Startup Buffalo Bayou Brewing Co. will be located much closer to I-10 than to its namesake waterway, but founder Rassul Zarinfar says that’s by design. A Swamplot commenter dug up the address yesterday: The company has leased a 7,800 sq. ft. warehouse at 5301 Nolda St., at the corner of Detering, in Cottage Grove.
Zarinfar tells Swamplot he was happy to find a location that wasn’t “on the outskirts of town in a super-corporate industrial project.” The company plans to hand-deliver all the kegs it brews themselves, so highway access mattered. Having a location people could easily walk or bike to was also important to him. “Plus,” Zarinfar adds, “we wanted a warehouse that didn’t feel too much like a warehouse, but instead more like an art studio (since beer is art!).”
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What kept the company from revealing the exact location until the commenter’s scoop? “The whole permitting process for building a brewery at the city, county, state and federal levels is so convoluted that announcing our location still feels like counting our chickens before they hatch. We’re not trying to be secretive with it, really just nervous about all the layers of regulators saying no.”
Buffalo Bayou Brewing plans to pour around $400,000 into building out its first home in the former food warehouse (before that, it was some sort of metal fabrication facility, according to Zarinfar). Because the company plans to create beers in small batches, the brewing system it’s starting out with will be very small. Zarinfar doesn’t expect to make too many changes to the exterior of the building. But he’s hoping the facility will be ready to operate by the end of the year.
In advance of brewery tours, there’s this broker video of the vacant building — Zarinfar promises he didn’t pick the music: