Pearland’s first microbrewery, BAKFISH Brewing Company, officially opens its doors to the public on March 14. Located at 1231 Broadway Street, brewery hours will be Monday through Friday from 3 to 9 p.m.; Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. and Sundays from noon to 9 p.m. The local establishment has been in the making for two years when a casual conversation between co-owners Brian Allen and Kris Szecsy about brewpub law changes emerged as a full-fledged effort to open their new business.
Leaving their full time careers – a chemist in the oil and gas industry for Kris and business development in aviation for Brian, the BAKFISH name derived simply from their initials “B” and “K” with “fish” added as an homage to Kris’ background in marine biology plus the emphasis of being located on the Gulf Coast.
Brian, a native Pearlander, conducted a bit of research only to find the Houston area south of Loop 610 is underserved for brewpubs and soon after their Pearland location was born.
With over 8,000 square feet, BAKFISH Brewing Company will offer 5 core beers including a blonde, wit, brown porter, single IPA and double IPA plus seasonals. A 20-gallon pilot system will allow Head Brewer Kris an opportunity to test new products.
While Kris focuses on perfecting brews and testing new products, Brian manages the front of the house including the 3,200+ square feet of space available for private events, 2,000 square foot tap room plus 1,200+ square feet in the actual brewery. With a seating capacity of 200, the duo plans to offer a variety of events to draw visitors including food trucks, game night, partnerships with biking and fitness enthusiasts and more. BAKFISH is pet-friendly and kid-friendly.
“Center Court Pizza is the first establishment to carry BAKFISH on draft and additional accounts will be added as we produce more beer. We look forward to opening the doors and sharing our beer with the community,” says Brian Allen co-owner of BAKFISH Brewing Company.