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Area Brewers and Wineries to Visit This Fall


The No Label Brewing staff embraces its motto: Friends, Sunshine, Beer.

The No Label Brewing staff embraces its motto: Friends, Sunshine, Beer. (photo-NO LABEL BREWING CO)

Keep Your Spirits Up With Their Locally Made Creations

By Anna Saikin

While California wines seem to get all the publicity, plenty of wineries and breweries in Texas create excellent, well regarded products. Texas is one of the nation’s oldest wine-producing states, as Spanish missionaries near El Paso planted vineyards as early as the 1650s. Texas breweries have an equally storied history, with German immigrants to the Texas Hill Country bringing their Old World brewing techniques. The Texas Craft Brewers Guild currently lists more than 200 vineyards and over 100 brewery members.

Here are four brewers and vineyards of interest in and around Fort Bend County , all of which can be found at the Farmers Market at Imperial in Sugar Land on Saturday mornings, as well as local pubs and liquor stores.

 

Texian Brewing Co.

1125 FM 359

Richmond, TX 77406

281-762-2604

texianbrewing.com

Joshua Haley started this independent brewing label to celebrate Texas history. They offer a range of ales from Belgian-Style Saisons to IPAs, as well as an assortment of seasonal brews, each cleverly named after a special landmark or event in Texas lore. The Charlie Foxtrot, for example, is a sour wheat ale that is available year-round and refers to the Texan army’s ambush on a Mexican supply train in Bexar. Their tasting room hosts a number of events, including their third anniversary party on Saturday, Nov. 14.

Texian brews are on tap at a number of distributors in Houston, Dallas, San Antonio, Waco, Austin and College Station. In Fort Bend, you can find them at Jupiter Pizza and Waffle Co. or World of Beer in Katy. Their newest seasonal brew, Donkey Lady — a sour ale aged on apples and spice — can be found at Whole Foods in Katy, or H-E-B at 530 Highway 6 in Sugar Land.

 

No Label Brewing Co.

5351 1st Street, Katy, TX 77493

281-693-7545

nolabelbrew.com

The No Label Brewing Co. began in 2009 when Brian Royo, Gilberto Royo and Jennifer Royo decided to make Brian’s homebrew available to everyone. No Label operates from an old silo in the heart of Katy. They consider their beer to be too unique for labels or classification. They offer a range of year-round ales including 1st Street Ale and Pale Horse Ale, and a range of seasonal ales such as Nightmare on 1st Street Imperial Pumpkin Ale and Elda M. Milk Stout. The dog- and kid-friendly taproom is open Wednesday through Friday and offers pints starting from $4. No Label is open for tours and tastings on Saturdays 12-3 p.m. (admission is $10).

Braman Wines

3333 FM 359, Richmond, TX 77406

281-762-1375

bramanbrands.com

Joe Braman launched his winery in 2010 to design a wine to complement his culinary creations. Braman, whose family has roots in the ranching, real estate and oil industries, credits his grandmother, Mary, for developing his appreciation for cooking and wine. Braman’s signature wine, Braman Legacy Cabernet Sauvignon, has led to multiple locations and more than 20 varietals, including Aldonza, Z Dezert and Sparkles. Many Braman wines have won gold medals at the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo, with the Eaglefire winning the 2014 Reserve Class Grand Champion award.

Braman Brands introduced its Running Walker Brewery this past summer, which features six brewsranging from a Pilsner to a German Kölsch. Braman Wines operates two tasting rooms, one in Richmond and a second in Hallettsville, Texas. The Richmond tasting room is open Tuesday through Saturday and is open until midnight on Fridays and Saturdays. Every Wednesday, open mic night accompanies Wednesday Wine Specials; Ladies Night is on Thursdays.

 

Haak Vineyards and Winery

6310 Avenue T, Santa Fe, TX 77510

409-925-1401

haakwine.com

Haak Vineyards prides itself on being the first winery and only commercial vineyard in Galveston County. Owner Raymond Haak started the vineyard after receiving two grapevines as a gift from his wife. It now covers 12 acres. Many of their wines have taken home gold, silver and bronze medals at competitions across the country, including the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo and the Los Angeles International Wine Competition. Located about 40 miles southeast of Sugar Land, the winery is an easy drive down Highway 6 for Fort Bend residents looking to enjoy fine Texas wines.

The winery is open seven days a week and can be booked for private events. The tours, scheduled at frequent intervals, are $10 (under 21 are free) and end with a tasting of four pre-selected wines along with their signature Madeira. Haak Vineyards also hosts special events for the public. The next will be the Special Riedel Glass Wine Tasting Event on Friday, Nov. 13 at 6:30 p.m. The cost is $85, and includes a lecture, tasting and a set of four Riedel Veritas tasting glasses to take home.

No Label Brewing’s original home of operations is an old silo in the heart of Katy.

No Label Brewing’s original home of operations is an old silo in the heart of Katy.(photo-NO LABEL BREWING CO)

 

Haak Vineyards prides itself on being one of the oldest wineries in the Fort Bend area.

Haak Vineyards prides itself on being one of the oldest wineries in the Fort Bend area.(photo-HAAK VINEYARDS AND WINERY)

 

Grapes are unloaded at Haak vineyards.

Grapes are unloaded at Haak vineyards.(photo-HAAK VINEYARDS AND WINERY)

 

Haak Vineyards is available for private events, including weddings and anniversary parties.

Haak Vineyards is available for private events, including weddings and anniversary parties.(photo-HAAK VINEYARDS AND WINERY)


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