Houston Brewing Company
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|Location||Houston, Renfrewshire, Scotland|
The Houston Brewing Company is a brewery in the village of Houston in Renfrewshire, Scotland. It is attached to, and operated in common with, the Fox & Hounds public house and, as a result of its size, is classed as a microbrewery.
It produces a constant range of seven cask condition ales, alongside a range of seasonal and bottled beers.
The Houston Brewing Company was established in 1997. Its Founder and Managing Director is Carl Wengel, a member of the family that formerly ran the Fox & Hounds Pub and Restaurant to which the brewery is attached. He is assisted by his wife Caroline Wengel. Carl Wengel still acts as Head Brewer.
Initially providing ales for the adjacent pub, the Houston Brewing Company has expanded to supply guest ales to a range of outlets at a national level.
Crystal 5% can be purchased in bottles.
The seven principal cask ales are (with alcohol by volume levels denoted):
- Killellan Bitter, 3.7%
- Peter's Well, 4.2%
- Texas, 4.3%
- Warlock Stout, 4.7%
- Blonde Bombshell, 4%
- Tartan Terror, 4.5%
- Black & Tan, 4.2%
The principal cask ales are available throughout the year in the United Kingdom.
A feature of the Houston Brewing Company is the range of season ales that are produced (currently one per month) for distribution throughout Scotland and the UK. The caricature style labels for the seasonal beers often depict members of staff of the Fox & Hounds pub.
Various beers from the Houston Brewing Company have won a number of awards and accolades from the Campaign for Real Ale and the Society of Independent Brewers (SIBA) in both UK national and Scottish regional contests. Most notable amongst these achievements are:
- Champion Beer of Scotland 2000 - St Peter's Well
- Champion Beer of Scotland 2001 - St Peter's Well
- Champion Bitter of Britain 2005 - Killelan
- Champion Best Bitter of Scotland 2005 -
- Champion Best Bitter of Britain 2011 - Peter's Well
- "Renfrewshire Community Website - Houston". Renfrewshire Council. Retrieved 2009-06-30.