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Beer Available At The Petrol Station (arranged by most recent)
Stone 11.11.11 Vertical Epic Ale 89, Odell Mountain Standard Double Black IPA 99, Buffalo Bayou Great White Buffalo , Stone Reason Be Damned 93, Prairie Artisan Ales Barrel Aged Bomb 100, Prairie Artisan Ales Wine Barrel Noir 99, Odell Dr. Acula 88, Saint Arnold Boiler Room Berliner Weisse 82, Real Ale 18th Anniversary (XVIII) Gose 89, Lagunitas Undercover Investigation Shut-Down Ale 98, Dogfish Head Burton Baton 99, (512) IPA 95, Avery Tweak (Meph Addict) 100, To ōl Jule Mślk 96
Mora2000 (101) 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 (50) 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
Etrimm1987 (2) Texas | July 19, 2011
90 AMBIANCE 5/5 SERVICE 9/10 SELECTION 13/15 FOOD N/A VALUE 9/10 OVERALL 18/20
Very cool bar located in a neighborhood surrounded by houses. Service is always great and with it being a craft beer bar every time I go theirs always something new to try. Easily one if the best small bars in Houston.
wrxkaboom (2) juneau, Alaska | July 14, 2011
84 AMBIANCE 3/5 SERVICE 8/10 SELECTION 13/15 FOOD 8/10 VALUE 9/10 OVERALL 18/20
Service and food can be a bit slow when crowded...otherwise excellent all around, and good pints of micros for $4, hard to beat that. Petrol is meant for enjoying a good beer, and it deliveres.
stephenj007 (15) Houston, Texas | May 16, 2011
70 AMBIANCE 3/5 SERVICE 7/10 SELECTION 10/15 FOOD 7/10 VALUE 8/10 OVERALL 15/20
Nice place, good selection of quality taps. Food was good, my wife loved the lamb burger, cooked perfectly to her liking....rare. I had the meatloaf sandwich....ok, but more like a oval hamburger patty with meatloaf fixinsí in it, but still tasty. Fries were greasy and soggy...need work.
Prices were reasonable, a good value. staff was friendly and helpful with samples and suggestions. We went on Saturday morning around 1145. It was not real crowded, just a few locals it appeared. By the time we left at 130pm, it was getting full.
Overall, a good place, unique atmosphere and location, a nice experience. We will visit again.
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