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Update 5/27/19: Town in City Brewing has ceased operating at this location. The owners have stated that they will reopen at a new location in Houston at some point.

Say cheers to delicious local beers at Town in City Brewing Company in the heart of The Heights with our Brewery Spotlight series.

Despite having the fourth-largest number of people that call it home, Houston’s sprawling environment is still chock-full of nooks and hideouts in the hundreds where gems can be found.

Set in the historic Heights neighborhood, there is one such place tucked away near the corner of Studewood and Cavalcade Street. Be careful not to miss the building wedged between residences or else you risk missing the aptly named Town in City Brewing Company.

Spending your time at Town in City is less about seeing how the beers are made (as it can be in other breweries) and more about enjoying a finely-crafted beer with friends as well as those from the community that it represents.

Small Community Vibes in the Big City

Like a visit to the hometown bar you used to haunt, there in the Heights you’ll find a brewery with a taproom that feels distinctly neighborly.

The taps on the far side of the wall offer up beers that reflect Town in City’s enthusiasm for the brewing process and their eye for experimentation.

The spaces in and outside the taproom bring their visitors close together, emphasizing the small-feel community within one of the country’s largest cities.

Pull up to the bar and find samplings of their beers in all sorts of sizes for incredibly friendly prices.

Mosquito’s Revenge, White Oak Wit, Uncommon Cowboy, Mafic Stout | Photo: Justin Jerkins

The Beer Selection 

For most beers, a 10-oz pour runs $3 with the 20-oz at $5.50. If you like them enough, for about $14, you can fill up a 60-oz aluminum-lined “crowler” and take it home with you.

Beer flights are also available and offer a great opportunity to try several of their year-round and rotational drinks. Here are a few recommendations:

  • Mosquito’s Revenge – An American Pale Ale, this beer is refreshing and a touch fruity making it a flavorful session beer.
  • Uncommon Cowboy  Bringing a California Common style over from the west coast, this beer is smooth, well-balanced, and lets the taste of hops linger in your mouth after each drink.
  • White Oak Wit (Summer Seasonal) – A classic witbier, this citrusy drink is crisp, spicy, and will help cut the humidity of Houston summers.

Click here for to view a full list of what’s available in the taproom.

Town in City’s Farm-to-Market Series

Complementing their multiple IPAs and seasonal stouts, select beers undergo transformations with Town in City’s Farm-to-Market series.

Here, the brewmasters rework beers using different brewing and aging processes to produce flavorful and sour variations of traditional styles.

By introducing wild yeasts, beer drinkers can experience sometimes intense and funky flavor profiles while their barrel aging process yields sour and nuanced flavors.

Timing your visit right means getting a chance to taste these small batch productions in their taproom.

Town in City Brewing Company Interior | Photo: Justin Jerkins

Tips for Visiting

The outdoor patio is dog-friendly and makes a great place to hang out during one of the brewery’s trivia or bingo weeknights.

Unlike other breweries, there are no token exchanges and no public brewery tours. Like a bar, you pay for the beer you want and prices make this some of the cheapest craft beer in Houston.

For those in need of a fix outside of beer suds, sodas and Black Hole cold brewed coffee are also available for purchase.

About Town in City Brewing Company

The Town in City venture dates back to a friendship between founders Steve Macalello and Justin Engle from their grad school days in Colorado, where they began home-brewing together.

After graduating and reuniting in Houston around 2010, the pair continued to homebrew before realizing their dream of opening a brewery.

Setting out to create “honestly crafted ales and lagers”, the pair hone in on the fine details of their beers with a focus on executing a brewing process full of subtleties.

Fast-forward and you’ll find that the brewery is up and running smoothly, serving guests as their neighborhood bar.

The Beer Garden | Photo: Justin Jerkins

Events at the Brewery 

In a city that is bursting with brewery possibilities, Town in City remains one of the few that offers a more intimate and neighborly atmosphere.

Events set throughout the week invite this type of camaraderie that Town in City has become known for and keep a steady stream of visitors at the taps as well as the outdoor beer garden.

Drop by on a Wednesday night for trivia, Thursday bingo nights, or, for the more athletically-inclined, a Friday night running club (and a soon-to-debut cycling group) –all of which help bring together beer enthusiasts from around the city.

Click here to view a full list of upcoming events at the brewery.

Townie Membership Program

And for those that know their Cascade hops from their Willamettes, Town in City has a special program for you.

The “Townie” membership program brings together craft connoisseurs in monthly meetings to test out experimental batches, develop taste pallets, and discuss the process of brewing beer.

Annual memberships run about $216 and include access to meetings, private events, and free beer vouchers.

Space is limited, however, but for the beer lover that has a serious passion, the Townie Membership Program would be a great club to call yourself a member.

Town in City Brewing Company

Looking for more great craft brewery options in Greater Houston? Check out our Definitive Guide to Houston Breweries inside the Loop and in neighboring communities like Conroe, Kay, Pearland, Galveston, and beyond.

The Beer Garden by Night | Photo: Justin Jerkins
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A longtime Houstonian, Justin Jerkins keeps an eye out for all sorts of happenings in H-Town, including breweries, sports, concerts, must-see destinations and much more while serving as Editor-in-Chief of 365 Things to Do in Houston.