Some high-rated craft beers brewed in the greater Houston area include
A. SpindleTap Houston Haze New England-Style IPA
B. Brash’s Cortado Imperial Stout
C. No Label Brewing’s Sittin’ Sidehaze New England-Style IPA
D. Lone Pint’s Yellow Rose
E. CopperHead Brewery’s Feeding Frenzy
Other Popular Craft Breweries include
Notes On Houston Craft Brewing
- Craft beer is still in its relative infancy in Houston. The city’s first craft brewery, Saint Arnold, was founded in 1994, and remained the only brewery in the greater Houston area for 13 years until Conroe’s Southern Star came into existence in 2007.
- However, since 2007, the growth of craft beer in Houston has exploded, with a current total of 44 breweries and brewpubs operating in greater Houston.
- A substantial portion of Houston’s craft breweries is less than four years old, as a 2013 law change granting producers with brewpub licenses the ability to sell their beer on-premise to go ushered in a new wave of brewers, including the well-regarded Brash, Eureka Heights, B-52 Brewing, SpindleTap, Copperhead, Baa Baa Brewhouse and more.
- In the past year, several local brewers have attacked the massively popular New England-Style IPA with aplomb — SpindleTap and Baa Baa Brewhouse in particular have elevated their offerings, producing some of the most highly-regarded beers in the style in the state of Texas.
- In fact, some might say that Houston’s newfound New England-Style IPA prowess has propelled it ahead of Austin — for perhaps the first time ever in both cities’ craft beer rivalry — in this highly sought-after beer category.
- Evolving consumer habits may see a furthering of breweries—which would historically be considered industrial inventory—also become retailers, which may eventually shift the way the commercial real estate industry categorizes these properties.
- Independent beer producers across the state of Texas collectively brewed roughly 276,000 barrels of beer during the first 10 months of 2016, or 138,000 kegs. That’s approximately 1 keg for every 100 adults over 21 years of age in the entire state.