Small, hole-in-the-wall beer shop that looks almost like a gas station from the outside, minus the pumps. The owner is really nice and friendly and will always make suggestions on what you should try based on what youíve purchased before and will often offer special beers that he doesnít put out on display. He is always getting in different beers from all over the place and prices them fairly. Definitely my local beer store in Houston.
Went into this shop and was amazed at the selection. The shop does not look like much form the outside, but inside there is beer everywhere. Looked around for 5 minutes then asked the owner or help. He immediately pointed out their best selections to drink now, cellar and other rare offerings.
He helped me look through the store and allowed me to choose what I wanted. Once I got to the front he offered me rare beers from the cooler that were not available to browsers. This included several special barrel offerings not available elsewhere
When I come back to Texas I will visit this place again. Hopefully to bring and trade Wisconsin beer.
This is my favorite beer store in Houston. Always a good selection and Brandon is always more than happy to point out anything new that he thinks I might enjoy. The best part is the selection of single bottles and cans, which is the best in town. Just about everything they carry is available as singles, and if you happen to find a six pack of something that you donít see in the singles section, Brandon is usually happy to break one up for you. Prices seem pretty average for the area.
Brandon really knows his stuff about local releases and availability and is always quick to point out what is new in the store and help point you in the right direction. Prices are all reasonable and this is the best beer specialty shop in Houston.
Broad selection of local, national and international beer, personally curated by the friendly and knowledgeable owner. I comfortably browsed for half and hour, and came out with a truly great haul. Probably the best beer store in Houston.
Visited early evening on a Tuesday. Located in a neighborhood that has not yet seen the full on gentrification of nearby blocks. The store itself looks like a no frills cinder block liquor store, and the interior carries the same ambiance. However, the enormous selection and the fact that pretty much every beer you would want to buy is available as a single quickly overcomes the ambiance. A truly incredible range of local Texas, national and international craft brands. In particular, the huge range of Jester King beers impressed. Prices were high, though not entirely out of control. Guy working the register was friendly and knowledgeable. Though my experience is limited, this is certainly my top place to buy beer in Houston.
88 = ★★★★ (best in area, a must for locals and visitors)
I only use the total score, not the component parts.
Steve_0 (142) Denver, Colorado | June 5, 2012| Updated July 16, 2012
Went here on the recommendation from some friends and the great people here at RB. When you read the reviews they are spot on. This is by far the best store to go for craft beer in Houston. May not be as large as Specís but definitely some unique offerings. A ton of glassware and even some spaghetti-oís for sale, haha. Four or Five growler to-go stations, as well.
Donít expect any organizaton because bottles are literally scattered all over the place. This isnít really a problem though because the service is top-notch. The owner is a great guy and even grabbed some stuff for me from his personal cellar, including the original Black Metal. Great store with a wonderful owner. When I come back to Houston I will definitely be back.
On the outside you would never even give this place a look, but itís the best hidden beer jem and definitely the most friendly beer store in Houston, but it doesnt end there. Awesome selection of bottles from all around with the option of buying singles on pretty much all of them! Huge selection of branded beer glasses priced very reasonably, four beers on tap to take home in growlers and a lovely owner who can appreciate good beer and good customers, and is glad to give out recommenations.
Prices are slightly higher than the mega shops, but thats totally understandable and anyway itís much more satisfying to leave your money at the small businesses.
The best beer store in Houston in my opinion. They donít have the wine or spirits selection that the downtown Specs has, but the beer selection is better. They also have four taps that they fill growlers of (any growler) and have a staff that is very friendly and very knowledgeable.
Just an update to say the growler fills are on hold -- hopefully a temporary situation. Thank Texasí wacky liquor laws.
How is D&Q not already in the database here? From the outside it looks like any other independent convenience store but inside is an awesome beer mecca.
On price and overall selection they canít compete with the much better known Specís Warehouse but unlike Specís they sell just about everything they carry as singles and rare items tend to stay on the shelves a bit longer. Also a huge selection of pint and other branded beer glasses.
Itís also only a couple miles from Specís so after browsing and bulk-buying there, swing by D&Q for a few oddities and a couple BYO 6-packs.