Karbach Brewing Co.

Karbach Brewing Co.Karbach Brewing Co.

Type: Brewery, Bar, Eatery

2032 Karbach St
Houston, Texas, 77092-8406
United States

(713) 680-2739 | map

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Added by champ103 on 09-04-2011

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Reviews: 13 | Ratings: 79
Photo of HotDogBikeRide
4.68/5  rDev +8.3%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.75 | selection: 4.75 | food: 4

Awesomw biergarten, free parking, and a free tour as well! Came on my fiance's birthday and received a free glass and tokens to drink. The glasses, shirts, and beer tokens were all quite affordable (and we got them all). The tour was my favorite I've had yet out of any in Texas, based on the ~4 breweries I've toured. Their research room was super cool to see and they have a complex system of quality control that goes into these awesome beers. Got to try Rodeo Clown and Hop Delusion at reduced prices (1 token) because the bartenders were so cool. Food was pretty good, but portions could've been larger for the price. The beers in the restaurant were quite expensive, so we decided to keep our drinking to the token system in the biergarten. Aside from that small complaint, which is justified IMO as beer straight from the brewery should at least be as cheap as it is at the atore, this is still my favorite brewery in Texas and has a special place in my heart. Happy 5th birthday, the Quintuple IPA is incredible!

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Photo of jngrizzaffi
4.21/5  rDev -2.5%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 3.75 | food: 4.75

Great food selection. Like the fact that there is a restaurant and a biergarten. Beer selection was good, but there may have been a couple beers I really wanted to try that weren't on tap. To be fair, these are more seasonal or rotating beers.

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Photo of BillRoth
4.26/5  rDev -1.4%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.25 | food: 4.25

Stopped by Karbach during business trip to Houston. So much more than I expected. Huge campus that has plenty of parking and still needed valet parking to handle volume of patrons. Large well set up and attractive restaurant and larger outside bier garden. Glass and tokens system outside works very well for sipping brews in 16oz or 9oz pours. Specialty i.e. High octane / more complex beers take a few more tokens. But system is fair and easy to get your choices. Bier garden beer tenders are happy to pour some tastes; music is pumping; food truck is filling the bill; people are kicking back at picnic tables or playing corn hole. Basically all good and plenty of reason to stop by...often. Inside setting is quieter and food is "in house" and very good. Also...a barrel aged beer is a routine pour and additional beer choices show up.
This is clearly a go to place for socializing; enjoying a good meal and enjoying plenty of good brews. It also is a worthy stop for those of us who want savor some big complex stouts, imp porters or DIPAs, etc.
Don't skip if in the area.

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Photo of princessbay710
4.86/5  rDev +12.5%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5

Awesome awesome, got a $12 package for free, gifted for my 21st birthday. Vibe is energetic yet professional. Honestly has gotten me the most hopped of the 3 breweries I've had the pleasure of visiting today.

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Photo of Resiferi
4.23/5  rDev -2.1%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 5

Recently expanded, Karbach has really come into it's own as a force to be reckoned with in the Houston brewing community, certainly enough so to challenge St. Arnolds for their crown. The brewery is a nice, open outdoors location in north central Houston, with a full service restaurant separate from the tap room and brewery itself.

The taproom is a small affair, much less fancy than St. Arnolds but with a good selection still, surrounded by a goodly amount of chairs and benches for relaxing outside when it's not 100 degrees. The guys manning the taps are knowledgeable and overall friendly, possibly a tad bit shallower in their knowledge than their St. Arnolds counterparts, but they provided a good service nonetheless. The tasting, also, is a disturbingly good value, with it running circa $12 for a souvenir pint glass and 3 fills, more than enough to get you happy, especially considering some of the ABVs on offer.

The restaurant was the true standout though, rivaling many dedicated food establishments in quality and price. Your standard brewery giant pretzel was on offer, along with a surprisingly wide menu showcasing many different Houston flavors. The Korean Fried Chicken was absolutely fantastic, as were the fish and chips on offer. $12-15 a plate but worth it for the quality, Karbach has a definite leg up on any other brewery in the area with regards to food.

Overall a wonderful place to visit in the Houston area, with great food and delicious beer on tap. I didn't go on the brewery tour, so I can't speak to that, but their brewing facilities looked sleek and modern so it would surely be an interesting experience as well. Highly recommended.

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Photo of Mickeyp2814
4.56/5  rDev +5.6%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.25 | service: 5 | selection: 4.75 | food: 4.25

Karbach has become one of the better breweries in the Houston Metroplex. The new location is nice. Someone must have done their research and traveled the country looking at what quality breweries look like.
The beer selection is great. It does get packed so be prepared. The staff is friendly and will to help with selections of beer and food. The food is good. Nothing over the top but typical brewery fair. Good stuff!

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Photo of Best_Enjoyed_In_Texas
4.18/5  rDev -3.2%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 4 | service: 3.75 | selection: 4.25 | food: 5

Feeling and selection are great! And the food is best I've had at a brewery. Great appetizers and entrees and always having BBH on draft makes this a great place for lunch/dinner.

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Photo of SunglassesJoe
4.14/5  rDev -4.2%
vibe: 3.25 | quality: 4 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.25

Finally made it her e with my folks and the restaurant had just opened up a couple of weeks before I went.
Had a great waitress who let me try a bunch of the beers on tap. Do yourself a favor and try El Hopaillo Negro. Very nice beer.

Food was great. I had the burger and fries and it was excellent. My mom had a kale salad with fresh peaches and that was under the radar an excellent choice. My old man got the fish and chips, which were pretty solid as well. Overall, all the great Karbach brews on tap, solid food and a good atmosphere. I would recommend to anyone looking for a good local brewpub in Houston.

Koozies are $1 too. Can't beat it.

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Photo of BigRedDog
3.6/5  rDev -16.7%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 3.75 | service: 3.75 | selection: 3.25 | food: 3

Service was good. Food was pricey for what it was. Stay away from the charcuterie. Unless you like paying $25 for three small slice of meat.

My biggest drawback was that they had nothing that I couldn't walk to the nearest grocery store and get. I like to see a nice selection of brewpub only beers. They had the templeton rye quad on draft, but that was only a letdown compared to the advertised Bourbon Barrel Hellfighter (which I was really looking forward to).

At first when we walked in, we didn't see the beer garden around back. Definitely a lot cooler than the bar and brewpub area. Nice vibe. Much more chill, as well as where most of the people congregate. Nice tailgate-esque atmosphere. Really enjoyed that part.

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Photo of RockRuler
4.49/5  rDev +3.9%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 5 | selection: 5

This was my first time to Karbach and what stood out to me besides the many good beers was the friendliness and helpfulness of the staff. They made me feel very comfortable and welcome. I did not take the tour nor did I eat in the restaurant but the food and restaurant looked a little too foo-foo for my taste. They had a ton of beer on tap and food trucks out back for a more frat-party style scene. I enjoyed myself and will go back when I have the opportunity.

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Photo of champ103
4.39/5  rDev +1.6%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.25 | food: 4.25

Edit 5/9/2015

Karbach Restaurant and Patio is now open, and I could not be happier. As you walk in, a hostess will seat you. Either at the bar, which holds about 15 people, or at one of the tables. Booths lining the wall, and a great patio outside (though not completely finished). The place is very loud, immaculately clean, and with just enough character to keep it from being sterile/cold.

I don't know if service could be any better. Drinks come out before you know it, and kitchen times are great.

There are 30 taps in this area, with the beer garden/regular tasting and tour area that most people are familiar with. Here, there are about 20 taps for the regular and seasonal offerings. Some are doubled up. With at least 10 taps for various barrel aged beers. Tequila aged Hop Delusion, BBA Hellfighter, among many others. Regular pints are $4.50, with stuff like Hop Delusion $6, which are great price points.

Food, oh yeah, They have you covered. Korean Fried Chicken is on point at $10. A large bowl of spicy, crispy battered chicken poppers with great house made kimchi. A Canadian Poutine dish, and an amazing looking fish and chips basket, which is something this town needs more of. Some food items are a little pricey, but you get your monies worth. Fish & chips looks like it can feed an army.

A great new addition to the brewery. Everything of coarse is uber fresh as it should be. It is great to see that both Saint Arnold and Karbach can adapt and add on to their operations like this. Highly recommended.

Original review 8/16/2014
Typical warehouse brewery and tour. Nothing to spectacular on that end, but they have plans to build a brand new facility with full public tap house and full restaurant in the future. I can't wait for that to happen.

Right now they have a Monday, Thursday, Friday, and Saturday tour/tasting. $8 for a glass and 4 tokens. 3 are for the regular beers, and 1 for whatever special keg or cask they happen to have on at the time. Lots of picnic tables outside, and food trucks often come by.

Other than that, just the typical warehouse brewery with no air conditioning. In some ways, reminds me a lot of the old Saint Arnold brewery in the same neighborhood several years ago. A fun way to spend a few hours, especially when the weather is nice.

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Photo of ARoman
4/5  rDev -7.4%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.75 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3.5

Residing in an industrial park, their facility and biergarten are tucked away a bit "in the back" but there's ample, clear signage to make sure you know where it is. I went while they had some heavy machinery in there expanding the place for both higher capacity and a kitchen, so it was a bit dusty and noisy, but that didn't stop anybody from enjoying themselves. Cool vibe, and will only get better once the construction is complete, good beer with roughly 10 taps to choose from. The "process" is a bit unique, you don't pay as you go, you buy tokens up front, but $12 gets you a souvenir pint glass, and three pints worth of beer. Not a bad deal, but I'd intended to walk away with a logo glass ... just not the one they were selling with the pints. Oh well, the beer was tasty, the weather was gorgeous, and everyone was friendly and chatty. Worth a check out for sure, as well as return visits.

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Photo of Joe_Howard
4.93/5  rDev +14.1%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 4.75 | selection: 5

First brewery I've been too. The beer garden is outside with all the brews you'll find at the store/bar with a few test batches and other brews you'll only get there. Has a friendly staff, a stage for live music, and a taco truck with some tasty looking treats. Appears to draw a pretty large crowd and is pet and kid friendly. The tour is pretty short but the beer garden is where you wanna be! With this all being said this place is in the process of getting better! Definitely will be coming by again once the expansion is over.

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Karbach Brewing Co. in Houston, TX
3.9 out of 5 based on 5,830 ratings.
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