The Hay Merchant

1100 Westheimer Rd
Houston, Texas United States 77006
bar  4.65/5.0 42 reviews
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
Wasatch GhostRider White IPA 6%12/19/2016
Saint Arnold Christmas Ale7%12/19/2016
J.W. Lees Harvest Ale (Calvados) 11.5%12/19/2016
Firestone Walker Opal7.5%12/19/2016
Jolly Pumpkin La Roja7.2%12/19/2016
Anderson Valley Huge Arker13.5%12/19/2016
Sierra Nevada Harvest Newly Developed Hop IPA6.5%12/15/2016
Wicked Weed Framboos Morte5.8%12/15/2016
Wasatch Snap Down India Pale Lager 4%11/21/2016
New Belgium / De Koninck Lips Of Faith Flowering Citrus Ale7.4%11/21/2016
(512) Seven0%11/21/2016
Alaskan Pilot Series: Perseverance Ale9%11/2/2016
Odell Stalwort10.4%10/13/2016
Victory Sour Monkey9.5%10/13/2016
Kasteel Winter11%9/2/2016
Victory Golden Monkey9.5%9/2/2016
Ace Pineapple Cider5%8/10/2016
Elevation Signal de Botrange (2016)0%8/10/2016
Leibinger Seeradler Classik2.6%8/10/2016
Ballast Point Fathom India Pale Lager7%8/10/2016
Odell Drumroll5.3%8/10/2016
(512) Export Lager5.3%8/10/2016
Birrificio del Ducato / Oxbow Oud Brunello7%8/10/2016
LoverBeer DíuvaBeer8%8/10/2016
Funkwerks Nelson Sauvin7.5%8/10/2016
Oasis Texas He-Man Session Hater6.5%8/10/2016
North Peak Archangel Summer Wheat5%7/7/2016
North Peak Mighty Melon Ale4.8%7/7/2016
Wild Beer Sleeping Lemons3.6%7/7/2016
Alvinne / Stillwater Wild West6%7/7/2016
11 Below Negative Space w/ Coconut and Cocoa Nibs9.5%7/7/2016
Jester King Black Metal Farmhouse Imperial Stout (Batch 16+)10.8%6/18/2016
Destihl Antiquity Rye Wine12.1%6/18/2016
Sierra Nevada Beer Camp West Latitude Session Rye5.5%6/18/2016
Sixpoint Puff9.8%6/18/2016
Squatters Outer Darkness - Coffee10.5%6/18/2016
New Belgium / Allagash Fat Funk Ale5.6%6/18/2016
New Belgium / Avery Fat Wild Ale6.2%6/18/2016
Clown Shoes Blaecorn Unidragon - Cold Brewed Coffee12.5%6/18/2016
New Belgium / Rhinegeist Fat Pale Ale6%6/18/2016
Freigeist Abraxxxas Apple Lichtenhainer6%6/7/2016
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%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


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  • AMBIANCE 4/5
  • SERVICE 9/10
  • SELECTION 12/15
  • FOOD 8/10
  • VALUE 3/10
  • OVERALL 16/20
RaginCajun  (28) Houston, Texas | October 14, 2013
This is definitely a must visit for beer nerds in the Houston area. Their selection is typically vast, and they are one of the few places that have a decent draft list of lower ABV but important beers (sours, non-blue moon wheats, etc.). They donít do as well on rare or one-off beers however, so it is unlikely that one would be greatly surprised by anything on the tap list if you are deep into craft beers. Their rotation is not very vigorous either outside of the standard seasonal rotations that take place, so unless you have a favorite beer it can get quite boring after a few trips. They share a kitchen with Underbelly, so the food is much better than average pub fare although the menu is small with a few entree sized plates and a few appetizers and is somewhat stale at this point (when is last time it changed?). During peak hours (as with pretty much any other popular bar), it can get very crowded with standing room only and the noise level is pretty high. They have a small outdoor patio that is pretty good outside of being right on Westheimer w/ traffic noise. The only game they have is darts, and the boards are not used very often and are often blocked by patrons standing/sitting in front of them. They have a pretty good happy hour where most mid-level beers at $3/pint; otherwise, you will be paying premium prices for premium beers. Parking, as with any other place in this area, can be a hassle as you will be looking for street parking deep into the neighborhood during peak times. They do have a small parking lot in the back, but typically full after 5PM.
70
  • AMBIANCE 1/5
  • SERVICE 5/10
  • SELECTION 13/15
  • FOOD 4/10
  • VALUE 8/10
  • OVERALL 16/20
TylerGreenDC  (55) , | September 26, 2013| Updated December 13, 2013
Best beer selection Iíve found in Houston. Supports Texas breweries to a certain extent. Good, creative bar food. Attractive room. But the volume level can be insane, as in airport-runway insane. Iíve taken three people there on three separate trips and everyone complained about the post-Hay Merchant headache. Also, 1980s Genesis.
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  • AMBIANCE 4/5
  • SERVICE 8/10
  • SELECTION 10/15
  • FOOD 9/10
  • VALUE 9/10
  • OVERALL 16/20
Aurelius  (144) Tallahassee, Florida | September 24, 2013
Great little spot - probably a must stop if youíre looking for good dining and regionals in Houston. Parking on side streets and parking lots in a quaint neighborhood that reminded me a bit of Key West, actually. Industrial/refurbished warehouse feel, rough-hewn tables. Great service, knowledgable staff. Food is primo - very tasty, good - chef stuff, not just pub grub. Lots of regionals - Lone Pint, Live Oak, Real Ale, etc., and lots of top notch brews otherwise. Great dining experience, good beer selection, good pricing on happy hour and game night. Recommended.
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  • 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.
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  • AMBIANCE 4/5
  • SERVICE 7/10
  • SELECTION 12/15
  • FOOD 7/10
  • VALUE 9/10
  • OVERALL 16/20
yngwie  (383) 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.
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  • AMBIANCE 3/5
  • SERVICE 4/10
  • SELECTION 13/15
  • FOOD N/A
  • VALUE 4/10
  • OVERALL 15/20
blutt59  (176) 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
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  • AMBIANCE 4/5
  • SERVICE 8/10
  • SELECTION 13/15
  • FOOD 8/10
  • VALUE 7/10
  • OVERALL 17/20
Dogbrick  (849) 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.
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  • AMBIANCE 4/5
  • SERVICE 8/10
  • SELECTION 15/15
  • FOOD 8/10
  • VALUE 8/10
  • OVERALL 17/20
bleeng  (160) 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  (876) 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.
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  • 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!
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  • 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.

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