Beer and Wine Guide 2016

The Greater Houston area boasts a number of breweries to visit. They range from the long-standing Saint Arnold Brewing Company near downtown Houston to the newly expanded Southern Star Brewing Co. in Conroe. Wine lovers can visit any of the six wineries about an hour west of Cy-Fair near Brenham and Montgomery as part of what is known as the Texas Bluebonnet Wine Trail.



Wine tasting rooms


Black Bottle Wine Lounge
7955 Barker Cypress Road, Cypress
832-906-6161
www.blackbottlewine.com


Brix Wine Cellars
110 Vintage Park Blvd., Houston
281-374-6100
www.brixwinecellars.com


The Cheese Bar
9945 Barker Cypress Road, Ste. 125, Cypress
281-245-0909
www.thecheesebar.net


Cork Cafe
27512 Hwy. 290., Ste. C, Cypress
281-758-1682
www.corkcafe.com


Beer and Wine Guide 2016D’Vine Wine Bar
25202 Hwy. 290, Ste. 100, Cypress
281-213-4656
www.dvine-winebar.com


Hidden Cellar
16518 House Hahl Road, Cypress
281-304-2940
www.hiddencellarcypress.com


The Urban Vine
13215 Grant Road, Ste. 700, Cypress
281-374-8480
www.theurbanvine.net


Wine Styles
12361 Barker Cypress Road, Ste. 900, Cypress
281-758-3560
www.winestylesnwhouston.com



Breweries


8th Wonder Brewery
2202 Dallas St., Houston
713-229-0868
www.8thwonderbrew.com


11 Below Brewing
6820 Bourgeois Road, Houston
281-444-2337
www.11belowbrewing.com


Back Pew Brewing
26452 Sorters McClellan Road, Porter
281-608-7526
www.backpewbrewing.com


Buffalo Bayou Brewing Co.
5301 Nolda St., Houston
713-750-9795
www.buffalobayoubrewing.com


Karbach Brewing Co.
2032 Karbach St., Houston
713-680-2739
www.karbachbrewing.com


No Label Brewing Co.
5351 First St., Katy
281-693-7545
www.nolabelbrew.com


Saint Arnold Brewing Company
2000 Lyons Ave., Houston
713-686-9494
www.saintarnold.com


Southern Star Brewing Co.
3525 N. Frazier St., Conroe
936-441-2739
www.southernstarbrewing.com



Wineries


Bernhardt Winery
9043 CR 204, Plantersville
936-894-9829
www.bernhardtwinery.com


Cork This! Winery
21123 Eva St., Ste. 100, Montgomery
936-597-4030
www.corkthiswinery.com


Messina Hof Winery & Resort
4545 Old Reliance Road, Bryan
800-736-9463
www.messinahof.com


Peach Creek Vineyards
2029 Peach Creek Road, College Station
936-825-3669
www.peachcreekvineyards.com


Pleasant Hill Winery
1441 Salem Road, Brenham
979-830-8463
www.pleasanthillwinery.com


Saddlehorn Winery
958 FM 1948 N., Burton
979-289-3858
www.saddlehornwinery.com


Windy Winery
4232 Clover Road, Brenham
979-836-3252
www.windywinery.com



Beer and Wine Guide 2016Beer and Wine Festivals


Wine Fair Cy-Fair
May 21
Cypress Village Station, Cypress
www.winecyfair.com


The event, which was a sell-out in 2013 and 2014, features 30 wine tasting stations, craft beer tasting, culinary tasting stations with food provided by different Cypress restaurants and live music. Attendees can enjoy sparkling wines and champagne at the pre-event, All That Sparkles, presented by Aruba Tourism.
Tickets: $25


Wine & Food Week
June 6-11
Various locations, The Woodlands
www.wineandfoodweek.com


Presented by Food & Vine Time Productions, Wine & Food Week features seven days of events throughout The Woodlands. This year’s event theme is “New York State of Mind” and features activities, such as Wine Walk at Market Street, Ladies of the Vine Tasting and Sips, Suds and Tacos. A full list of events can be found online.


Tickets: costs vary by event


Brewmasters Craft Beer Festival
Sept. 2-4
Moody Gardens, Galveston
www.brewmastersbeerfest.com


Featuring more than 400 craft brews, the annual event features live music and two signature events: BrewLicious Brews and Foods Pairing and BrewHaHa Grand Tasting.
Tickets: $35 (grand tasting), $25 (tasting tour), $85 (premium lounge)


Untapped Houston
Sept. 12
Discovery Green, Houston
www.untapped-festival.com


A craft beer and music festival, Untapped Houston features access to live music and a beer sampling card. More than 275 beers are served in 2-ounce sample cups throughout the day with bands performing on two stages in Discovery Green.
Tickets: costs TBA

By Kathleen Sison
Freelancer


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