Where To Find The Best Beers At Minute Maid Park
If you’re looking for some of the best beer in Houston, grab some friends and a couple of Astros tickets and head on down to Minute Maid Park. A hefty selection of craft beer lines the concession stands, featuring brews made by local companies and a few from their friends across state lines. The Gulf Coast has a lively craft beer community, and if you try one of these fine drinks, you’ll understand why.
Fancy Lawnmower, Saint Arnold Brewing Company
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Saint Arnold Brewing Company touts itself as Texas’ oldest craft brewery, setting their roots down in Houston circa June of 1994. The inspiration for their Fancy Lawnmower selection taps in to German-style Kölsch brewing in the Cologne region of Western Europe.
The brewers describe the Fancy Lawnmower as crisp and refreshing, full of malts balanced with citrus hop flavors. A unique Kölsch yeast is an integral ingredient as well. The only hop strain used in this beer is the Hallertauer. Allegedly, the name came about after many first-time drinkers linked its aroma to the smell of grass.
Turbodog®, Abita Brewing Company
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Just a hop, skip and a jump away from Houston, Abita Brewing Company has called “the piney woods 30 miles north of New Orleans” home for almost 30 years. Their Turbodog® brown ale is a bit on the darker side, but has a rich texture filled with flavor reminiscent of chocolate and toffee.
The brewers use a mix of pale, caramel, and chocolate malts mixed with Willamette hops. The Turbodog®’s creators also suggest pairing it with a hamburgers or sausages, especially if they come topped with fancy cheeses like Colby or Gloucester.
1912, Buffalo Bayou Brewing Company
Named after Houston’s main waterway, the Buffalo Bayou Brewing Company’s mission is “to create beers that not only honor the pioneering history of Texas, but celebrate the adventurous spirit of a city built on outlaws and invention.”
Their 1912 red ale was brewed in honor of the 100th anniversary of Rice University, a hometown university and one of Texas’ flagship collegiate institutions. Using “the ultimate secret ingredient,” the Buffalo Bayou brewers used reclaimed wood from Live Oak trees on Rice’s campus as part of the beer’s aging process. The taste has plenty of hints of oak tannins and vanilla, giving this beer a strong, delicious finish.
Southern Pecan, Lazy Magnolia Brewing Company
When you ask people which state has the best craft beer scene, Mississippi might not rank high on that list. But if brewers like Lazy Magnolia continue to spring up, that’s bound to change.
Their Southern Pecan nut brown ale is true to its name and uses whole roasted pecans as its main ingredient. The addition of Maris Otter, caramel malt and wheat grains with domestic nugget and Willamette make a smooth, malty brew that’s sweet as (pecan) pie. It even won a bronze medal in the 2006 World Beer Cup in the specialty category.
Adding one of these artisan beers will surely enhance the excitement at an Astros game, but always remember to drink responsibly.
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