Where To Find The Best Craft Beer In Pearland

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Craft beer, good food and dog-friendly patios are a trifecta few can argue against, and Pearland offers stellar taprooms for enjoying these pleasures. These include a long-standing favorite and two new destinations that offer local and regional brews. Each location also hosts a variety of events geared towards community engagement in family-friendly atmospheres. Learn more below, and check out the Visit Pearland website for more ways to get your brew on.  

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Rob Ray’s Taproom in Pearland serves Texas beers in a laid-back, family-friendly space. Courtesy photo.

Rob Ray’s Taproom, 2503 Covey: East Coast natives and husband-and-wife team Rob and Beth Bromley relocated to Pearland nearly a decade ago and fell in love with the Texas craft beer scene. Fast forward to September 2023, and the couple had opened their own bar, which pays homage to a longtime nickname of Rob’s. 

Rob Ray’s Taproom is open daily with a rotating selection of six beers, which include both local and regional brews. The latest selection includes Tejas Hot Chocolate Stout from Southern Star Brewing in Conroe, 2-Hopper IPA from Texas Leaguer Brewing in Missouri City, and Brunette Bombshell Honey Brown Ale from 5×5 Brewing in Mission. Stick with singles or order a $15 flight. In addition to beer, guests can opt for Texas ciders and seltzers, sodas and Haak Vineyard wines from just up the road in Santa Fe, Texas.

Weekly specials include $2.50 longnecks and $4 craft beer tokens for Military Appreciation Tuesdays. There is even a Pay It Forward Board: customers pay for drinks in advance and preselected groups, including first responders, service members and others, can then claim a drink after showing a valid I.D. 

The family and dog-friendly space boasts plenty of communal picnic tables in an airy warehouse, plus yard games such as giant Jenga. Catch local sports including the Astros and Texans on one of four TVs, and enjoy regular performances from area musicians.

Follow Rob Ray’s Taproom on social media for the most current drink list, entertainment, events and food trucks.

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Find Texas craft beer by the can, pint, growler and more at Saloon Door West in Pearland. Courtesy photo.

Saloon Door West Taproom, 1231 Broadway: Owners Jason Graham and Austin Webber have operated the original Saloon Door Brewing in Webster for seven years. According to Webber, this new venture expands the original mission of “good food, good beer, good service and good vibes” to include a more community feel.

All of the brand’s own brews are produced at the Webster location by a team with more than 35 combined years of experience, and the taproom also serves a variety of locally and regionally sourced beers, ciders and hard seltzers. Typically, there are 18-20 beers on tap and an additional four that usually include root beer, seltzer and cider. When available, the rotating beer list includes Saloon Door-made offerings in styles such as hazy, malty, stout and wheat.

Those seeking beers to go can opt for six-packs, crowlers and growlers. In addition to the root beer on tap, there are other sodas, nitro coffee and Topo Chico. Visit the website for the most current tap list.

The new kitchen is helmed by chef Jason Hill, best known for his prior work at Hugs & Donuts and the H Town StrEATs food truck. At Saloon Door, he’s turning  out hits like elote, Southwest Eggrolls, steak, and Shrimp and Crawfish Etouffee in addition to the brand’s trademark barbecue. Enjoy all the goods inside or on the expansive covered patio that welcomes families and well-behaved, four-legged pals.

A cornerstone of Saloon Door West’s commitment to community includes weekly social events such as Run Club and Trivia Night, plus Dungeons & Dragons for all experience levels, and Magic the Gathering tournaments on alternate Mondays. In addition, there are big screens for sports fans, a variety of feel-good music and a fledgling Maker Faire for area artisans. Stay tuned for the forthcoming nine-hole disc golf course situated behind the bar, as well as batting cages coming in 2024. 

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Choose from a rotating selection of up to 20 taps at Vallensons’ Brewing Company. Courtesy photo.

Vallensons’ Brewing Company, 4081 Rice Drier: Husband and wife Valle and Lori Kauniste opened their family- and dog-friendly nano-brewery in May 2017. It is open Thursdays through Sundays and serves a variety of beer, wine and cider.

Valle was inspired to open his own brewery by his travels while in the military. His beer-sampling during those years inspired him to try homebrewing which, in turn, led to larger-scale production. His  heritage shows up in the Estonian Raw Ale, but the three flagship selections are named in honor of Pearland. The Settler’s Oatmeal Stout is a 2019 US Open Championship Gold Medalist and is named for the city’s original settlers, while the local historic 1900s train station inspired The Depot Pale Ale. The Advocate Amber Ale is a nod to Pearland’s first newspaper. 

At any given time, there are 15 to 20 different beers on tap. Example offerings include Vali Boy West Coast IPA, Salty Dog fruited sour and Belgian Golden Strong ale. Enjoy Vallensons’ beers in the backyard or patio, or order 32-ounce crowlers and growlers to go.

Leave room for tasty bites, too. The brewery regularly hosts food trucks like Cousins Maine Lobster to pair with the relaxed vibe and refreshing brews. Check the brewery’s website and social media for what’s on tap, including tours and special events. You can also follow the Facebook event page for the latest details.  

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