Toss some refreshing craft brews in the shadows of silos at the family-friendly No Label Brewing Company, tucked away just off of Highway 90, in Katy.
Finding No Label Brewing Company can be a bit tricky.
Driving down US-90, a road flanked by old, crumbling grain towers and manufacturing equipment, you’ll be searching for the nondescript turn-off that leads you to the gravel-covered 1st Street and the tasty taps tucked away.
As you pull into the parking lot, it almost feels as if you’ve been invited to a secret backyard barbecue.
Groups hang out at picnic tables huddled under the comforting shade of a hulking tree while nearby, a playground offers a chance for the little ones to burn off energy and make new friends. The scent of grilled meats wafting from the food truck at the front entrance lures you over and inside the brewery, you’ll find a row of taps eager to help you wash your meal down.
All of this takes place surrounded by the remnants of an old rice silo and its smaller, rusted buildings, lending No Label Brewing a faint sense of, “Are we allowed to be here?”
The Backyard Brewpub
But fear not! If you’re on the hunt for well-balanced, flavorful brews in a kid-friendly atmosphere, then you’re right where you belong.
The unused and inaccessible structures dotting the property give No Label a unique brewery feel and make for a nice bit of exploring or a great photo opportunity for the ‘Gram.
The expansive concrete lot inside the brewery is reserved for the children’s playground, standing tables, and popular special events (like the brisket smoking class we saw during our visit). Up against one of the rotating food trucks, rows of picnic tables underneath a shaded awning stretch to the interior taproom.
Inside, you’ll find additional seating under a few mounted televisions so you can be sure to catch the game of the day.
It’s not quite air-conditioned but giant overhead fans help to alleviate some of the standing humidity you’re likely to face in the hotter months.
Beer Without Labels
Shift your focus to the left and you’ll find tap handle after tap handle ready to quench your thirst. At any given time, No Label Brewing will post upwards of twelve beers on tap, including special releases and seasonal varieties that range from brewery staples to pale ales with a touch of smoked hatch chilies.
Here’s what we enjoyed during our stay:
- Ridgeback Ale – A full-bodied dark amber ale, the mild flavors make this an enticing and quite drinkable session beer.
- El Hefe – This hazy hefeweizen is styled like a light wheat beer, offering a balance of hops and malts with a touch of banana flavors.
- What the Hatch – A pale ale styled with the popular green chilies, it comes across with a heavy smoky flavor and mild pepper heat that won’t send you back to the bar begging for water.
You can grab a pint from the bar for about $5 and you’re welcome to top off a take-home crowler or growler to fill your fridge (these start at 32oz. for $7 and up, depending on beer style).
Reasons to Return
Since 2009, No Label Brewing has cemented a place in the Katy landscape, bringing in locals and their families to enjoy their brewery atmosphere.
A busy schedule of events at No Label also helps to bring in big crowds. Monday nights, they play host to the No Label Run Club and the tables are full on Wednesday nights for Geeks Who Drink trivia.
In addition, local musicians take the stage on Saturday afternoons, transforming the brewery into a bustling live venue space. Keep an eye on their online calendar for special events throughout the month.
Now fully established in the Houston brewery scene, No Label Brewing has hit its stride and offers a rewarding experience for those who visit in-person. Their extended hours (open daily) also provide a unique setting for your next happy hour, dinner, or nightcap.
Tips for Visiting
It can be tough to spot the turn into the brewery from US-90, but it’s much easier to spot the green Carpen Hand Car Wash and Detail, direct opposite the turn off.
Air-conditioning isn’t much of a thing at No Label, so you’re likely to feel the heat in the summer months. Be sure your clothing is comfortable for your visit.
Tours through the brewery are available on Saturdays at 1:30pm.