Proving that once again "better late than never" isn't just a reminder to drop your dad's Fathers Day card in the mail today, City Acre Brewing is finally slated to open on July 7. When owners Matt Schlabach and Meredith Borders first purchased the property at 3418 Topping St., just off the Eastex Freeway, their original intention was to open the city's first real brewpub by October 2012. But complicated beer laws and bureaucratic red tape got in the way, keeping City Acre from fully opening until now.
Though the Victorian-style mansion and adjoining brewery have served as a wedding and special events venue for the last couple of years, City Acre Brewery is opening its doors—and its taps—to the public for the first time in July. Weekend hours will be from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. on Saturday and 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Sunday, with other daily hours to come.
In addition to its biergarten, City Acre also has a garden garden, in which it uses its own spent grain as fertilizer and grows as much of the herbs and produce as it can, sourcing the rest from local farms when available. There's more handiwork to be found throughout the rest of the brewery too, whether it's the wooden tap handles carved by Schlabach's brother or the intricate inlaid bar top built by Schlabach himself.
On tap behind that bar, look for Skull Creek Kolsch, TXPA, Fermette de Saison and Sneaky Wheat Stout, plus a possible seasonal option. Like the beer you tried? You can take it home: City Acre sells its brews by the bottle, growler, even by the keg.
And if you can't wait until July 7 to get a taste, City Acre will be hosting a Father's Day barbecue this Sunday from noon to 3 p.m., with lawn games, music and plenty of beer and barbecue for $19.50 a person. Which means if you did forget that Father's Day card, here's your chance to make it up to dad.