I usually leave the beer and brewery reviews to our good friends at Beer Chronicle. But I have become a big fan of a new local Brewery and decided to try my hand at it.
Under The Radar opened this summer in Midtown at 1506 Trujillo, just off Labranch between Austin and Crawford.
The set-up itself is nice; they have ample outdoor space that is well cooled or heated when it needs to be, room for corn hole and TVs for big events (I watched the first half of the Packers-Cowboys there Sunday).
It’s nestled in a quiet little neighborhood, among several townhomes and houses. Occasionally you will see people jogging by on the street from a nearby boxing gym, sometimes carrying heavy bags. It’s peaceful, comfortable and really a nice set up. There is plenty of parking in the lot alongside (although I always bike there) and a food truck with awesome German food.
I have taken many friends there over the past few months, and the reaction has always been the same: “Wow, what a cool place. We had no idea it was here.”
The company was founded by Herb Garcia, Mike Norfleet and Ned Davis. They started like a lot of new breweries by homebrewing for friends, often at Dynamo games. (Notice when you walk in, the names of the three are scratched out in the concrete at the entrance).
The result is a nice, quaint establishment that is everything a neighborhood brewery should be. Not too pretentious, friendly atmosphere and good people.
Oh, and the beers. The Radar guys did it the right way, starting on just a few beers at first and focusing on quality.
The main menu includes The Dirty Blonde, Radar Love, Mid Frequency IPA, Porter Authority and the Midtown Bock. Also on tap is the Mrs. Millers, which was a mistake batch that turned out wonderful. They also had a stout briefly, but that did not last long. I was able to get a couple glasses before it tapped and it was outstanding.
What I like about these guys is I have enjoyed every single beer, including the IPA, and I am not a huge fan of IPAs. Even though they have a small menu, I never get bored with the products, because they are all very good.
My personal favorites are the Porter Authority and Midtown Bock. The PA is a very solid porter, not too heavy, very flavorful, and has the gritty feel of the Port of Houston. I alternate between that and the Midtown Bock as my go-tos. The Midtown is a lighter, smoother bock, but has all the flavor you would expect from something heavier.
(Yes, I have had days where I went through the whole menu). They also offer beer flights for those of you who aren’t as much of a degenerate as I am. The prices in general are very affordable ($5 per beer), and you can buy three for $15 and get a pint glass to take home as well.
I have been there at least once each month since they soft opened in July, as part of my bike around downtown and drink Sundays. It is always the most pleasant stop on the trip.
If you are in the museum district or Midtown and looking for something to do Thursday-Sunday, I highly recommend you give these guys a chance. They are going to be big time someday, and you can be one of the ones who said you were on them from the beginning.
I love that so many new breweries are cropping up in the city, and the local beer scene has never been better. I also love when they are biking distance/stumbling distance from Midtown, Eado and Downtown.
The taproom is both dog and family friendly and I hope you give them a chance.
What: Under the Radar Brewery
Location: Midtown near the Museum district, 1506 Trujillo.
Tap Room Hours: Closed Monday-Wednesday, open Thursday 4-10 p.m., Friday 4-10 p.m. with live music from 6-8, Saturday 10 a.m. until 10 p.m., Sunday noon until 7 p.m.