Thistle Draftshop Is Now Pouring Beer in Spring

Photo: Nathan Kiergaard

While Thistle Draftshop Owner Mary Thorn never planned to become an entrepreneur, she says the thought was always in the back of her mind. An accountant, her interest in beer led her to apply for a position at Saint Arnold Brewing Company several years ago. She worked there for seven years, sparking a passion for the beer industry.

“I fell in love with the craft beer industry. I thought it would be complementary to combine interests when it came time for something new to do, and the shop became my next adventure,” Mary said.

The adventure officially begins today as the new craft beer bar and retail market celebrates its grand opening with a ribbon cutting by the Spring-Klein Chamber of Commerce at noon at 5210 FM 2920 #100.

Just a few of the tap handles at Thistle Draftshop. | Photo: Nathan Kiergaard

Part bar, part bottle shop, and part restaurant, Thistle Draftshop keeps the emphasis on local. Houston-area beers are heavily represented on the shop’s 60 taps, including 2017 GABF Gold winners Eureka Heights Buckle Bunny and Saint Arnold Pumpkinator, and the refrigerated case features bottles and cans from almost every local brewery.

You can check out Thistle Draftshop’s taplist on Untappd:

Thistle Draftshop’s local-first philosophy doesn’t end there. Locally sourced produce and meats are prominently featured on the menu. The shop’s fare includes crispy Brussels sprouts, broiled oysters, artichoke hummus, burgers and wings crafted by Chef Ernesto Villareal, formerly of The Grove.

Thistle Draftshop Chef Ernesto Villarreal and Owner Mary Thorn | Photo: Nathan Kiergaard

The shop’s local cred is furthered by the addition of General Manager Jake Thorn to the team.  Mary said she thought hard about hiring her son as GM, but his experience at Ritual and strong leadership skills made him a natural choice.

Unique to the bar and take-home beer concept, Thistle Draftshop also features an event space which Mary plans to use for talks with local brewers, beer tastings, hosting beer podcast recordings and Beer Judge Certification Program classes, in addition to parties.


Grand Opening – December 29th

Thistle Draftshop is opening their doors full time on December 29th. The ribbon cutting begins at noon, but festivities continue until midnight. They’ll have complimentary appetizers and beer specials. Many Houston-area brewery representatives will also be on-site to answer questions and mingle with patrons.



Alice Hicks started writing about her hometown for "Public News" and The Houston Post's magazine, "Houston Life," in the '90s. Around that time she discovered good beer at The Ginger Man. She's a mom and corporate sales writer by day, and book, music and trivia junkie by night - no, wait, that's all day, too.

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