New brewery alert: We've been keeping our eyes on a few ventures across the city, and two of them announced their soft openings this week. Head out to them this weekend!
News and Events
First, Astral Brewing is open. Up in the Northside area, the brewery has four currently on tap: kölsch, hazy pale ale, West Coast IPA, and porter. Open 4–10 p.m. today, noon–11 p.m. Saturday, and noon–8 p.m. Sunday.
Also open: True Anomaly Brewing. The EaDo brewery (across the street from the Agricole monster of Indianola, Vinny's, and Miss Carousel) will focus on Belgian and wild fermentation. Hours are 4–10 p.m. Wednesday-Friday, noon–10 p.m. Saturday, and noon–6 p.m. Sunday.
Southern Star is hosting its 11th anniversary party from noon to 10 p.m. on March 16 with music from Folk Family Revival and Zero Detail and food from Sauer Kraut. A ticket gets you three beers and a pint glass.
It's party time. Saint Arnold's Mardi Gras Ball is on Saturday. The Bayou City Brass Band will perform, and food includes shrimp and andouille jambalaya, chicken gumbo, red beans and rice, and king cake (find the baby, win a prize).
Big cowboy-themed event at Eureka Heights on Saturday: Hootenanny includes live music, a mechanical bull, barbecue, and yeah, beer. Noon–5 p.m., and it's free.
Buffalo Bayou's Texas Independence Party is Saturday. Blood Bros. BBQ and 30 beers. Giddy up.
Holler teamed up with Flying Saucer on a dortmunder exportbier, a malty beer made for blue-collar workers that was popular in Germany after World War II. This one's called Dortmunder Mifflin, perfect for the blue-collar American worker toiling away at a paper company in Scranton, Pa. It's available now at Holler and will be at Flying Saucer on Saturday for Texas Independence Day.
Saint Arnold has released Bishop's Barrel No. 23, a rye dopplebock aged in WhistlePig Whiskey barrels for 14 months. It should have sweet fruit notes and a dark, cherry-red hue.
Here's the deal on this year's Houston Daisy Chain, which promotes the city brewing scene: Southern Star began by brewing a beer. It passed its yeast onto another brewery, which brewed and passed the yeast onto another, and so on. Twenty-five breweries are taking part this year and are releasing their beers throughout the spring. Look for Southern Star's version (a New England IPA) in stores and bars across the city.
8th Wonder got the yeast from 11 Below and brewed up a brown ale called Daisy Me Rollin'.
Eureka Heights' offering is called Daisy Dukes, a red IPA. Look for it now.
A lot going on at City Acre, which is hosting its Springfest from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday. A bunch of beers will be available, including its Daisy Chain beer Hopsy Daizy, a 6 percent ABV Cascadian Dark. Also coming at you: a banana bread bock, a barleywine aged on Spanish cedar (a favorite called Cedar-Braish), a cranberry kölsch, a dry-hopped pea flower pilsner that sounds awesome, and 100-Year Storm, the brewery's 100th batch of beer made in the style of a Hurricane. Perfect timing, City Acre.
Available Daisy Chain beers will be on tap Saturday at Flying Saucer Downtown for Texas Independence Day.
Grab the new Double IPA at Bakfish, now on tap. ABV at 10 percent with 94 IBUs. Bitter and bold.
Also, two relatively new beers at Walking Stick. Try Mountain Berry Saison and Slowpokes ESB.
Hear about the Lucky Charms-inspired beer in Illinois? Well, Ingenious got inspired and put cereal marshmallows in its bourbon barrel aged stout Time. Coming soon.
Meanwhile, the brewery's newest beers include a cotton candy milkshake double IPA, a fried banana split cream ale, and a chocolate-covered pretzel pastry stout. All in honor of Rodeo season. Yeehaw!