The furthest northeast of the Houston craft breweries Back Pew Brewing occupies a former Porter, Texas house of God, a church building. Though today the brewery bustles with machinery and fills with the aromas of beer, this old church building used to house a congregation and fill with the sound of prayers.
Bobby Harl started brewing his own beer while he was in college. However, it took several attempts to hone the recipes Houston beer enthusiasts area residents recognize from Back Pew Brewing today. An engineer by trade, he got serious about brewing while at Vanderbilt University. He volunteered for Yazoo Brewing Company working with a startup brewery called Little Harpeth Brewing as a Quality Control (QC) manager.
This Texas craft beer can be found in more than 400 bars, restaurants and stores, including HEB and Kroger less than two years after they opened its doors! Back Pew Brewing is already canning two of its beer offerings with plans to add a third-a lighter beer called Evil Doer-this summer. The pale ale is slated for a short run until the cans run out around September, Harl said.
Harl has figured out a formula that has led to rapid growth for his brewery and is expanding its capacity. Harl said the company has purchased four more fermenters that will allow him to produce enough beer to supply the large grocery stores. "We're at capacity right now. I can't flip those tanks any faster, so we have four new big ones coming in in mid-July," Harl said in a local newspaper Community Impact. "It's doubling our capacity, and that should allow us to get more places better."