Craft breweries are popping up in Houston, faster than new oil wells. Local beer might not have the profits of “liquid gold”, but they’re definitely on the rise. In 2012, Texas added 25 breweries ranking as the third fastest-growing state in the category according to the Brewers Association.
When Ty and Sharon Coburn attended the Brewmasters Craft Beer Festival in Galveston in 2011, change began brewing in their lives. Burned out in his job as a software executive, Ty decided to walk away from corporate America, to found the Fort Bend Brewing Company. They did their homework, purchased a 6,500-square-foot industrial building , invested in new equipment, and now have four beers on tap and in stores.
Instead of sampling one of their regular four beers, Texas Backyard Blonde Ale; Texas Lightning IPA; Texas Thunder Stout; Texas Farmhouse Ale, I went with their seasonal beers. For a limited time, you can try the Fort Bend Brewing Oktoberfest and Harvest Ale, at the brewery while supplies last. Note: Harvest Ale was my absolute favorite, and might not ever make it to the store.
I love trying new beers, but I’m even more excited about watching new breweries contribute diversity to the local scene. Houston’s increase in local breweries means different varieties, more brewery tours, and a place for friends and families to hang out on a Saturday afternoon.
Fort Bend Brewing Co. has air conditioning to beat the heat, and spotless bathrooms! My drinking companion said, “You could eat off the toilet seat if you wanted to.” Ummm…okay, Kelly, I think you’ve sampled enough brews today.
Fort Bend Brewing Company: What You Need to Know Before You Go
Fort Bend Brewing Co. 13370 Gessner Road in Missouri City is open from 1:00 pm-3:00 pm on the 2nd and 4th Saturday of each month
Admission is $5 cash at the door or advance tickets are $7.50 (Includes souvenir pint glass and drink tickets)
Tours are limited to 110 people and often sell out
Brewery is family friendly, just bring chairs and something to keep the kids occupied
You can bring your own food or bring cash for the food truck
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