Here’s what they say about the ones that made the list:
THE HAY MERCHANT | Houston, Texas (NEW TO THIS YEAR’S LIST!)
This frisky new spot along one of Houston’s main thoroughfares is brick-dressed and brings it with 78 beers on tap, 5 of which are on cask. Not only is the selection deep, but it’s one-of-a-kind: The bar lends barrels to breweries for one-off projects. Plus, the food’s got flair, from fried headcheese to Chicken Fried Texas Water Buffalo. 1100 Westheimer Rd.,
PETROL STATION | Houston, Texas (NEW TO THIS YEAR’S LIST!)
This cozy neighborhood hideaway is small, but it hosts a sizable beer selection that makes hopheads in other parts of the state green. Join its active beer-loving community on Facebook and chat about the latest, greatest release, or just head in blindly (you won’t be disappointed) for a burger and beer in this Houston hop spot. 985 Wakefield Dr., 713.957.2875
I’m not one to just take a beer connoisseur’s word for it. (Especially after he categorized Houston in the West and not the South, where it lies. One strike and he’s out.) I’m going to investigate for myself.