Craft Beers & Crafted Bites | Hay Merchant | Montrose, Houston

Hay Merchant offers the Montrose area a vast selection of potent craft beers paired with snacks like gumbo, burgers & pig ears in a comfy space. The Hay Merchant is the perfect place to bring the gang and belly up to the bar. Their space is made to be rowdy. It lends itself to being a great sports bar as well!


“The Hay Merchant, a proud bunch of craft beer enthusiast obsessed with serving the very best food and craft beers in the way that’s meant to be enjoyed!”

I have become quite the ” craft beer snob” during my adventures on the food and beverage circuit. Specifically “nitros.”  The usage of the word “bro” has become excessive as well.  My husband says that I drink “man beers” and for some reason that makes me proud! Over the weekend we decided to try something a little out of the ordinary.



If you know where you’re going, then you know where you’re going. But for those of us who rely on “reading” and “directional signs” having the name of the establishment out front would help.

The “Bouncer”

while uber polite & helpful caught us off guard. Maybe putting the nice young man in a hosts booth with a sign that says “Please show ID” and “seat yourself” would be two optimum additions. May also cut down on the backlog of idiots (myself included) with the “what’s next” look on their faces after entering.

Walk up counter service

There’s no waitress. So stop looking around when your beer is gone and go to the bar for a refill. The nice young lady that came to take your initial order is now behind the bar WORKING. Just be patient or get your ass up and move around a bit, don’t be a douche!


I love the flavor of a full bodied craft beer. Preferably with the highest IPU’s available! I tried the Founder’s Devil Dance  and the Deschutes Obsidian (Nitro). Both were dark and flavorful, with hints of caramel and chocolate.

A MUST TRY are the Sweet and Spicy Pig ears. Crispy pig ear cartilage fried to perfection, followed by a dash of cinnamon, sugar, salt ! The Wagyu beef jerky was tasty. I don’t eat much jerky because I have baby teeth, but my husband liked it.

If you happen to be in the Montrose area, might I suggest you stop at Underbelly for your dinner and have your night cap directly next door at The Hay Merchant! Tell Chef Chris Sheppard (Underbelly) that we said hello and congratulate him on his James Beard award!

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