Tomball’s Bearded Fox Brewing Canning Flagship Beers
If you were to ask a Houston beer connoisseur to name 10-15 breweries in the Houston area, Tomball’s Bearded Fox probably won’t make many lists. However this small but mighty brewery has been quenching the thirst of northwest suburban beer drinkers since they opened in 2017, and they have recently started canning a few of their flagship beers to be more widely available to the masses.
Bearded Fox opened up at the peak of the Houston craft beer explosion. I attended their grand opening on February 18, 2017 in their unassuming location tucked behind a strip center. To this day, it is the most crowded brewery I have ever seen. To ensure you never had an empty glass, once you got a beer, you got back in line and drank it while you waited for another. That’s how long the lines were. It was wild.
Because of their small brewing capacity and distribution, you often can’t find their beer on tap anywhere inside of the beltway aside from the occasional keg at Flying Saucer. Whenever I go out with my folks, who live up in northwest Harris County, I make it a point to order a Bearded Fox beer when it’s available, because I enjoy drinking them, and they aren’t something I get often until recently…
I recently went beer browsing at D & Q Beer Station off of Richmond and saw that they had two Bearded Fox beers in cans — Aunt Rose a red lager and G.O.A.T an imperial IPA, so I picked up both. Aunt Rose is the most crushable red ale style beer I’ve had. It’s light but still has malty complexity. I’ll go out and say that it is in my top 5 favorite Houston beers. The G.O.A.T is decent. It has all of the typical flavors of an imperial IPA with a very malty start but hoppy finish.
Bearded Fox might not make your top 10 most recognizable brewery list, but I invite you all to take the pilgrimage up to their taproom or find their cans in a store near you.