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Conroe is the county seat of Montgomery County and is on Interstate Highway 45 at the junction of the Union Pacific and the Burlington Northern Santa Fe railroads, seven miles southeast of Lake Conroe in central Montgomery County. In 1881 Houston lumberman Isaac Conroe established a sawmill on at the railroad junction, where in January 1884 a post office was established took the name Conroe's Switch, later shortened to Conroe. A lumber boom in the Piney Woods of eastern and central Montgomery County attracted settlers to Conroe. The population continued to climb for the next several years, reaching an estimated 2,457 by 1931. The spreading effects of the Great Depression struck Montgomery County, drastically curtailing lumber production and forcing many mills to close. Fortunately, oil was discovered oil southeast of town, triggering an oil boom in the county. Within weeks the local economy had revived, as many petroleum wholesalers, retailers, and service companies and thousands of workers entered the town. By 1933 the population was an estimated 5,000. Interstate Highway 45 brought increasing numbers of Houstonians who moved to Conroe to escape the city. The population was 36,811 in 2000.
Southern Star Brewing Company
In March of 2008, Dave Fougeron, the former head brewer at Saint Arnold in Houston, began brewing the first batch Pine Belt Pale Ale, their flagship brand. Their grand opening in April was attended by over 400 beer lovers from across Texas. After finding a distributor, cans of Pine Belt Pale Ale began appearing in Houston, Dallas, Austin and College Station. They also produce a Dortmund style lager called Logger and Rachbier, a smoked beer. Currently only Pine Belt Pale Ale is available in cans. All the beers can be found on tap in the finest pubs in Texas.
Southern Star offers free tours on Saturdays.