Bad Astronaut Brewing to open in Houston; City Acre Brewing, Brash Brewing sold – Houston Business Journal

Houston’s brewery scene has been hopping lately, and there are more shakeups in store.

Most recently, City Acre Brewing announced June 22 that longtime customer Jimmy Garrett purchased the north Houston brewery, which had previously announced it would close. The kitchen already closed June 5, the Houston Chronicle reported, but now it is expected to reopen sometime in July. Taproom operations will continue without interruption.

“The heart and soul of City Acre isn’t going anywhere,” Garrett said in a statement from City Acre. “I’m a big fan of the classics and continuing to welcome customers with the friendliest staff around remains our top priority. I’m excited to try out a few new things, like an expanded menu, increasing air-conditioned space and a wider variety of events and attractions.”

Among other roles, Garrett is the owner and CEO of Green Light Solar, which is located near City Acre and often held company events and meetings at the brewery, per the Chronicle. Garrett also had City Acre beers on tap when he opened game and beer shop Board & Brew in 2018.

Original owners Meredith Borders and Matt Schlabach, who opened City Acre at 3418 Topping St. in 2016, will remain consultants indefinitely, per the Chronicle.

On June 16, Brash Brewing was sold to Matt Peterson and Nick Sorenson, the owners of Equal Parts Brewing, and Vince Mandeville, Brash’s original head brewer, the Houston Chronicle reported.

Benjamin Fullelove, owner of now-closed Petrol Station, opened Brash at 508 W. Crosstimbers St. in 2014. Peterson and Sorenson originally opened Equal Parts as Sigma Brewing at 3118 Harrisburg Blvd. in 2016 before changing the name in 2020.

Going forward, Brash and Equal Parts will remain separate breweries, Peterson told the Chronicle.

The latest deals come about a month after Local Group Brewing, which opened two years ago in Houston’s Hardy Yards area, was sold to the newly formed Distincture Hospitality group in May.

And Bearded Fox Brewing Co. in Tomball was acquired in early April, two weeks after announcing it planned to close. Arif Manji is the new owner, according to an announcement on Instagram. On June 9, the company announced it would soon sell six-packs in Houston-area stores.

B52 Brewing Co. is also seeking a buyer.

All of these changes come as the supply-chain disruptions set off by the pandemic have made almost every aspect of the beer production process more expensive than it was even two years ago. All of these financial challenges have been especially hard on smaller brewers, Lennie Ambrose, chairman of the Texas Craft Brewers Guild, told the Houston Business Journal.

However, a new craft brewery is in the works, according to reports.

Bad Astronaut Brewing Co. plans to open at 1519 Fulton, in Hardy Yards area near Saint Arnold Brewing Co. and Local Group, this fall. Owners and former Karbach Brewing employees Chris Fall and Craig “Rocky” Keener will open Bad Astronaut in a 30,000-square-foot converted warehouse, according to CultureMap and Houston Food Finder.

Bad Astronaut will start with brewing four types of beer — American IPA, Hazy IPA, Munich Helles and German Pilsner — for the on-site taproom and limited local distribution.

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