Houston'' s Craft Beer Industry Soaks Up Space After Texas Law Changes

Saint Arnold Brewing Co. recently opened up a beer garden and restaurant next to the brewery at 2000 Lyons Opportunity in Houston.Credit: OJB Landscape Architecture.Houston’s growing craft beer market has actually ended up being a
nationwide leader, thanks to changes to state laws that brewed up a surge in demand for business property in the country’s fourth-biggest city. Because 2013, a combined 344,487 square feet of commercial area in the city was

absorbed by 41 breweries in just 5 years, according to information from NAI Partners, a commercial real estate services company. Houston’s 52 breweries now represent 506,295 square feet. Breweries like Buffalo Bayou Developing, Eighth Marvel and Spindle Tap Developing are helping to shape the Houston beer scene. They’re still trying to catch up to Houston’s largest and earliest craft brewery, Saint Arnold Brewing Co., which just recently finished an extensive beer garden offering views of downtown Houston. In June 2013, the Texas Legislature passed Senate Bills 515, 516, 517, 518 and 639, effectively permitting breweries to enhance their

bottom lines. Manufacturers today can more quickly operate taprooms and brewpubs, while offering their beer to go straight to consumers rather of needing to rely entirely on the three-tier circulation system. Houston is riding a craft beer wave sweeping throughout the country. An estimated 6,500 craft breweries were open in the U.S. since mid-2018, more than triple the number at the start of the years, according to the Makers Association, a trade group for smaller producers. With more than 187,000 barrels brewed in 2015, the equivalent of 26.3 million bottles, central Texas was the prominent production hub of Texas craft beer. The Dallas-Fort Worth and Houston cities function as secondary centers that assisted the state’s craft breweries generate$5.3 billion in 2017, the third-highest in the United States, inning accordance with the Makers Association. California had the greatest output at $8.2 billion, followed by Pennsylvania at $6.3 billion. Texas is the eighth-biggest state in craft beer produced each year, with 1.2 million barrels in 2017, inning accordance with Brewers Association data.

That’s not far from the leading 3, with Colorado’s 1.5 million barrels placing 3rd, edged out by California’s 3.3 million at No. 2 and Pennsylvania grabbing the U.S. craft beer production title at 3.7 million barrels. The greatest Texas maker is the K. Spoetzl Brewery in Shiner, Texas, a producer that represented 70 percent of Texas’ 1.2 million barrels of beer last year. Provided its size, Texas

still has among the lowest breweries per capita in the country, presently ranking 46th per the Brewers Association’s newest information, and so there is little

concern about a bubble. If anything, states NAI Partners, it indicates that Texas brewers may have space to grow.

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