The craft beer explosion has swept the country, and the Texas Gulf Coast is no exception. The region is filled with so many great microbreweries that it can be a bit daunting for those looking to taste everything that the region has to offer. Here are just a few up-and-coming spots that deserve your attention.
Under the Radar Brewery
What could be more of a hidden gem than a place called Under the Radar Brewery? This aptly-named new microbrewery is located near the Houston Museum District, and features a small beer garden and even smaller taproom. However, despite the diminutive size, the beers themselves boast a big and bold flavor. The caramel and hops make for a potent combination in Under the Radar’s Midtown Bock, while the clever Porter Authority is a must for chocolate and dark beer lovers. For a more refreshing pour, consider the smooth Dirty Blonde Ale, Mild Frequency IPA or the Radar Love hefeweizen. The only downside to Under the Radar is that the more their notoriety deservedly grows, the more pressure they face to update their name. To learn more, go to http://undertheradarbrewery.com.
BAKFISH Brewing Company
Located in Pearland, the BAKFISH Brewing Company is an authentically Texan microbrewery, as evidenced by the beer names themselves. From the All Y’All Golden Ale (which features notes of pear, banana and cloves) to the I Tell You Whit (a low-ABV offering with orange and coriander flavors), BAKFISH does a good job of creating flagship beers that are perfect for sipping away a hot Texas afternoon. The seasonal selections are no slouch, either, and the seven-day-a-week schedule means there is never a bad time to stop by. To find out more about visiting BAKFISH Brewing Company, head to http://bakfishbrewing.com.
Platypus Brewing Company
One of the newest breweries on the Texas craft beer scene is Platypus Brewing Company, located on Washington Avenue near downtown Houston. It is also one of the most unique entries, with its “down under” theme. There is the Bobby Dazzler, an Australian ale created with local honey and Australian topaz hops; as well as the Troppo (named for an Aussie slang term that means “going crazy”), a tropical tasting American Wheat Ale that features passion fruit and Australian mango. The food, like the beer, is excellent and Australian-inspired, with meat pies and other down-under delicacies that are sure to delight. To learn more about visiting the taproom, check out http://platypusbrewing.com.
No Label Brewing Company
Another up-and-coming microbrewery that seems to wear its obscurity with pride, No Label Brewing Company is located in an unassuming, abandoned rice solo in Old Town Katy. The brewery pays tribute to its heritage with 1st Street Ale, a smooth ale brewed with a touch of rice. There are also some spicier options, as well, particularly the seasonally available Don Jalapeno Ale, which is brewed with 60 pounds of jalapenos—30 lbs. raw and 30 lbs. roasted (seeds included). The brewery is open for tastings every day of the week, and open for tours on Saturdays. Discover more info at http://nolabelbrew.com.
From beers with “No Label” to breweries that are flying “Under the Radar,” it’s clear that the Texas Gulf Coast is chockfull of unheralded yet undeniably awesome microbreweries. Get out there and start exploring today.
This article is presented by Ingram Park Auto Center in San Antonio, Texas.