Here's Our Travel Guide to This Nation of Over 7,000 Islands
1. Galveston Island Brewing8423 Stewart Rd, Galveston
2. B-52 Brewing Company12470 Milroy Ln, Conroe
3. Texian Brewing Co.1125 FM 359 Rd, Richmond
4. Buffalo Bayou Brewing Co.5301 Nolda St, Houston
5. 8th Wonder Brewery2202 Dallas St, Houston
6. No Label Brewing Co.5373 1st Street, Katy
7. Southern Star Brewing Company1207 N FM 3083 Rd E, Conroe
8. Lone Pint Brewery507 Commerce St, Magnolia
9. Karbach Brewing Co.2032 Karbach St, Houston
10. Saint Arnold Brewing Company2000 Lyons Ave, Houston
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.
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.
Classic beer styles rule this Fort Bendy County brewery with plenty of Texas pride. Try the Charlie Foxtrot, a sour wheat imperial Berliner Weisse built to combat the Texas sun; or the First Stand, a citrusy smooth Belgian Saison with a dry apple finish.
This adventurous brewery strives to "break the rules" and "offer a new narrative for how we think about beer." It also does so with limited batches of radical flavors -- like the ambitious Smoke on the Bayou, made with malts smoked at local BBQ spots; or the Summer’s Wit, infused with hibiscus, ginger, coriander, and orange peel.
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.
Don’t miss the light and refreshing El Hefe Weizen at this small-scale Katy brewery: it's a traditional German Hefeweizen with notes of banana and clove. Or try seasonals like the Don Jalapeño Ale, a spring pale ale brewed with 60lbs of jalapeños.
The first craft brewery in Texas to offer canned beer, this brewery’s subtle and refreshing Bombshell Blonde is the perfect way to convince your girlfriend that craft beer is the best. Once you do that, ease her into a deep copper Pine Belt pale ale before going full-out on a pungently hoppy Valkyrie double IPA.
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.
Though they’ve only been around since 2011, Karbach has already made a name for itself as one of Texas’ fastest-growing breweries. That’s thanks to a solid line up of monster brews, including the crisp and refreshing Sympathy for the Lager and rich and hoppy Rodeo Clown double IPA. Find them all over town or visit the sparkling facility for tours and tastings, movie nights, and good vibes.
Texas’ oldest craft brewery remains its baddest. Specialty releases keep beer geeks on their toes while a sturdy selection of year-rounds and seasonals keep everyone coming back (and even pub-crawling) for more. They've got a restaurant with great eats from poutine to burgers, and at the brewery you get access to beers unavailable for sale anywhere else.