Just on the outskirts of Garden Oaks, in an old warehouse tucked between buildings to the east of Shepherd Drive and to the north of Crosstimbers Road, lies the neighborhood’s dark underbelly.
Four nights a week, you’ll hear loud metal music and see crude, unholy images such as skulls and anarchy symbols. You’ll also find grown men and women playing arcade games and sipping on glasses of strong, dark and heavy beer – lots of it – with names like “Milk the Venom” and “Scottish Hell.”
Brash Brewing Co., at 508 W. Crosstimbers Rd., is not a place you want to take your children or your friends from church. It’s still become quite popular since opening in 2015, having earned a reputation as one of Houston’s best craft breweries.
Owner Ben Fullelove, a longtime Oak Forest resident, makes no apologies for his brewery’s brash attitude and said people either “love it or hate it.”
“We found our niche, and our niche is pretty awesome,” Fullelove said. “We get crazy turnouts for the stuff we do. People seem to dig what we do.”
A regular event that’s garnered international attention is “Rage Yoga,” which instructor Ashley Duzich hosts at Brash every other Friday. Fullelove said it’s traditional yoga mixed with yelling, screaming, cursing and beer breaks.
The idea, Fullelove said, is “releasing everything out of your body,” including pent-up anger and frustration.
Other visits to Brash might serve a similar purpose. Along with drinking IPAs, Scotch ales and stouts with higher alcohol contents, on average, than most breweries around town, patrons can play foosball and an array of arcade games.
There’s also a barbecue food truck that makes regular stops and plenty of space for head-banging to the music that blares at Brash. But a recent visit on a Saturday night revealed a subdued crowd of about 50 people that was more friendly than confrontational.
Fullelove said the brewery’s customers are generally a diverse mix, from neighborhood residents to college students to bikers wearing battle jackets.
“One thing about Brash is it’s very honest. What you see is what you get,” he said. “We wanted a genuine place where you can be yourself and hang out.”