It's no easy to task to relocate a brewery — just ask the guys at Four Corners Brewing Co.
The Dallas beer maker behind beloved brews such as Local Buzz blonde ale and El Chingón IPA is set to a debut its new facility in the Cedars on Oct. 20. But the nearly two-year project didn't come easy.
"I call it a real pain in my [you know what]," says George Esquivel, co-founder of the brewery.
The move was tough, but necessary, he says. Four Corners expected to stay for many more years at its original home in Trinity Groves, where it opened in 2012, but the brewery outgrew its space more quickly than expected.
That's how Esquivel and the rest of the staff ended up building out an entirely new brew house in a former machinery plant. While they didn't have to physically move most of the equipment — the company bought new, bigger fermentation tanks, a new brewing system and a new canning line — they did have to plumb it in. Since the concrete floors were too thick to cut in drains, Esquivel says they ended up building them above ground and then covering them with concrete, so the brewhouse sits on a platform about 6 inches above the original floor.
With the arduous logistics, however, came an opportunity to create the brewery of their dreams, Esquivel says. The new Four Corners inhabits two buildings on one property: an 18,000-square-foot production facility and a separate 10,000-square-foot taproom, which is where drinkers will imbibe most often. And eat.
Four Corners installed a commercial kitchen in its taproom to serve guests a menu of shared plates, which was designed by chef Chad Houser of Cafe Momentum.
The taproom itself is dripping in charm, with exposed brick walls and wooden beams that feel like they've been there for decades. Allegedly they have — Esquivel says the building was originally the horse stables for the neighboring Ambassador Hotel, which was billed as Dallas' most luxurious residential property when it opened in the early 1900s. (There are said to be underground tunnels that connect the two buildings, according to Esquivel, though they were sealed long ago.)
The taproom has two bars where drinkers will find 30 draft taps offering the house brews. Soon, Four Corners plans to install a seven-barrel brewing system behind the main bar for brewers to create one-off and specialty recipes.
The taproom was designed in hopes of amping up special events like festivals and private parties. There's also a small stage for live music.
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Four Corners is hosting its annual Dia de Los Puercos barbecue festival ($30-$40) on Sunday, Oct. 22. Consider it an unofficial grand opening party.
Four Corners Brewing Co., 1311 S. Ervay St., Dallas. Hours of operation after opening weekend will be Monday through Friday 4 p.m. to midnight, Saturday noon to midnight, and Sunday noon to 8 p.m.