First Look: Twisted Acre Brewery
Twisted Acre had their grand opening this past Saturday, following Walking Stick Brewing Company’s opening last week, making them Houston area’s newest brewery. Twisted Acre did something a little different for their Grand Opening by spacing it out over four sessions, two apiece on Saturday and Sunday. This was probably a smart tact to allow the brewery to work out the kinks without too many customers at once. It seemed to work, as their customer service was solid and I didn’t notice any big hiccups in the process. I really enjoyed their Grand Opening and it continues to be fun to see our beer scene expand. This trend should continue as there are four or five breweries that look to open in the coming months.
Due to weather conditions, I was unsure if Twisted Acre’s Grand Opening would happen, but fortunately, despite some high water on the shoulders, the roads were cleared. I was rewarded for my efforts as the first 25 visitors received a free tote bag, t-shirt, and koozie.
Twisted Acre is located in an industrial park on Grant Road just a half block off of where Grant and Telge Road intersect. The brewery warned about parking, but I found there to be ample parking for the Grand Opening, which was probably due to there being four Grand Opening sessions.
The taproom is inviting with the first room consisting of a wooden bar and table seating. More table seating is available in the adjacent brewhouse, as well as patio seating. A small pond is also visible from the patio making their location a bit more scenic than a lot of taprooms located in industrial parks. Twisted Acre did a great job of decorating their taproom to create a nice, warm atmosphere. There are cool touches like Astros memorabilia, a huge painting of their logo (a tree with a twisted trunk), and framed pictures of their beer logos behind the bar. There’s one TV apiece in each room as well. The brewery is pet and child friendly and I saw quite a few of both during my visit. Twisted Acre does not have a kitchen, but a food truck was on-site.
For the Grand Opening, beers were available for $15 for three pours or with, advanced purchase, $20 for three pours and a glass. Beers were also available a la carte and in flights of four. Five beers were available at launch, with an additional six seasonals planned. My favorite was their biggest brew, 21 Gun Salute, a 10% Imperial Coffee Stout. It’s packed with roasty malt and coffee flavor. Lunch Special, a Brown Porter, was another favorite. Don’t expect a very roasty porter, but instead, tasty dark fruity malt and toffee flavors rule with light notes of caramel.
I also really enjoyed Go “Heff” Yourself, a relatively big Hefeweizen at 7.1%. It has a full-on spicy clove flavor, with notes of bubblegum. Bumbletree, a 9.8% Double IPA brewed with honey, was a bit disappointing. It works well as a honey beer, but I don’t catch more than a hint of hoppy IPA elements. Lastly, Green Card Mexican Lager isn’t quite my cup of beer but works well as the most accessible beer on the menu. It’s clean, easy to drink, and hides it’s 7.7% really well.
Once again, it’s great to see another brand spanking new brewery join our scene. Twisted Acre is off to a great start with a sweet taproom and some solid brews. We’ll be sure to keep an eye on Twisted Acre to see how things develop. Check back with Houston Beer Scene soon for a First Look on Walking Stick Brewing Company. Skol!
Address: 16103 Grant Road, Space J, Cypress, TX 77429
Phone: (832) 953-4707
Hours: Not officially announced