After my post on new Texas breweries and a good tip from my friend Casey, Buffalo Bayou Brewing Company was added to the list, but not the map because their location had yet to be disclosed, until now! (sort of).
I had the chance to sit down with the founder of Buffalo Bayou Brewing Company, Rassul, over some beers and the always excellent meatloaf sandwich at Petrol Station Saturday to chat about one of the newest breweries in Houston. While I can’t reveal too much, I did get some information that is definitely worth sharing with my fellow Houston beer nerds. I feel pretty in tune with the Houston craft beer community and I know everyone wants to get their hands on as much information (and beer, of course!) as possible, but there are three things that people want to know, at least to start: the location, the timeline of when production starts and the styles of the initial offerings.
In early May, they signed a lease for a location in the area south of I-10 between TC Jester and Shepherd (think near The Usual). They plan on having beers available to the public in the fourth quarter of this year, starting off with a sessionable flagship beer that will “keep the lights on” and plan on putting the rest of their efforts into several rotating seasonal beers, one-offs and guest brewer collaborations. While I can’t share any of the exact styles, I can say that they are working on some stuff that, if executed properly, would fit in well in the burgeoning Houston craft beer scene.
Another interesting tidbit is that they initially wanted to do a model similar to the Black Star Co-op, but found that the legal issues surrounding it to be too much of a burden.
As the name suggests, they are all about Houston, specifically the Houston beer drinker. They want to brew beers that the market here wants to drink, not just something they think well sell well to the masses (if they asked me I would say Sours!!). This seems like a big risk, but at the same time the Houston craft beer scene can’t grow without innovation and learning from failures.
Overall it was a good chat, I can tell that the crew at Buffalo Bayou Brewing is excited to be in the Houston craft beer scene and ready to bring in some new ideas, new beers and good times. I’ll definitely be reporting back when I’m allowed to share more information!