About an hour north of Houston you will find the quaint village of Magnolia, a sweet small town that truly represents the essence of Texas. There, you will also find Lone Pint, a friendly community brewery that keeps the small town vibe while serving knockout beers. You might want to start with their famous Yellow Rose, a strong malt beer with citrus and blueberry flavors, or try the Gentleman’s Relish, a thick and creamy brown ale. The tour is fun and educational too, just make sure to get there on time as spaces fill up quickly.
A true Houston institution, Saint Arnold’s is possibly Texas’ oldest craft brewery. They strive to serve fresh, local beers with world-class quality that they’ve developed through years of brewing and perfecting. Many beer lovers enjoy the Fancy Lawnmower, a German style beer with a rich but balanced malt and hop ratio. The Oktoberfest is also a great option during the fall season. Their location on Lyons Avenue has a stunning beer hall that serves food as well. The bishop burger and soft pretzel stand out the most. Coming here on your birthday will earn you a special pint glass.
Address & telephone number: 2000 Lyons Ave, Houston, TX 77020, +1 713 686 9494
K Spoetzl Brewery, Shiner, TX | © Adam Baker/Flickr
Although still a small town brewery, Spoetzl produces astronomical amounts of beer for its loyal fans all over the United States. Thus, the brewery is impressive in size and capacity. Tours are free and include four samplings of beer, and there is a small gift shop with glasses and other merchandise as well. The town itself is an interesting drive, with German architecture and open fields perfect for picnics.
Address & telephone number: 603 E Brewery, Shiner, TX 77984, +1 361 594 3383
With strong values of supporting local businesses, B-52 Brew is a staunchly Texan company that seeks to have fun by creating quality beer and irreplaceable experiences. Their facility, located in the woods north of Houston, is a fun weekend visit with picnic benches and tables and a beautiful view of Lake Conroe. Lemonade is available for children and wine is available for those who do not enjoy beer. Locals are enthusiastic about the Payload Pilsner, a spicy and foamy beer that pairs well with pretty much everything. Ask about their Saison Hop Series as well, which features an ever-changing list of hops for a unique flavor every time.
Address & telephone number: 12470 Milroy Ln, Conroe, TX 77304, +1 936 447 4677