McKinney is home to both one of the oldest and newest breweries in North Texas. Now you can spend your Saturdays visiting Franconia Brewing Co. (the old) and Tupps Brewery (the new).

I went to Tupps in McKinney for its grand reopening in August -- the owners had an issue with the city over its occupancy permit, which meant they couldn’t have any patrons inside for a brief period. Once it was all worked out, the music was rocking, the smoker was going, and the taps were flowing.  

I thoroughly enjoyed the summer seasonal, the Northbound 75, a 6-percent pale ale infused with roasted peppers. I also admit to having a few shandies, as it was quite a hot day, and nothing could have been better than lemonade and a wheat beer.

Northbound 75 - a 6% Pale Ale infused with roasted peppers.

Northbound 75 - a 6% Pale Ale infused with roasted peppers.

Mae Rock

What: TUPPS Brewery taproom and tour

Where: 721 Anderson St., McKinney

When: Taproom hours are Wednesday and Thursday 4-8 p.m., and Fridays 4-10 p.m. Saturday hours are 11 a.m.-10 p.m.

Why: It’s always nice to visit a brewery during the week when it’s less busy, but making a full Saturday out of visiting Franconia and then Tupps is the way to go, as they have music and food on Saturdays.

How much: $5 per pint during taproom hours, and $15 on Saturday for a tour, which includes three beers and a glass to take home.

What else: Tupps has plenty of parking, and it’s dog- and kid-friendly. Lots of seating options rounds this brewery out as a great destination to hang out with friends or family for a few hours. This brewery is open-air, meaning no AC. There are fans and it is indoors, but it still gets super hot. Dress accordingly!

Booze News Insider Mae Rock is a craft beer enthusiast, and local brewery groupie.

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