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Houston was founded on August 30, 1836, when Augustus Chapman Allen and John Kirby Allen ran an newspaper advertisement in the for the "Town of Houston." It is now the fourth largest city in the United States, behind New York, Los Angeles, and Chicago.

Micheal and Peter Floecke c. 1850
Houston's first brewery was in a small community called Frostown. Settled by the Frost family in the 1830s, Frostown declined in the 1880s. Its cemetery has disappeared into the bayou. In the mid-twentieth century, the last buildings were torn down for road construction.

Gabel's Brewery c1850 - 1861
Wagner and Herman 1870-1879

Fritz Hahn 1874-1875

G. Schulte c. 1860 - c. 1877

American Brewing Association 1893-1918 (Railroad and 2nd Street)
Adolphus Busch founded the American Brewing Association, one of thee Texas breweries he had interests in. These breweries were never part of the Anheuser Busch company; they were all independant entities. The first product was introduced in January 1894. In February, there was a gala grand opening ceremony. At one time there were almost 10,000 people on the grounds of the brewery, which covered and entire block and was mostly six stories high.

Houston Ice & Brewing Association 1893-1915 (4th and Washington Streets)
Houston Ice & Brewing Company 1915-1918
In February of 1893, Hugh Hamilton, B. Adoue, and H. Prince formed Houston Ice and Brewing Company, also known as Magnolia Brewery, and by 1895 were brewing more than 35,000 barrels a year. By 1906, the brewery was running power boats to Key West to transport their beer to Cuba.

Gulf Brewing Company aka Grand Prize Brewing Co. (5301/5303 Polk Ave) 1933-1963
Theo. Hamm Brewing Co. 1963-1967

Southern Brewing Company (110 Buffalo & 707 North Drennan Sts) 1933-1939

Anheuser-Busch, Inc. (775 Dellhorn Dr) 1966-Present

Houston Brewery (BP) (6225 Richmond Street) 1994-Present

Rock Bottom Brewery (BP) (6111 Richmond Ave) 1994-1998
According to the Beer Expedition website, the brewpub had closed by February of 1998.

Brock Wagner, Founder of St. Arnold's BrewerySt. Arnold Brewing Company (2522 Fairway Park Drive) 1994-Present
Named after the patron saint of brewers, St. Arnold's tapped its first keg in 1994. Brock Wagner, a homebrewer, founded the brewery that uses the motto "Fight Bland Beer." The brewery offers tours on Saturdays. Check their website for details.

If you're interested in the day to day operations of the brewery, visit their Brewerhouse Blog. It hasn't been updated in a while, but it does offer a glimpse inside the brewery.

And if you feel like taking a peek at what's going on, they even have webcams in the brewery!

The Village Brewery (BP) (6328 Dunstan Rd) 1994-present

 

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Grand Prize Chapter - Grand Prize Chapter of the Brewery Collectibles Club of America (BCCA) in Houston, named after the primary brand of beer brewed by the Gulf Brewery of Houston from 33-63