Did you think Houston was done adding breweries? Not so fast, my friend. Let's play some catch up with info on some happenings in the beer world.

News & Events

Urban South Brewery of New Orleans is opening a satellite facility at Sawyer Yards. The 10-barrel brewhouse will include a canning line and a public taproom with a patio and beer garden. Look for 16 taps, tastings, and beer-to-go availability. Also, Dave Ohmer of B-52 Brewing will be making the jump into the city to run the brewery. He'll get to brew a lot of what he's done at B-52: smoothie sours, stouts, barrel-aged beers, and hazy IPAs. Look for Urban South to open in the fall.

It'll be one of the biggest parties in Houston brewing history. Saint Arnold Brewing Company will turn 25 years old on June 9. To celebrate, Saint Arnold will host tap takeovers between May 29 and June 15 at hangouts like the Flying Saucer Downtown, Hughie's on Main and Hughies on W. 18th, Cottonwood, and Nobi Public House in Webster. From 3 p.m. to 10 p.m. June 8, the brewery will host its official party with art cars, vendors, mariachi bands, and musical guests like Lil' Flip, Black Pistol Fire, and Robert Ellis, and on June 9, there'll be a special rare cellar tasting. 

As part of the anniversary, Saint Arnold will soon release its 25th Anniversary Grand Cru: 50 percent Belgian quad, 25 percent Imperial stout, and 25 percent aged barleywine (from the 20-year anniversary beer). Look for it around June 1 in stores across the area.

Speaking of anniversaries, Vallensons' turns two next weekend. Its anniversary party will last for three days, and it will include live music and beer releases.

On Saturday, Karbach will host a Midtown pub crawl to benefit the Robert Garner Firefighter Foundation, which educates future firefighters. The crawl will hit Little Woodrow's, Dogwood, Jack & Ginger's, Pub Fiction, and 3rd Floor. Tickets are $10 (VIP $50) and available here. The fun starts at 2 p.m. and ends at 7 p.m. 

So here's something crazy: Baileson Brewing Company's permit to sell beer was revoked because of a TABC paperwork snafu, according to the business. For the last few weeks, Baileson has carried on by offering free beer with donations to pet rescue organizations. This Sunday, it'll offer free beer with donations to A Chance to Bloom Dog Rescue.

Beer Releases

  • Two beers coming out today at B-52: Before The Internet: MASH, a new 8.5 percent ABV beer in the brewery's hazy series and devoted to that game where we all tried to predict our futures, and POW: Lemon Cookies, a pastry oat wine conditioned on lemon cookies and milk sugar. It's 11.1 percent ABV.
  • Holler's latest is Well Isn't That Spezial?, a Czech lager at 6 percent ABV.
  • At Ingenious, three new pours: Mango Cherimoya Double FroYo (8.2 percent ABV double NEIPA-style milkshake beer), Splat! w/Simcoe (6.5 percent ABV NEIPA double-dry hopped with Simcoe), and Banana Peanut Butter Cream Ale (5.2 percent ABV cream ale conditioned on peanut butter and bananas). Also, two bottle releases (Gold Scarab: 13.5 percent ABV imperial stout aged in apple brandy, cinnamon whiskey, and bourbon barrels; and Jade Scarab: 13.5 percent ABV imperial stout aged in all those things plus chilies, vanilla beans, and cacao nibs. Also also, six new cans. The bottles and cans come out Saturday; a line is expected.
  • Platypus' newest is Cadillac Ranch IPA, a West Coast style IPA.
  • Head to No Label at 3 p.m. today for the release of 2019 Peanut Butter Chocolate Time.
  • At Astral, check out Noche Oscura, a 7.5 percent ABV beer that adds vanilla beans, cacao nibs, guajillo and ancho peppers, and cinnamon and nutmeg to the brewery's porter Darkness Falls.
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