Opening hasn't been easy for the folks behind a forthcoming Dallas brewery, Noble Rey Brewing Co. But after going through several potential locations and permitting processes, all that stands in their way is the final paperwork.
Tuesday, Noble Rey owner and brewer Chris Rigoulot applied for a license with the Texas Alcohol and Beverage Commission in hopes of firing up the brew house in Dallas' Design District in late May or early June. But there are still a lot of question marks.
"We've been told by different sources -- not from TABC directly -- the process can take as little as 15 days or it can take up to four weeks," Rigoulot said.
That means Noble Rey could begin producing beer in about a month. But Rigoulot has previously experienced trouble with the application process -- he had to re-submit paperwork Tuesday because getting the correct signatures took longer than the allotted 90-day time frame. The business' previous target open date was January 2015.
The company will be operating on a brewpub license, so the next question is how soon do the founders want to open the doors?
If Rigoulot and his partners decide to sell other breweries' products in the taproom, they could begin serving right away. But there's a caveat -- Texas law says brewpubs that sell only the beer they manufacture may self-distribute to bars and retailers, meaning if Noble Rey wants to be on tap elsewhere in North Texas (festivals included), owners would need to contract a distributor.
Rigoulot's other option is to delay serving on-site until the first Noble Rey batch is ready.
"We will have guest taps eventually, I just don't know if it will be day one or our one-year anniversary," Rigoulot said.
Noble Rey Brewing Co. will inhabit an 8,400-square-foot space at 2636 Farrington Street in Dallas. It will be the fourth craft beer brewery in the area in addition to Peticolas Brewing Co., Community Beer Co. and the recently opened Texas Ale Project. Dallas' only cider manufacturer, Bishop Cider Co., is also in the process of building out a new production facility in the same neighborhood.