Hello! I’m Andy Dunn. My wife, Angie, and our brewery dog, Ralphie, would like to introduce you to the Walking Stick Brewing Company (WSBC), as well as our tap room and beer garden we lovingly call The Stick. We bought this unique, Garden Oaks property in early 2016. Our strategic vision is to be “craft vertical”, simply meaning that we have a role in every step of creating our beer. Locally, we are building a small, neighborhood craft brewery that will serve up to 100 customers in our future taproom. We also plan to self-distribute our beer to local bars and restaurants. In terms of food, our initial plan is to have rotating food trucks serve our patrons. My good friend and partner, Ramon, has a small, working farm in Florida where we grow hops and a wide range of adjuncts that we will add to our beers. We want to have a deep understanding of each element of our creations.
The brewery itself has a 10-barrel brew house built by Portland Kettle Works. They specialize in 3-30 barrel systems manufactured entirely in the US by their fabricators in Portland. Currently, we have enough fermentation and storage capability to produce 2,000 barrels per year. I’m passionate about using US-based fabricators for many reasons, not the least of which is the history of our brewery location. I bought the property located at 956 Judiway in Houston from Milton Tom, an 85-year-old fabricator who used the location as his production site for over 30 years. His wife finally convinced him to retire in 2015. At the time, Milton still maintained perfect vision, never using any sort of eyeglasses (I still marvel at that!!). It seems that he was a local legend, based on his enigmatic personality and the quality of his work. Two years after he has retired, folks still stop by asking about him. We hope to keep some of Milton’s legacy in place as part of the brewery’s personality.