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

Mayor: djd07 (12) | Taps: 80+ |
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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 d’Erpe-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 l’Ouvrier4.8%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 d’Erpe 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


66
  • AMBIANCE 2/5
  • SERVICE 2/10
  • SELECTION 13/15
  • FOOD 6/10
  • VALUE 6/10
  • OVERALL 16/20
SudsMcDuff  (190) .....Manchester United.........., Texas | May 7, 2016
! .. good snacks and food, a bit nose in the air though (too a ridiculous level these days, fuckin snobby as hell actually) .. employees are decent but even though they have screwed up a few orders on me .. 5 casks all the time is crazy and ambitious .. prices are what you would think for a place like this .. great for out of towners but only dickheads treat this as there home bar.
94
  • AMBIANCE 4/5
  • SERVICE 10/10
  • SELECTION 14/15
  • FOOD N/A
  • VALUE N/A
  • OVERALL 19/20
theisti  (730) Kansas | December 17, 2015| Updated February 22, 2016
Visited after dinner on a Tuesday. Easy to find along the busy Westheimer strip. Parking in lots around the restaurant, as well as in the surrounding neighborhood. Cool old brick exterior with a wrap around deck. The interior has several levels with table seating on each. The bar is large, and there is a fair amount of standing around space. There are many small design details which really make this a beautiful place. In particular, I loved the unique tap handles designed from antiques and found materials. I sat outside, which was a nice place to chill out. The draft selection is extraordinary - the web site cleanly lays out what is available and was current when I visited. Many interesting and harder to find options from local, national and international craft brewers. The food looked great as well. Service was perfect both at the bar and outside. The best beer place I have been to in Houston.

94 = ★★★★½ (World class)

I only use the total score, not the component parts.
76
  • AMBIANCE 3/5
  • SERVICE 8/10
  • SELECTION 12/15
  • FOOD N/A
  • VALUE 10/10
  • OVERALL 15/20
50belair  (215) Florida | September 12, 2015
More like a Texas Ice House vibe. Surprisingly Houston doesn’t have a great craft beer scene. The Hay Merchant sorta focuses on Texas and some of the bigger Colorado breweries. For what it is the selection is good. It’s just not San Diego or Portland.
80
  • AMBIANCE 4/5
  • SERVICE 7/10
  • SELECTION 13/15
  • FOOD 9/10
  • VALUE 8/10
  • OVERALL 16/20
BeErJoN  (1) Houston, Texas | May 13, 2015
I’ve been several times. One included a Buffalo Bayou keg tapping on several barrel aged brews. Epic time!
82
  • AMBIANCE 4/5
  • SERVICE 6/10
  • SELECTION 14/15
  • FOOD N/A
  • VALUE N/A
  • OVERALL 17/20
fly  (239) austin, Tejas, Texas | May 7, 2015
Wrote a long bit, but stupid thing hit an error and wiped it. I am lazy and do not want to write it all over again.
60
  • AMBIANCE 3/5
  • SERVICE 5/10
  • SELECTION 9/15
  • FOOD 7/10
  • VALUE 5/10
  • OVERALL 13/20
StoreMy  (3) Nesttun, Norway | April 22, 2015
Walked in during a basket match. Bad choice. A lot of noice. Helped a bit that half the crowd left after the match. The service was short an nothing more than adequate. The food wa decent. The beer tasted like it was old (went to Karbach for the same two days later) Had to go to the bar for a decent selection (asked) The water tasted chlorine. Maybe I walked in on the wrong day, but anyway these ar the stats that day.
84
  • AMBIANCE 5/5
  • SERVICE 7/10
  • SELECTION 15/15
  • FOOD 8/10
  • VALUE 7/10
  • OVERALL 15/20
Sammy  (643) Toronto, Ontario | January 4, 2015
Very friendly hospitable world class bar.extra notice for 5 casks normally on.
88
  • AMBIANCE 4/5
  • SERVICE 8/10
  • SELECTION 14/15
  • FOOD 8/10
  • VALUE 8/10
  • OVERALL 18/20
Theydon_Bois  (1001) Tourist Town (West), 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 don’t waste your time on them if you’re 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, DIPA’s etc. No crap on tap, solid choices, excellent venue.
84
  • 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. Lot’s 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 bartenders’ attentions to order another drink or food, even when they don’t 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.
84
  • AMBIANCE 4/5
  • SERVICE 7/10
  • SELECTION 14/15
  • FOOD 8/10
  • VALUE 7/10
  • OVERALL 17/20
GT2  (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
Décor. . . . . . . . . ..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.

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