Neches Brewing Company: Texas-grown taproom offering an edge in local flavor story + photos by destiny martin IF YOU TAP IT THEY WILL COME reads one of the many signs that hang in the Neches Brewing Company, an eclectic brewery and pub that is receiving rave reviews and an exceedingly unexpected number of patrons since its grand opening six weeks ago. “Every evening the street is packed with people,” says co-owner and brewmaster Tyler Blount. No doubt, people are eager and curious to try the latest release of IPA, lager, or stout the newfangled microbrewery has to offer.
“The support has been overwhelming,” he tells me. Though NBC just recently opened its doors, the concept of launching the first neighborhood brewery in his sleepy hometown of Port Neches is one that’s been fermenting in Blount’s mind since 2014. His first taste of craft beer inspired him—along with a few friends—to begin home brewing and experimenting with a variety of flavors. It was then that he partnered with David Pool, another PN-G
and Lamar University alum (with a beard), who has more than 12 years of business management experience under his belt. The duo found the location in the heart of the city’s evolving downtown area, applied for their brew pub license, and got to work on transforming the backdrop into a cool, rustic space with coastal elements. The process from grain to glass requires a certain amount of patience. It takes approximately three weeks for NBC to brew any one of their 60 house recipes, but time that Blount assures me is well worth the wait when you arrive at the finished product. NBC’s flagship brews like 409 Honey Blonde, Satsuma Wheat Beer, and Pecan Porter contain local ingredients like honey harvested in the Golden Triangle, satsumas from Port Neches, pecans from
Published on Nov 2, 2016
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