Teeming with quaint 19th-century architecture, upscale restaurants and a thriving theatre scene, the large metropolis of Houston is one of the most popular cities for tourism in the sprawling state of Texas.
In recent years the city has also become a major hub for independent breweries, reflected in the fact that most of Houston’s watering holes now offer a wide range of craft beers. For those keen to explore this side of the city, we’ve selected some of the best brewery tours that Houston has to offer.
From $25 PER PERSON
A Nightly Spirits tour combines the excitement of a ghost tour with the fun of a pub crawl. Each tour offers guests the most unique way to explore Houston’s vibrant nightlife, while also learning about its history and the spirits that are said to still linger. You’ll come for the boos and the booze and leave with 20 new friends (most of them living). Tours usually take about 2.5 to 3 hours, though if your group is having a great time (and they often are) this will often be extended. Please note, the tour is only open to those aged 21 or over and drinks are not included in the tour price.
From $99 per person
Unearth the craft beers and brewing titans of Houston Heights on this 5-hour tour with snacks and transportation included. Accompanied by a friendly and professional guide, you’ll stop off at three separate breweries, where you’ll learn the craft of beer making, discover how to distinguish between different varieties, and enjoy tastings. As you explore each of the three brewery stops, your guide will regale you with fun facts and quirky stories about Houston’s brewery scene. Beer tastings will be available for purchase at each stop. Locations typically include Anheuser-Busch, Karbach Brewery and 8th Wonder Brewery, though this can sometimes vary.
From $99 per person
The tour begins when you board a comfortable vehicle in the centre of Houston, transporting you to the first of several stop-offs that will provide a deep insight into the city’s beer and whisky-making scene. At each location you’ll learn about the history of alcohol-making in Houston and what makes the beer and whiskey here so unique. In total you’ll visit two breweries and one distillery, and at each one you’ll be given fully guided tours as well as the chance to chat with the producers. Naturally, there’ll be tasting sessions too and a chance to line your stomach with snacks between stops (both at your own expense). Every guest receives a commemorative glass at the end of the tour.