Houston to Galveston Brewery

Isle’s new attraction: Galveston Island Brewing

By Ronnie Crocker, September 8, 2014
HOUSTON/GALVESTON – Craft beer is all the rage around town and the island is no stranger to specialty craft beers.
For three years, Mark Dell’Osso was a tugboat captain ferrying workers, equipment and supplies to the distinctive blue railroad bridge construction that runs parallel to the Interstate 45 causeway over Galveston Bay. He would often bring one of his homemade beers to after-work parties, where the easy-drinking amber ale proved to be a hit.

“It was a beer that all these construction workers enjoyed drinking,” Dell’Osso said.

 A commercial version of that same brew is now available at Dell’Osso’s Galveston Island Brewing Co. The beer is sold as Blue Bridge Amber, and it is among eight to 10 that rotate on and off the tap-room wall. There’s also top-seller Tiki Wheat, an American-style wit brewed with an American-ale yeast strain, coriander and a bit of honey malt; Citra Mellow, a pale ale; and Excelsior! IPA, an India pale ale that combines three varieties of U.S. hops.

Dell’Osso, 31, brings that same brewing talent and tugboat work ethic to his young brewery, which opened in June at 8423 Stewart and began limited distribution to a handful of bars at the beginning of August.

Houston to Galveston Brewery
He most recently was the brewer at Beerfoot Brewery, now one of his new customers. While working there, he got to know and occasionally brew with guys from established Houston-area breweries such as Saint Arnold, Southern Star, and No Label.

That taught him a lot about the mechanical aspects of brewing and gave him a stable of people he now can turn to for advice – and the occasional hand-me-down.“I built these professional relationships,” he says.

“I actually have Southern Star’s old grain mill,” he says. “We use it every day. They grew out of it.”

Dell’Osso picked up second-hand tanks and other odds and ends from breweries as far away as Georgia and Nashville, Tenn. He converted some old dairy equipment into a five-barrel brewhouse. He stored it all until he was able to lease a building and open for business.

But that equipment is all paid for, meaning Dell’Osso can focus on the job at hand. With a two-person staff, a couple of volunteers and some part-timers who tend the taproom bar, he is able to make and sell beer by the pint and – because he opted for a brewpub license – by the growler to go.

He recently added two brand-new fermentation tanks, which doubled the brewery’s capacity and allowed Dell’Osso to make enough beer that he could begin distributing off-site.


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The brewery sits back off Stewart Road, and you can’t miss it for the stadium-style seats out front, from which you can make out the blue railroad bridge in the far distance.

Just inside the garage-style door is the pleasantly air-conditioned tap room with its copper bar, wooden bar stools and beer-bottle caps embedded in the floor in a row of concrete. Male customers will get a kick out of the recycled beer keg that serves as a urinal in the men’s room.

Galveston Island Brewing’s tap room is already developing a steady clientele, and with good reason. We have visited a couple of times and on a recent Saturday picked up two growlers of Tiki Wheat.

What: New craft brewery in Galveston

Tap room hours: 4-10 p.m. Mondays-Thursdays; 3 p.m.-midnight Fridays; noon-midnight Saturdays; noon-10 p.m. Sundays

On draft: Limited distributions as well as a broad group in the tap room. Come in for a pint or takeaway growler fills.

We are traveling from Houston and Galveston Island to have at the Brewmasters Craft Beer Festival at Moody Gardens on Labor Day weekend.

They will also host live music and special releases at the brewery Aug. 29, Aug. 30 (after the Brewmasters Grand Tasting) and Sept. 1.

More info: GalvestonIslandBrewing.com, as originally appeared in the Houston Chronicle.

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