Tapping Our Pulse

8th Wonder Brewery

George Alexander  |  Photos by Robert Piwonka, Jack Nugent, Alex Vassilakidis and Aaron Corsi. Photo by Maximilian Burkhalter.
November 25, 2013

Lately, the number of microbreweries and brewpubs in the greater Houston area has multiplied. Coming now before the people is 8th Wonder Brewery (named for the Astrodome). The principals are the original Eatsie Boys: chef Matt Marcus, president Ryan Soroka and financialist Alex Vassilakidis. Joining them is Aaron Corsi, who lectures at UH’s Hilton School in three courses: “Alcoholic Beverage Production,” “Beer Appreciation” and “Winery, Brewery and Distillery Operations.” When Corsi is not teaching or supervising the brewing of 8th Wonder’s three beer types, he is working towards a Ph.D. in molecular and environmental plant science at Texas A&M. (Hence, the name of 8th Wonder’s wheat beer, Intellectuale.) The first tasting of 8th Wonder beers was held in April at their brewery, just east of the George R. Brown Convention Center. Since then, the little brewery has signed up nearly 50 local bars and restaurants for regular deliveries of draft beer and routinely sell out their annual production capacity of 2,400 kegs. Come for tastings every Saturday, from 6 to 9 pm. 2202 Dallas St. (entrance on Hutchins Street), 713.229.0868; 8thwonderbrewery.com.