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Beer Available At The Petrol Station (arranged by most recent)
Buffalo Bayou Gingerbread Stout 97, Dogfish Head American Beauty 92, Buffalo Bayou Smoke on the Bayou 77, Green Flash Green Bullet 98, Goose Island Matilda Lambicus 86, Crazy Mountain Lawyers, Guns and Money 64, (512) Double IPA 96, SKA Mexican Logger 34, Prairie Artisan Ales Merica 99, 8th Wonder Coffee Mocha Alternate Universe , Les Trois Mousquetaires S.S. Hopfenweisse 94, Brash Smoglifter Stout 97, Dogfish Head Sixty-One 73, Saint Arnold Bishopís Barrel #2 96, Southern Tier Back Burner 98, Anderson Valley Wild Turkey Bourbon Barrel Stout 97, Real Ale Brewersí Cut Blonde Barley Wine 75, HeBrew Rejewvenator 2013 91, Oskar Blues / SKA Brewing oSKAr the GíRauch 94, Boulevard Smokestack Series - Coffee Ale 97
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JDBaker11058 (30) Maryland | February 14, 2012
86 AMBIANCE 5/5 SERVICE 9/10 SELECTION 12/15 FOOD 10/10 VALUE 8/10 OVERALL 17/20
Ambiance: Located in a very residential area. Youíre driving down a road lined with houses and BAM, there it is, in what appears to be an old gas station (hence the name, I assume). Not much parking right out front, but thereís a large-ish parking lot directly across the street. Some outside seating and (I think) a wood-burning stove right out front, then youíre inside. Small-ish interior, and comfortably appointed, but not fancily: wooden seating, a nice slab of bar space, medium lighting. Very generous outdoor patio with a large fire/stove going and covered seating. If temps cooperate, itís perfect. Service: Extremely friendly, enthusiastic about beer, and clearly knowledgeable. Selection: This listing shows 15 taps, but there were more like 30. Iíve only been the once, but there was a WIDE selection across all styles, from mostly (if not all) craft brewers. Food: Oustanding. I had the chorizo-laden mac & cheese. One co-worker had a giant reuben and the other had a burger the size of a dodgeball, topped with a fried egg. All of us were enthused. Fries were awesome. Value: Came down from DC, so prices were great compared to what Iím used to. About 6 bucks for a beer, food in the $10 range. Overall: What a cool place. Traveling to Houston on business, looked for something on the northern side of the city, and ratebeer showed this as the highest-rated place on the north/west side for bars. Was not disappointed.
MaltOMeal (30) Land of Sugar, Texas | January 22, 2012
60 AMBIANCE 4/5 SERVICE 4/10 SELECTION 12/15 FOOD 8/10 VALUE 7/10 OVERALL 10/20
I have mixed feelings about this place. While the atmosphere and ambiance are good, this is a place I only care to come to when I suspect the crowd will be small, say like on a Friday after a holiday when everyone else is out shopping. The food is quite good and the tap selection is very good with a good rotation among what is available. They are always bringing in stuff that is new to Houston and hard to get. Lots of excellent choices. My beef is that they want to hold events and draw big crowds, yet the small interior is not conducive to large crowds and they do not ensure fire code limits are adhered to. On top of that, they never seem to have enough bartenders to handle the events, thus, the wait can be quite long. Even on slower days the bartenders are not that attentive. I think the owner realizes he will have lots of people show up regardless of how poorly they are served as the situation is continuously repeated, never seeming to improve. Avoid their special events, or Friday and Saturday evening for that matter, unless you like to stand in lines waiting for long periods to get a beer. there are better alternatives in Houston, in my opinion.
joli (1) Texas | January 2, 2012
98 AMBIANCE 4/5 SERVICE 10/10 SELECTION 15/15 FOOD 8/10 VALUE 10/10 OVERALL 20/20
Can I just say that I love this place and Mora 2000, as I understand your want for TX beer, many of the local Houston places do focus on that and only Texas beer so I find it refreshing that we can get some excellent choices at The petrol Station.
Mora2000 (91) McKinney, Texas | November 20, 2011| Updated July 29, 2012
68 AMBIANCE 4/5 SERVICE 7/10 SELECTION 10/15 FOOD N/A VALUE 7/10 OVERALL 13/20
Updated rating: Decided to give Petrol Station another try and was once again disappointed. There were 6 or 7 Texas beers on tap, but only one was from Houston. Where is the love for the local guys?
Stopped by during a recent trip to Houston. While the tap selection was very good, I was disappointed by the lack of Texas beers. Of the 25 or so beers on tap during my visit, only three were from Texas (one from 512 and two from Karbach). I was hoping to see some Ranger Creek, No Label, Live Oak or Independence, Austin Beer Works. From the availability list on RateBeer it looks like other Texas beers have been present in the past, so maybe this was a one time thing. But I was just hoping to see the bar focusing on Texas taps, not national taps that I can get in Dallas. Still, a very nice place with helpful service, my only gripe is the lack of Texas taps. I also liked that they sold half pints of all of their beers.
hashbrown (4) Houston, | November 1, 2011
70 AMBIANCE 5/5 SERVICE 10/10 SELECTION 10/15 FOOD 9/10 VALUE 6/10 OVERALL 10/20
Enjoy stopping by from time to time. They keep their supply well stocked and circulate new beers all the time so its always changing whats on tap!
cnguyen (1) , | September 23, 2011
90 AMBIANCE 5/5 SERVICE 9/10 SELECTION 13/15 FOOD 9/10 VALUE 7/10 OVERALL 18/20
Great selection and knowledgeable staff!!
One tip: when you order food, make sure you substitute your chips for fries!
djd07 (24) Houston, Texas | September 23, 2011| Updated October 6, 2012
90 AMBIANCE 4/5 SERVICE 8/10 SELECTION 14/15 FOOD 10/10 VALUE 9/10 OVERALL 19/20
One of the best beer bars in town. Now with a larger tap selection they consistently have a different selection of amazing beers. Several rare beers tapped here monthly and host good events. The food is phenomenal and is always worth the wait. Have to stop here while in town, the only bar smack in the middle of a neighborhood.
blm225 (2) Texas | September 3, 2011
90 AMBIANCE 5/5 SERVICE 7/10 SELECTION 15/15 FOOD 8/10 VALUE 10/10 OVERALL 18/20
Selection is excellent.
This is a place to enjoy conversation with a date or fellow patrons. The atmosphere is very friendly. This is a hipster place but they could use some waitstaff to attend to outside patrons that donít want to leave their stuff unattended while ordering food or beverages. They have a limited food menu but are very creative in their selection. It tends to be high calorie but reasonable in price for the quantity.
I feel very comfortable here. No pressure.
They need more fans for cooling for the patios. It gets hot in the summer. Iím sure they will need more heating in the winter also but you always feel warmer after a glass of ale.
DrinkingFrog (3) Texas | August 15, 2011
72 AMBIANCE 3/5 SERVICE 7/10 SELECTION 11/15 FOOD 9/10 VALUE 8/10 OVERALL 15/20
When Petrol is not very crowded, it is one of my favorite places i\on the planet. The owner and bartenders are friendly. The mood is mellow. The beer is flowing. The food comes right out. It is a wonderland.
When it gets crowded, though, it is a much more difficult place to enjoy. Since there is only bar service, you have to find a hole in the small bar to get served. The small interior gets very, very loud and noisy. Bathroom lines become very long. Food can take up to an hour to come out. If you are fine with that, you will still have a great time. If you are not okay with that, just go when it is not a crazy time.
You can count on the beers to be in good condition, and you can count on finding something that you might not be able to find anywhere else in town (or, maybe, only one other place). The selection tends toward the "bigger, higher, faster, stronger" mentality. If you are looking for your milder, tamer beers, you will have only a few choices. With the recent tap expansion, there is more variety.
The food is some of the best in town. As I mentioned, though, the kitchen is small, so wait times can get pretty long when there is a crowd.
The Petrol Station is a place you have to get to know (or be introduced by someone who knows it). Itís like that surly guy who, when just let the first wave of attitude roll off your back, becomes your best friend. They really do want to advance the cause of good, craft beer, and they work hard at it.
LinusStick (44) Moon Twp, suburb of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania | August 9, 2011
50 AMBIANCE 2/5 SERVICE 2/10 SELECTION 12/15 FOOD N/A VALUE 7/10 OVERALL 9/20
A unique and out of the way beer bar. When the GPS told me I was coming up on it I was worried that there were 2 Wakefield Drives because the place is literally in a residential area. I guess Texasí zoning laws are different than where Iím from. Anyhow I went there at 9 (they close at 10) and the bartender saw us sit down and helped other people and wiped down the counter before waiting on us (there were only 4 other people there). After the first beer another bartender came out and he saw that our beers were empty. He just talked to some of the staff and kept looking over at us. I finally had to wave him over so I could have one more and get out before they close. Selection was awesome. Maybe I caught the bartenders on a bad day
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