Grapevine may be known for its wine, but soon the North Texas suburb will have a local microbrewery to brag about. Grapevine Craft Brewery, which opened in fall 2013 at a facility in Farmers Branch, has officially moved home.
The brewery's new location at Jean Street and W. Dallas Road is in the final stages of build out, but founder Gary Humble expects to have the new 30-barrel brew house ready for action by June 1.
[UPDATE June 23 at 4:36 p.m.: Grapevine Craft Brewery will celebrate a facility and taproom grand opening Friday, July 10 and Saturday, July 11. Check out the deets here.]
The 11,000-square-foot space is a new build that houses enough brewing and fermentation equipment to up the brewery's annual production capacity to 14,000 barrels. (In 2014, Humble and his team brewed 3,200 barrels as the 10th fastest-growing craft brewery in the nation, earning a Great American Beer Festival gold medal in the process.)
The new brewery also includes a two-story taproom overlooking the brew house and a beer garden that can collectively fit up to 175 people. Humble says finish out on that piece of the building will take longer than the production space, but he's shooting for an opening circa July 4. Once open, the bar will have 12 draft taps, four of which will be dedicated to experimental brews available exclusively on-site.
Tentative taproom hours are Sunday through Saturday 3-10 p.m.
Grapevine Craft Brewery beers will be available throughout the venue switch, though temporary shortages may occur, Humble said.
As we reported in January, Humble turned over the fully-equipped brewery in Farmers Branch to a new operation, 3 Nations Brewing. Founder and brewer Gavin Secchi, who previously worked at Franconia Brewing Co. and Goose Island Beer Co., says he received the necessary permits for production and is now waiting on label approval for two flagship brews. He expects 3 Nations' beer to be in bars, restaurants and retail establishments by late-June or early-July.
The brewery will launch two beers this summer: GPA, a 5.2 percent ABV German pale ale Secchi described as a hybrid Kolsch and altbier; and American Wit, a Belgian-style witbier loaded with citrus, spices, and American hops. Both recipes will be available year-round on draft and in cans.
At this time, 3 Nations Brewing has no plans to add a taproom to the space because of the town's restrictive laws about selling beer to the consumer, Secchi said. But he may consider it down the road.