Owner Josh Harris achieved his dream when Front Porch Pub opened its doors in December of 2000. Getting started with little more than a credit card, a little borrowed money from a sweet grandmother, and a prayer, Josh was the ripe old age of twenty-five when the Pub pulled its first pint.
Originally from Mississippi, Josh moved to Houston looking for adventure and landed a job bartending at the best Irish Pub in town, McGonigel’s Mucky Duck. That is where he was introduced to great hand crafted beer from all over the globe and quickly became a fan. As a young man living in the big city he would go out on the town quite a bit trying to meet people and make some friends, but the night club scene wasn’t for him. “I’ve always been more of a beer and burger guy,” he confesses. “I’m fond of the local ice houses. I like the outdoor atmosphere… it reminds me of the good times I had back home in Mississippi”.
People always ask how the Front Porch Pub came to be. Josh usually answers that question as follows: “The name came from my southern roots of growing up in Mississippi. Front porches in the Deep South are where friends and neighbors meet to tell a few stories, enjoy a few beers and eat some good food”. One thing Harris noted was that the typical Texas ice house normally didn’t carry the hand crafted beers he’d come to love. While developing the concept for Front Porch Pub he combined three elements which had lent themselves to the times in which he made the most friends and had the most fun; the indoor/outdoor feel of the local ice houses, great handcrafted beer from all over the world, and the comfort of kicking back on a front porch.
Thus came Front Porch Pub. Nearly two decades later, both Front Porch and Josh have grown significantly. The Porch is known throughout for great beer, great pizza and big stories. Josh is now a father, quite a bit older, and depending on who you ask, a little wiser. If you get a little time, swing by the Front Porch Pub and make up your own story, if nothing else you’ll get to hear a few. God Bless Texas!