The Hay Merchant

1100 Westheimer Rd
Houston, Texas United States 77006
bar  4.65/5.0 41 reviews
Mon - Fri 3:00 PM - 2:00 AM; Sat - Sun 11:00 AM - 2:00 AM

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Beers At The Hay Merchant

Odell Stalwort10.4%10/13/2016
Victory Sour Monkey9.5%10/13/2016
Kasteel Winter11%9/2/2016
Victory Golden Monkey9.5%9/2/2016
Ace Pineapple Cider5%8/10/2016
Elevation Signal de Botrange (2016)0%8/10/2016
Leibinger Seeradler Classik2.6%8/10/2016
Ballast Point Fathom India Pale Lager7%8/10/2016
Odell Drumroll5.3%8/10/2016
(512) Export Lager5.3%8/10/2016
Birrificio del Ducato / Oxbow Oud Brunello5%8/10/2016
LoverBeer DíuvaBeer8%8/10/2016
Funkwerks Nelson Sauvin7.5%8/10/2016
Oasis Texas He-Man Session Hater6.5%8/10/2016
North Peak Archangel Summer Wheat5%7/7/2016
North Peak Mighty Melon Ale4.8%7/7/2016
Wild Beer Sleeping Lemons3.6%7/7/2016
Alvinne / Stillwater Wild West6%7/7/2016
11 Below Negative Space w/ Coconut and Cocoa Nibs9.5%7/7/2016
Jester King Black Metal Farmhouse Imperial Stout (Batch 16+)10.8%6/18/2016
Destihl Antiquity Rye Wine12.1%6/18/2016
Sierra Nevada Beer Camp West Latitude Session Rye5.5%6/18/2016
Sixpoint Puff9.8%6/18/2016
Squatters Outer Darkness - Coffee10.5%6/18/2016
New Belgium / Allagash Fat Funk Ale5.6%6/18/2016
New Belgium / Avery Fat Wild Ale6.2%6/18/2016
Clown Shoes Blaecorn Unidragon - Cold Brewed Coffee12.5%6/18/2016
New Belgium / Rhinegeist Fat Pale Ale6%6/18/2016
Freigeist Abraxxxas Apple Lichtenhainer6%6/7/2016
Aecht Schlenkerla Fastenbier5.5%5/10/2016
J.W. Lees Moonraker (Cask)6.5%5/10/2016
Boulevard Tripel Julep11.5%5/10/2016
Glazen Toren Saison díErpe-Mere Gerookt Fumme6.9%5/10/2016
Prairie Phantasmagoria8%5/10/2016
Martin House Acheron12%5/10/2016
Alvinne Omega 6%5/10/2016
Alvinne Phi 10%5/10/2016
Sierra Nevada Ovila Quad - Cherries10.2%5/10/2016
Wittekerke Wild5%5/9/2016
Jolly Pumpkin / Evil Twin / Mikkeller / Leelanau Hamajang5.8%5/9/2016
New Belgium Love - Oscar Cherry8.1%5/9/2016
LoverBeer Selvacidula de líOuvrier4.8%5/9/2016
Saint Arnold Icon Blue - Coffee Porter6.2%4/9/2016
Karbach 013 Kentucky Habit11.85%4/9/2016
Brash Cali Green0%4/9/2016
Oddwood Ales Taming the Savage Heart6.3%4/9/2016
Ballast Point Victory At Sea - Coconut10%4/4/2016
Prairie Funky Gold Simcoe7.5%4/4/2016
Ballast Point Victory at Sea - Peanut Butter10%3/28/2016
BFM Abbaye de Saint Bon-Chien (2015)11%3/28/2016
BFM √225 Saison - Traminette White Wine Grapes 5%3/28/2016
BFM √225 Saison - Chambourcin Red Wine Grapes 5%3/28/2016
BFM √225 Saison - Sage5%3/28/2016
Birrificio del Ducato Koji Il Riso4.5%3/14/2016
Glazen Toren Saison díErpe Mere Zymatore7%3/14/2016
Buffalo Bayou Figaro w/ Espresso Beans11%2/18/2016
Clown Shoes Hephaestus14%2/18/2016
Nebraska Reserve Series Barrel Aged HopAnomaly10.8%12/30/2015
Stone Depth-Charged Double Bastard11.2%12/21/2015
Saint Arnold Christmas Ale (Tequila Barrel Aged) w/ Peaches10%12/18/2015
11 Below Color Blind Red IPA6.3%12/17/2015
Nebraska HopAnomaly9.3%10/30/2015

  • AMBIANCE 4/5
  • SERVICE 8/10
  • SELECTION 14/15
  • FOOD 8/10
  • VALUE 8/10
  • OVERALL 18/20
Theydon_Bois  (1011) Hazlemere, the lower Xhitlerns, England | December 14, 2014
Visited on Tuesday 21/05/13 around 4.45 pm for a good few hours. Modern and clean in appearance, medium to large split level single room, the Hay Merchant offers 80 taps. Good mix of stlyes and from across the US, perhaps 35% of beers on tap are Texan. 5 cask line in use on my visit, and of the ones I sampled the condition of the beer was good. They also do their own barrel ageing but these offerings are of course not ratable so donít waste your time on them if youíre hear for the rates alone! Service was great, despite being busy and samples were offered up when requested. Food was excellent, Wingman and I both had steak at the bar. The happy hour is awesome, 3 until 6.30pm where 30 of the 80 taps are available for just $3 a pint, spanning many styles including imperial stouts, DIPAís etc. No crap on tap, solid choices, excellent venue.
  • AMBIANCE 5/5
  • SERVICE 6/10
  • SELECTION 14/15
  • FOOD 8/10
  • VALUE 8/10
  • OVERALL 17/20
ARH  (99) Chicago, Illinois | September 18, 2014
This place has a drinking lodge type vibe to it. Lotís of wood tables and benches with wood paneling and wood supports as well as a lacquered wood bar ... lots of wood here. You can sit at a table to have a more restaurant experience, but sitting in the bar area requires you to place any orders with the bartenders, kind of a bummer, but even if you sit at the bar, it can be a bit of a struggle to get the bartendersí attentions to order another drink or food, even when they donít appear to busy or crowded. They do seem to know their beer and made some trustworthy recommendations, and as far as food, I highly recommend the BBQ pork buns - basically pork tacos, but served on a steamed bun instead of a tortilla.
  • AMBIANCE 4/5
  • SERVICE 7/10
  • SELECTION 14/15
  • FOOD 8/10
  • VALUE 7/10
  • OVERALL 17/20
GT  (672) Oceanside, California | September 13, 2014
Type. . . . . . . . . . ..Gastropub + Bar
Location. . . . . . . .Good
Prices. . . . . . . . . ..Normal
Tap Selection. . . .Extensive, ~60
Bottle Selection. .Unknown
Samplers. . . . . . ...Unknown
Full Pours. . . . . . .Yes
Beer Level. . . . . ..High, Well Curated
Food Level. . . . ...Excellent
Staff. . . . . . . . . . ..Courteous, Slightly Cold
Growlers. . . . . . ...Yes?
Noise Level. . . . ..Loud
Dťcor. . . . . . . . . ..Exposed Wood and Neon
Good for Kids. . ..Sure
Parking. . . . . . . ...Private Lot
Cash Only. . . . . ..No
Recommended. ..Yes
Comments: Awesome beer focused bar with a variety of specialties from breweries like Prairie Artisanal. Great variety of Texas locals. Burgers and fries were awesome. Proper glassware appreciated. Looks like it becomes quite the fun sports bar on weekends. Found some beers from the west coast even that I was ISO for awhile. Lots of fun.
  • AMBIANCE 4/5
  • SERVICE 5/10
  • SELECTION 11/15
  • FOOD 6/10
  • VALUE 7/10
  • OVERALL 14/20
indianabeerman  (20) Indiana | September 7, 2014
service was spotty. actually tried to buy off the bottle list and was shown bottles only to be told were not for sale yet
  • AMBIANCE 4/5
  • SERVICE 8/10
  • SELECTION 13/15
  • FOOD 7/10
  • VALUE 8/10
  • OVERALL 18/20
Tonkun  (95) New Jersey | June 12, 2014
Get very crowed. Coming from NY, beer prices are very reasonable. Good is better than bars. A fun place to enjoy beer
  • AMBIANCE 4/5
  • SERVICE 7/10
  • SELECTION 14/15
  • FOOD 8/10
  • VALUE 9/10
  • OVERALL 19/20
Ferris  (1179) Burnaby, British Columbia | March 28, 2014
A purpose built pub with a nice patio to boot. Lots of hype and for good reason. Lots of really good beer and some that is quite rare and exciting. Cheap prices, especially during happy hour. Food is pub food, but done well. A great place, but get there early it gets busy quick.
  • AMBIANCE 3/5
  • SERVICE 8/10
  • SELECTION 13/15
  • FOOD 9/10
  • VALUE 9/10
  • OVERALL 18/20
ben4321  (449) Hoboken, New Jersey | December 5, 2013| Updated February 26, 2014
I was quite impressed by this place from a selection perspective. It was very crowded for a Tuesday night, and our service was only okay, but the tap list really makes up for all of that. By far the best selection I have seen in Houston, and the kind of selection that rivals the top beer bars in many cities. Iíll certainly be making a return trip or two to see what else shows up here. I also quite enjoyed my food. The Thai-style peanut ribs were excellent, and the pretzel and pigs ears were both tasty snacks.
  • AMBIANCE 5/5
  • SERVICE 10/10
  • SELECTION 15/15
  • FOOD 10/10
  • VALUE 10/10
  • OVERALL 20/20
cyclistdan  (3) the woodlands, Texas | December 3, 2013
Most knowledgeable staff youíll find anywhere. Incredible selection. Great happy hour food and drink prices. Comfortable surroundings. My only complaints is how popular it is. Not enough parking in a crowded area. At peak times itís hard to move. Still worth it though
  • AMBIANCE 4/5
  • SERVICE 5/10
  • SELECTION 12/15
  • FOOD 7/10
  • VALUE 7/10
  • OVERALL 15/20
vipinvelp  (325) Velp, Netherlands | October 17, 2013
Smaller then I anticipated, but with a great selection of beer. Worthwile visiting. Food selectin is limited, but quite different, interesting. As I was driving only one beer. Service is OK, indeed music is loud. Interesting place actualy
  • AMBIANCE 4/5
  • SERVICE 9/10
  • SELECTION 12/15
  • FOOD 8/10
  • VALUE 3/10
  • OVERALL 16/20
RaginCajun  (28) Houston, Texas | October 14, 2013
This is definitely a must visit for beer nerds in the Houston area. Their selection is typically vast, and they are one of the few places that have a decent draft list of lower ABV but important beers (sours, non-blue moon wheats, etc.). They donít do as well on rare or one-off beers however, so it is unlikely that one would be greatly surprised by anything on the tap list if you are deep into craft beers. Their rotation is not very vigorous either outside of the standard seasonal rotations that take place, so unless you have a favorite beer it can get quite boring after a few trips. They share a kitchen with Underbelly, so the food is much better than average pub fare although the menu is small with a few entree sized plates and a few appetizers and is somewhat stale at this point (when is last time it changed?). During peak hours (as with pretty much any other popular bar), it can get very crowded with standing room only and the noise level is pretty high. They have a small outdoor patio that is pretty good outside of being right on Westheimer w/ traffic noise. The only game they have is darts, and the boards are not used very often and are often blocked by patrons standing/sitting in front of them. They have a pretty good happy hour where most mid-level beers at $3/pint; otherwise, you will be paying premium prices for premium beers. Parking, as with any other place in this area, can be a hassle as you will be looking for street parking deep into the neighborhood during peak times. They do have a small parking lot in the back, but typically full after 5PM.
  • AMBIANCE 1/5
  • SERVICE 5/10
  • SELECTION 13/15
  • FOOD 4/10
  • VALUE 8/10
  • OVERALL 16/20
TylerGreenDC  (55) , | September 26, 2013| Updated December 13, 2013
Best beer selection Iíve found in Houston. Supports Texas breweries to a certain extent. Good, creative bar food. Attractive room. But the volume level can be insane, as in airport-runway insane. Iíve taken three people there on three separate trips and everyone complained about the post-Hay Merchant headache. Also, 1980s Genesis.

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