Food & Drink

Your guide to 6 up-and-coming Houston breweries

Published On 09/17/2014 Published On 09/17/2014
Sam Davenport
Sam Davenport
Lone Pint Brewery
B-52 Brewing
Cycler's Brewing
8th Wonder Brewery
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1. Galactic Coast Brewing Company 1675 Dickinson Ave, Dickinson, TX 77539

An experimental brewing outfit from a group of craft beer nuts located all-to-appropriately just steps from the Johnson Space Center. Keep an eye out for their space age tap handles.

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2. Galveston Island Brewing 8423 Stewart Rd, Galveston, TX 77554

A former home-brewer and tugboat captain who also worked a stint at Beerfoot Brewing (and St. Arnold. And Karbach) burst out all on his own with this Galveston outpost. Galveston Island's known for the Tiki Wheat (keeping consistent with the its tropical vibe), a brew that's half wheat and half barley with coriander and honey, but its other signature brews include Blue Bridge Amber and Excelsior! IPA. You can pair any of them with classic pub grub straight from the taproom or venture onto the patio to eat from the day's scheduled food truck.

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3. Lone Pint Brewery 507 Commerce St, Magnolia, TX 77355

More than anything, Lone Pint Brewery loves hops. So much so, they only use whole, raw cone hops without filtration, and you can taste the difference in every single brew. This Magnolia brewery is perfect for IPA fans, and the Yellow Rose IPA -- made from a malty base combined with blueberry, pineapple, and grapefruit -- is one of the greatest beers brewed in the Lone Star state.

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4. B-52 Brewing Company 12470 Milroy Ln, Conroe, TX 77304

Houston natives and brothers Chad and Brent Daniel caught the home-brew bug while living in Austin and built a 12-keg operation in their garage. Not long after, they opened Conroe's B-52 Brewery (like the jet, not the band) in 2014 and began selling their signature brews commercially. If you visit the taproom, you can try your hand at a Payload Pilsner, Wingman Wheat IPA or Rye Saison on a park-like and family-friendly campus, home to ping pong tables, food trucks and regularly scheduled live music.

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5. Cycler's Brewing , Montgomery, TX

Located within the Sam Houston National Forest, this brewery (as you might expect) has an affinity for a certain two-wheeled form of transportation. Signature brews include Domestique Wit, 55-11 Imperial Red, and Derailleur Scotch/Porter.

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6. 8th Wonder Brewery 2202 Dallas St, Houston, TX 77003

This brewery in East Downtown is jokingly named for the nearby Astrodome’s bygone status as the "8th Wonder of the World." Blocks from Houston's professional baseball, basketball and soccer stadiums, 8th Wonder's taproom appropriately serves as sports bar with its domed-stadium motif and multiple TVs. Watch a game while you sip on any of five year-round brews like the Dome Faux'm cream ale or Hopston IPA.