Megaton Brewery looks to bring guests together in gaming, steampunk taproom

Megaton Brewery opened in March 2019—one year before the pandemic forced it to adapt. (Courtesy Megaton Brewery)
Megaton Brewery opened in March 2019—one year before the pandemic forced it to adapt. (Courtesy Megaton Brewery)

Megaton Brewery opened in March 2019—one year before the pandemic forced it to adapt. (Courtesy Megaton Brewery)

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From left: Co-owners Chris Sarvadi and Jered Montgomery run Megaton. (Andy Li/Community Impact Newspaper)
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The brewery crafts several of its own beers. (Courtesy Megaton Brewery)
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Megaton hopes to bring local artisans and performers into its taproom. (Courtesy Megaton Brewery)
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Megaton Brewery's aesthetic is inspired by science fiction from the '80s as well as video games. (Andy Li/Community Impact Newspaper)
After creating a steampunk atmosphere and brewing its own beers, Megaton Brewery’s owners said they look forward with uncertain hope.

Co-owners Jered Montgomery and Chris Sarvadi, who have known each other since 2012, always hoped to open a brewery together. After forming industry connections, the friends opened Megaton Brewery in Kingwood in March 2019.

For the brewery’s decor, Montgomery said he wanted to incorporate the steampunk aesthetic of video games such as “Fallout” and the fun of arcades as an homage to his youth in the ‘80s.

“We have a lot of fans that love what we do, and so they bring us different things that come right out of a video game universe,” he said.

Montgomery and Sarvadi brew many of the beers at Megaton Brewery, which include ales, stouts, ports and India pale ale brews. The process of creating a new brew begins with an idea, Sarvadi said.


“It starts with a whiteboard and beer. That’s it,” Sarvadi said.

Montgomery said brewing involves finding a balance between basic ingredients, such as hops, malts and yeast, and less traditional flavors like honey—used in their flagship beer, Atomic Chariot.

The brewery celebrated its first year in business shortly before the coronavirus pandemic caused businesses to close last March. The brewery opened for drive-thru and to-go drinks, but Montgomery said it was nothing like its previous gaming taproom experience.

The taproom reopened in a limited capacity in October, but Sarvadi said they plan to allow larger groups in the taproom now that businesses are allowed to return to full capacity as of March 10.

Additionally, the friends also hope to soon bring in vendors for local artisan markets and performers for regular musical nights as well as celebrating Megaton’s anniversary April 24, since the pandemic prevented them from truly celebrating last year.

“There is nothing around that does live music, so we’re trying to fill the void, make [Megaton] the House of Blues, per se, of the north side of town,” Sarvadi said.

Megaton Brewery

808 Russell Palmer Road, Kingwood

281-973-9043

www.megatonbeer.com

Hours: Fri. 4-11 p.m., Sat. 1-11 p.m., closed Sun.-Thu.
By Andy Li
Originally from Boone, North Carolina, Andy Li is a graduate of East Carolina University with degrees in Communication with a concentration in Journalism and Political Science. While in school, he worked as a performing arts reporter, news, arts and copy editor and a columnist at the campus newspaper, The East Carolinian. He also had the privilege to work with NPR’s Next Generation Radio, a project for student journalists exploring radio news. Moving to Houston in May 2019, he now works as the reporter for the Conroe/Montgomery edition of Community Impact Newspaper.


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