door Brewing is a newbie to the beer market, having just opened mid-2016. The brewery is near League City, southeast of Houston, and caters to a different market than most local brewers — sports fans. Saloon Door’s taproom totes two projector screens for sports games and western decor. Along with beers — many of which seem to trend toward chocolate and peanut butter — house wine, water, and soda are all available. A dinner menu is available at this local brewer as well, and there is typically live music in the evenings from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m.
105 Magellan Circle
Webster, Texas 77598
Monday - Thursday | 4 p.m. - 11 p.m.
Friday | 2 p.m. - 12 a.m.
Saturday | 12 p.m. - 12 a.m.
Sunday | 12 p.m. - 11 p.m.