The craft beer industry is growing in the Greater Houston area. (Courtesy Adobe Stock)
A report released by NAI Partners June 21 found the number of craft breweries in the Houston area has grown to 71—up 344% since 2013 when the region only had 16.
Experts said this spike was driven by legislation passed in 2013 that allowed brewpub license holders to sell their beer to-go, directly from the brewery to consumers, instead of having to rely solely on the three-tier distribution system. The three-tier distribution system consists of a producer making the beer, who sells it to distributors, who sells it to the public in restaurants, bars or hotels, according to the report. In 2019, legislation expanded to allow all craft beer producers to sell beer directly to customers for off-premise consumption.
Since 2013, 55 new breweries have opened in the region, and another 19 are in the planning stages, according to NAI Partners.
Here are a few craft breweries that opened recently or plan to open soon in the Greater Houston area:
- Paradigm Brewing Co. broke ground in February at 2130 S. Persimmon St., Tomball, and officials plan to open in the fourth quarter this year. The brewery will include a space for a restaurant, packaging and distribution.
- Fass Brewing, a new brewery and taproom, will open in late summer inside the historic Gentry Building located at 236 N. Main St., Conroe. The brewery will serve beer directly from five-barrel serving tanks behind the bar.
- Senate Avenue Brewing Company opened last year at 16000 Dillard Drive, Ste. F, Jersey Village. The craft brewery was founded by former Jersey Village Mayor Andrew Mitcham and features a variety of craft beer on tap, patio games, a large greenspace for children and a full kitchen.
- Texas Leaguer Brewing opened its doors to Missouri City in September 2017 at 13503 Pike Road, Missouri City. The brewery is baseball themed, and operated by Nathan and Elise Rees. The brewery features a new beer tap every Friday, and has released eight new taps with plans to expand beyond beer.