The Hay Merchant

4.65/5.0 39 reviews
bar
1100 Westheimer Rd
Houston, Texas United States 77006

713 523 9805
  haymerchant.com
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

NameABVEntered
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
(512) SMaSH5.1%8/11/2015
Saint Arnold Art Car IPA 7.2%8/11/2015
Brash Cortado10%8/11/2015
Buffalo Bayou Four Roses Cowbell 9.1%8/11/2015
Birrificio del Ducato Kiss Me Lipsia4%8/5/2015
Oskar Blues Gubna (Tequila Barrel)10%8/5/2015
Buffalo Bayou Great White Buffalo5.8%7/29/2015
Brash Pussy Wagon 8%7/29/2015
Karbach Tequila BA Quad11%7/29/2015
Upslope Cherry Stout6.9%6/28/2015
Saint Arnold 20th Anniversary Ale - Tequila Barrels12.7%6/22/2015
Elevation 7437 (Apricots)8.3%6/22/2015
Prairie Eliza5beth8%6/14/2015
B-52 India Pale Lager (IPL)6.8%6/14/2015
Boulevard Hibiscus Gose4.2%6/14/2015


86
  • AMBIANCE 5/5
  • SERVICE 7/10
  • SELECTION 13/15
  • FOOD 7/10
  • VALUE 7/10
  • OVERALL 18/20
Beerenberger  (66) Fischer, Texas | September 21, 2013
Large selection and variety of beer with several Houston beers available. The food was good, but they could use some vegetarian dishes on their menu. It was a smaller venue than I expected but all-in-all it was an enjoyable experience.
78
  • AMBIANCE 4/5
  • SERVICE 7/10
  • SELECTION 12/15
  • FOOD 7/10
  • VALUE 9/10
  • OVERALL 16/20
yngwie  (379) Kristiansand, Norway | August 26, 2013
I see lot of people complaining over the service level, and I can sort of understand it, but I donít see any reason to complain much about it when I visited. No one greeted me velcome when I arrived, so they couldíve had a visible seat yourself sign, but I quickly found a server who told me to get seated wherever Iíd like, and got the menu within a minute. Saw almost no smiles among the staff, seemed like everyone was there just because they needed the money. On the other hand, Iíve seen that too many places, so nothing special. The food I got was decent, the beers I chose were nice, and the selection is broad and mostly interesting. Definitely hope I get the chance to visit this place more times during my stay in Houston.
70
  • AMBIANCE 3/5
  • SERVICE 4/10
  • SELECTION 13/15
  • FOOD N/A
  • VALUE 4/10
  • OVERALL 15/20
blutt59  (171) Dallas, Texas | April 18, 2013
Located right at Montrose, Big tap selection of mostly Texas beer , as stated service can be spotty but sit at the bar and you will eventually get served
84
  • AMBIANCE 4/5
  • SERVICE 8/10
  • SELECTION 13/15
  • FOOD 8/10
  • VALUE 7/10
  • OVERALL 17/20
Dogbrick  (823) Columbus, Ohio | April 7, 2013
(VIsited 02/2013): Hay Merchant is located on Westheimer Rd off Montrose. Actually didnít visit on my previous visit to Houston because I couldnít see the place even though it was right there. Parking is available in the surrounding streets.

The interior is rustic with a lot of wood and brick walls. The doorway opens to the host stand and table/booth seating, with the bar in the rear. Cards on the wall behind the bar list the beers available.

As for the beer there around around 75 taps with Texas breweries like Deep Ellum, Real Ale, (512) St. Arnold and Live Oak. Other domestic craft breweries like Oskar Blues, Victory and Alaskan. Many bottles available too.

Service at Hay Merchant was good on our visit. The server was familiar with the beer and made good recommendations.

Food at Hay Merchant is good and includes some eclectic appetizers like sweet & spicy pig ears.

Overall this is a great spot to visit in Houston. Recommended.
88
  • AMBIANCE 4/5
  • SERVICE 8/10
  • SELECTION 15/15
  • FOOD 8/10
  • VALUE 8/10
  • OVERALL 17/20
bleeng  (156) Houston nowhere near Beersel, Texas | December 6, 2012
Great addition to the Houston beer scene. As noted 80+ taps and 5 cask engines-sweet! Nice variety of beers-from Texas to Belgium and everywhere in between. Odd but enjoyable food menu. Too bad this is just a haul from my suburban abode. A must visit if youíre in town.
86
  • AMBIANCE 5/5
  • SERVICE 8/10
  • SELECTION 13/15
  • FOOD N/A
  • VALUE 9/10
  • OVERALL 17/20
bytemesis  (728) Sunnyvale, California | October 22, 2012
This is a good beer bar. Parking out front, great, if simple atmosphere, a ton of taps and a knowledgeable staff. Not much for food, but if you came here for beer you will walk away happy.
90
  • AMBIANCE 5/5
  • SERVICE 7/10
  • SELECTION 15/15
  • FOOD 8/10
  • VALUE 8/10
  • OVERALL 18/20
Robbievegas  (3) Las vegas, Nevada | October 4, 2012
This place was recommended to me by my friends Leslie & Gonzo at the Saint Arnold Brewery. Amazing beer selection (80 or so on draft) rustic interior put together with bits and pieces of old Houston. Love the varied and unique tap handles!
82
  • AMBIANCE 4/5
  • SERVICE 8/10
  • SELECTION 13/15
  • FOOD N/A
  • VALUE 7/10
  • OVERALL 16/20
Mora2000  (101) McKinney, Texas | July 29, 2012
Stopped by during a recent trip to Houston. There were a ton of great beers on tap, including some one-offs from local breweries. I liked the fact there were 5 casks with some exciting offerings. I didnít try the food, but the beer selection was great. They were a bit pricy, but I canít complain too much because I think this is the best tap selection in the city.
80
  • AMBIANCE 4/5
  • SERVICE 8/10
  • SELECTION 12/15
  • FOOD 7/10
  • VALUE 7/10
  • OVERALL 16/20
Steve_0  (142) Denver, Colorado | June 6, 2012
This place has a cool atmosphere, pretty laid back and a nice place to enjoy the company of friends. Not too rowdy of a bar, which is why I enjoyed it. The food is really tasty and can be a bit pricey, but there are other lower priced items that are just as delicious. The selection of beers is pretty good, but I was really disappointed that they didnít offer any bottles. I think they could really benefit from this and almost double their selection. I love that they have proper glassware and still give you decent pours if you select a high gravity beer. One of the top places to go in Houston, no doubt about that.
64
  • AMBIANCE 4/5
  • SERVICE 1/10
  • SELECTION 14/15
  • FOOD 9/10
  • VALUE 7/10
  • OVERALL 13/20
badlizard  (141) Berkeley , California | May 28, 2012
To start, thereís no sign outside. Walked in with no indication of whether or not we should wait to be seated or sit ourselves. We chose the later. A waiter (Alex #10) eventually brought us menus. Haggled over samples briefly (they donít do tasters but I managed to get 3 sips of beer to chose between) and my friend wisely, quickly got in an apatetizer order. Eventually, Alex came back to take our drink order. Sometime later we got drinks and an appetizer and commenced to wait and wait and wait for plates to split the appetizer and order our meals. We gave up and asked another waiter to facilitate. Finally (!!!) we ordered our meals, and though I asked for grilled onions on my burger ( more haggling), I actually got no onions. Trying to recover some rapport with the waiter, my friend cracks some light hearted joke, which had no purchase with Alex. We glance around and notice many tables waiting to be served. Maybe Alex was the over worked (not likely given the number of other servers) but if that was the case, he never mentioned it. A quick, "Weíre super busy, Iíll be with you in a second," would have mollified things, but Alex was completely noncomunicative. The food was amazingly good as was the beer, but the service really negated much of the enjoyment and value of the experience. Alex was MIA there after, and in my frustration, I just went up to the bar and paid cash for my next rounds. At least I got them in a timely manner. The waiter shot to the table to check his tip when we stood up to leave. Wish heíd been that quick with service. In short, it was a shitty experience.
88
  • AMBIANCE 4/5
  • SERVICE 9/10
  • SELECTION 13/15
  • FOOD 8/10
  • VALUE 8/10
  • OVERALL 18/20
tapthis  (107) Baytown, Texas | May 27, 2012
This is my favorite bar in houston, they have a great selection of brews on tap, great food menu and a goos atmosphere. My and my buddies spent a good 5 hours here and i could have spent more time there if we didnt have other plans. The waitress seemed knowledgeable about the beer ans wasnt afraid to give suggestions when asked.

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