Very few beverages can incite excitement like beer. And despite being a 200-year old industry, the number of craft breweries around the country has exploded in the past millennia partially due to a renewed interest in supporting local businesses and partially due to an enthusiasm for those experimenting with non-conventional flavors. Over the past few years, Beaumont has been blessed with not one, but four micro and nano-breweries creating innovative South Texas sippers. Here’s where to cheers to beer and tip one back in Beaumont and the surrounding areas.
Beers on tap: With 20 taps and no flagship pours, their beers are constantly rotating from stouts to sours. Known for creative, fruit-forward blends like Caramel Apple StruggleTart, Blueberry Muffin StruggleStout, PB&J StruggleTart, and Pecan Pie StruggleStout they often make in as little as one barrel, once it’s gone, it’s gone.
Ambiance: This bustling bar is always busy with guests ordering flight after flight. If you can snag a seat don’t give it up!
What sets them apart: Started on Kickstarter, the name Struggle Street is lovingly fitting and truly a community-driven endeavor.
Don’t Miss: The Struggle Free Raspberry Lemonade Hard Selzer – it goes down a little too easily.
Beers on tap: Pour Brothers has eight taps that continually rotate as they develop new recipes. Sips to try include the Gladys City Crude, named after the historic gusher, and CardinAle, a red ale honoring Lamar University.
Ambiance: A killer dog-friendly patio and beer garden downtown, games like cornhole ensure groups stick around sipping.
What sets them apart: A high-tech tap wall allows you to pour your own tastings with an electronic card that charges by the ounce.
Don’t Miss: If you ask nicely and they aren’t busy, they’ll give you a tour of the brewery and teach you all about the beer-making process.
Beers on tap: With 40 taps, 12 are house brews. Try a signature Siren Blonde or Hazy IPA.
Ambiance: Surf-shack chic
What sets them apart: The first microbrewery in the Beaumont area, Neches Brewing Co. was the pioneer in local small-batch brewing.
Don’t Miss: They have live music, karaoke, and trivia almost every night of the week. Make sure to check the events calendar to catch your favorite act.
Beers on tap: There are currently nine beers on tap that will change as often as possible with a new release to come out about every week. Easy Breezy Blonde and Can Sandwich another blonde have been the most popular light, easy-drinking beers thus far.
Ambiance: A rustic family-friendly hunting lodge
What sets them apart: Owned by a husband and wife duo, Justin started brewing in his mom’s kitchen over 10 years ago before he was even 21. You can imagine he was the most popular person in town right from the get-go. Since, he’s won numerous awards in national homebrewing competitions, which is when he started to take his dream more seriously.
Don’t Miss: A new hazy IPA coming soon is the Brewmaster’s personal favorite. They also sell pizza and small bites, which allows them to be even more creative in the kitchen. The chefs are currently working on a German-style pizza topped with beer cheese and sausage that sounds like a delicious heart attack.