Houston’s latest brewery opened its doors toward the end of August this year; its arrival coincided with Hurricane Harvey’s landfall. But the owners of Great Heights Brewing Company were not deterred, and they held a fundraiser to help those affected by Harvey. Situated on 938 Wakefield Drive, its friendly neighbors consist of Wakefield Crowbar and Petrol Station, all within walking distance in what I would call a “Lager Strip.”
The exterior is eye-catching, so you won’t miss it, and as far as parking goes there’s plenty of street parking as well as spaces in front of the brewery, with some shared spaces behind the building, where they have a patio. The taproom has a modern, laid-back feel to it that you can just sink in to; it doesn’t assault the senses nor is it a slave to whatever time of the year it is. It is climate controlled, with communal tables spread throughout, and primarily lit by lights strung about the ceiling. There are art murals adorning the walls that’ll make you feel nostalgic with the likes of Mega Man, Doctor Who Daleks and Inigo “You Killed My Father, Prepare to Die” Montoya looking on. There are a few TVs around the taproom to keep up with whichever Houston team is playing at the moment, all while you’re sipping suds to some cool indie tunes from the likes of Arcade Fire, Bloc Party and Radiohead.
At the time of the visit they had Citramendous, double IPA; GHBC, amber; Fruity Pellets, NE IPA; Great Heights porter; Covhefe Hefeweizen; and Denali, IPA, all on tap, which worked out perfectly for a flight. The Citramendous DIPA has citrus aromas and is crisp and smooth with a clean finish. GHBC amber is malty, balanced and a bit dry but definitely an easy sipper. Fruity Pellets NEIPA, as advertised, smells like Fruity Pebbles, and is another easy sipper. Ordinarily, I’m not a fan of porters, but Great Heights Porter is not overpowering or too high on alcohol. Covhefe Hefeweizen is refreshing, light on the wheat and balanced. Denali IPA was my absolute favorite; I found it hoppy, balanced and not at all overpowering. Anyone will find a favorite here.
To much delight, Great Heights offers 32- and 64-ounce growlers that come in a can form. They also offer Topo Chico, Mexican Coke and St. Arnold Root Beer for the non-beer drinker. On the food front, they have a rotation of food trucks that come and go. Great Heights Brewing Company is a nice addition to the expanding lineup of breweries popping up all around Houston. If you’re looking for something to do on the weekend, I cannot recommend this place enough; sip on some suds and jam to some groovy tunes, all the while playing some old-school board games.