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Old 11-25-2009, 06:02 PM   #1
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Default Hey Texans!

I'm going to be visiting the in-laws who live just north of Houston in the Woodlands. Any of these breweries any good?
  • St. Arnold Brewing Company
  • BJ's Restaurant and Brewery
  • Two Rows Restaurant and Brewpub

Any others?

What about microbrews in grocery stores that generally don't sell outside of Texas?
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Old 11-25-2009, 06:14 PM   #2
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I like BJ's... Great place and excellent beer, try them all, you wont be disappointed.
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Old 11-25-2009, 06:20 PM   #3
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I'm in Austin, a few hours from Houston, so I'm not familiar with Two Rows, but ...

We get a few varieties of St. Arnold in bottles out here, and what I've tasted (a lager and an American-style bock IIRC) were pretty decent. They're a good quality regional craft-brew operation with a lot of different variety; you're sure to find something you like.

BJ's is a national chain that contracts with local microbreweries to make beers from the BJ's recipes. The food's pretty good, and the beers make a trip there worthwhile. I'm a fan of their desserts - the "pizookie" (giant chocolate chip cookie with ice cream on top) goes down really well with their house stout.

Also, FYI, here in TX, BJ's beers are contract-brewed by St. Arnold. So you will probably try their stuff one way or another.
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Good to know. Thanks!

I have never even heard of BJ's. Appears we have a couple in Washington. I wonder who brews for them here?
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Sorry Number_18, I just noticed the second part of your question ... as for other local brews, I highly recommend Real Ale - which is brewed in Blanco (between Austin and San Antonio) but should be available in Houston too, on draft if not in bottles.

They have a brilliant seasonal coffee porter out right now. Or if you prefer lighter stuff, they have a really nice pale rye ale offered year-round.
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Southern Star in Conroe (slightly North of Houston)... offered on tap in a few places, canned otherwise

http://www.southernstarbrewery.com/
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Good to know. Thanks!

I have never even heard of BJ's. Appears we have a couple in Washington. I wonder who brews for them here?
I believe St.Arnolds..

EDIT: looks like shawnbou beat me to it
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I believe St.Arnolds..

EDIT: looks like shawnbou beat me to it
St. Arnolds brews for all the BJ's locations?
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St. Arnolds brews for all the BJ's locations?
AFAIK, just Texas. My bad.. "here" meaning Washington state, not Texas.
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Don't bother with Two Rows. I've there a couple of times, all big disappointments. BJs is pretty solid. St. Arnolds is spectacular, especially if you do the tour on Saturday.
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