The Cannonball, a bold amber, left; and the Nine Volt DPL, a Belgian tripel are photographed in the taproom of the recently opened Pegasus City Brewery on  May 4, 2017 in the Design District of Dallas. 

The Cannonball, a bold amber, left; and the Nine Volt DPL, a Belgian tripel are photographed in the taproom of the recently opened Pegasus City Brewery on  May 4, 2017 in the Design District of Dallas. 

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Dallas' Pegasus City Brewery is spreading its wings into another location.

The beermaker, which opened in 2017, will open a second taproom and brewing facility in downtown at the Dallas Power and Light Building, according to a recent announcement. Co-owner Adrian Cotten says the plans include installing a two-barrel pilot system to expand the brewery's research and development series, which has featured historical and lesser-known styles such as sahti, a Finnish specialty.

Pegasus City would be the first brewery of the modern era to open in downtown Dallas, according to local beer historian Brian Brown.

Adrian says she and her husband, co-owner Will Cotten, had a long-term vision to expand into a new space because Pegasus City's current taproom is limited by its zoning. It wasn't until collaborating with the Dallas Power and Light Building for a holiday pop-up in 2018 that the option to do so came about sooner. 

"We've been growing and growing solid every month. The only thing we're not able to grow is our taproom," Adrian says.

The partnership is serendipitous, she says, because one of Pegasus City's beers, the 9 Volt Belgian Tripel, is named for a local power and light building where the Cottens were married, though it's not the same one they'll be moving to.

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The satellite location is expected to open in spring 2020 in the lobby of the Power and Light Building, which opens up to a beer garden. Pegasus City's production facility in the Design District, with its enticing bubble hockey table, will remain open and will begin selling growlers and crowlers to-go on Sept. 1 following the implementation of the famous beer to-go law. Once it opens, the downtown location will open also.

Pegasus City is just the latest local brewery to expand its footprint. As the beer scene here as matured, others such as Deep Ellum Brewing Co., have built additional locations. Deep Ellum's Funkytown Fermatorium opened in Fort Worth in March. Wild Acre Brewing Co., also in Fort Worth, expects to open a new brewery and restaurant by the end of the year. And work is underway at Cedar Creek Brewery's new brewpub in Farmers Branch, which is also expected to debut in 2019.

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