Two weeks ago, I had the pleasure of taking some much needed time off from work and traveling to Houston and Austin, Texas for a little vacation. I’ve been to Houston many times, but had always wanted to visit Austin. Instead of just spending time in Austin, I opted to spend some time in both cities to make the most out of my beercation.
If you have never been to Houston, you should know that there are many craft beer places and a number of amazing breweries to visit. Once I knew that I had some time in Houston, I made plans to visit the first Whole Foods Brewery, which is located in the popular Galleria area in town. I had been hearing about the brewery from my friends in Houston and had been following their Twitter feed for a while too. I decided to contact them via Twitter and arranged to have a little tour and meet and greet with their brewmaster.
Situated inside of a brand new Whole Foods Market, the brewery is a bright and friendly place to sit and have a pint. Dave Ohmer is the brewmaster of the brewery and brings his brewing and brewpub knowledge to Texas from the Knoxville, TN area. He had heard about the job and decided to apply. After a few interviews, including a panel one via Skype, he was offered the job and soon moved to Houston. He has enjoyed getting to know the system from the building phase and loves the atmosphere that Whole Foods offers. One of the most interesting things about brewing at a Whole Foods Market is the ability to utilize the ingredients in the grocery store. They recently brewed a beer with figs that had come into the store and were offered for a batch of beer. Dave enjoys being able to work with various departments inside of the store to help aide in his beer making process. The brewery capacity is small, but it offers guests the opportunity to enjoy different beers on a regular basis.
As for Austin, I couldn’t help but mention Jester King Brewery. For those of you who don’t already know this, I’m a big fan of sour beer. It’s one of my favorite styles and I’ve been dying to get to Jester King for about 2 years. I finally made it happen! The Texas Hill Country is beautiful and the brewery did a great job at preserving the land around the brewery. If you ever find yourself in Austin, make a side trip to Jester King.
Cheers and here’s to more great beers in 2015!