Whats Eric Eating
What's Eric Eating Episode 55

What's brewing at 8th Wonder, plus Houston's next hot restaurant 'hood

What's brewing at 8th Wonder, plus Houston's next hot food 'hood

8th Wonder Brewery Procrastinator beer
8th Wonder just introduced Procrastinator Session IPA. Courtesy photo
Nobu Houston bar interior
The hosts discuss their meal at Nobu. Photo by Peter Molick
8th Wonder Brewery cans Ryan Soroka
8th Wonder co-owner Ryan Soroka is this week's guest.  Photo by Eric Sandler
Walk-Ons
Walk-On's plans for Houston are part of the news of the week. Photo courtesy of Walk-Ons
8th Wonder Brewery Haterade cans
Find Haterade on store shelves and tap walls across Houston. Courtesy photo
8th Wonder Brewery Procrastinator beer
Nobu Houston bar interior
8th Wonder Brewery cans Ryan Soroka
Walk-Ons
8th Wonder Brewery Haterade cans

On this week's episode of What's Eric Eating, 8th Wonder Brewery president and co-founder Ryan Soroka joins CultureMap food editor Eric Sandler to discuss the latest goings-on with his growing business. The conversation begins with 8th Wonder's newest beers, including the hip-hop series that features collaborations with local rappers, as well as an update on the brewery's compansion distillery, which will launch later this summer with vodka and gin. 

After discussing the explosive growth of Houston's patio bars, Sandler asks Soroka to opine on what other trends he's seeing around the city. Somewhat surprisingly, he touts the growth of craft beer in Houston's suburbs. 

"I think traditionally they've been a little neglected, not necessarily on purpose, but a lot of the development hot spots and the places that get all the media attention tend to be inside the Loop or inside the Beltway," Soroka says. "There are fast growing communities, young communities that want lifestyle and entertainment options as well. They don't want to come into town to commute for these options; they want them in their backyard. Katy, hotspot. The Woodlands, hot. Sugar Land, still growing. Pearland, one of the fastest growing areas in the country. These quote-unquote suburbs of Houston are new areas of growth for the food and beverage industry. We hope to expand our presence and awareness in those new markets." (What's Eric Eating is partially sponsored by 8th Wonder Brewery.) 

Prior to Soroka joining the show, local food enthusiast Matt Harris joins Sandler to discuss the news of the week. Their topics include Walk-On's Bistreaux & Bar's plans to expand to Houston, the closure of Brooklyn Athletic Club, and whether the opening of Might as Well Lounge and Boozenasium means Spring Branch is about to become Houston's next hot restaurant neighborhood. In the restaurant of the week segment, Sandler and Harris, who recently returned from a trip to Japan, have an extensive discussion about their visit to Nobu; they also share some thoughts on newly-opened East Hampton Sandwich Co. 

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