‘Parks and Rec’-inspired beers, Halloween taproom events and new brews

‘Parks and Rec’-inspired beers, Halloween taproom events and new brews

Saint Arnold’s Coastal Harmony beer is raising funds for Hurricane Laura relief.

Photo: Saint Arnold

Welcome to What’s Hopping, a column focused on the local craft beer scene, bringing you new releases, special events and other news from breweries across the city. Send tips and recommendations to emma.balter@chron.com.

New beer releases

Bakfish: Three new beers are available at the Pearland brewery. ¡Más Lucha! is a Mexican-style amber lager. And for fans of pickle beer, there’s Pickle Sour and Kool-Aid Pickle on tap.

Eureka Heights: The new limited-release Mexican Jumping Bean is a cream ale with coffee beans from Boomtown Coffee and Mexican vanilla bean.

On Friday, Eureka Heights will release six new beers! For Halloween, the taproom will be transformed into Sweetums, the candy shop from “Parks and Recreation.” (Last year, it was dressed up as Duff Brewery from “The Simpsons.”) In tandem, the Heights brewery made six beers inspired by the show:

  • Very Good Beer: a session beer with Hallertau Hersbrucker hops
  • Nothing Rhymes with Orange: a blood orange cream ale
  • Flush with Cash: a hazy IPA with Cashmere hops
  • Just Got Jammed: a milkshake IPA with strawberry, cherry, raspberry and lactose
  • Snork Juice: a long-boil barleywine
  • Distraction Waffles: a Bourbon barrel-aged imperial milk stout with maple and vanilla

Galveston Bay: The Dickinson brewery just released its version of Black Is Beautiful. Proceeds will go to the NAACP Legal Defense Fund.

On PreviewHouston.com: Your complete guide to the Houston-made ‘Black Is Beautiful’ beers

Holler: Are You Not Entertained? IPA is back on tap.

Local Group: A new batch of Hera’s Nectar, a fruited kettle sour, is available. This one’s called “POG,” which stands for passion fruit, orange and guava. The brewery also tapped another round of Double Vertigo, its NEIPA.

No Label: A new coffee stout is out in stores now and will be in the Katy taproom Nov. 6: The Floor Is Java.

Saint Arnold: The brewery’s version of Coastal Harmony is now available. It was brewed to raise funds for Hurricane Laura relief, and benefits the Urban South Coastal Harmony Fund, managed by the Greater New Orleans Foundation. Saint Arnold’s version is a 9.2% ABV double IPA with Incognito hops.

On HoustonChronicle.com: In their own hour of need, Houston breweries give back

Saloon Door: Just in time for this cold front, the Webster brewery has launched a Pumpkin Spice Nitro Milk Stout. It doesn’t get more fall than that.

Southern Yankee: Check out Honey Boo Boo, a honey-hibiscus saison with raspberries and blackberries.

Spindletap: Last week’s release was Bull Rush DIPA, a double at 8% ABV made with Mosaic, Wai-iti and Vic Secret hops.

Under the Radar: The Midtown brewery just released its first-ever hazy IPA, Hazy Town IPA. The team brewed it with rolled oats and dry-hopped it with Mosaic, Citra and Amarillo.

Wicked Boxer: Two fall-inspired beers to look forward to at the Cypress brewery: Spooky Things, a pumpkin beer, and Punktoberfest, an Oktoberfest style.

On HoustonChronicle.com: A Road Map of Houston Breweries

Special events

TONIGHT: The Houston Chronicle has teamed up with H-E-B for a very special Spirit of Texas virtual beer tasting. You can still register here.

This weekend is Halloween, and Houston breweries have some fun and spooky happenings on Oct. 31 to celebrate. Back Pew is hosting a charity cornhole tournament, Cornholloween, benefiting the Pulmonary Fibrosis Association (register here).

Battlehops has two events: Treat or Treat will feature Halloween candy and beer pairings, pumpkin ice cream root beer floats and spooky board games (costumes encouraged), and Battlehops Mysteries Witches’ Brew is a virtual escape-room game with the chance to win prizes from Battlehops and West of Houston Craft.

On Halloween City Acre will offer its Lil Raven pumpkin stout, pumpkin spice cheesecake, trick or treat bags, s’mores, scary stories and a costume contest.

On PreviewHouston.com: 2 Texas breweries join nationwide ‘I Voted’ beer collaboration

No Label‘s Take Back 2020 series, typically reserved for past holidays we missed this year, will celebrate Halloween on Oct. 31 (how normal does that sound?). The team will be pouring the new The Floor Is Java and Nightmare on 1st Street will return. For an early taste, sign up for the VIP Experience.

On Nov. 6, Back Pew is throwing a concert with The Fab 5, a Beatles and ’60s music tribute band. Get the details.

Also on Nov. 6, Battlehops is inviting you to an adult coloring party. More info here.

Other news

Houston swept at the Great American Beer Festival awards, sometimes called the “Oscars of beer.” The city had four winners:

  • Eureka Heights Brew Co. Wicket Awesome (Gold in Extra Special Bitter category)
  • Vallensons’ Brewing Settlers’ Oatmeal Stout (Gold in Oatmeal Stout category)
  • New Magnolia Brewing Fr. Bernard’s Grodziskie (Bronze in Historical Beer category)
  • True Anomaly Brewing Freedom 7 (Bronze in Wood- and Barrel-Aged Sour Beer category)

The annual Feast of Saint Arnold, held virtually this year, raised $66,600 for Texas Children’s Hospital.

It’s the last week to vote in Holler‘s 2020-2021 Ambassadog contest. If you haven’t already, check out the wall of cute pups at the taproom. So far, the team has raised more than $5,600 for Friends for Life. The reveal event for the winner is Nov. 1, where several of the top dogs will be in attendance.





  • Emma Balter

    Emma Balter grew up in Paris, France, where she got an early taste for good food and wine. She studied English Literature at Newcastle University in the U.K. and got her start in journalism as the lifestyle editor of the student newspaper. She moved to the U.S. in 2012, and spent six years on staff at Wine Spectator magazine, first as a tasting coordinator, then as an editor. She has also contributed to Condé Nast Traveler, Food & Wine, Eater, PureWow, Chowhound and VinePair, among others. Balter joined the Houston Chronicle in March 2020 as a reporter for Preview, where she covers entertainment, food and drink. She lives in Montrose with her cat, Chenin.


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