Sip on hand-crafted brews and refreshments from more than 20 of the finest breweries, wineries and distilleries Around Houston.
Over the last decade, Houston and the surrounding region has seen an explosion in the number of breweries, wineries and distilleries popping up, eager to serve guests tasty beverages and refined refreshments.
Most importantly, for the realities of 2020, many of these places are more than happy to serve the Houston region while maintaining social distancing and helping you enjoy a moment outside the house—or a tasty drink to bring home.
We’ve compiled some of the finest breweries, wineries and distilleries to be found in the areas Around Houston, including Baytown, Beaumont, Brazosport, Clear Lake and the Bay Area, Conroe, Galveston, Pearland, Port Arthur, and Tomball.
Of course, it’s also important for you to consider any health precautions before heading out. Our picks below may have certain requirements or restrictions at this moment and these things can change quickly, so be sure to contact your destination ahead of time with any questions or concerns.
Breweries, Wineries & Distilleries Around Houston
- Yepez Vineyard – For more than fifteen years, the Yepez family has guided this 20-acre tract toward producing outstanding wines from over 400 Blanc du Bois and Black Spanish grape plants. Their winery offers tastings and seating—both indoors and outdoors— between the two vineyards on the property. During normal times, the Yepez Vineyard also hosts weekend entertainment, concerts, festivals, picnic areas and more. Click here for more information.
- Bruno & George Winery – Using wine making recipes passed down from his Sicilian-born grandfather, Shawn Bruno and his wife Misha have produced more than a dozen different varieties of red and white wine, as well as those finished with red plum, blackberry, peach, strawberry and other fruits. Tours and tastings are available by appointment at the Sour Lake location. Click here for more information.
- Buckstin Brewing Company – Locally owned and operated in Nederland, this brewery serves up a wide variety of ales brewed in-house, including their tribute to the NFL known as the “30-27 IPA”, a traditional Hefeweizen by the name of “Fit Bird”, and several other crisp, flavorful brews that include limited seasonal releases. Stop by for more than drinks, as their food menu boasts signature pizzas, appetizers and more. Click here for more information.
- Cotton Creek Winery – Swing by this Beaumont mainstay for a selection of red and white wine, including limited releases finished with a variety of fruits, tours with the winery owners, and a selection of appetizers and cheese plates for a relaxing evening at the vineyard. Click here for more information.
- Pour Brothers Brewery – One of the first breweries to plant their flag in Beaumont, this family-and-dog-friendly tap room and beer garden is serving up a tasty slate of ice cold brews, including year-rounds like the Hooligan Hefeweizen and Two Alarm Pilsner alongside special releases like Imperial Stouts or Blonde Ales that blend fruity apricot notes with the heat of habanero. Click here for more information.
- Struggle Street Brewing Company – A recent addition to the Beaumont brewery scene, Struggle Street brings a diverse range of styles to their tap room, and includes plenty of to-go options so you can stock your fridge with their signature brews. Jump into their crisp Hefeweizen offerings, sip on flavorful Stouts, or go sour with their rotating selection of fruity flavored ales. Click here for more information.
- Black’s Fairy Meadery – Located in West Columbia, this meadery offers a unique, tasty beverage that’s styled with a range of flavors in sweet, semi-sweet and dry varieties. Enjoy flavor profiles that include honey in their Traditional Mead, black currant and mango, orange blossom and more. Click here for more information.
Clear Lake, Kemah, League City, Nassau Bay & Bay Area
- Clear Creek Winery & Vineyard – In the heart of Kemah, this winery and resort provides tastings of more than a dozen bottles in white, red, sweet, dessert varieties and more. Tours and tastings are available via reservation. Click here for more information.
- DUO Winery & Cider Company – From Dickinson, the wines and ciders of this family-owned local company can be found in bars and restaurants throughout the Houston area, though their winery makes for a great place to lounge and sip on traditional European wine varieties. Check out their calendar for winery events and live entertainment. Click here for more information.
- Galveston Bay Beer Company – Whether you’re a half-pint into the smooth malty sweetness of the Bull Shark Scottish Ale or picking up strong aromas of the Watermelon Wheat, this Dickinson brewery is serving up delicious, complex flavors to quench your thirst while giving you an enjoyable place to have a pint in their taproom. Click here for more information.
- Haak Vineyards & Winery – In Santa Fe, this family-owned business has grown from a gift of grapevines in 1969 to an award-winning winery that draws from more than three acres of vines and serves up tastings at their 25,000-square-foot winery. Keep an eye on their active events calendar for live music, dinners and more. Click here for more information.
- Railean Rum Distillers – Known as Texas’ first rum distillery, this bay-side operation in San Leon offers tours and tastings of their range of spirits, including vodka, white and dark rum, agave spirits and whiskey varieties. Stop by the on-site Buccaneer Bar and order up drinks from their cocktail menu to get a finer taste of the distillery’s offerings. Click here for more information.
- B-52 Brewing Company – Surrounded by a towering forest of trees, B-52 Brewing Company is something like if a brewery opened within a national park, featuring a sprawling yard filled with seating and games, and a full drink menu that consists of some of the tastiest and most complex flavors on tap in the Houston area. Click here for more information.
- Bernhardt Winery – This Tuscan-style winery in Plantersville produces classic varietals and unique blends, served up on a 20-acre estate that overlooks the rolling hills and valleys in the Hill Country. Swing by for live music and other events at the winery, or turn it into a romantic getaway with a stay at one of their Bed & Breakfast rooms. Click here for more information.
- Copperhead Brewery – Located near Downtown Conroe, this brewery and brewpub offers up a variety of Belgian, IPA and Lager styles, while also dipping into rich, flavorful specialty releases throughout the year. Outdoor seating is available and guests can take to one of the games set up on the patio. Click here for more information.
- Southern Star Brewing Company – For more than a decade, Southern Star has been serving up their signature Blonde Bombshell and Buried Hatchet Stout across the city of Houston, finally being rewarded with an expansive renovation to their spacious taproom, which you can visit just off Interstate-45 in Conroe. There, you can dive into the many offerings that include traditional seasonal releases along with adventurous limited specials. Click here for more information.
- Devil and the Deep Brewery – Located along the historic Post Office Street in Downtown Galveston, this recent addition to the Island’s brewery scene features indoor and outdoor seating at their taproom, community events and live music, and a selection of brews on tap and available to take home. Click here for more information.
- Galveston Island Brewing – On the west side of the Island, you’ll find this brewery serving up their flagship Tiki Wheat, award-winning Blue Bridge Hoppy Amber, and a variety of limited and special one-offs at their taproom. Outside, guests can grab a seat in their sprawling outdoor seating area, or, grab a six-pack to go and hit any of the nearby beaches for a little R&R by the waves. Click here for more information.
- Texas Tail Distillery – Right across from the seawall, this Island distillery offers three signature drinks; Texas Tail Vodka, Coastline Whiskey and Southern Marsh Moonshine. Pull up to the bar and enjoy a cocktail featuring their on-site distilled spirits, or swing by for a tour on Fridays (by reservation) or Saturdays (12:30pm and 1:30pm). Click here for more information.
- Bakfish Brewing Company – This Pearland mainstay features a 2,000-square-foot taproom that opens out into a spacious covered patio and plenty of room to unwind with one of their signature brews. Hang around and sip on their year-round Cheap Sunglasses Pale Ale, the I Tell You Wit Ale, or one of their traditional seasonal releases, or, grab a growler or to-go six-pack and enjoy from the comfort of your own home. Click here for more information.
- Vallenson’s Brewing Company – A garage brewery turned full-fledged operation, the award-winning brews at Vallensons draw thirsty crowds from across the region and beyond to try their flagship Settlers Oat Meal Stout; sour brews finished with cucumber, pickle or cherry; and strong limited releases, including their bronze medal-winning Herbal Tea Beer Series, which hits the taps in spring and summer. Click here for more information.
- Neches River Brewing Company – Located in Port Neches, just north of Port Arthur, this brewery and taproom offers more than 70 beers on tap and by-the-can from all over the country, including their own offerings like the Neches Black Rye IPA, the Pea Patch Pale Ale, and the Screendoor Jesus 2.0 Belgian Dubbel. Click here for more information.
- Fire Ant Brewpub Tomball – Dive into traditional German styles, from Dunkel lagers and bocks to pilsners and hefeweizens, at this indoor and outdoor brewpub that serves up a full menu of fresh pub fare, like the bacon-topped mac-n-beer cheese, alongside a dozen or so brewery creations on tap. Click here for more information.
Social Distancing & COVID-19
Businesses in Houston have opened under modified protocols, following guidelines administered by local health officials, the State of Texas and CDC. At this time, guidance from experts urges people to continue wearing face masks when in public spaces, practice social distancing of at least six feet, limit your touching of surfaces and frequently use hand sanitizer or soap and water to keep your hands clean.
Before heading out, take time to familiarize with your destination’s requirements or restrictions at this moment, and be sure to contact them ahead of time with any questions or concerns.
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