Spring Branch appears to be the new up-and-coming hotspot for watering holes as another alcohol purveyor, Cobble & Spoke, prepares to debut a collection of small batch wines and beers in the coming weeks.
Part retailer and part tasting room, the 1,700 square-foot space at 1900 Blalock Rd will focus specifically on esoteric wines and beers that are hard to come by elsewhere in Houston. It will have seating for 45 and can accommodate special events in-house or catered parties on location. “We’re focusing on truly independent, small craft operations — the smallest breweries that have self-distribution and home-grown Texas wines,” says part-owner Kyle Steck. “It makes things harder to source, but it’s worth it.”
Steck points to a “renaissance” in craft beer: “People appreciate the diversity and variety and the story behind these places. Plus, the competition is making some great brews out there,” he says. He united with partners Jen Masse and Joseph Schiller over their shared appreciation of craft beer. In fact, Schiller and Steck worked at a local brewery together.
They’re finalizing beer orders this week, so Steck could not divulge any specifics about what they’ll carry, but one of the wines labels already in stock is Majek from the small town of Moravia, Texas. “We’re the only place in Houston that carries it,” he says. And as far as the Spring Branch locale? “We didn’t want to be out in the suburbs, but didn’t want to be in Downtown. This was perfect, and we’re excited more bars are coming to Spring Branch. We’d eventually like to get a pub crawl going,” he says.
Stay tuned for an official opening date as Cobble & Spoke finalizes its inspections with the city of Houston in the coming weeks. Once it’s open, hours of operation will be Sunday through Thursday, noon to midnight, and Friday and Saturday noon to 2 a.m.