Houston Beer Week Happenings

Best of the Northwest

Northwest Street Team Leader Tim Spies broke down his picks for the best of the Northwest during Houston Beer Week 2015.

HEB Vintage Park, 10919 Louetta Rd Ste 101, Houston, 77070

Saint Arnold Beer Dinner

April 23, 2015  6:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Unique five-course beer dinner at HEB featuring Saint Arnold beer pairings with store-made entrées.

Farmboy Brew Shop, 3814 N. Shepherd Dr, Houston, 77018

Houston Let’s Talk Craft Beer Bottle Share At Farmboy Brew Shop

April 25, 2015 – 6:30 pm – 10:00 pm
Come bring some bottles to share on the last day of HBW, hosted by the largest craft beer group in Houston.

Rockwell Grill, 12640 Telge Rd. Suite D, Cypress, TX, 77429

Karbach Night @ Rockwell Grill

April 23, 2015 6:30 pm – 9:00 pm
Rockwell Grill will be tapping two limited release kegs from our friends down at Karbach Brewing Co. Test Batch #7 & Blood Orange Ale will both be tapped along with their newest year round beer, Love Street, and some of our old favorites. You’d think that would be enough, but there was some talk about a cask of Hop Delusion as well.

Stadia Sports Grill, 9595 Six Pines Dr #1110, The Woodlands, TX, 77380

Woodlands Waterway Karbach Pub Crawl

April 25, 20151:00 pm – 6:00 pm
Take a Staycation with all of your friends and celebrate Houston beer! Karbach’s newest seasonal, Staycation, will be flowing at all of the bars along the way! The event starts at Stadia before moving to Baker Street, Refuge, Goose’s Acre, and finishing at Bar Louie!

The Refuge Bar and Bistro, 24 Waterway Ave, The Woodlands, TX, 77380

Independence Brewing Tap Takeover at The Refuge Bar and Bistro

April 23, 2015 – April 24, 2015 – 6:00 pm – 12:00 am
Independence Brewing Tap Takeover

Full list of Northwest events:
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By |April 23rd, 2015|HBW Blog|Comments Off on Best of the Northwest

Is it Houston Beer Week Yet?!?

It’s the calm before the storm. It is in those quiet moments where you frantically run through every minute detail of your well-constructed plan. The brain attempts to blast through massive stacks of data at high rates of speed with a fine toothed comb. Have we sent all of the invites? Has everyone heard the news? Is it Houston Beer Week Yet?!?

We can’t help but reflect back on the process that has brought us from the initial conversations to here. We’ve had several meetings, read and responded to hundreds of emails, built an amazing team, and we have had amazing responses from people in the food and beer industries. We have made many new friends and we have leaned on the friendship and experience of old ones as well. Like waiting for a child to take a first step, our nervous anticipation continues to grow as we wait for the big moment.

Since today is the beginning of Houston Beer Week, we want to share some important reminders:

1. Houston beer week is yours. That’s right; Houston Beer Week is for you. One of the guiding principles to Houston Beer Week is to foster and create a community of craft beer fans within the greater Houston Area. This is your opportunity to get out and enjoy events like SAVOR – Houston Beer & Food Truck Extravaganza at Onion Creek, or the Beer Trivia Night at Revelry on Richmond, or the House of Blues Local Brews, Local Grooves. With a diverse array of events, there truly is an event for everyone.
2. Use the resources and map out a schedule. On our website we have multiple resources at your fingertips. Remember, you can import our Houston Beer Week calendar straight into your outlook, Google calendar, or iCalendar. Follow the easy steps and you’re in business! Our new partner Wemap has provided you with a map of the city that has a pin for every event. It’s the perfect visual representation of Houston Beer Week.
3. If you don’t see it, say it. When you go to your local establishment, look for the official Houston Beer Week venue supporter sign. If you don’t see it, ask your local “what events do you have scheduled for #HBW2015?” If they don’t have anything planned, encourage them to visit our website and reach out to us. Let us know how that conversation goes. While it may be too late for HBW2015, there is always next year. We will add their information to our contacts.
4. Invite a friend. Houston Beer Week is the perfect opportunity to introduce friends/family/co-workers into craft beer. Reach out and invite someone along with you. We all love our craft beer and the experience is that much sweeter when it is shared with friends.
5. Share, share, share! Keep the conversations going! Use the hashtag #HBW2015 and let people know which events you are planning on attending. When you go to the event, take pictures and share them with us on facebook, twitter, and instagram. Social media is another fun way we can foster the spirit of the craft beer community so share, share, share!

From all of us here at Houston Beer Week, we hope that you will enjoy the next eight days to the fullest. It is our pleasure to bring you this week and we look forward to reading your tweets, sharing your posts, and liking the photos and videos. From our team to you, here’s to an awesome Houston Beer Week 2015!!!

Senior Committee:
Melissa Vega – Executive Director
Teri Cano – Social Media and Graphics Coordinator
Nathan Miller – Operations/Inner Loop Street Team Lead
Brian Ingram – Street Team Coordinator

Street Team Leads:
Tim Pullin – West
Laura Price – Northeast/East
Jeff Fountain – Southeast/South
Brent Bailey/Jeremy Moore – Southwest
Tim Spies – Northwest

By |April 18th, 2015|Blog, HBW Blog|Comments Off on Is it Houston Beer Week Yet?!?

Best of the Inner Loop

HBW starts on Saturday and I couldn’t be more excited for the events going on all around town. But since I’m a loop snob, I’m especially excited for some of the amazing events inside the loop.

A full list is below, but I want to highlight a few events that I’m intending to go to myself, as I think they are exemplary HBW events:

  • Obviously I’m super excited for the kickoff “Local Brews, Local Grooves” event at House of Blues. Some new-to-me music, some excellent brews, this is gonna be an awesome event.
  • And earlier on that same day, there’s no chance I’ll miss the annual Flying Saucer Garage Sale. Last year I bought two Uinta signs for $5 each. They’re awesome.
  • Sunday I intend to check out the Dairymaids cheese pairing for BB9 at Siphon Coffee. I haven’t been to Siphon before and this is a great opportunity to check out a new place and get some cheese!
  • There’s going to be a glass blower working magic in person at the 4:20 @ Revelry event and that’s all I need to know about that.
  • I’m definitely gonna have to check out the Buffalo Bayou event at Mongoose vs Cobra, so as to get some of that aged Black Razz goodness and try the Saigon Sunset, which I haven’t seen before.
  • As good as all those events are gonna be, I gotta say I’m probably most excited for Flying Saucer’s Westside Connection event. Alpine… Sierra Nevada… Firestone Walker… Green Flash… Ballast Point… Stone… North Coast… “I’m going going back back to Cali Cali.”

Full list of Inner Loop events:
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By |April 15th, 2015|HBW Blog|Comments Off on Best of the Inner Loop

Best of Southwest Houston

Best Houston Beer Week Events of Southwest Houston

Southwest Steet Team Lead Jeremy Moore put together a list of best #HBW2015 picks for his area of Houston. If you live in Missouri City, Sugar Land, Stafford or the surrounding areas, take a look and start planning your Houston Beer Week now!

Saint Arnold Sampling

HEB- Lake Colony, 4724 TX-6, Missouri City, 77459

4/18/15 1pm-4pm
Free sampling of Saint Arnold beer featuring the latest seasonal, Summer Pils. A true bohemian-style pilsner. Crisp and refreshing, this beer is perfect for a hot summer day.

Karbach Tap Takeover

Whole Foods Market- Voss, 1407 S. Voss, Houston, 77057

4/20/15 5pm-10pm
Join us at the new location on April 20th for a Karbach tap takeover featuring the new seasonal, Staycation, as well as many special Karbach kegs to be announced soon.

Karbach Sampling

HEB- Lake Colony, 4724 TX-6, Missouri City, 77459

4/22/15 3pm-6pm
Free sampling of Karbach beers, featuring Love Street, Sympathy for the Lager, and the latest seasonal Barn Burner, effervescent and golden, with a hint of citrus and spice.

Brewmasters Panel

Whole Foods Market- Sugar Land, 15900 Southwest Fwy, Sugar Land, 77479

4/22/15 7pm-9pm
Whole Foods is proud to host an annual mid-week Brewmasters Panel. We bring together our local Houston brewmasters to talk beer and answer questions from the public. It’s an amazing chance to sit in the same room with the faces behind the beer all in the same place at the same time. The Brewmasters Panel will include brewers and owners from Southern Star Brewing, Leprechaun Ciders, Buffalo Bayou Brewery, Whole Foods Market Brewing, Texian Brewing, No Label Brewing, Karbach Brewing, and more to come.

Green Flash/Alpine Tap Takeover

Whole Foods Market- Voss, 1407 S. Voss, Houston, 77057

4/23/15 5pm-10pm
New to Houston brewery Alpine (CA) will be the featured brewery, along with their partner Green Flash, at the all new Whole Foods on Voss. Come by and taste a lineup featuring their best beers, including many that are brand new to Texas.

8th Wonder Yellow Rose Outlaw BBA Alternate Universe

Guru Burgers and Crepes, 2268 Texas Drive, Sugar Land, TX, 77479

4/23/15 6:30pm
Those outlaws at 8th Wonder are at it again! Tapping a special keg of Yellow Rose Outlaw Bourbon Barrel Aged Alternate Universe.

Saint Arnold Bishop’s Barrel 9 Release

Guru Burgers and Crepes, 2268 Texas Drive, Sugar Land, TX, 77479

4/23/15 7:30pm-8:30pm
Be there early for our release of Saint Arnold Bishop’s Barrel 9, Pumpkinator Imperial Stout aged in Woodford Reserve and Willett bourbon barrels. This beer pours a dark brown to black color with a tan head. The nose is pumpkin spice up front with oak, bourbon, vanilla and dark fruit in the background. The taste starts with sweet chocolate and pumpkin spice up front and finishes with a bit of alcohol heat and spices. You don’t want to miss out on this one!

No Label Tap Takeover

Guru Burgers and Crepes, 2268 Texas Drive, Sugar Land, TX, 77479

4/24/15 6:30pm
Katy is invading Sugar Land with a No Label Tap Takeover! Seven No Label taps highlighted by Suburban Funk Cherry Sour and Hop Solo: Dr. Rudi.

Westside Connection

Flying Saucer Sugar Land, 15929 City Walk, Sugar Land, 77479

4/24/15 6pm-2am
The West Coast is the Best Coast. California’s very best bring their latest and greatest to Houston Beer Week for a massive multi-brewery tap takeover PLUS custom glassware available for one night only. Featuring: Sierra Nevada, North Coast, Ballast Point, Alpine, Firestone Walker, Stone, Green Flash, and more, including many cellared and rare beers. Classic West Coast rap music will play all night – When was the last time you blasted Doggystyle at inappropriate levels? (RIP Nate Dogg)

Brew-In Homebrewing Demonstration 

All About Brew Homebrewing Supplies, 1410 E Hwy 90 Alt #300, Richmond, 77406

4/25/15 11am-5pm
Come see how easy making your own beer at home can be! Homebrewing demonstration by members of the Sugar Land Imperialists homebrew club, with specials and giveaways from All About Brew.

Barrel Aged Meet and Greet Bottleshare

Fat Bao Sugar Land, 3355 Highway 6, Sugar Land, 77478

4/25/15 3pm-7pm
Come one, come all! Fat Bao Sugar Land is hosting a barrel aged themed bottle share on April 25th to end Houston Beer Week on a high note! We all love us some brews aged in wood, but absolutely everything is welcome. Bring whatever you would like to share.

By |April 14th, 2015|HBW Blog|Comments Off on Best of Southwest Houston

5 Reasons Why You Should Register an Event

Why should I participate in Houston Beer Week?

Ask any person with a background in sales: as the sales person, it’s your job to highlight the reasons why someone should choose to do business with your company, or to buy your product, or to believe in your vision. This introduction between you and the potential customer will set the tone for your future relationship. We are currently putting together our calendar for Houston Beer Week and already the aforementioned question has been asked: Why should I participate in Houston Beer Week?

Fair enough. That is a genuine question that deserves a genuine response. Here are the top five reasons why we feel…scratch that…why we know you need to participate in Houston Beer Week 2015.

Only major city beer week that doesn’t charge venues for registration.

That’s right. To our knowledge we are the ONLY all volunteer-based beer week that does not charge a fee for event listing or advertising. Most beer weeks create revenue through these mediums but we have chosen not to do so. We would certainly welcome sponsorship revenue for promotional materials (shirts, hats, and other marketing tools), but for now we chose to volunteer our efforts and give back to the Houston beer community.

Free “Official Houston Beer Week Venue” advertising on our website.

When you create and list your event(s) on our Houston Beer Week calendar, we will advertise and market your events through our social media network and through the traffic brought in to our website. Our website and calendar are easily accessible for mobile devices and our calendar can be integrated into outlook, iCalendar, and Google Calendar. All of our advertising comes to you at no cost.

Increase in venue traffic.

Generally most people frequent the same five to seven venues and will consider one or two locations as their “local favorite”. By advertising with Houston Beer Week, you will have the increased exposure to your venue and potentially gain new first time customers. Who knows, you could become someone’s new “local favorite” venue!

Promote consumer knowledge.

Let’s face it. If you are reading this then you probably enjoy craft beer as much as we do. You probably also understand that not everyone is as craft savvy as your typical “beer nerd” and that is okay as well. This is your chance to let your craft beer program shine and offer events such as beer pairings, “meet the brewer” nights, tap take-overs, or any event that will compliment both your craft beer selection and everything else your venue has to offer.

Foster craft beer community in Houston.

Most importantly, our purpose with Houston Beer Week is to foster and create a community of craft beer fans within the greater Houston area. The craft beer community are known for planning vacation days around beer releases and events, place a high value on the quality of the products and services, and enjoy socializing in public with others in the community. Does this sound like your crowd? Absolutely!

You might be asking yourself “Yes, but what’s the catch? Free advertising, free marketing, free exposure to a community of people who enjoy having beer with other like-minded individuals? How’s this possible?!?” Okay. Here’s the catch: we get an awesome beer week with amazing events all across the Houston area! Seriously, your involvement means we get to gather together and enjoy the craft beer experience for eight straight days in our beloved city. What’s not to love about that?!?

So, ready to sign up your events? Head to event registration and add your event now!

By |March 18th, 2015|HBW Blog|Comments Off on 5 Reasons Why You Should Register an Event

Houston Beer Week 2015

Hello Houston!

In late October you may have noticed a teaser tweet about big changes to Houston Beer Week…

I know you are probably wondering what a rabbit has anything to do with HBW and well, let’s just hop right to it. The 2015 Houston Beer Week will be happening April 18th through April 25th!  


Houston Beer Week has historically taken place in November. With the rise of craft beer popularity in Houston, November became saturated with beer-related events. Don’t get us wrong, this is very exciting! But we want Houston Beer Week to be its very best every year and that means getting as much participation from bars, breweries, and beer nerds as possible. In order to not overwhelm any of our partners, the smart choice was to take our eight-day event and move it to Spring. We hope you agree. 


Unfortunately, there was no Houston Beer Week in 2014, but we know it doesn’t mean Houston has forgotten about us! Houston Beer Week decided to take a step back in 2014 to strategize and determine the best way to carry on the HBW legacy. We determined in order for HBW to be successful moving forward, we would need a bigger team behind it, a broader reach across the greater Houston area, and a better time for this week long event.

“Never half-ass two things, whole-ass one thing.”
Ron Swanson, Woodworker, Lover of Breakfast Foods, General Badass


One of Houston’s most recognizable craft beer champions, Cathy Rascoe and her husband Jay, created the first Houston Beer Week in 2010. With HBW she set out to do two things: support craft beer in Texas and support our community through charitable works. During the organization of four years of HBW and annual charity beer festivals at Guadalupe Plaza Park, the Houston beer community has grown quite a bit. As Texas is now the third fastest-growing state in craft breweries, Houston Beer Week is playing with the big kids now, and will need some extra hands on deck. In order to continue the success of HBW and foster its growth into one of the best beer weeks in the country, Cathy and Jay have decided to hand off the position of Chief Bottle Washer to a small group of Houston’s finest beer fans. HBW will continue to be one of the nation’s only all-volunteer Beer Weeks, independent of corporate ownership. Who are these new guys? We are people you already know. We are your most loyal bar patrons, we run into you on big release days, anniversary parties, tap takeovers, and lunchtime brews. We are a volunteer-based group dedicated to the cause behind HBW and we are ready to make 2015 an even better year for craft beer in Houston. 


Be part of the Houston Beer Week Committee! As a committee member, you’ll be organized into teams based upon the different sections of the greater Houston area. Each team will reach out to bars, restaurants, and retail establishments in that area and get them ready for HBW 2015! We will be accepting registrations along with dues soon. Head over to our committee page for more information or give us your email address to get updated right from your inbox.



Houston Beer Week is made possible by our sponsors, and advertising with HBW is a great way to get your message to the growing base of dedicated craft beer fans. Please direct all sponsorship inquiries to [email protected].

By |January 21st, 2015|Blog, HBW Blog|0 Comments

Houston: The Floodgates Are Now Open

You’ve been waiting all year, and it’s finally time.
The Houston Beer Week calendar is ready to accept events from bars, restaurants, growler shops, retailers, breweries, and maybe even the Houston Symphony if they’d like to get on board.  The sky is the limit.
New for 2013,  we have an easy way for everyone to submit their Beer Week events online with two super easy steps.
1) Visit this link, which will prompt you to register with your name and email, then check your email for your new password.
2) Visit this Submit New Event page, and log in with your password. Here you can easily add new events, as well as edit your existing events.
There is no limit of how many events you add, or how creative you can be.
For example,  Mongoose vs Cobra paired craft beers with poetry readings  last year.  Pretty sure that’s a first.
Once submitted, the events will be reviewed by a moderator and published on the Houston Beer Week website, at no cost to you.  The HBW calendar is  free marketing for your craft beer establishment- meticulously built by the Houston Beer Week Committee, a team of local volunteers who love craft beer.
If you’d like to add an image to the event, please make sure it is credited properly, and that you have permission to use the image.
The events are already pouring in for this exciting week, and we can’t wait to see what you come up with.



-The Houston Beer Week Committee
By |October 27th, 2013|Blog, HBW Blog|0 Comments

Untapped Festival Coming to Houston

Hello fellow beer lovers.  You may have heard that the Untapped Festival is heading to Houston.  Yes, indeed!  We are very happy to be working alongside our friends who produce and manage this terrific event.  In fact, we were so happy about it, that we decided to have the Untapped Festival take the anchor spot for the final day of Houston Beer Week, and retire The Draft Festival.  Though that decision was not made lightly, we believe this is the best move for Houston Beer Week’s long-term health and sanity.  (well, the organizers’ anyway)  And the wonderful folks at Untapped Festival are also big believers in charitable works, so they graciously agreed to take on our pet charity, Live It BIG, and help raise funds at the festival for this wonderful group.  We think this is just grand!

The Untapped Festival will take place on Saturday, November 16th at Discovery Green park in downtown Houston.  They have a huge line up of bands, and will be hosting more than 60 breweries, so there will be PLENTY of things on hand to keep you happily entertained.  For more information regarding the bands, the beers, and ticket information, visit their website at www.untapped-festival.com.

AND, if you’d like to help us help Untapped Festival raise money for Live IT BIG (a non-profit 501c3 organization that helps raise money for cancer patients and underprivileged children), then volunteer through us!  YES!  If you volunteer via the Houston Beer Week team, we get money for Live It BIG and you get in for free.  Sweet deal, no?  Just sign up here:  http://www.showclix.com/event/3783881/pre-sale .  Even though this is a ticket site, there isn’t a cost to volunteer.  We will accept volunteers until November 9th, then we will give the list to Untapped and they will take it from there!  Hope you can join us and help us raise money for charity!

By |September 30th, 2013|HBW Blog|1 Comment

First Meeting of 2013

Hello, all!

It’s about that time of the year again! As you probably know, Houston Beer Week will be from November 9-16 this year. The friendly folks at Valhalla on Rice University campus have offered to host our  first HBW meeting for the year, and of course, we’ll spot you on the first few beers.

This meeting will be at Valhalla THIS SATURDAY, September 21, at 12 noon. In order to attend, all members must be up to date on their dues for 2013. 

Here’s a map of Rice campus to help you out.

If you’d like to join the HBW Committee and/or haven’t paid dues yet for 2013, you can do that here.

Thanks for reading, and we look forward to getting the ball rolling this year!


By |September 17th, 2013|HBW Blog|0 Comments

Big Announcements for 2013

Hello, all!

First of all, in case you haven’t marked your calendars yet, Houston Beer Week will fall on November 9-16 this year. Help us spread the word!  As always, the week will be filled with a variety of craft beer-related events all over the city.  We will be opening the calendar for submissions sometime in September.  Additionally, like last year, we will have a Houston Beer Week Committee that will assist with the management and outreach of Houston Beer Week.  Members from last year will be notified when it opens for membership this year by the end of July, and the Committee will open for new members on August 5th.  So, if you were a HBW Committee member last year, look out for an email in the coming weeks.  If not, but you are interested in joining our merry band of beer geeks, come back on August 5th and join the team.  Dues remain the same — $20 and will get you access to our beer-centric meetings, an opportunity to purchase a HBW Committee shirt and represent our crew during beer week.

In addition, we’d like to announce a couple of changes for 2013.  The rumors you’ve heard are true, we’ve chosen not to hold The Draft this year (formerly Monsters of Beer).  However, we are excited to announce that the Untapped Festival is coming to Houston in November.  If you’re unfamiliar with Untapped, it’s a craft beer/indie music festival.  It has been extremely successful in Dallas and Fort Worth, and we’re happy to see it here in Houston.  The festival organizers will be donating a percentage of the proceeds to Live It Big, benefiting Friday Harbour and Stepping Stones Charter School.  The venue and date have not been set in stone yet, but you can follow @untappedfest on Twitter and Facebook for new details.  They will be accepting volunteers for the festival soon, and we’ll be hitting up the HBWC members to help out!

Also, we’d like to announce Kevin Healy as our new Executive Captain for 2013.  Kevin was a member of the Houston Beer Week Committee last year, and we believe he has a lot to bring to the management and expansion of HBW.  Kevin has a background in technical computer stuff.  He has raised funds for the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society by cycling 100 miles last month and raising over $4,200 for the charity.   He also really likes craft beer, and that’s really important.

We’re super excited to have Kevin in this new leadership role for HBW, so give him a good welcome!

Jay and Cathy




By |July 15th, 2013|HBW Blog|1 Comment