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Beer Available At The Hay Merchant (arranged by most recent)
Real Ale Sisyphus 95, Buffalo Bayou More Cowbell 75, Karbach Hopadillo IPA 91, Prairie Artisan Ales Bomb! 100, Prairie Artisan Ales Cherry Funk 92, Deschutes Hop in the Dark CDA 98, Lone Pint Lily & Seamus (Sour Mash) , Buffalo Bayou Happy Birthday , Buffalo Bayou Buffalo Sunrise , Oasis Texas Luchesa Lager 55, Keri Kelli / Kyle Hollingsworth / Stone Collective Distortion IPA 96, Viven Imperial IPA 98, Deschutes Obsidian Stout 99, SKA Vernal Minthe Stout 77, Stone Go To IPA 97, Lone Pint Knecht Ruprecht I: Dark Chocolate Coffee Milk Stout , Lone Pint Gentlemanís Relish 65, Lone Pint Tornado Shark 57, Lone Pint 667: Neighbor of the Beast 53, Lone Pint The Jabberwocky 86
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badlizard (141) Berkeley , California | May 28, 2012
64 AMBIANCE 4/5 SERVICE 1/10 SELECTION 14/15 FOOD 9/10 VALUE 7/10 OVERALL 13/20
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.
tapthis (78) Baytown, Texas | May 27, 2012
88 AMBIANCE 4/5 SERVICE 9/10 SELECTION 13/15 FOOD 8/10 VALUE 8/10 OVERALL 18/20
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.
tripel_trouble (7) Houston, Texas | May 24, 2012
70 AMBIANCE 3/5 SERVICE 7/10 SELECTION 15/15 FOOD 8/10 VALUE 4/10 OVERALL 10/20
The Hay Merchant is a typical new, trendy "hot spot" that will probably die out in a short while. They do have a great selection of beers to choose from, however getting a seat inside or even outside is a major challenge. Both times Iíve been I have had to wait well over an hour to be seated. It is also loud. I mean LOUD! In addition the servers have been non attentive so I simply cannot recommend this to many people, unless youíre willing to wait. They do make a good burger and have some other delicious menu items. I prefer a less pretentious and less obnoxious place to enjoy a great craft beer.
FlacoAlto (17) Tucson, Arizona | April 11, 2012
84 AMBIANCE 4/5 SERVICE 8/10 SELECTION 14/15 FOOD 8/10 VALUE 8/10 OVERALL 16/20
Went here twice on my first trip to Houston. had a decent focus on Texas craft-breweries, that was certainly far more extensive than i could hope to get through in two trips. There are lots of out of state / country selections on tap as well, and I love the idea of growler access to go for the tap list. The food is upscale for you standard beer focused joint and achieves the casual "gastro-pub" feel from a Texas viewpoint feel it seems to be going for. I enjoyed some Blood Sausage Queso Fundido on my first outing (the Brown Fries were serviceable, but somewhat disappointing), and I really enjoyed the Big-Ass Bowl of Gumbo on my second trip.
The beer was all quite fresh & well maintained, and there seemed to be a halo effect that had me enjoying the beer much more than I would have expected. Iíll definitely be back here if I end up in the Houston area again. Service was prompt, and friendly if a little bit stubbornly wrong (at least initially, but was open to friendly discussion that had them opening up) or uninformed (though only from a super-beer-geek standpoint); they seem to be able to easily hold their ground with the more than interested craft beer drinker.
SPDickerman (89) Texas | April 3, 2012
98 AMBIANCE 5/5 SERVICE 9/10 SELECTION 15/15 FOOD N/A VALUE 9/10 OVERALL 20/20
Nice, dim light with some music, not too loud. Gigantic selection of beers, all on tap, served in proper glassware. Pretty good on price. Nice waitresses and bartenders who know their stuff about beer. They have food (I didnít get any though). Excellent place.
SudsMcDuff (183) .....Manchester United.........., Texas | March 10, 2012
84 AMBIANCE 4/5 SERVICE 9/10 SELECTION 13/15 FOOD 7/10 VALUE 6/10 OVERALL 16/20
amazing place! especially for houston, htown is becoming special! .. good snacks and food, abit nose in the air though (nothing wrong with that) .. employees are fantastic, even though they have screwed up a couple orders on me .. 5 casks all the time is crazy and ambitious .. prices are what you would think for a place like this (6-8 a glass) ... iíd live on the porch in a tent if they would let me!
djd07 (24) Houston, Texas | March 6, 2012| Updated September 28, 2012
88 AMBIANCE 3/5 SERVICE 10/10 SELECTION 14/15 FOOD 10/10 VALUE 7/10 OVERALL 17/20
Love this place. Great selection on tap. Half pints so you can try several in one visit. Nice staff that know beer. Best burger in town. A great addition to Houstonís beer scene.
KAggie97 (220) Ugly, Hot, and Humid Spring, Texas | March 5, 2012
90 AMBIANCE 4/5 SERVICE 10/10 SELECTION 15/15 FOOD N/A VALUE N/A OVERALL 16/20
GREAT new addition to the Houston beer scene. Tap selection is, in my opinion, the new standard in town-- and the beers are served in proper glassware. Friendly staff, cool atmosphere. Didnít try any food during my visit but it looked tasty. A winner all around. A must-stop when youíre in Houston.
DrinkerX (1) Bryan, Texas | March 4, 2012
90 AMBIANCE 5/5 SERVICE 7/10 SELECTION 15/15 FOOD 10/10 VALUE 9/10 OVERALL 18/20
Had a really good time there with friends. Seemed like they really had their shit together and any time Iím in Houston I will be stopping in.
rougeau13 (70) Richmond, Texas | March 1, 2012
88 AMBIANCE 5/5 SERVICE 8/10 SELECTION 14/15 FOOD 8/10 VALUE 9/10 OVERALL 17/20
Yep, agreeing with those below. this place is great. Almost everything about it is off the beaten path. The most common beer they had was Sierra Nevada Pale, and just about everything but that would be hard to find outside of a devoted craft beer bar or really good beer store. And the prices are reasonable. Love it.
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