FETCHING LAB NEWS ALERT!

FETCHING LAB NEWS ALERT! (sarcastic humor warning😉)

Well Fudgesickles!!! Office of the Governor Greg Abbott has stumbled on a tactic that has worked well in so many political crisis… Scapegoats! He has decided that the recent rise in Covid-19 MUST be the nefarious work of the Bars that have recently been plaguing Texas citizens. In a clever effort to halt our evil plans, he has issued a surprisingly narrowly focused Shutdown Order (Rafting??? really???🤨) We will have more on that in a future post… Please stand by.

That said, Fetching Lab is forced to enact our backup plan. We call it “The Evil, He’s-On-To-Us-So-Hurry-And-Cause-As-Much-Chaos-As-Possible-Plan-of-Evil.“😁

The Plan is as Follows:
– Continue to follow or exceed all Federal, state, county, city, CDC, rules/recommendations/guidelines/hints/rumors as possible. That should cause some real chaos!!!! 😄

– We will be open Wed – Fri from 2:00PM to 9:00PM and Sat/Sun Noon until 9:00PM. This is until Greg Abbott deems to remember us small business owners that have been struggling to survive for months now while doing everything else he has said for us to do and rescinds his order. It is possible our hours may change as the situation changes and we will let you know if they do. Thank you for having patience with us as we adjust.

– You may still come into the Taproom and place a ToGo Order or go to our online Store to place an order for Pick Up. We will do curbside delivery if you would like.

The online store front can be accessed at:

https://fetchinglabbrewery.square.site/

– No drinking will be allowed in the Taproom… unless Office of the Governor Greg Abbott decides to drop by for one of our fantastic brews …. and then, what could we do to stop him? (On a serious note… if Greg Abbott wishes to swing by and talk, we would treat him as an honored guest and would LOVE to talk to him regarding the situation.)

– We WILL still be having our Pet Vaccination event on Saturday 6/27. We believe that one health crisis should not create another. This will be held outside and the same social distancing rules that we’ve been maintaining will still be in place.

Please stay tuned for a more details, with or without humor, we don’t know, it’s chaos, our plan is working!🤣

On a serious note. We want to sincerely thank you so much for all your support. We truly appreciate it and will miss seeing your smiling faces and the amazing conversations while our taproom is closed for dine-in. We hope to see you soon! CHEERS! 🍻 💖
#fetchinglab #theother6thstreet #texasscapegoats #governorabbot #drinklocal #smallbusinesses #TheEvilHesOnToUsSoHurryAndCauseAsMuchChaosAsPossiblePlanofEvil

New Beer Release 4/18/20

New Beer Release 4/18/20

New Beer Alert!!! Today we release a new beer, Midnight Quarantine!


This 10.8 ABV Imperial Porter, is lightly soured, and aged in Garrison Brothers Whiskey Barrels for 24 months. It is a unique bending of three elements, the deep maltiness common to the Midnight Watch Porter, the vanilla and caramel notes common to Garrison Brother Whiskeys, paired with a mild palette cleansing tartness.


Multiple ways to get your Fetching Lab:

Taproom Update! 3/20/2020

ANNOUNCEMENT

Today we would like to start our status update amidst the COVID-19 crisis on a personal note. We want to thank all of you for your support these last few days. Everything has been appreciated; sharing and interacting with our social media, tagging us in other posts, sending us your ideas, coming by and purchasing beer and so much more. We are truly blessed to have such a wonderful community of people around us.

So with that said, lets get to the hops and barley of the post!

Yesterday our plans were changed for us by Governor Abbotts mandate to close all dining rooms and only allow pick-up/to-go orders. This order starts at midnight tonight. We have decided that during this order, some changes will be made.

  • 1. Tonight is the last night for the Taproom to be open until April 4th (says here in fine print). We will be open 3-9pm tonight but also encouraging Pickup to-go orders.
  • 2. Starting Tomorrow, Our new hours of operation for pick-up To-Go Orders, until this is all over will be 12-8 EVERY DAY! Yes. You will be able to get Fetching Lab Brews any day you want for the next couple weeks.

To Support this and to enhance the safety of our customers we are introducing a new Online ordering system. This is hosted by Square, so your orders will be secure. If you would like curbside deliver, just call us at 281-414-7355 when you get here and we will run your order out to you. (Must be 21, as usual)

Just go to: https://fetchinglabbrewery.square.site/ to make your order.

If you would like to call or text an order, you can call 281-414-7355. Whichever way is more convenient for you!

We will be keeping the online order form up to date with the current available tap list and size options.

Thank you again for all the support you have shown us.

3/19/2020 Beer To-Go Menu

3/19/2020 Beer To-Go Menu

As we announced yesterday, this is the Current Beer To-Go Menu for Fetching Lab Brewery Taproom. We will post up a new menu if/when it changes.

If you would like to call or text your order please call 281-414-7355. If there is no answer, please leave a message or text your order (include your name in the text).

Our Hours of operation this week are:

  • Thursday 3-9pm
  • Friday 3-9pm
  • Saturday 12-9pm
  • Sunday 12-9pm

Please keep checking back for the latest information. This is an ever changing situation and we will keep our Blog up to date as best we can.

Blog from the Dog #6

Written by Bella – Fetching Lab CEO

IMG_0411-1I’ve got  so much to tell you and I’m so excited that I don’t know if my tail will stop wagging long enough for me to sit, stay, and type (but let’s give it a shot).

First, we are so excited to be back in the market on the shelves and tap walls around the city!  Thank you again for all of your support and making our little brewery part of the greater Houston Beer culture!  And speaking of beer culture, how about those Astros?!  World Champions!  My only question is, “Why do they have people chasing foul balls hit inside the park?”  Not that I’m looking to step down as CEO of a brewery, but that sounds like a perfect job for a dog like me.

 

 

Dogs areBety good for all kinds of jobs, and some jobs are worthy of Meritorious Service; which is our next BIG announcement.  While we hope that you’ll come out and join us at the brewery every Saturday, mark your calendars for this Saturday, November 11th when we honor a German Shepard named Bety and her handler, Melissa in a salute to veterans.  Bety is a distinguished patrol, explosive detection dog who served our country from September 6th, 2011 to June 1, 2017.  During that time she supported Operation Enduring Freedom and dedicated over 200 hours to successfully completing 534 explosive sweeps for the United States Secret Service and Department of State.  Over 2,500 random antiterrorism enforcement, security, and integrated defense missions were executed by Bety, in support of United States Strategic Command Objectives.  All of this earned her the distinctive accomplishments of “Military Working Dog”.

 

Brett and Theresa spoke with Melissa about coming out to the brewery to meet all of you, so I took a moment to speak with Bety and find out a little bit more about what makes her “tick” (pun – she’s a bomb sweeping dog!)

Me: Bety, on behalf of man and canine, thank you for your service.

Bety: You’re welcome.  It was my pleasure.  My handlers were great and serving our country was an honor.

Me: So are you still working or are you retired?

Bety: I relax all the time.  I love the couch and car rides…

Me: I KNOW!  Aren’t car rides GREAT!

Bety: Yeah.  And if you ever get a chance to ride in a Humvee I highly recommend it.

Me:  SWEET!  So you like relaxation and car rides.  Have you ever gone anywhere exotic?

Bety:  You mean besides Afghanistan?

Me:  Is Afghanistan exotic?  I wouldn’t know.  It’s all foreign to me (get it?).

Bety:  You’re pretty funny.  Is that why everyone likes to hang out at your brewery?

Me:  Well, I like to think so, but I’m guessing my jokes and cranberry juice wouldn’t draw much of a crowd, so I have to give the beer some of the credit.

Bety:  Probably.

Me:  Hey, it looks like we’re going to be seeing you on Saturday the 11th; do you have anything you want to share with our fans?

Bety:  Yes.  I understand you’re working with The HIKE for Mental Health folks to raise funds to support our veterans suffering with PTSD.

Me:  We are!  HIKE for Mental Health and Pearland Parks will be hosting the event and we’re supporting them by collecting donations and the Brewery will be donating a dollar from every beer we sell to this worthy cause.

Bety:  That’s awesome.  So if you can’t get out there for the walk, come see me and Melissa next Saturday and please consider a donation to support our troops.

Alright you guys.  You heard Bety; get out to the brewery!  We are so excited to have Bety and Melissa here tomorrow:

• We’re open from 1-5pm.
• We’ll have a food truck: Greedy’s
• There’s live music with local favorite Chris Hardy

• $1 for every beer will be donated to support Veterans

• We have brand new growlers as part of our growler adoption program (take one home… or two!)

BUT WAIT!  THERE’S MORE!

Our seasonal Midnight Watch Porter is pouring nicely in fine beer establishments all over the city, and we’re going to be unveiling a new “at the brewery only” beer.  “Challenge Accepted” is our new Challenger Hop SMATH beer.  I’m so excited (oh look, there goes my tail again)!   I will have to tell you more about my SMATH program later.

Honoring troops (two and four legs), adopting growlers, new beers… get to the brewery!  And bring your friends (canine and human) because we all love a car ride to the brewery.

“Woof”

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Dog with a Blog #5

Written by Bella – Fetching Lab CCO

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You ever look at a dog and wonder what we’re thinking?  Well wonder no more!  Crack a beer and get comfortable because I’m going to let you inside the mind of a yellow Labrador retriever and the CCO (Chief Canine Officer) of a brewery.

 

 

First, a poem…

“Old mother Hubbard went to the fridge to get herself a beer

But when she got there, all the Fetching Lab was gone.

So she went to the store, to buy more.”

 

We Labs are smart, but I never said we could rhyme.  Not only does it sound better in its original language, but I’ve seen some of the things you humans write.  Let’s just say “you haven’t mastered the English language yet either.”  All these deep thoughts and expressions I put down on paper really have me pondering the happenings here at the brewery.  Forgive my self-indulgent look of deep introspect and self-reflection, but we dogs must have these moment in order to successfully run a brewery you know!

Speaking of business, you have probably noticed that there was a “season” when you couldn’t find our beers on the shelves of your favorite beer store or on tap at your favorite bar.  Well, those “dog days” are over!  We are back in production and beer is not only flowing at the brewery, but out of the brewery and to your favorite spot to drink (Watering-Bowl?).  So look for Fetching Lab and if you don’t see it, “bark” at your local beer buyer (ask nicely, and don’t bite).

Not only are our products back in town, but we now have Eric Andreas and Aaron Brown helping us get the job done!  That’s right.  I hired a couple of beer pros to help Theresa and Brett.  As it turns out, they not only know how to throw a tennis ball, but they know how to sell beer too.  Yup, these guys have upper management potential written all over them!

Besides hiring a couple more “human ball launchers” that know a thing or seven about beer (Get it… “Seven”… because in dog years, one is seven.  Get it?), our Growler Adoption program continues to bring happiness to lonely half gallon jugs of glass and to the people who take them home filled with Fetching Lab beer.  And, while we were fortunate to have not sustained any damage during the flood, not all of our brewing and beer drinking friends were as fortunate.  So, this Saturday when I am opening the brewery from 1-5PM, and will be donating $1.00 from every beer sold to help our community with the relief effort.  We’ll have Adolph’s BBQ, Bobby Territo will be playing music for us, AND we have a new beer!

Midnight Watch Porter is a 6.2% English Style Porter.  We’re experimenting with different varieties of this which will show up later down the road, but this is very dry, roasty, full-flavored, medium bodied, well-rounded porter.  Geez… I’m panting just thinking about it.  Come out to the brewery this Saturday and drink for a good cause with the Bay Area Mashtronauts homebrew club and Girls Pint Out.  Of course you can bring your four-legged friends, but the more two-legged friends you bring, the more we can help those who need it.

So as you can see, I’ve had a lot on my mind, but it’s all been great!  We’re selling beer all over Houston (check out the “Find Us” and “Events” tab on the web page), we have two new great humans, the brewery is open this Saturday, Growler Adoptions are up, we’re drinking for a cause this weekend, and we have Midnight Watch Porter.  Makes you wonder why they refer to “the dog days” as a negative thing?  Hmm.  I guess I have more pondering to do.  Keep drinking; I’ll be in my study.

 

“Woof”

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Dog with a Blog #4

Written by Bella – Fetching Lab CEO

IMG_0411-1I’m a Yellow Lab and the CEO, and as such, I want a dog friendly brewery. After all, 44% of Americans own a dog and 44% of Americans drink beer. COINCIDENCE?! I think not. By the way, only 29% of Americans own a cat. That’s called “WINNING!” Score – Dogs: 1 / Cats: 0.

Here at Fetching Lab we have the perfect environment for people to drink great beer, relax, and bring your dog out for an enjoyable afternoon. And with the success of our “Adopt a Growler Program” (more about this in a moment), people are getting sentimental and taking beer home! That’s love.

A lot of people ask me, “Isn’t it hard to blog without opposable thumbs?”, and the answer is “YES!” It takes about 8 minutes to log in with Brett’s password (DogLoverBeerMakerTheresaLover123)… and yes, it’s case sensitive.) But as a boss who likes to stay in touch with the public, I have a duty to you, the loyal Fetching Lab beer drinker, to keep you informed as to what’s “brewing” out here (“What’s brewing”. Beer pun… get it?).

We get lots of visitors at Fetching Lab Brewery; two-legged and four, but the other day we had the biggest dogs we’ve ever seen. People were actually riding on them! They’re huge! I wanted to find out more about this unusual breed and what they loved about our brewery, so I interviewed one of them who was “amazing”. His name is Shiloh.

IMG_0997Bella: Thanks for coming out to the brewery. Hey, why are you eating the lawn?

Shiloh: It’s pronounced “hay”, it’s what I do.

Bella: What kind of dog eats “hay”?

Shiloh: I’m a horse.

Bella: Never heard of that breed.

Shiloh: I’m not a dog, I’m a HORSE. No more beer for you.

Bella: That would explain your accent. Do people throw balls and do you get to fetch them?

Shiloh: No. They climb on me and ride around. My friends and I brought our people to the brewery today.

Bella: They climb on you?! That doesn’t sound like fun at all.

Shiloh: Neither does chasing a ball. That’s a lot of running.

Bella: But I have a “ball” doing it… see what I did there? Dog pun!

Shiloh: Not funny.

Bella: Sure it is. What’s not funny is you eating the lawn!

Shiloh: I told you, it’s “Hay”, and it tastes great. My people say the same thing about your beer.

Bella: Hey! That’s awesome! See what I did there? “HEY”… not “HAY”. Word pun… HEY!

Shiloh: Still not funny.

Bella: Tough crowd. Maybe you should have a beer.

Shiloh: You know I can drink beer from the taps while standing on the other side of the bar?

Bella: Now you’re just showing off.

Shiloh: Yeah, but I wanted you to know that if you don’t get me a beer soon, I’m going to get my own. Don’t you own this place?

Bella: I’ll see what I can do. “Hay (hehe) Wes… Bring some beer for these horses!”

Shiloh: Have you seen that movie?

Bella: What movie?

Shiloh: “Beer for my horses”

Bella: No.

Shiloh: It’s a big tease. There are no horses drinking beer in that movie. There aren’t even any horses. So yeah, I’ll take a beer. Somebody owes me one to make amends for false movie advertising.

Bella: Don’t get mad at me. It’s not like I made the movie.

Shiloh: True. But you’re in the unique position to show all these people that there needs to be beer for their horses.

Bella: Some of us dogs drink beer too.

Shiloh: For a canine, you sure know how to speak my language.

It was great meeting Shiloh and his friends. I hope he and his people come back soon. I guess that means we’re not just a dog friendly brewery, but pet friendly too. Everyone is welcome here, even horses; except for those Clydesdales. Shiloh tells me the ones from St. Louis are the worst!

Other than chasing balls and talking to horses, there are other fun things happening, but you need to get out here and see for yourself.

I will be opening the Brewery this Saturday 5/27/17 from 1-5 AM. Come on a out and enjoy a beer as well as music by Chris Hardy and food by Corey’s Kitchen food truck.

On a very happy note, our growlers continue to find good homes with beer lovers everywhere. We thank you for your support. And, unlike adopting a cat, adopting a growler brings joy. (Oberon says I’m not supposed to talk that way about cats. Oops!) You can even adopt a growler for someone else. Trust me, they’ll love it! Feel free to call us for hours. As you know the weather and offsite events can impact our daily hours.

Thanks for supporting our brewery, drinking beer, loving dogs, and reading blogs! Now come out and see us… you can travel by car, foot, or horseback!

“Woof”

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Bella’s good will tour with Oberon

rideBrett here, Head Brewer of Fetching Lab Brewery.  On Saturday, Bella told Oberon (our Head of Marketing) to gather the crew and do a good will tour of some of the north Houston breweries that we haven’t had a chance to visit since they opened or moved to a new location.  Oberon, being the manager that he is (we don’t call him 33% for nothing), delegated the planning of the trip as well as this write-up to me.    

 

 

I decided it would be best to start off on the far north side and work our way down so we loaded up the truck and headed to B52. 

b52It turns out this was one of Oberon’s favorite stops of the day.  All the breweries had great beer but this one had TREES!  He personally marked and claimed many of them as his own.  Built on several acres of forest a stone throw away from Lake Conroe, we were all amazed at how much this place could pack in.  They had an amazing location with some of the most well balanced brews of various styles including some amazing Barrel Aged brews that we have ever had. The staff gave Oberon the royal tour of their facility as well as letting us (his human food tasters) sample a flight (wing?) of their brews.  Oberon was so excited about the place that we stayed about an hour longer than we expected.  Oberon felt right at home here.

southern starBut, a good will tour cannot end with only one stop so we packed up and headed out to visit some old friends of ours at Southern Star Brewery.  We have followed them since they first started up and they have a special place in our hearts.  When we first conceived Fetching Lab back in 2009, Southern Star was the first brewery to open their doors to us and answer any and every question we had.  This gave us the confidence we needed to proceed with our plans.  Needless to say, we were all excited finally get a chance to see their new location.  This state of the art facility is amazing!  If you want to see what a well-planned and smooth running brewery looks like, just start there.  Well done. Once again, the staff gave us the VIP tour and we had a blast.  I also had a chance to drink a bit of their Blood Belt Pale Ale, a crisp orange on top of a malty pale ale.  Yum.  Sadly, Oberon was not allowed in but instead stayed in the park and practiced his sleeping skills in the shade.  You know he feels comfortable when he can take a nap in a new location, he tends to fall asleep at the job.  copperhead

Packing up the crew, ignoring the kicking and screaming request to stay just a little longer, we slithered our way over to Copperhead Brewing.  This wonderful little gem of a brewery showed off its best to us.  A relaxed, dog friendly locale with a fine beer spread and most importantly to people who grew up in Texas… an air-conditioned tap room.  You can tell from the little touches like the handmade stain glass windows to the surprisingly open floor plan in the brewery, that these folks put a lot of thought and effort into their craft.  We spent quite a bit of time talking to the staff and sampling the local offerings.  I was personally addicted to the Medusa!  It is one of the perks of such a tour that you get to hang out with people who speak the same language and enjoy life.  Oberon met some new friends and everyone had a good time. 

hollerThe next brewery we wanted to give a shout out to is Holler Brewing Company.  We found John and Kathryn hard at work slinging pints and taking care of business.  Their brewery is a well-crafted blend of modern architecture with an open floor plan that was easy to find.  We enjoyed a full round of their beers which are well worth the trip. I personally loved their Looyah Tooyah Imperial Milk Stout and the Belgian IPA.   This hard-working pair took time to show us around their brewing facility.  Thank you very much, we must come back soon.   

Our final stop was a quick trip to Platypus Brewing. We are sorry we didn’t get any pictures here. This was our first introduction to their brews and they delivered.  They are in an old metal fabrication facility that had then been turned into a Hip-Hop club prior to becoming a brewery.  This was evident in the wrap around, red velvet lined stair cases that bracket the brew house.  It is what all of the fashionable breweries should aspire to.  Very schwank!  Seriously… excellent beer and food from very friendly folks.  The building history was fascinating and we could have spent all night talking and tasting more of their brews.  Unfortunately, it was getting late and we needed to head back to give our report out to Bella so we loaded everyone up to make the long drive back down to Alvin.  Oberon took nap #5.   

recoveryOberon is back home now recovering from the whirlwind tour he (had me) plan out. He gives all of these breweries his print of approval. 

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His only regret … that one oak tree he did not have a chance to claim at B52.