Applause for a fantastic effort from Fort Bend Brewing, which is, sadly, closing its doors after two years in the business – the result of what craft brewers are calling a natural, and expected, shakeout of a crowded and successful market.
All of this according to a great blog post in Beer, Tx, one of our favorite beer blogs in the state, on the Houston Chronicle site.
From the post:
“Scott Birdwell, owner of DeFalco’s Home Wine and Beer Supplies and a longtime observer of the craft beer scene, said in an email that the success of such local newcomers as Whole Foods Brewing Co., 8th Wonder Brewery, Lone Pint, Buffalo Bayou and the Texas Beer Refinery is a testament to Houston’s interest in craft beer:
It is sad, indeed, but I knew there would be a shaking out with all the new breweries opening. As much I would like to see all of them succeed (the Ft. Bend folks were really nice!), I know that is not likely to be the case. Still, I think things are encouraging. Whole Foods Brewery is blowing up (Dave & I have a presentation there later this month). The new tap room at 8th Wonder is awesome! Southern Star & Karbach are scaling up. Lone Pint is rocking. The Texas Beer Refinery is cranking out some wonderful beers. Galveston Island seems to be thriving. Even with the crazy offerings that Buffalo Bayou is releasing, they’re doing well. Is as if all my kids got accepted into Ivy League schools!”
It’s sad to see a good brewery close, and we wish them the best of luck – and our thanks for contributing some great beer to our lives.
Here’s the statement by Fort Bend Brewing on its website:
“Due to various circumstances, it is with regret we must inform you that Fort Bend Brewing Company ceased brewing operations December 30th, 2014, and permanently closed on January 31st, 2015. FBBC has been brewing high quality beers for over 2 years, and has been a proud contributor to many activities and charities in the local community. We gave it all we had to build a brand that we were proud of. For all our cynics and disparagers, you know who you are, well, my mother taught me if I don’t have anything good to say about someone, then don’t say anything at all – enough said.. To all of our supportive retailers and patrons, we sincerely thank you for your support during the past years, you made it worthwhile. To our awesome volunteers, we couldn’t have done it without you. With the warmest gratitude from the bottom of our heart, thank you, we will miss you. On to the next chapter…. Ty and Sharon Coburn”