OUR STORY

 

For many years, the building that occupied 26452 Sorters McClellan Rd in Porter, Texas was a very different type of establishment. 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.

Though church folk are known for following tradition, we beer guys aren’t so easily defined. We seek inspiration from sources strange and fantastic, and we passionately brew our beers with creative characters and daring twists.

We are the ones who do things differently, because it’s the only way we know. We are the misfits, the ones who don’t do things by the book, the ones who spurn convention, the ones who occupy the back pew. 

 

OUR STORY

 

For many years, the building that occupied 26452 Sorters McClellan Rd in Porter, Texas was a very different type of establishment. 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.

Though church folk are known for following tradition, we beer guys aren’t so easily defined. We seek inspiration from sources strange and fantastic, and we passionately brew our beers with creative characters and daring twists.

We are the ones who do things differently, because it’s the only way we know. We are the misfits, the ones who don’t do things by the book, the ones who spurn convention, the ones who occupy the back pew. 

 

These beers are an intense and unapologetic breed. They’re dark, bold, brazen, and not for the faint of heart…or liver.  

Brewed in a traditional German style, this deceiving bock drinks like a lighter beer, but conceals a dark nature. Just like its namesake, the Satyr’s Swill lures you in with a hint of sweetness before revealing its true potency. Feel free to let the flavors overtake you, but be cautious…the Satyr seeks your soul.

The darkest of our offerings, this beer is aptly named after the darkest and deepest ring of Dante’s hell. When you descend into the flavor of this Black IPA, you’ll experience the true potential of a Back Pew Sinner…the seductiveness of roasted grains and the bitterness of potent hops come together to forge a beautifully dark complexity. Abandon all hope, ye who taste this beer.

The Hopostle is a devout follower of tradition. Brewed in the style of a classic American IPA, this beer’s dry profile helps bring out the citrusy potential of its hops. The absence of heavy malts means the hops make their presence known, but they don’t linger on the palate. And although the color is light, the high ABV betrays the Hopostle’s inner Sinner.

These beers are our more sessionable offerings. They’re lighter and easier to drink, but they won’t disappoint seasoned connoisseurs. 

It may be the lightest of Back Pew’s offerings, but don’t call it a lightweight. Although this Pilsner may be our most approachable beer, it’s still crafted with passion to bring out the best in its every unique element. Nowhere else will you find a brew that combines traditional German flavors with the sweetness of Texas blue corn to create a light but rich experience. Every sip is like divine intervention on your palate.

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Some things in life aren’t meant to be understood, only to be enjoyed. Sweet Salvation is one of those things…we like to describe it as a paradox in a glass. It’s a Brown Ale infused with a Porter’s qualities, it’s light despite a dark appearance, and its complex flavors craft a simple character. If dark, intense flavors don’t move you, give yourself over to the sweet taste of coffee and chocolate, balanced with the nutty notes of roasted grain. It’s everything we love about fall…in liquid form. 

Coming Soon. 

MEET THE BREWMASTER

BOBBY HARL, PhD, MBA
Founder & Head of Brewing Operations

Bobby Harl has many passions, but beer runs in his blood. Now, this isn’t to say the Back Pew Brewmaster stumbles around with a BAC that could also be the Richter rating of a small earthquake…it just means crafting beers full of flavor and rich character is what he was meant to do.

While earning his PhD and MBA at Vanderbilt University in Nashville, Tennessee, Bobby also helped brewing mentor Steve Scoville and business mentor Michael Kwas start Little Harpeth Brewing Company. Although his schoolwork may not have done much to further his brewing skills, the mentorship and experience gained at Little Harpeth has helped Bobby learn the ins and outs of his craft.

Now, the prodigal son has returned home. Bobby grew up in Houston, and his vision is to bring the technical knowledge gained at Vanderbilt and the artistry practiced at Little Harpeth together to create Houston’s next legendary craft brewery. 

 

CALENDAR OF EVENTS

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Note: If you're wondering about our open hours and how things go, just jump over to our Taproom & Tours section of the website as it should answer many of your questions!

 

Back Pew Brewing

26452 Sorters McClellan Rd
Porter, TX 77365