June 27, 2022



10 must-visit Houston breweries

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It’s an exciting time to be a beer lover in Houston. The city’s craft beer scene offers a vibrance and diversity reflective of its sprawling size and complex culture. The Greater Houston area now boasts close to 65 breweries offering a wide variety of high-quality brews, from a cryo-hopped hazy IPA to a spontaneous-fermented wild ale. Sound a bit too nerdy? Don’t be put off, there’s something for everyone, including crisp pilsners, solid stouts and easy-drinking session ales.

As well as great beer, the scene offers exceptional service and a laid-back, kid- and dog-friendly vibe. With so many breweries to choose from, it may be challenging to know where to start on your Houston beer adventure. That’s why we’ve handpicked 10 Houston breweries that bring something special to the table. 

Astral Brewing

Open since spring 2019, Astral is the relatively new kid on the Independence Heights block, but it’s already made its mark with a stellar lineup of IPAs, sours and dark beers. Astral’s brews are inventive and playful, with flavors ranging from pink guava and horchata to German chocolate cake and pineapple-habanero. But don’t be fooled, these are not novelty beers. Astral’s care and precision has made the brewery a favorite for collaborations with the likes of Local Group, The Pint Exchange and Austin’s Brew Brotha. Check out the cool space-inspired murals and look out for Oaxacan street food when El Alebrije food truck visits.

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B52 Brewing

B52 Brewing

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B52 Brewing

Houston is becoming known for its fruited sours, and Conroe’s B52 Brewing is leading the charge. The brewery features more than 20 taps, pouring its barrel-aged fresh-fruit Muses, dessert-themed Smoothie Tart Kettle Sours, Bretted Geodes and bright, refreshing Table Tarts. There’s a fruited sour for everyone to enjoy in the expansive three-acre woodland beer garden. B52’s regular festivals and events are also worth looking out for.

Customers order at the "beer window" at East End-Equal Parts Brewing—formerly known as Sigma Brewing—on December 17, 2020, in Houston.

Customers order at the “beer window” at East End-Equal Parts Brewing—formerly known as Sigma Brewing—on December 17, 2020, in Houston.

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Equal Parts Brewing

Formerly Sigma Brewing, Equal Parts changed its name to reflect the value they place on collaboration and community. The eclectic menu offers six styles of lager and five unusual IPA variants, as well as top-notch imperial stouts and two tiki sours. Located in Second Ward in the East End, in an old industrial building with original features, Equal Parts combines style and substance with aplomb. Be sure to try the slow-pour Loggenbier served from an authentic Czech Lukr side-pour faucet for a unique drinking experience.

Bartender Natalie Byrd fills pints during "Friends" trivia night at Eureka Heights Brewery.

Bartender Natalie Byrd fills pints during “Friends” trivia night at Eureka Heights Brewery.

Michael Wyke, freelance / For the Chronicle

Eureka Heights Brewery

Keeping the Heights hydrated since 2015, Eureka Heights is known for its approachable session beers highlighting lesser-known styles, including the award-winning flagship Buckle Bunny Cream Ale and Wicket Awesome ESB, both of which picked up medals at the recent Texas Craft Brewers Cup. The family-friendly industrial space is always busy with regular events like the makers markets, crafting workshops, trivia and drag queen bingo. Eureka Heights’ cute cartoon branding will have you heading to the merch counter.

Great Heights Brewing Company

Great Heights Brewing Company

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Great Heights Brewing Company

Sitting out on the Great Heights patio, on a leafy residential street in Garden Oaks, feels like you’re relaxing in your friend’s backyard, except with (probably) much better beer. Great Heights is known locally for its strong IPA game. The style makes up more than half the beers the team has brewed to date, but the quality is so high you’ll want to try them all. It’s an essential stop for IPA connoisseurs, but don’t be afraid to sample other offerings, particularly the moreish imperial stouts and summery kölsch.

Ingenious Brewing's Peanut Butter and Jelly Wheat Beer.

Ingenious Brewing’s Peanut Butter and Jelly Wheat Beer.

Ingenious Brewing

Ingenious Brewing

Houston’s most experimental brewery, Ingenious, lives up to its name with small-batch, limited-release brews like a White Chocolate Peanut Butter Cream Ale and a Mardi Gras Punch Sour. Expect lines around the block as dedicated drinkers head out to Humble for one-off special editions of intense imperial stouts, candy-themed sours and ultra-hoppy IPAs. Between the brewery’s cool graffiti-art aesthetic running across its labels, merch and taproom interior, and 24 taps of some of the most unusual beers in town, you’ll be hard-pressed to drag yourself away.

No Label has a baseball-themed pale ale, Brew of H.

No Label has a baseball-themed pale ale, Brew of H.

Josh Olalde/No Label

No Label Brewing

Hidden behind Katy’s historic rice silos sits No Label Brewing, now in its 12th year of serving tasty, well-crafted but accessible beers. The No Label crew is proud of the brewery’s status as a community hub and destination, hosting events ranging from bingo and trivia nights to a run club and regular live music. A large children’s playground, rotating food trucks and plenty of sessionable offerings, including the flagship 1980 Kölsch and El Hefe Hefweizen, make for a family-friendly day out. Look out for inventive seasonals like the Don Jalapeño—and get ‘em quick before they sell out.

H Town Pils is Saint Arnold Brewing's newest addition to its year-round round-up.

H Town Pils is Saint Arnold Brewing’s newest addition to its year-round round-up.

Saint Arnold Brewing

Saint Arnold Brewing

For many drinkers, Saint Arnold beer is almost synonymous with Houston and Texas beer. The oldest brewery in the state, Saint Arnold shipped its first keg back in 1994 and has built a sterling reputation for flawlessly crafted core and seasonal beers, including the sell-out-popular Pumpkinator and Commitment series. Saint Arnold opened a “beer cathedral” in 2018—a behemoth taproom with a full-service restaurant, stained glass windows, chapel-shaped seating nooks and murals by local artists celebrating beer, brewing and Saint Arnold himself, who is a real saint. Step out into the expansive beer garden for a stunning view of Houston’s skyline as you sip.

Putt-putt as you sip beer at Spindletap Brewery.

Putt-putt as you sip beer at Spindletap Brewery.

Spindletap Brewery

Spindletap Brewery

A brewery taproom with its own mini-golf range? Yes, please. Spindletap not only offers some of the best strong beers in Houston, but you can also test your putt-putt skills while you imbibe. Known about town for its crowd-pleasing range of juicebomb IPAs, Spindletap also offers bold, boozy taproom-only specials like the Port Barrel Lagered Doppelbock and Derrickman Belgian Dubbel.

A lineup of True Anomaly Brewing beers: Oliver Wilder, Small Giant, Friedrich's Notebook and Daisy Explorer

A lineup of True Anomaly Brewing beers: Oliver Wilder, Small Giant, Friedrich’s Notebook and Daisy Explorer

Jaclyn Warren

True Anomaly Brewing

If you have a taste for the wild-and-funky, look no further than True Anomaly, purveyors of the finest mixed-fermentation brews in town. With an impressive rotating selection of elegant foeder-aged beers, bretted saisons and wild ales, True Anomaly has carved a successful niche in Houston’s beer scene. These are rounded out by a mix of Belgian-style ales, crowd-pleasing IPAs and the occasional punchy imperial stout. Helpful, knowledgeable service and a sleek East Downtown taproom make this a must-visit.

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