Beer: ¡Mas Lucha!
Brewery: Bakfish Brewing Company
Style: Mexican Style Amber Lager
Price: $6 for 16oz.
Flavor: Suttle hints of roasted corn, followed by a delicate hint of spice.
Aroma: Nutty and toasty
Overall Impression: Rich and robust in color. Accessible and clean. Food-friendly or delicious on its own.
Pearland’s first craft brewery will be celebrating its sixth year in operation next month. Nestled on the border with Friendswood, Bakfish Brewing Company began as the brain-child of Kris Szecsy [SAY-chee] and Brian Allen when they were making their own brews in college as a fun way to save on beer money. Seizing on the growing popularity of micro-breweries across the country, Kris utilizes his previous experience as a chemist in oil and gas for his brewing process while Brian’s talents in business development got the commercial process going. The two coined the name Bakfish by combining their initials along with a nod to Kris’s past career as a marine biologist.
What started out with five beers on tap now boasts seven core draft choices along with several seasonal suds. Bakfish gained fast fame and enjoys a huge following. “The brewery’s pub-like atmosphere allows us to keep experimenting and also the patrons excited on what is next.” says Kris. As the brewery has developed into a popular hotspot, Kris has devoted himself to the beer and features local food trucks to feed the crowds.
Bakfish has also hosted a wide variety of family-friendly community events, fundraisers, clubs, and private parties over the years where new friendships have been forged. “There is always something going on here close to daily. We always have events happening to bring people together from nonprofits like the Pearland Animal Shelter to the Pearland Neighborhood Center.”
When times got tough this brew master got crafty. In the midst of pandemic-induced business closures, Kris was determined to find a way to keep the doors to Bakfish open. As a result of COVID lockdown ordinances which forced bars to shut indefinitely, Kris added non-alcoholic beverages and food items to his menu so that his establishment would be deemed a restaurant as opposed to just a bar. Thankful for the support Bakfish has received over the years, Kris was committed to providing his patrons with a safe place to gather and continue to foster the sense of community that this watering hole is known for.
To that effect, Bakfish now offers an assortment of locally sourced pretzels, and hummus platters which pair nicely with the draft beers brewed on-site. Bakfish has also been opening early since Kris expanded his beverage selection to include freshly roasted globally inspired coffee that he brews daily and serves with local bakery desserts. The idea came to Kris when he noticed his staff liked to stay caffeinated while on duty, “it’s fun and an experience doing this.”
The new operating hours have expanded Bakfish’s customer base to include new demographics. “Runners' club meet on Tuesday nights here to run a 5k and then have a beer afterwards to talk and relax. Parents with toddlers on Friday mornings have a coffee or latte and a dessert while their kids play in the yard.” They even have a regular Home Brew Meet Up for those looking to start a new hobby and a trivia night to test your bar knowledge. Newly announced is the addition of a portable stage under the covered patio to showcase live music from local talent.
The proprietor of this establishment has been innovative in overcoming the obstacles presented by the pandemic. Bakfish leverages its unique menu and large footprint with ample indoor and outdoor floorspace to offer the community a place to come and socialize safely among family and friends. “We simply want to have a family friendly place to meet people and have a great experience.”