Behind the tap room, between massive fermentation tanks and foosball tables, colorful yoga mats crowd the cold concrete floor at Eureka Heights Brewery Co. on West 18th Street. Dozens of yogis contort into downward dog, warrior, chair and bridge poses as soothing spa music plays, drowning out nearby chatter.
When class is over, the yogis pack up and make their way to the bar, ordering up cold pints of craft brews and lounging on the indoor picnic tables. The most popular selection of the night: the new Knight Ryder stout, bursting with notes of dark chocolate and coffee, plus a kick of spice.
Houston native Angie Currell co-founded Yoga and Hops with Cindy Agnew in 2014, holding the group’s first class at 8th Wonder Brewery. Today Houstonians can choose from dozens that take place each month at beer makers across Houston and College Station, including Karbach, Saint Arnold, No Label, Saloon Door and Bakfish.
The attraction for yogis, Currell says, is that they “can feel comfortable in an environment outside the studio while also being introduced to local craft beer in their neighborhoods.”
Beer lovers, meanwhile, appreciate the opportunity to socialize. “I don’t think I would have readily signed up for a yoga class if it wasn’t for the cool location and the beer,” novice yogi Alex Lawrence tells us. “I’d rather meet people here and drink with them than drinking a beer at home by myself.”
Many, of course, need no convincing that the pairing is brilliant. “I hear all the time, ‘Yoga and beer are two of my favorite things,’” Currell laughs. “We’re bringing together the craft of beer and the craft of yoga into a unique synergy that’s fun.”
Yoga and Hops, 832-930-0391, yogaandhops.com, $20/class, $75/month membership, $100–340 class packs