It's happening y'all.
After months of anticipation, Denton's little brewery that could, Armadillo Ale Works, is set to come back to market. On Friday, Aug. 19, the brewery will debut its newest recipe, Honey Please blonde ale, at East Side Denton. Starting at 6 p.m., buy the beer and you get to keep a commemorative glass. (Deets.)
[UPDATE Aug. 19 at 9:30 a.m.: Armadillo Ale Works will also be celebrating a relaunch in Dallas at Craft and Growler on Saturday, Aug. 20. Same deal: Buy the beer, keep the glass beginning at 6 p.m. Fort Worth drinkers can stop by the Bearded Lady on Sunday, Aug. 21 to try the suds.]
For the brewers and local drinkers alike, this has been a long time coming. Armadillo Ale Works' beer has been off the market for about a year.
Though co-founding duo Bobby Mullins and Yianni Arestis received a grant to get started in 2010 from the University of North Texas' Murphy Center for Entrepreneurship, they had a tough road. First, they were brewing at Deep Ellum Brewing Co.'s facility in Dallas and gaining notoriety for their suds. Once they landed a facility in their hometown, however, Armadillo ceased production there.
Unfortunately, that brewery fell through, which left Armadillo homeless with a dwindling supply of beer.
Things are looking up nowadays, though -- Armadillo Ale Works has a new spot in Denton. And since development has been slow going, Mullins and Arestis signed on to contract brew at North Texas Brewing Co. in Grapevine. Which is how we got to the August launch date.
Construction is still underway on Armadillo's brewery, but as long as there's beer, we're happy campers.