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When husband and wife team Steve and Melissa Mendez set out to open Project Halo Brewing in Fulshear, they said they wanted to create a place that is inclusive and diverse.
“When we opened, we made a point on our tap list to [lead] with female brewers,” Melissa said.

Melissa integrates inclusivity into the brewery as a member of the Pink Boots Society Houston Chapter, a professional network that aims to assist and inspire women and nonbinary individuals in the fermented and alcoholic beverage industry through education.

Steve runs the business and operations side of Project Halo Brewing and has coined himself head janitor. Steve’s experience as a U.S. Army Special Forces Green Beret helped create the name of their business and brand.

Melissa was crafting a brew kettle of Pilsner in early September, which will be sold during the brewery's grand opening on Oct. 22. Project Halo Brewing plans to collaborate with multiple local vendors for its trunk-or-treat grand opening event, such as Marco’s Pizza and Dozier’s BBQ.

Beers on tap—which will rotate depending on the season—will include a Vietnamese coffee-infused beer; a lager flavored with ube; a purple yam native to the Philippines; and an India pale ale.

The Mendezes are of Mexican and Salvadoran descent. Originally from California, they also lived in the Pacific Northwest, and Steve was stationed for a time in Asia.

Their Hispanic heritage as well as influence from Southwest Asian cultures has inspired the depth of flavors in Melissa’s brews, the design of the space and the inclusive environment the team aims to create, they said.

The couple said what is unique about Project Halo is its attention to small details that make the place more amenable to the whole family, including children and pets. Piñatas hang from the rafters around the bar, which is painted pastel pink and green.

The husband and wife have nested in Fulshear with their son since 2018 and are set to plant roots here for their lifetimes. It was important to them to have Project Halo be close to home and be a place to connect neighbors, they said.

“[Our goal] is just to make it a communal place, a place where neighbors can come together and, regardless of whether they know each other or not, to just have a conversation,” Steve said.

6520 FM 359 S., Ste. 500, Fulshear



Thursday: 3 p.m.-9 p.m., Friday and Saturday: 12 p.m.-10 p.m., Sunday: 12 p.m.-9 p.m.