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The Hay Merchant

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BA SCORE
100
world-class

71 Ratings
Ratings: 71
Reviews: 19
rAvg: 4.67
pDev: n/a
Taps: 76
Bottles: 25
Cask: Y
Beer-to-Go: Y
[ Bar, Eatery ]

1100 Westheimer Rd
Houston, Texas, 77006-2727
United States
phone: (713) 528-9805

visit their websiteWebsite view map and get directionsMap @haymerchant

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(Place added by: champ103 on 02-16-2012)
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vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5

Came here based on previous reviews and we were not disappointed in the least. Ask if Stewart is around, he will give some great recommendations and will have a great conversation with you about what they have. The other employees know their stuff and make great local suggestions. If you are in Houston stop by hay merchant. Their beer selection is nothing short of amazing. This establishment comes with a very high recommendation.

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4.8/5  rDev +2.8%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5

To echo every other review here, this place is amazing. The happy hour deal is unbelievable (where else where you get Stone IRS for $3?!) and they don't skimp elsewhere, some fantastic options available too.

Atmosphere is very cool, settled down to watch the Germany vs. Brazil World Cup match and was very at home despite being a total stranger to Houston. I can't say enough about the selection, had an excellent Deschutes Obsidian on nitro and Live Oak Hefe, fantastic stuff.

If you're in Houston, pay a visit here, it's worth the trip.

Photo of Kappakoosh
4.78/5  rDev +2.4%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.75 | selection: 4.75 | food: 5

I recommend everyone stop by, try the food and enjoy the beer selection. The food isn't your typical pub fair..it is exceptional and I have yet to find something I didn't like. Ask how to start the "mud turtle" program. If you are serious about beer, you might enjoy taking part in it.

Photo of texasnomad
4.78/5  rDev +2.4%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5 | food: 4

Came here on a recommendation of a friend. This place is located where "Charlie's" used to be on Westheimer, but in an aparently new building, right across the street from the old Tower Theater (El Real Tex-Mex, now). It is indeed easy to miss as there does not seem to be any signs. But life is one big road with lots of sign. It was a Sunday afternoon, and the vibe there was very laid back and relaxed, but I suspect it is not always such, perhaps on Fri or Sat night.

This is a great place if you love good beer and are interested in trying new ones. They have a great beer menu with information about style, glassware, geography, alcohol content, etc. Anyone from an old kreusened beer drinker to a neophyte who is beer curious will find this info enlightening. Superb selection of tap.

I had also heard that the jefe was a former chef at Brennan's Houston. The menu points to this in spirit. I had a muffaletta which was excellent and makes me hungry as I write this. I also had a bowl of seafood gumbo, which somehow reminded me of beef stew, and with which I was unimpressed. I think Goode Co. Seafood has a better gumbo. In any case, I suspect there are some real gems on the menu.

Will go back soon.

UPDATE: End up back it this place yesterday, a Friday, at about 5:45. It was indeed
much more crowded. Though we did have a choice of seating, it was only counter or bar, and even those options quickly sizzled away after we sat. It was quite loud in there, but it was possible to enjoy a conversation, and the replaced remains a wonderful venue to leisurely explore a corner of the world of craft beer. The crowd reminds of the same sort that I used to encounter down the street at Cafe Brasil in another era, but everyone has mostly grown up and gotten raises. Nonetheless it is still a mixed-age crowd of the young at heart.

Straight-forward food offering. This time we had the Vietnamese Chicken Wings which are cooked with a caramelized fish sauce and local honey glaze. These were delicious and cost $6 for 3 complete wings. We also had the Duck Confit stuffed jalapenos, which are just that, but also stuffed with goat cheese and bacon, and they are of coursed battered, rolled in cornmeal(?) and deep-fried. Good spiciness, but the filling had a thin mouthfeel which could be improved. In any case, I will probably explore the menu more before I order these again. The menu does appear to evolve, at least based on a sample of two, since the competent muffaletta I had last time was not the menu this time.

For the record, I had a Live Oak Hefeweizen and a Buffalo Bayou 1836 Copper Ale, while my wife started with the Green Flash West Coast IPA and finished with a Liefman's Cuvee Brut.

Once again, I will be back to this place.

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4.77/5  rDev +2.1%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5

Great beers served at appropriate temperatures and in proper glassware - they taste amazing. Love the 20 oz Pilsner glass and the Left Hand Milk Stout never tasted so good.

Awesome happy hour specials - $3 yumtastic beers till 6:30, and not just for the cheap beers either.

Didn't try the food but from what I saw and smelled it looked pretty good though a bit pricey compared to the beer.

Love the interior and nice patio but the music was too loud and so were the customers inside. Had to yell to be heard across the booth above the music one day, and on a weekend night my eardrums were hurting from this idiotic East Asian kid who had the (non-stop) piercing laugh of a screeching harpy; it was enough that I could not have enjoyed a second beer.

Service was excellent the first time and fair the second. Some staff know their beer, others not so much. For how busy it was Saturday they did a good job keeping up.

Growlers for a decent price and apparently they'll be having growler happy hour from 12 am - 2 am in the near future.

Overall this place fucking rocks, they know how to do beer right. I don't see myself going anywhere else for a quality beer in Houston.

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The Hay Merchant in Houston, TX
100 out of 100 based on 71 ratings.