Looking to go all in on Houston’s happening craft beer scene? Here are four must-visit breweries close to home at The Ranch at Shadow Lake.
8th Wonder Brewery & Distillery
Named after the structure once dubbed the “Eighth Wonder of the World” – the Houston Astrodome – 8th Wonder Brewery & Distillery set the bar high when it began brewing beer in a “dome-like warehouse” in east downtown Houston in 2013. 8th Wonder’s beer and taproom are as wondrous as the Astrodome. Choose from favorites like the Dome Faux’m cream ale, the Hopston IPA, and amazing Cloud 8 hazy IPA. If you’re looking for something a little different, try the Rocket Fuel Vietnamese coffee porter. It’s bold and an excellent option for those looking to shake free of the IPA rut. Whatever beer you choose, you can’t go wrong tilting back a cold one on 8th Wonder’s spacious and eclectic outdoor patio.
No Label Brewing Co.
One of the earlier entrants to Houston’s heavily saturated craft beer scene, this charming Katy brewery remains one of the best. No Label peddles a diverse and inventive lineup of brews in an ambiance-packed setting among Katy’s old rice silos. Beyond some amazing beers, including staples like the 1980 Kolsch, the El Hefe Hefeweizen, and the Sittin’ Sidehaze hazy IPA, the scene is spectacular. Its lively outdoor area welcomes a rotating cast of food trucks and is a fantastic spot to meet up with your crew.
Fun brews. Australian-inspired food. A cozy patio. Platypus Brewing delivers an all-encompassing experience. Its year-round anchor beers include the Mexican Lager, the Bobby Dazzler Australian Blonde Ale, and the Freckled Dingo Pale Ale. All make excellent companions to dishes such as the Aussie Meat Pie, Sausage Roll, or Aussie Steak Sandwich. Platypus is a must-add to your Houston brewpub rotation.
Saint Arnold Brewing Company
Claiming the title of Texas’ oldest craft brewery is our final entry – Saint Arnold. Founded in 1994, well ahead of the craft beer’s popularity curve, this is Houston’s official OG brewery. Its amazing beer hall, delicious brews, and tasty pub fare make it a must-visit. Keep it simple and sample their flagship Amber Ale, or go the more adventurous route and opt for the ultra-hoppy Art Car IPA, or the sweet Raspberry AF Weisse. They even offer a line of hard seltzers if that’s more your thing.
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