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Listen up, fans of craft beer. Anvil's Bobby Heugel and Kevin Floyd — the beer guru at the cutting-edge cocktail bar — plan to open a beer bar just down the Westheimer Curve, in the former Chances location.

Should be good.

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It's going to be awesome. There's more technical data here: http://barleyvine.blogspot.com/2011/01/hay-merchant.html

I mentioned cooler space earlier, so let's talk about the cold box at Hay Merchant. There will be 3 different and separate cold boxes. The first cooler box will be the cellar held at around 55 degrees F. In this cellar there will be kegs and bottles that Kevin would like to age. There will be no tap lines, just aging. Having a cellar will allow Kevin to host beer vertical events after a few years. The other cold box will be held at 55 deg F and will serve warmer beer like strong ales and casks. Finally, the last cold box will be the true cold box held at 35 degrees and will house, lagers, pilsners, blond ales, wheat beers, etc. Kevin's plan is to have a 60/40 split of ales to lagers. He is going to keep his keg lines as short as possible, straight taps, and short draws to reduce any chance of contamination or stale beer. As with Anvil, tap lines will be cleaned by hand at least between each time a keg is swapped out and sometimes more frequently depending on how quickly kegs are rotated. Each keg will have individual gas regulators as well. [...]

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Uh-oh..

Does this mean the Dbaggery is coming to montrose? I certainly hope not.

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Uh-oh..

Does this mean the Dbaggery is coming to montrose? I certainly hope not.

I like & make craft beer. I live in Montrose. To the best of my knowledge I am not a d-bag.

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I like & make craft beer. I live in Montrose. To the best of my knowledge I am not a d-bag.

Boy, you take it personal, don't you?

Maybe your household has a low dbag factor, but the ratio goes up if you put some trendy bar. I'd go, but I hope to negate a little bit of the d-bag factor, though.

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Uh-oh..

Does this mean the Dbaggery is coming to montrose? I certainly hope not.

Why is it every time a new bar opens someone claims its going to be filled with d-bags? This isn't going to be a club or hip place to be.

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I like & make craft beer. I live in Montrose. To the best of my knowledge I am not a d-bag.

hmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmm perhaps there is more home brewing being done in Montrose than one would imagine. . . . . We home brew also------------

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I like what they are planning to do in terms of salvaging what they can in the building, if there's anywhere that's to be encouraged, it's here. That bend is finally going to be something with this place and the new restaurant opposite. As to the beer, if I don't like it, I won't go. Regarding the d-baggery or otherwise, I've yet to hear a satisfactory definition of that moniker, so wouldn't really know one if I saw one. Now if it's a-holes we're talking about, then those creatures are present in nearly every bar I go to. There's little I can do about that other than never go out, and I'm not going to do that.

Let's just give the place a chance*....

*Unintentional play on words.

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Shouldn't we embrace the D-bag? Are we not mature enough to ignore these people if they are in the same place as you or is it too overwhelming? Personally I think the "d-bag" guy who is going with his 5 bros spending 100 dollars each really helps these kinds of places. I can enjoy myself in the same place as those people...its fun people watching when someone is making themselves look like a complete idiot.

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Regarding the d-baggery or otherwise, I've yet to hear a satisfactory definition of that moniker, so wouldn't really know one if I saw one. Now if it's a-holes we're talking about, then those creatures are present in nearly every bar I go to. There's little I can do about that other than never go out, and I'm not going to do that.

Let's just give the place a chance*....

*Unintentional play on words.

Go to bars often enough, and they will stand out.

Shouldn't we embrace the D-bag? Are we not mature enough to ignore these people if they are in the same place as you or is it too overwhelming? Personally I think the "d-bag" guy who is going with his 5 bros spending 100 dollars each really helps these kinds of places. I can enjoy myself in the same place as those people...its fun people watching when someone is making themselves look like a complete idiot.

Spending $100 each and hanging with your buds is no big deal, it's the guys that do it obnoxiously and annoy people around them.

Now kids, here are some examples. Remember, pay attention, this might help you enjoy your evening better if you avoid the following examples:

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But here is the "Jersey Shore" variation.

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For those that need a better definition, here's a fairly accurate chart:

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I don't anticipate seeing any of these characters in a brewpub but if I do will surely give them a wide berth.

Go to bars often enough, and they will stand out.

Spending $100 each and hanging with your buds is no big deal, it's the guys that do it obnoxiously and annoy people around them.

Now kids, here are some examples. Remember, pay attention, this might help you enjoy your evening better if you avoid the following examples:

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douchebag.jpg

But here is the "Jersey Shore" variation.

douchebag-1.jpg

For those that need a better definition, here's a fairly accurate chart:

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Boy, you take it personal, don't you?

Maybe your household has a low dbag factor, but the ratio goes up if you put some trendy bar. I'd go, but I hope to negate a little bit of the d-bag factor, though.

Douchebags drink rum and cokes, Bud Light, and Stella at best, not craft beer.

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Douchebags drink rum and cokes

It's official. The Andrew Sisters were douchebags.

I notice that there's no female equivalent term - perhaps douchebaguette?

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It's official. The Andrew Sisters were douchebags.

I notice that there's no female equivalent term - perhaps douchebaguette?

We never fault the women - we just sit there and jealously mutter under our breath that the hot chicks who hang out with douchebags would be better off with us.

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It's official. The Andrew Sisters were douchebags.

I notice that there's no female equivalent term - perhaps douchebaguette?

Actually, according to my daughter, the term is "tampon".

I stared at the phone not believing it.

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So I'm guessing that this is going to take up the space where Charlie's Diner was....

I am on the "this is going to be awesome" side of things.

http://www.29-95.com...xt-hay-merchant

This is exciting. Three brand new establishments under development in such close proximity to each other - with any luck the strip center on the south side of Westheimer will be next.

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i walked by Chances last weekend, and it is need of some serious repairs and frankly is an eye sore. while im all for perserving old buildings, Chances looks like it needs to be knocked down. i hope these guys can somehow make a silk purse out of a sow's ear.

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i walked by Chances last weekend, and it is need of some serious repairs and frankly is an eye sore. while im all for perserving old buildings, Chances looks like it needs to be knocked down. i hope these guys can somehow make a silk purse out of a sow's ear.

That's their specialty. Did you ever go to Anvil when it was Sliders Bar & Daiquiris? ;)

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Regarding the d-baggery or otherwise, I've yet to hear a satisfactory definition of that moniker, so wouldn't really know one if I saw one. Now if it's a-holes we're talking about, then those creatures are present in nearly every bar I go to.

Dbags are aholes, just more-so.

From the urban dictionary:

Dbag:

Someone who has surpassed the levels of jerk and asshole.

you'll usually see them wearing Affliction, Ed Hardy, or Tapout t-shirts.

Generally, in high numbers they make a place less desirable to be, unless you are a dbag yourself.

I think it's safe to assume a dbag would never homebrew beer.

regardless, good beer joints are hard to find. and of the ones that are out there, it's nice to toss in some variet, I'm looking forward to it, and will go at least once.

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I heard Bobby Heugel speak at the Neartown meeting Tuesday---he said the Hay Merchant was about 5 months behind schedule to open because of all the hoops he had to jump through for COH permits.

He was there to speak about article 26 (i think that's the #--it's about new parking requirements) He gave a good speech from the individual restaurant owners perpective.

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seems like craft beer nirvana. . . . . . . . . . won't have a chance to try it out for a while. . . . . . . . . . anyone been there?

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seems like craft beer nirvana. . . . . . . . . . won't have a chance to try it out for a while. . . . . . . . . . anyone been there?

Yep. I've been twice, and it's awesome. Great food, too.

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went thursday and loved it. very crowded but we found a spot at the bar pretty quickly. food was good (really really liked the meat chips). the nitro tapping system they use really adds a positive effect to the beers in terms of mouth feel. i will definitely be going back as regularly as possible.

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I know this isn't yelp. Took a friend from Chicago straight from IAH last night. Had a great time, resonable prices, great food, even better beer.

This will be a big plus for the area when Underbelly opens in a couple weeks next door.

My friend from Chicago was blown away at the Houston Restaurant scene, remarked if this place opened in Chicago there would be a 3 month wait to get a table - took us 20 minutes.

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Went on Saturday afternoon and it was PACKED. We were taken aback at first because the place appeared to be a restaurant that served beer rather than a bar with food. Every space was being utilized by diners and it was slightly intimidating because we were just drinking.

However, after about 6 beers each, we settled in!

I like the place a lot. I will love it when the newness factor wares off.

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Went yesterday (Thursday). Got there early enough to get a table. Love this place. Great ambiance, great food, great beer. What more could you ask for?

I really didn't think I would like the pig ears but they proved to be very addicting. Hamburger was also one of the best I have had. They cut and grind their own meat so it's always fresh.

Look closely at the bricks surrounding the manhole cover built into the wall. They are old city street bricks that were pulled up while excavating the new Dynamo stadium.

Loved their water bottles. Big King Cobra malt liquor bottles.

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ps. Underbelly is having a soft opening this week. Official opening is scheduled for next Monday. Did not eat there but took a tour and I'm sure it's also going to be incredible. Their wine bar is open for business now.

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We ate there Friday night. Got there around 8, only took 10 minutes for a table to open up. The beer selection was nice. The food was good as well. We ordered about half of the menu between the four of us to share and sample. Everything tasted like it had been slowly and meticulously made with care, and not just grabbed from the freezer and nuked before plating. The gator fritters stole the show. We ended up having to order extra of those. The burger was advertised as ground fresh daily, and it certainly tasted that way.

No d-bags to be found. Mostly young couples doubled up (like us), a few bottom-end corporate parties (think cubicle farm crews), and hipsters. Lots and lots of hipsters!

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