// Warning: This post is all craft beer related. Highly potent beers included. Read with beer in hand. //
Houston Beer Week kicked off on April 18, and the week has highlighted Houston Beer and the craft beer scene all around town. Big area names like Brash Brewing, Buffalo Bayou, Karbach, Saint Arnold and many more are taking over the Houston Bar scene, so you’re going to want to make sure to put these upcoming events on your calendar for this weekend.
Brashing Brewing Debut
The good ol’ boy from the Petrol Station has had everyone sitting on the edge of their seats awaiting the grand opening of Brash Brewing. Owner of Petrol Station, Ben Fullelove, has partnered with Vince Mandeville to bring their brewery just North of Petrol at 510 W. Crosstimbers Rd. to the area.
“Health inspection passed. Finish line is right there,” their latest Facebook update on their opening reads.
The finish line is indeed right there. The North Houston brewery debuted their beer this week at Beaver’s on Monday, April 20, and to describe the waiting crowd as “eager” would be an understatement. A line waited outside Beaver’s before the party even started. Doors opened at 6 p.m. and about 60 heads were there to wait until the tapping of Brash Brewing beer at 7 p.m. with numbers totaling over 100 for the official tapping. A post on Facebook from Petrol Station warned eager tasters that only ten gallons of beer would be able to be held behind the bar, so to get in line early. Once the kegs were tapped, the beer ran out in about 10 minutes.
“I can’t believe the amount of support from everyone,” Fullelove said. “This is just great.”
The two beers that were debuted at Beaver’s were Brash Brewing Pussy Wagon and Diplomatic Immunity. Fullelove went on to tell me that Brash has one, maybe two, more inspections and they are in business.
D&T All the sours
1307 Enid St. 77009
On Thursday, April 23, D&T is taking the sours to a new level. D&T will be opening up the far right end of their beer wall to showcase their love of things wild and fermentable. You’ll find Krieks, Lambics, Oud Bruins, and straight-up SOURs. You can try a glass or a flight and talk beer and proper glassware for as long as you want. Doors open at 3 p.m. and close at midnight.
St. Arnold Pint Night at Revelry on Richmond
1613 Richmond Ave. 77006
St. Arnold has dug deep for Revelry on Richmond and bestowed specialty kegs they have been hiding in their cellar for Houston Beer Week. On Friday, April 24, they’ll have a keg of Pumpkinator, Bishop’s Barrel #4, and something special on the Randall (beer infuser) that Revelry will concoct in their brew lab. You read that right, a keg of Pumpkinator. This event will kick off at 5 p.m. and finish at 10 p.m. Get there early, these beers will go fast.
Sour BBA Nightmare on 1st Street at BRC Gastropub
519 Shepherd Dr. 77007
Join the Katy brewery, No Label Brewing, in a special release of their pumpkin ale, Sour BBA Nightmare on 1st Street. This Imperial Pumpkin Ale is a seasonal beer and very limited. It has a 9.27% ABV and is part of their 2014 brew series. Catch this seasonal from 6 p.m. to midnight at BRC on Saturday, April 25.
Houston let’s talk craft beer bottle share at Farmboy Brew Shop
3814 N. Shepherd Dr. 77018
On the last day of Houston Beer Week, Houston Let’s Talk Craft Beer will be hosting a bottle share at your favorite area home brew shop, Farmboy Brew Shop. Owner of Farmboy Brew Shop, Landon Weiershausen, and the Houston Let’s Talk Craft Beer group are inviting you to come out and share some good brew and meet some other Houston beer lovers. Catch them at the shop from 6:30-10 p.m. on Saturday, April 25.
These HBW events are just some in The Leader area and only a small portion of them all. Visit the HBW website at www.houstonbeerweek.com/events/ for the full lineup.
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