If you're a beer lover in Houston, you're in luck. Saturday, November 9, marks the kickoff of Houston Beer Week -- a "holiday" that "encourages bars, restaurants, retail establishments, distributors and breweries to create unique craft beer-related events throughout the Houston metro [area]," according to the event's Web site. Best of all? We the people get to benefit from all these happenings, hopping around (no pun intended) from bars to restaurants tasting and talking about Houston's local brews.
The only downfall to the Beer Week? Its eight days are so jam-packed with exciting events, it'll be difficult to choose where to go. Enter Eating...Our Words. We've created a guide organized by event type:
• Beer and Food Pairing Dinners • Special Tappings • Pint Nights • Ongoing Events and Deals • Top 5 Houston Beer Week Events
Beer and Food Pairing Dinners
Izakaya Pop-Up Dinner Roost Sunday, November 10, 7 p.m. A La-Carte-Pricing First come, first serve entry 713-523-7667
Chef Kevin Naderi together with Eatsie Boys is hosting an izakaya-style pop-up (izakaya is a type of Japanese bar that is casual and also serves food) in his cozy restaurant, which will be transformed with some slight changes in decor for the night. While Naderi isn't releasing the menu, he says, "You have to come and see what we got. All we'll say is that it's three chefs, 13 items, sake, Japanese beers, loud music [and] a lot of fun." The festivities will include specialty beers from 8th Wonder.
Lone Pint Beer Dinner D&T Drive Inn Monday, November 11, 7:30 p.m. $55/ticket, including tax and gratuity Tickets: dandtlonepintdinner.eventbrite.com 713-864-2408
As listed on the Houston Beer Week Web site, chefs Richard Knight of D&T Drive Inn and Mike McElroy of Hunky Dory will be serving a family-style five-course menu "paired with Lone Pint's 'Po-Cha-Na-Quar-Hip' Braggot, Yellow Rose 'Smash' beer, Gentleman's Relish brown ale, and two special beers. Patrons will have the opportunity to meet the brewers of Lone Pint Brewery and discuss their beers."
Raw Bar Pop-Up Cove Cold Bar Tuesday, November 12, 9 p.m. A-La-Carte Pricing No ticket or reservation needed 713-581-6101
Chef Jean Philippe Gaston of Cove Cold Bar and Matt Marcus of Eatsie Boys are teaming up to bring guests a fun, informal gathering featuring oysters and fresh fish creations paired with 8th Wonder brews.
Jester King, All Sours Beer Dinner Hay Merchant Wednesday, November 13, 7 p.m. $120/ticket, including tax and gratuity Tickets/Reservations: 713-528-9805
New Belgium Lips of Faith Dinner The Flying Saucer Downtown Thursday, November 14, 7 p.m. $75/ticket Tickets/Information: 713-228-9472
If you've been missing chef Amanda McGraw's culinary creations, you'll want to attend this dinner; she'll be taking over the kitchen to serve a six-course meal filled with "really interesting beers and good food," as described by McGraw. Our own Joshua Justice collaborated with McGraw to put together this event, which will also host brewer Tamar Banner of New Belgium.
Deconstructed Beer Dinner Provisions Thursday November 14, 6:30 p.m. $88/ticket not including tax or gratuity Tickets/Information: 713-628-9020
This feast will include five courses paired with 8th Wonder brews. The menu has not been determined yet, Provisions' shiny report card almost guarantees a fantastic experience.
Kickin' It with Karbach Beer Dinner Cottonwood Thursday November 14, 6-10 p.m. $45/ticket Tickets/Information: 713-802-0410
Drop in whenever you'd like, as this is an eat-at-your-own-pace dinner. Five courses will be paired with the following brews from Karbach: Fresh Nugs Citra, Weekend Warrior , Mother In Lager , Rodeo Clown and BBH. You'll get one core Karbach pint as a bonus.
Dry Hop Cask of Lone Pint Yellow Rose Hay Merchant Saturday, November 9, 11 a.m.- 5 p.m.
Real Ale Vintage Mysterium Verum Hay Merchant Sunday, November 10, 11 a.m.- 2 p.m.
Saint Arnold Cask Engine Takeover Hay Merchant Monday, November 11, all day
Real Ale Brewing Company Cafe de Olla Porter Cask Liberty Station Monday, November 11, 5-10 p.m. $5
Saint Arnold Pumpkinator on Cask The Ginger Man Monday, November 11, 6-10 p.m.
Texian Brewing Company's Second Public Tapping Rockwell Tavern Tuesday, November 12, 6:30 p.m.
Karbach Brewing's Limited Edition Yule Shoot Your Eye Out Witchcraft Tavern Featuring Karbach Brewery staff members Tuesday, November 12, 6-9 p.m.
Buffalo Bayou Brewing Company 2-year-old Ginger Bread Stout Secessionist #8 on Tap Liberty Station Tuesday, November 12, 5-11 p.m.
Karbach Brewing's Double Dry Hopped Hopadillo Cask Rockwell Tavern Tuesday, November 12, 6:30-9:30 p.m.
Independence ESB on Cask The Ginger Man Thursday, November 14, all day
Yellow Rose Outlaw Bourbon Barrel Aged and El Hopadillo Negro Tap Takeover Guru Burgers and Crepes Thursday, November 14, 7 p.m.
No Label Bourbon Barrel Elda M. Milk Stout Rockwell Tavern Friday, November 15, 6:30-9:30 p.m.
Cask of Karbach Brewing Company's Krunkin' Pumpkin Liberty Station Friday, November 15, 6 p.m.
Real Ale Katz Coffee Porter Cottonwood Saturday, November 9, 5-10 p.m.
Enjoy $4 pints of select Real Ale brews and music by The Journey Agents and DJ Melodic.
Saint Arnold Bishops Barrel #5 and Pumpkinator World of Beer, Katy Monday, November 11, 6 p.m. -- until supplies last
Sip on Saint Arnold draft beers at half off their regular price. You get to keep the glass when you buy the beer.
Fort Bend Brewing Co. World of Beer, Katy Tuesday, November 12, 6 p.m.
Receive free glassware with the purchase of Fort Bend Brewing Co. beer, while supplies last.
Shiner Holiday Cheer The Ginger Man Wednesday, November 13, 6-10 p.m.
New Belgium Lips of Faith Liberty Station Wednesday, November 13, 5 p.m.
This event features Cascara Quad and Paardebloem, and you get to keep the glassware. Ride your bike to Liberty Station for a 20 percent discount.
Buffalo Bayou Brewing Co. World of Beer, Katy Wednesday, November 13, 6 p.m.
For one night only, pay half price for select Buffalo Bayou draft beers. More Cow Bell, Smoke On The Bayou, 1836, Buffalo Sunset and Buffalo Sunrise will be on tap.
No Label Brewing Co. World of Beer, Katy Thursday, November 14, 6 p.m.
For as long as supplies last, you buy the beer and keep the glass.
Karbach Brewing Co. World of Beer, Katy Friday, November 15, 6 p.m.
Houston Beer Week Ongoing Events and Deals
Mongoose versus Cobra Nightly from November 9 through November 15, Mongoose versus Cobra will "present a tasting menu of five Texas craft beers paired with five iconic Texas songs. The flight will be guided by attending bar staff." The Goose's Acre From Saturday through Friday, The Goose's Acre will offer half price on a different Texas beer each day.
Hay Merchant Sip on different Houston beers at half price every day, from Saturday through Sunday. To find out what's on special, follow Hay Merchant on Twitter. Additionally, grab one of 15 growlers for $15 on November 9 and 10 from midnight to 2 a.m.
Top 5 Houston Beer Week Events Texas Brew Feast Kickoff Party Cedar Creek Café Saturday, November 9, 12-5 p.m. $30/ticket online, $35/ticket at the door Tickets: http://www.eventbrite.com/event/8779474645 713-808-9623
The kickoff patio party for Houston Beer Week will also be one of the most beer-filled and fun-packed. Twelve local breweries will be on site, many of which will be pouring special brews. Fittingly, your ticket includes 12 four-ounce beers. Four food pairings are also included: ribs off the grill, tacos crafted with hand-made tortillas, sliders with stinky cheese and onion jam, and wild-game pretzel dogs. The Paul Ramirez Band will be playing some rock and roll and blues to up the party factor.
Beer 101 -- "Ladies That Lager" Series Hay Merchant Sunday, November 10, 3-6 p.m. $45/ticket Tickets/Information: 713-528-9805
Last summer's inaugural Women's Beer Class was such a success that Hay Merchant Founder Kevin Floyd is launching a whole series of classes targeted to ladies who want to learn more about beer. The series will begin with this Beer 101 class, which includes beer tastings and snacks on top of the education portion.
SAVOR-Houston 3rd Floor Monday, November 11, 7-10 p.m. $60/ticket, $50 for veterans with I.D. Tickets: http://www.showclix.com/event/SAVORHouston 832-384-1960
Put on your dress slacks or cocktail dress -- this elegant event is a "dress to impress" affair. However, with 18 craft beer and local food pairings, you may want to wear something stretchy. Your ticket includes a collectible Belgian snifter and valet parking. Bonus: Event proceeds will benefit local charity Impact a Hero, which benefits veterans in need.
Brewmaster's Panel Whole Foods Sugar Land Wednesday, November 13, 7-9 pm Free Information: http://houstonbeerweek.com/event/brewmasters-panel/ 281-491-5577
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If you've ever wanted to learn more about the inner workings of the craft beer industry, this is just the event for you. The following panelists will put your questions at ease: Rassul Zarinfar from Buffalo Bayou Brewing; Brock Wagner from Saint Arnold; Brian Royo from No Label; and Jake Schiffer from Leprechaun Cider. The event will be held on the patio.
Paste Untapped Discovery Green Saturday, November 16, 4-10 p.m. Tickets start at $25 Information/Tickets: http://www.spunetickets.com/promo/id/2281544747499527
Ending Houston Beer Week with a bang is this multi-city festival that combines two of Houston's most beloved things: craft beer and indie music. More than 70 breweries will be offering more than 200 brews, and bands including The Tontons, Walker Lukens, Heartless Bastards and The Walkmen will be playing on two stages.
Well, there you have it, Houston, your very own Houston Beer Week guide. You can thank us later.