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.
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!