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16 Essential Breweries in Houston

Where to score the best beer in the city

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With year-round pleasant weather, it’s never not a good day for a cold beer in Houston. The city’s craft brewing scene has grown a lot in recent years, and whether you have a taste for something light and crisp or a rich, velvety stout, there is a brew for everyone.

From family-friendly breweries to take-home crowlers and food to go, we’ve rounded up some of H-Town’s best breweries far and wide. Eat, drink and be merry while exploring 16 local beer producers.

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Note: Restaurants on this map are listed geographically.

1. B-52 Brewing Company

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12470 Milroy Ln
Conroe, TX 77304

It’s well worth the drive to this family-friendly brewery situated on seven acres of honest country with games like horseshoes and ping-pong. There is a lot to explore on tap, from pale ales, pilsners and IPAs to a smoothie tart sour with a wild mix of sweet fruit flavors.

2. Lone Pint Brewery

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507 Commerce St
Magnolia, TX 77355

Lone Pint Brewery is a passionate, family-owned operation which uses raw whole cone hops in its brews and renewable energy to power its brewery. At the brewery in Magnolia, you’ll find lots of mouth-watering limited release brews, but Lone Pint’s super-popular year-round beers, like Yellow Rose IPA, Jabberwocky Pale Ale and the Gentleman’s Relish Brown Ale, are easy to find at most beer retailers and grocery stores. 

3. Spindletap Brewery

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10622 Hirsch Rd
Houston, TX 77016

Spindletap is known for its extensive line of cloudy, unfiltered IPAs, like the Houston Haze. For non hop-heads, there’s also Honey Hole, an award-winning honey ale, and Black Gold, a coffee imperial stout.

4. Brash Brewing

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512 Crosstimbers St
Houston, TX 77022

Step inside Brash Brewing Company’s industrial digs and more likely than not, you’ll heard heavy metal playing. That personality is also reflected in their beers, with brazen names like Smoglifter, Bollocks, Skankin Dirty, Vulgar Display of Power, Black Meddle, and Hot Fuzz. Beers here tend to be heavy and bold, like the Pussy Wagon, an 8 percent IPA. Brash offers contactless curbside — scope out the four and six-packs available here.

5. Great Heights Brewing Company

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938 Wakefield Dr
Houston, TX 77018
(281) 220-6900
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This sustainable brewery offers hoppy IPAs, lagers, stouts and ciders in the Garden Oaks/Oak Forest area. With 12 beers on tap, the brewery proudly packages grains spent during production and donates them to local farmers for livestock feed. Pair a cold one with a slice of pizza from the Purple Flower pizza truck, always parked outside the brewery.

6. Karbach Brewing Co.

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2032 Karbach St
Houston, TX 77092
(713) 680-2739
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There is a beer for every palate at this decade-old brewery, so it’s no surprise that love for varieties like Hopadillo and Rodeo Clown IPAs span well beyond Houston — Karbach has been acquired by a big beer brand, but has not lost its local charm. The dog-friendly biergarten also offers dishes like Cake and Bacon pretzels with Karbach beer mustard or heartier plates like the Hella Hot Chicken Sandwich. Order takeout from the Karbach kitchen here.

7. Eureka Heights Brew Co

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941 W 18th St
Houston, TX 77008
(832) 953-4677
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Eureka Heights is named after the fault line that lies beneath the brewery, and its signature beer, Buckle Bunny Cream Ale, is named after a moniker given to rodeo groupies. For something with a bit more bite, go for the the Mini Boss, a 6.8 percent IPA with a relatively mild bitterness unit of 70, or the Moo Caliente, a cayenne-spiked milk stout reminiscent of Mexican hot chocolate.

8. No Label Brewing Co.

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5373 1st St
Katy, TX 77493
(281) 693-7545
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Count on No Label Brewing Co. in Katy for a solid choice of core brews like the crisp 1980 Kolsch ale, the traditional El Hefe, a refreshing German hefeweizen, and Ridgeback Ale, a red-style American amber.

9. Battlehops Brewing

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6801 Hwy Blvd
Katy, TX 77494

Capitalizing on two industry trends, the recently opened Battlehops is part brewery, part board game cafe. Battlehops, which also brews soda and coffee in house, makes beers like the Jody Big Bear Brown Ale, an American pale ale, a dunkel-style lager, and even a gose, a malty, salty, sour beer. Battlehops does growler fills and curbside pickup for those looking to liven up game night at home.

10. Buffalo Bayou Brewing Co.

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5301 Nolda St
Houston, TX 77007

With tasty varieties like the 1836 copper ale and the Crush City IPA, Buffalo Bayou Brewing has long been a favorite for craft beer, but its recent move to Sawyer Yards in a mammoth 3-story space has it earning notoriety for breathtaking Downtown views and a Houston-inspired menu to match. Try a brewhaus burger with 44 Farms angus beef with a seasonal brew like the Gingerbread stout. Order food and beer to go via Buff Brew’s website.

11. Local Group Brewing

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1504 Chapman St
Houston, TX 77009
(713) 429-1884
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Local Group Brewing carries 15 beers on tap, with funky names like the “Get’n Jiggy” hazy West Coast pale ale, the “Lil’ Star Lil’ Stout” American stout and the ‘You Had Me At Hello” Belgian IPA. A chef-driven menu is equally as worthy with features like a 44 Farms Texas steak melt and wild mushroom poutine. Order online here.

12. Saint Arnold Brewing Company

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2000 Lyons Ave
Houston, TX 77020
(713) 686-9494
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With its sprawling beer hall, expansive beer garden and friendly and knowledgeable “Brew Crew”, Saint Arnold Brewing Company reigns supreme among independent craft breweries in the city. Colorful labels like the Lawnmower, Orange Show, Art Car and Santo have become familiar sights around town, and the hearty food menu is made up of a number of items worth pairing with Saint Arnold beers, like the Uncle Jesse grilled chicken pizza and the Fire Emoji Shrimp Po-boy. Order food to-go here.

13. Holler Brewing Co.

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2206 Edwards St
Houston, TX 77007
(832) 781-0555
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Holler Brewing jokes that their beer list is so ephemeral, it “rotates with the season, the lunar cycle, and the Billboard Hot 100.” Standards include Dollar Pills Y’all, a clean and crisp German-style pilsner, and Slow Clap, a dry-hopped IPA with notes of grapefruit and mango. The also offer nitro-enhanced cold brew coffee on tap. If you’re swinging by to pick up a couple cans, check out Tacos Bomberos, which is often on the scene.

14. City Orchard Cidery

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1201 Oliver St Unit #108
Houston, TX 77007
(832) 648-7773
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Cider fans rejoice, Houston’s freshest cidery, City Orchard, is here. Opt for the Mr. Green, made with Greening apples or the sparkling King Blossom with a side of warm and fluffy apple fritters. Don’t worry beer drinkers, there are a couple of brews on tap as well. Order through Toast for curbside pickup.

15. Platypus Brewing

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1902 Washington Ave Suite E
Houston, TX 77007
(832) 742-5503
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The brainchild of husband, wife, and pal trio, Platypus Brewing boasts brews and bites inspired by flavors from Australia and Texas as a nod to the background of the owners. Think Bobby Dazzler, an Australian blonde ale brewed with local Houston honey and Australian topaz hops, or a Freckled Dingo Pale Ale, perfect with a side of crispy fried curry Brussels sprouts.

16. 8th Wonder Brewery

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2202 Dallas St
Houston, TX 77003
(713) 229-0868
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Named after the Astrodome, Houston’s iconic sports stadium of years past, 8th Wonder brings the nostalgia with its Dome Faux’m ale and other Houston-themed beers like the Weisstheimer hefeweizen, the Cougar Paw Red Ale — a nod to University of Houston — and the Rocket Fuel Vietnamese coffee porter. Pick up a pint to-go at the brewery’s one-acre outdoor beer garden, affectionately named Wonder World — and grab a bite from the Eatsie Boys food truck, stationed on site every day.

1. B-52 Brewing Company

12470 Milroy Ln, Conroe, TX 77304

It’s well worth the drive to this family-friendly brewery situated on seven acres of honest country with games like horseshoes and ping-pong. There is a lot to explore on tap, from pale ales, pilsners and IPAs to a smoothie tart sour with a wild mix of sweet fruit flavors.

12470 Milroy Ln
Conroe, TX 77304

2. Lone Pint Brewery

507 Commerce St, Magnolia, TX 77355

Lone Pint Brewery is a passionate, family-owned operation which uses raw whole cone hops in its brews and renewable energy to power its brewery. At the brewery in Magnolia, you’ll find lots of mouth-watering limited release brews, but Lone Pint’s super-popular year-round beers, like Yellow Rose IPA, Jabberwocky Pale Ale and the Gentleman’s Relish Brown Ale, are easy to find at most beer retailers and grocery stores. 

507 Commerce St
Magnolia, TX 77355

3. Spindletap Brewery

10622 Hirsch Rd, Houston, TX 77016

Spindletap is known for its extensive line of cloudy, unfiltered IPAs, like the Houston Haze. For non hop-heads, there’s also Honey Hole, an award-winning honey ale, and Black Gold, a coffee imperial stout.

10622 Hirsch Rd
Houston, TX 77016

4. Brash Brewing

512 Crosstimbers St, Houston, TX 77022

Step inside Brash Brewing Company’s industrial digs and more likely than not, you’ll heard heavy metal playing. That personality is also reflected in their beers, with brazen names like Smoglifter, Bollocks, Skankin Dirty, Vulgar Display of Power, Black Meddle, and Hot Fuzz. Beers here tend to be heavy and bold, like the Pussy Wagon, an 8 percent IPA. Brash offers contactless curbside — scope out the four and six-packs available here.

512 Crosstimbers St
Houston, TX 77022

5. Great Heights Brewing Company

938 Wakefield Dr, Houston, TX 77018

This sustainable brewery offers hoppy IPAs, lagers, stouts and ciders in the Garden Oaks/Oak Forest area. With 12 beers on tap, the brewery proudly packages grains spent during production and donates them to local farmers for livestock feed. Pair a cold one with a slice of pizza from the Purple Flower pizza truck, always parked outside the brewery.

938 Wakefield Dr
Houston, TX 77018

6. Karbach Brewing Co.

2032 Karbach St, Houston, TX 77092

There is a beer for every palate at this decade-old brewery, so it’s no surprise that love for varieties like Hopadillo and Rodeo Clown IPAs span well beyond Houston — Karbach has been acquired by a big beer brand, but has not lost its local charm. The dog-friendly biergarten also offers dishes like Cake and Bacon pretzels with Karbach beer mustard or heartier plates like the Hella Hot Chicken Sandwich. Order takeout from the Karbach kitchen here.

2032 Karbach St
Houston, TX 77092

7. Eureka Heights Brew Co

941 W 18th St, Houston, TX 77008

Eureka Heights is named after the fault line that lies beneath the brewery, and its signature beer, Buckle Bunny Cream Ale, is named after a moniker given to rodeo groupies. For something with a bit more bite, go for the the Mini Boss, a 6.8 percent IPA with a relatively mild bitterness unit of 70, or the Moo Caliente, a cayenne-spiked milk stout reminiscent of Mexican hot chocolate.

941 W 18th St
Houston, TX 77008

8. No Label Brewing Co.

5373 1st St, Katy, TX 77493

Count on No Label Brewing Co. in Katy for a solid choice of core brews like the crisp 1980 Kolsch ale, the traditional El Hefe, a refreshing German hefeweizen, and Ridgeback Ale, a red-style American amber.

5373 1st St
Katy, TX 77493

9. Battlehops Brewing

6801 Hwy Blvd, Katy, TX 77494

Capitalizing on two industry trends, the recently opened Battlehops is part brewery, part board game cafe. Battlehops, which also brews soda and coffee in house, makes beers like the Jody Big Bear Brown Ale, an American pale ale, a dunkel-style lager, and even a gose, a malty, salty, sour beer. Battlehops does growler fills and curbside pickup for those looking to liven up game night at home.

6801 Hwy Blvd
Katy, TX 77494

10. Buffalo Bayou Brewing Co.

5301 Nolda St, Houston, TX 77007

With tasty varieties like the 1836 copper ale and the Crush City IPA, Buffalo Bayou Brewing has long been a favorite for craft beer, but its recent move to Sawyer Yards in a mammoth 3-story space has it earning notoriety for breathtaking Downtown views and a Houston-inspired menu to match. Try a brewhaus burger with 44 Farms angus beef with a seasonal brew like the Gingerbread stout. Order food and beer to go via Buff Brew’s website.

5301 Nolda St
Houston, TX 77007

11. Local Group Brewing

1504 Chapman St, Houston, TX 77009

Local Group Brewing carries 15 beers on tap, with funky names like the “Get’n Jiggy” hazy West Coast pale ale, the “Lil’ Star Lil’ Stout” American stout and the ‘You Had Me At Hello” Belgian IPA. A chef-driven menu is equally as worthy with features like a 44 Farms Texas steak melt and wild mushroom poutine. Order online here.

1504 Chapman St
Houston, TX 77009

12. Saint Arnold Brewing Company

2000 Lyons Ave, Houston, TX 77020

With its sprawling beer hall, expansive beer garden and friendly and knowledgeable “Brew Crew”, Saint Arnold Brewing Company reigns supreme among independent craft breweries in the city. Colorful labels like the Lawnmower, Orange Show, Art Car and Santo have become familiar sights around town, and the hearty food menu is made up of a number of items worth pairing with Saint Arnold beers, like the Uncle Jesse grilled chicken pizza and the Fire Emoji Shrimp Po-boy. Order food to-go here.

2000 Lyons Ave
Houston, TX 77020

13. Holler Brewing Co.

2206 Edwards St, Houston, TX 77007

Holler Brewing jokes that their beer list is so ephemeral, it “rotates with the season, the lunar cycle, and the Billboard Hot 100.” Standards include Dollar Pills Y’all, a clean and crisp German-style pilsner, and Slow Clap, a dry-hopped IPA with notes of grapefruit and mango. The also offer nitro-enhanced cold brew coffee on tap. If you’re swinging by to pick up a couple cans, check out Tacos Bomberos, which is often on the scene.

2206 Edwards St
Houston, TX 77007

14. City Orchard Cidery

1201 Oliver St Unit #108, Houston, TX 77007

Cider fans rejoice, Houston’s freshest cidery, City Orchard, is here. Opt for the Mr. Green, made with Greening apples or the sparkling King Blossom with a side of warm and fluffy apple fritters. Don’t worry beer drinkers, there are a couple of brews on tap as well. Order through Toast for curbside pickup.

1201 Oliver St Unit #108
Houston, TX 77007

15. Platypus Brewing

1902 Washington Ave Suite E, Houston, TX 77007

The brainchild of husband, wife, and pal trio, Platypus Brewing boasts brews and bites inspired by flavors from Australia and Texas as a nod to the background of the owners. Think Bobby Dazzler, an Australian blonde ale brewed with local Houston honey and Australian topaz hops, or a Freckled Dingo Pale Ale, perfect with a side of crispy fried curry Brussels sprouts.

1902 Washington Ave Suite E
Houston, TX 77007

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16. 8th Wonder Brewery

2202 Dallas St, Houston, TX 77003

Named after the Astrodome, Houston’s iconic sports stadium of years past, 8th Wonder brings the nostalgia with its Dome Faux’m ale and other Houston-themed beers like the Weisstheimer hefeweizen, the Cougar Paw Red Ale — a nod to University of Houston — and the Rocket Fuel Vietnamese coffee porter. Pick up a pint to-go at the brewery’s one-acre outdoor beer garden, affectionately named Wonder World — and grab a bite from the Eatsie Boys food truck, stationed on site every day.

2202 Dallas St
Houston, TX 77003

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