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Tap Houston: Weekend At Breweries-Houston Boasts Its Bayou City Beers

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No Label brews from left: Don Jalapeño Ale; Pale Horse Pale Ale, First Street Ale, El Hefe, and Ridgeback Amber

No Label brews from left: Don Jalapeño Ale; Pale Horse Pale Ale, First Street Ale, El Hefe, and Ridgeback Amber

It’s no secret that Houston is one of the fastest growing metropolises in the U.S. Also well-known, is Houston is home to some of the tastiest culinary delights in the nation. “The food” one of the first things visitors and newcomers discover when they come to town and rave about when they leave.

What may surprise some is the impact craft beer is having on The Bayou City. Our economy has brought transplants from all over the world, so one might think that would be a significant factor in the number of small craft breweries that have popped up in the last decade. The truth is, Houston’s craft breweries are actually homegrown (for the most part).

One brewery, in particular, set up shop at a location with a storied past and is growing as fast as any in the state of Texas. Set in Old Katy on 1st Street sits a former American Rice Growers grain storage facility. The old silos used store up to 21,708,000 lbs of grain. Now the 3025 sq ft office building and 2400 sq. ft. metal warehouse on 3 acres of land sits No Label Brewing Company founded and owned by the Royo Family (Brian and Jennifer Royo along with Brian’s parents, Gilberto and Melanie).

Brewery tours are rapidly growing in popularity and you can find each of Houston’s breweries packed with craft beer lovers every weekend. Visitors even make it family affairs, but No Label is also pet friendly. It makes sense. Why not enjoy a day of culture and fun with the whole family? No Label is a unique place to do it too.

The atmosphere is family friendly and the property is filled with loads of nostalgia. The old silos and storage buildings give the place a historical feel and amazing character. Adding to the mystique is a rumor the property is paranormally active! There’s no telling if there’s any truth to that, but one thing is for certain, brewers Brian Royo, John Anderson, Jason Wolfe, and Jacob Howard know what they’re doing when it comes to the product!

While the slide show illustrates the brewery experience, the photos won’t do it justice. You’re going to have to experience it for yourself. Spring is upon us and a great time to spend a weekend at breweries. Even if it’s not No Label, get on the interwebs, find a local brewery, and get out there this weekend!

 – Britt Hoffmann

Tap Houston

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