8 Restaurants With Stellar Beer Selections

By Marcy de Luna  |  June 23, 2014

You don't have to hit a sticky-floored pub to get great suds. Instead, tap the extensive beer menus at these eight restaurants.

Down House 
11 taps and one nitrogen tap
Selection: Local and seasonal craft beers (with an occasional international brew thrown in)
Best Beer: Franconia Lager
Food: The welcoming neighborhood coffeehouse and cafe (named for Charles Darwin's London home) uses locally sourced ingredients in dishes ranging from pork hash and burgers to breakfast tacos and curry fish 'n' chips.
Neighborhood: The Heights

Goro & Gun
Count: Four taps and 11 bottles
Selection: Primarily seasonal Texas beers
Best Beer: Brooklyn Sorachi Ace
Food: Expect eclectic artwork, animal horns and a menu of Southern-influenced Asian fare at the small, casual restaurant and bar. Try handmade ramen, small plates (pork gyoza, wings with Korean red-pepper sauce) and main courses like stuffed duck with sticky rice and Chinese sausage and Vietnamese meatballs.
Neighborhood: Downtown

Fielding's Wood Grill
Count: 12 taps and two nitrogen taps
Selection: Craft beer with a mix of local and nonlocal suds
Best Beer: Odell 90 Shilling Ale
Food: Savor delicious burgers, sandwiches, steaks and more, as well as sweets from the on-site bakery.
Neighborhood: The Woodlands

Local Foods
Count: Two taps and 15 bottles/cans
Selection: Texas-focused
Best Beer: Karbach Weisse Versa Wheat
Food: The gourmet sandwich shop showcases locally sourced salads, sandwiches, soups and snacks.
Neighborhood: Multiple locations

Good Dog
Count: Six draft taps and four bottles
Selection: Texas-focused
Best Beer: 8th Wonder Dome Faux'm Cream Ale
Food: There are more than 10 delicious links on the menu at the brick-and-mortar location of the popular hot dog truck.
Neighborhood: The Heights

Guru Burgers & Crêpes

Count: 18 taps
Selection: Mostly local
Best Beer: No Label Forbidden Lavender
Food: Family-run, the restaurant specializes in gourmet burgers, crêpes and beer. They even offer craft beer-filled growlers to go.
Neighborhood: Sugar Land

Yard House
Count: 100 beers on tap plus a large selection of bottles
Selection: Global
Best Beer: Saint Arnold Elissa IPA
Food: There’s something for everyone with over 130 dishes to choose from; classic rock music and several flat-screens keep it lively.
Neighborhood: Memorial

Hobbit Cafe
Count: 15 taps and 50 bottles
Selection: American craft with a solid representation of Texas brews (plus several global beers)
Best Beer: St. Bernardus Abt 12
Food: The charming restaurant, open since 1972, offers a wide array of food, including seafood, Mexican, steak and burgers.
Neighborhood: Upper Kirby