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Beer News: Astral Brewing Is Opening Soon In Northside Houston

Plus, an extremely hazy NEIPA is coming to Ingenious.

By Timothy Malcolm February 15, 2019

The big news in the craft beer world this week regards the agreement between opposing lobby groups—the Texas Craft Brewers Guild (which represents brewers) and the Beer Alliance of Texas (which represents distributors)—on terms to allow to-go beer sales from manufacturing brewery taprooms. Basically, we're closer to being able to buy beer to-go at Saint Arnold, 8th Wonder, Buffalo Bayou, Southern Star, Holler, among others.

But that's not all!

Get ready to welcome Astral Brewing to Houston. Located at 4816 N Shepherd, #A, in Northside, Astral will open to the public at noon March 2. The owners are attorney José Ceja and Alex McDonald, who has a PhD in biochemistry. McDonald is head brewer and Ceja will run the business, and they're getting consultation from Garrett Crowell, former head brewer at Jester King in Austin, as they transition from home-brewing to a 10-barrel brewing system. 

Lone Pint's beer garden is open; hours are 4-10 p.m. Thursday and Friday, noon-10 p.m. Saturday, and 2-7 p.m. Sunday. 

Tickets are still available for Karbach's Rodeo Clown Roundup on Sunday, which features performances by Casey Donahew, Old 97's, Texas Flood, Nikki Lane and more.

Buffalo Bayou Brewing Co. is hosting a Texas Independence Party from 6 to 9 p.m. March 2. It'll roll out 30 beers, and Blood Bros. BBQ will be on site.

Eureka Heights has a fun event coming up on Feb. 28: The Bird Box Games. Inspired by the Netflix show, the event will challenge teams of two to use "most of their senses," the brewery says. It starts at 5 p.m. on the 28th, limited to 10 teams and ages 21 and older.

Great Heights is hosting its One Sack Showdown at noon March 23. This is a crawfish-cooking competition with 20 teams on hand. All proceeds go toward CraftPAC.

11 Below is coming out with We Be Pubbin', an oatmeal stout just in time for St. Patrick's Day. That hits the taps at 2 p.m. Saturday at the brewery.

Joose Wayne has plenty of joose, doesn't it?

Prepare yourself for a seriously hazy bomb coming to Ingenious. The brewery collaborated with NEIPA enthusiast Larry Koestler on a beer called Joose Wayne, coming in at 8.2 percent ABV and featuring Citra, Mosaic, and El Dorado hops. It'll be released in cans on Feb. 20 at 4 p.m. at the brewery, and it goes on tap starting Friday, as in today.

As for other releases at Ingenious, its Small Batch Wednesday brought chocolate-covered cherry (8.2 percent ABV milk stout aged on cacao nibs and cherries), peanut butter Oreo (8.2 percent ABV pastry stout conditioned on peanut butter and Oreos), and smarty with plum and pomegranate (6.5 percent ABV Berliner weisse conditioned on plums and pomegranate).

No Label has released its Sour Cherry Stout, a 5 percent ABV dry Irish stout with black and maraschino cherries.

Eureka Heights has brought back Business Time. A double-dry-hopped IPA, it's available in draft only.

Also back in a taproom: Bakfish's Goat Roper Porter.

Saint Arnold has pulled an oldiePub Crawl with Texas grapefruit—into its beer garden and restaurant.

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