First Look: Texas Leaguer Brewing Company
Wow – Houston Beer Scene has been active for only about a month and in that time we’ve seen three new Houston area brewery openings. Texas Leaguer Brewing Company launched last weekend with a soft opening on Friday and Saturday, making them the first Missouri City area brewery since Fort Bend Brewing Company folded a couple years ago. Before heading to the brewery, I hit up Guru Burger and Crepes in Sugar Land, enjoying a savory shrimp crepe and a couple Sigma brews, including a current personal favorite, 08/29/97 Double IPA. Located in Sugar Land Town Square near Flying Saucer, Guru has a solid selection of local brews and great food. I always try to grab a bite to eat there when I’m in the area. After a short, ten minute drive from Sugar Land Town Square I was at the brewery. Texas Leaguer is not far from US 59/I-69 and Beltway 8, making for easy access. Texas Leaguer Brewing Company is similar to many new breweries in that it’s in an industrial business park with a large open space that houses the brewery, bar and beer hall style seating. There are also covered tables in front of the brewery. It appears the location provides ample parking. The beer names and logos fit the baseball theme, but so far there’s not much else visually that links to baseball. The overall impression is that the brewery will provide a family friendly atmosphere and presents as clean and new, with space to grow and evolve.
Texas Leaguer uses a token system (I call this the Saint Arnold system since they are Texas’ oldest craft brewery and have kept this system for as long as I have been able to legally drink) – purchase a glass and three tokens for $15, three tokens only for $12 and single tokens for $5. If you don’t purchase a glass your beer comes in a plastic cup, but much like many breweries once you buy a glass you can bring it to return visits. There were no food options available during my visit, but many patrons brought outside food. Food trucks are reportedly coming next weekend. Two beers were available during my visit, Knuckle Bock – a dark bock and Air Mail, an American blonde ale. Air Mail surprised me with a bit more body and malt flavor than expected. I like this as a choice for a lighter style core beer. My favorite of the two was Knuckle Bock which had an excellent, caramel malt flavor and fairly hardy body. Expect something with more heft than Shiner Bock. I was informed that next weekend 2 Hopper, an IPA and 6-4-3, a Belgian pale ale will also be available. Texas Leaguer’s has announced their official grand opening starts next Friday with a commemorative glass available. Houston Beer Scene is happy to see another new brewery open and would not be surprised to have a few more First Look entries before year’s end.
Address: 13503 Pike Rd, Missouri City, TX 77489
Websites: http://txleaguer.com/ and https://www.facebook.com/txleaguer/
Hours: No official hours announced – they were open Friday 4:00-8:00 and Saturday 11:00-5:00 for their soft open and have announced the same for 9/29 and 9/30 for their official grand opening.