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In Search of Grapes and Grains: Touring the Wineries and Breweries in Southeast Texas
11/1/2019 11:00:00 AM

Grapes and Vines

Fall is the perfect season for a road trip! If you’re looking for a unique Southeast Texas adventure, take a tour of their local wineries and breweries.

Free State Cellars 

4702 Tejas Parkway

Orange, TX 

Free State Cellars is a well-aged business; they’ve grown grapes and made wine for over 35 years. Their vineyard sprawls over seven acres and includes over 1,000 vines. Free State Cellars specializes in Noble Black (red) and Magnolia Bronze (white) muscadine grapes. They also offer wine selections with chocolate notes and fruity aromas such as Moscatos, Spanish Tempranillos, and French Viogniers. Visit their spacious tasting room where you can browse and sip from an extensive wine collection. Espresso, cheese and charcuterie is also available. Meander through the vines, explore the scenic bayou, or relax on the scenic patio.

409-221-7232 or 

Cotton Creek Winery

6755 Phelan Blvd. Suite 10 

Beaumont, TX 

Cotton Creek offers a tasting room with an extensive wine list. Consider pairing the wines with cold plates. In addition to charcuterie, Cotton Creek provides hot appetizers and flat bread pizzas when their kitchen is open (Tues-Thurs, 6:00-8:30 p.m. and Fri-Sat, 6:00-9:00 p.m.) 

Cotton Creek is a perfect venue for private events – wedding receptions, showers, birthday parties. Choose your own caterer and food, and/or have the winery "arrange for gourmet cheese, meat and sandwich platters.” Enjoy the Italian rustic ambience of Cotton Creek. 

409-861-0400 or

Neches Brewing Company 

1108 Port Neches Ave 

Port Neches, TX 


Located in downtown Port Neches, this brewing company offers over 70 beers, with 20 taps and beers from around the country. Some are brewed on location like their Belgian Honey Blonde, Buenas Neches Jalapeno, and Dreamcatcher IPA. 


In addition to beer, Neches Brewing offers a range of activities and live entertainment. They have Tuesday trivia nights, Brew Yoga on Saturdays, Bingo on Sundays and live music Thurs-Sat. 


Open Mon-Sun, 12:00-10:00 p.m. 409-237-5700. 

Pour Brothers Brewery 

585 Wall St. 

Beaumont, TX

At newly-opened Pour Brothers Brewery, each beer on tap tells a story. Its Patty B is a Belgian Blonde Ale inspired by the way Belgian monks used to brew their ales -- light enough so that they can fulfill their holy duties. The CardinAle, inspired by the Lamar University cardinals, is made with kilned malts and roasted barley that give the drink its cardinal color. Lastly, the Fuggley brown ale is named after fuggle hops. 

Two food trucks – Boss Burgers and Tacos Don Guicho – are often found on location. In the beer garden, visitors can play yard games (Jenga, horseshoes, and cornhole) or watch the big game on TV. And feel free to bring Fido! Pour Brothers is dog-friendly. Tours available. 

Open Thurs, 4:00-8:00 p.m.; Fri, 4:00-11:00 p.m.; Sat, 11:00 a.m.-11:00 p.m.; and Sun, 12:00-6:00 p.m. 409-363-5006. 

Struggle Street Brewing Company 

2140 Calder Ave 

Beaumont, TX

Struggle Street Brewing Company opened in 2018. They also offer a mix of house, Texas and around-the-country beers. Their house beers include the Cherry Cheesecake Struggle Tart, a sour Berliner-Weisse; Red Headed Stranger, a brown ale; and Struggle Free Seltzer (which also comes in raspberry), a hard seltzer. In state, they carry Tiki Wheat from Galveston, Gorgeous Ladies of B52 from Conroe, a Blood Orange cider from Austin, and more. Nationally, look for Dale’s Pale Ale, CO; Mango Kolsch, Boston; Hoptimum riple IPA, CA. Televised sports and food trucks available. 

Open Wed-Thurs, 1:00-10:00 p.m.; Fri-Sat, 12:00-11:00 p.m.; Sunday, 12:00-6:00 p.m. 409-299-9701. 

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