Contributor Introduction: Cody Miller
I wasn’t always a beer drinker. In college my go-to drink was wild berry rum mixed with Sprite, because it *ahem* got the job done. About the time I graduated college in 2015, 11 Below Brewing opened up near my parents’, and when we visited, a whole new world opened up to me. I learned that there were more beers out there than the National adjunct lagers I was accustomed to. 11 Below’s Oso Bueno was the beer that pulled me in, and it made me want to fully immerse myself in the craft beer scene.
It was an exciting time to be drinking craft beer in Houston. From 2016 to 2017, it felt like a new brewery opened every other weekend. Drinking at breweries and checking in unique beers on Untappd became the hobby between me and my then girlfriend, now wife. We planned trips around visiting new breweries, or sought out local beers from where we were. We didn’t necessarily care about the types of beer we were drinking as long as they were new and creating new memories for us.
It seems that the Houston beer scene is entering a new chapter, which is apropos of the revitalization of Houston Beer Guide. For years, growth and openings defined the Houston beer scene, but now I see Houston entering a period of innovation with what breweries are creating, and I’m excited to be a part of the team that will explore this new chapter.
I want to write about Houston beer in a way that appeals to everyone, from those who have been drinking for years and tout 5,000 unique beers on Untappd to those who are just getting their feet wet in craft beer. Beer has been a big part of my 20s and created countless memories, from spending New Year’s Eve at Galveston Island Brewing to having our engagement party at Eureka Heights Brewing. Houston Beer Guide has the opportunity to help guide people to create new experiences and form new beer memories, and I’m excited to be a part of it and hope that you will join us for the ride.