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Craft Beer Cellar Taps Into the Heart of Downtown

Craft Beer Cellar (CBC) Houston has opened up shop in Downtown’s Historic District, creating a contemporary 5,200-square-foot beer retail store, bar and restaurant all inside the historic Bayou Lofts building (formerly known as the 1910 Southern Pacific Railroad building).

With 50 plus taps on deck including local favorites, to multi-geographically sourced boozy choices, beer enthusiasts don’t have to leave the inner loop to find a vast selection of craft beer, wines and ciders.

If you can’t find what you’re looking for at the bar, not to worry. Just saunter over to the wall-lined coolers stocked with hundreds of international, U.S. and local beers. Customers can pop open a bottle or buy a six pack of your choosing; pour it in a customized CBC growler and hang out at the bar; or take it home.

It was the bustling development in Downtown that caught owner Steve Labac’s attention when selecting the perfect location for his new adventure. “There was something poetic about coming back home and starting a business a block away from where the city was founded,” shared Labac, a native Houstonian and self-proclaimed beervangelist. “One of the advantages of opening a store in Downtown has been the foot traffic which continues to increase.” 

Labac’s focus is on variety and freshness. “We want to make sure that what people are buying from us is fresh and that they get the best representation of that brewery,” highlights Labac says. The “beer geeks” also expect the best in customer service, and that includes knowledgeable and friendly staff.

As the largest store in the Craft Beer Cellar franchise, CBC Houston is the only location with a full-service kitchen. Labac partnered with food truck extraordinaire, Wokker — a match made in heaven. The Texan-meets-Asian cuisine mixes the sweet blend of traditional Asian dishes with a touch of Southern Texas barbecue, creating the perfect mouthwatering combo. Now, downtowners can feast like a champion by perfectly pairing a pint of stout or IPA with Wokker’s porkbelly fried rice, irresistible Wokker fries, or bonito Brussel Sprouts.

Outside of beer, guests can also take home a variety of CBC glassware, branded goodies or pints of edible (organic and vegan!) cookie dough by Jolly Roger Sweets—yes please.

Let’s not forget about Craft Beer Cellar’s intimate event space. The hidden space in the back has become a haven for vintage gamers and attained a favorable fan base for many Downtown dwellers. CBC hosts weekly Trivia Wednesday nights and Labac hopes to present movie nights and other fun events in the near future. 

Whether you’re picking up a six-pack to go or catching a game on the big screen, Craft Beer Cellar has everything you need to get you on the right path to the ultimate beer experience.

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