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8th Wonder Brewery: Craft Beers, Art, Food & Fun in Houston

I live in Houston, and I have worked as a nurse. My interests include art, traveling, reading, gardening, cooking, and our wonderful pets.

Mural across from 8th Wonder Brewery by Donkeeboy

Mural across from 8th Wonder Brewery by Donkeeboy

8th Wonder Brewery

The 8th Wonder Brewery is in the EaDo district of Houston along with Discovery Green Park, the George R. Brown Convention Center, Toyota Center, Minute Maid Park, BBVA Compass Stadium, plus many other attractions. Many people now like to visit this side of downtown Houston.

"EaDo" refers to the east side of downtown Houston. It is currently a hot spot for artistic expression and development; whereas, in the past, it was somewhat derelict.

Much Art to Be Seen in Eado

My husband and I recently spent part of a Sunday afternoon checking out some of the graffiti murals in downtown Houston. Since there were many such murals directly across the street from the 8th Wonder Brewery, and on a building to the back of the brewery on Polk Street, we decided to stop and take a look. The ones featured above are a small sample of what you would see in person.

What also immediately drew our attention was the David Adickes We Love Houston sculpture (love portrayed as a heart shape) that used to reside along the Katy Freeway. It is now outside of the fenced area in the back of the brewery.

I was photographing The New Art Era mural when I spotted the David Adickes sculpture. And then the 36-foot tall Beatles sculptures inside of the fence were next noted. They are hard to miss seeing as they tower over everything within view!

That made us want to enter the grounds of the brewery to see more, and I am so glad that we did!

Location

The address of the 8th Wonder Brewery is 2202 Dallas Street, Houston, Texas 77003. Except for a few major holidays, they are open every day of the week from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. Monday to Saturday, and from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Sundays. Street parking, as well as a pay lot directly across from the brewery, is available.

8th Wonder Brewery exterior

8th Wonder Brewery exterior

The 8th Wonder of the World

Immediately apparent upon entering the building is the inspiration for the name of this establishment. The Astrodome, which many people still know as "the 8th Wonder of the World," is on view in bits and pieces, such as actual Astrodome seating. It is a casual setting where people can relax and have fun.

Giant TV screens provide patrons of this brewery the ability to watch teams playing sports. At the same time, they sip their chosen beverage of choice in air-conditioned comfort inside of the building.

Craft Beers

Craft beers have cute names such as Rocket Fuel, Astroturf, Dome Faux'm, and Brewston, to name just a few. Non-alcoholic drinks are also available. People can taste samples of beer on tap before ordering.

The best deal for regular patrons is to pay $15 for three beer tokens, which include a 16-ounce souvenir glass. $12 buys tokens for three 12-ounce beers in plastic glasses. $5 buys one 12-ounce beer. Once a person has the souvenir glass, it can be used over and over again for the cost of one beer token. Thus, one gets 4-ounces of beer principally for free. The extra $3 for the souvenir glass is less than the price of a single beer. The beer tokens never expire.

The brewery is very pet and family-friendly. People can bring kids of all ages and pets as long as the pets are on leashes.

WonderWorld

The exterior is called WonderWorld. Picnic tables under a shade structure along with seating in old shipping containers provide many seats as well as a few out in the sun for those who wish to absorb some Vitamin D.

Several people were taking turns tossing bean bags into the cornhole boards. It is a lively setting! Patrons can hear live music played at times.

We were at the brewery mid-afternoon, and the main noises we heard were people talking and laughing amidst this pleasant urban setting.

People can purchase food from food trucks stationed there. We enjoyed some delicious tacos to accompany our glasses of beer.

Art Everywhere!

A celebration of the arts takes place at the 8th Wonder Brewery inside as well as outside. From sculptures to murals, paintings to artistry made using screws (yes, screws!), the art is present just about everywhere one looks.

Recommendation

If you enjoy craft beers and family fun, put the 8th Wonder Brewery on your list of places to visit. We certainly enjoyed our time spent there! You can watch the video below to find out how this brewery came to be.

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8th Wonder Brewery

© 2020 Peggy Woods

Comments

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on August 17, 2020:

Hi Randy,

My husband and I enjoyed our visit to the 8th Wonder Brewery, and the public art in that part of town is simply amazing. There is another huge batch of graffiti art that is in EaDo and that we have yet to visit. It is an organized yearly event, or at least it has been in the past.

Randy on August 17, 2020:

Amazing to see the development of EaDo, the east side of downtown Houston. This place will be on my bucket list.

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on May 10, 2020:

Hi FlourishAnyway,

This place does have a relaxed vibe. Yes, I am sure that many people missed going here during the pandemic lockdown period. Restaurants have now reopened in Texas with enough spacing between tables, but not yet the bars. I think it is a bit early without adequate testing in place, so I'll not yet be venturing out.

FlourishAnyway from USA on May 09, 2020:

The art, bean bag tossing and bring your leashed pets policy seems to give the place a funky cool vibe. I bet people have missed this place during the lockdown.

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on April 17, 2020:

Hi Liz,

That will be interesting to learn about those distilleries from you. Back in the days when the film had to be developed, I have many of those photos put into albums. It takes a while, but I can upload them into the computer and then use them for posts like this. Using digital cameras has made our life so much easier!

Liz Westwood from UK on April 17, 2020:

Visits to the Heineken and Guinness breweries took place when I had my old film SLR camera. In those days I didn't take so many photos and they are harder to upload onto an article. I have visited other places more recently though, including a rum distillery and a gin distillery. One day I hope to write about them.

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on April 17, 2020:

Hi Bill,

As you mentioned, the art and sculptures really do take this craft brewery to another level.

Bill De Giulio from Massachusetts on April 17, 2020:

We have taken to visiting craft breweries when we travel and this one looks wonderful. So colorful and lively. The artwork and sculptures really add a dimension that separates the 8th Wonder Brewery from the competition.

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on April 16, 2020:

Hi Liz,

It sounds like the breweries you visited were much larger than this unique craft brewery in Houston. If you took photos, perhaps you could write about your experiences? For those of us who will probably never visit the ones you mentioned, it would be interesting.

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on April 16, 2020:

Hi Lorna,

I think that the owners of this brewery had some fun naming their craft beers. Yes, those sculptures are amazing!

Liz Westwood from UK on April 16, 2020:

Many years ago, I used to think of breweries as dull and boring manufacturing places. All that changed after visits to the Heineken Experience in Amsterdam and the Guinness brewery in Dublin. Since then we have been to a few more, but none as bright and colourful as this one.

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on April 16, 2020:

Hi Bill,

We don't often drink beer, but once in a while, it tastes good. I admire you for abstaining! What truly makes this place special is all of the art located there.

Lorna Lamon on April 16, 2020:

It sounds like the perfect way to spend an afternoon Peggy. I love the diversity of the murals and the sculpture of the Beatles is amazing - the sheer size of it. Given that it is pet and family friendly makes it an ideal spot to enjoy the day. Rocket fuel is such a good name for a beer, perfect for this 8th Wonder Brewery. A very enjoyable trip.

Bill Holland from Olympia, WA on April 16, 2020:

So many excellent craft beers are available now, and I can't have any of them. Sigh! But I have learned to play with the hand I've been dealt, and it's all good in my life.

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