On this week's episode of "What's Eric Eating," CultureMap's restaurant-related podcast, food editor Eric Sandler interviews 8th Wonder Brewery Ryan Soroka about the four-year-old brewery's explosive growth. From opening in EaDo in 2013, 8th Wonder is on track to produce approximately 15,000 barrels of beer in 2017, which makes it one of Houston's largest craft breweries.
Other topics include the way 8th Wonder has used its taproom to host events that build its brand, its imminent expansion to San Antonio, how the brewery decides which new styles of beer to roll out, and the current state of Houston's ever-evolving beer scene. Of course, no interview with a brewery owner is complete without a question about whether the company would be open to a buyout by a big player like ABInBev. During the lightning round, Soroka shares his first concert, favorite Houston sports figure, and more.
Prior to Soroka joining the show, Sandler and L'Olivier owner Mary Clarkson discuss the news of the week. The writer and restaurateur share which of this summer's most-anticipated openings they're excited about, debate the merits of the Impossible Burger that made its Texas debut at Underbelly and Hay Merchant, and celebrate chef John Sheely's return to the kitchen at Lowbrow.
In the restaurant of the week segment, Clarkson explains what she liked about her visit to newly opened Balls Out Burger, and then the duo finish with a conversation about the highs and lows of Better Luck Tomorrow, the new bar from Anvil owner Bobby Heugel and James Beard Award winner Justin Yu.
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