The Motherboard, a collection of chef favorite items from the menu served on one of the signature boards at Barley and Board's soft opening event on Tuesday, August 11, 2015 in Denton, Texas.

The Motherboard, a collection of chef favorite items from the menu served on one of the signature boards at Barley and Board's soft opening event on Tuesday, August 11, 2015 in Denton, Texas.

Michael Leza

Denton's first brewpub, Barley and Board, didn't technically open until Wednesday afternoon, but the restaurant was so packed during a series of soft openings earlier in the week, passersby would have been fooled into thinking its the city's official happy hour spot. 

The Lacy, a tequila-beer cocktail made with an IPA.

The Lacy, a tequila-beer cocktail made with an IPA.

Michael Leza

The restaurant and bar is the product of a star-studded lineup of the owners, including actor/producer Jason Lee, restauranteur John "Sparky" Pearson, Midlake guitarist/singer Eric Pulido, former Meddlesome Moth chef Chad Kelley, and Eric Hartman of Emo's in Austin fame.

Last time GuideLive stopped by, the historic Texas Building on the Denton Square had been gutted to combine the former Subway and Cafe Herrera spaces. Pearson hit the nail on the head when he described the vibe as "classy comfy." Barley and Board is a bright 5,000 square feet decked in wood, framed by Edison fixtures and laced with charm down to the details, such as the vintage pull chain toilets in the bathroom.

About the Barley: The bar's 36 draft taps are flowing, though they have yet to host house beer. Brewmaster Derrick Rima, also of Four Corners Brewing Co. in Dallas, says the first batch, a fruit Hefeweizen, is in the fermenter and should be available in a couple weeks. If liquor is more your taste, Barley and Board has a menu of intriguing cocktails, including one that uses bacon-infused bourbon.

About the Board: Barley and Board has a section of the menu dedicated to charcuterie. The Mother Board (pictured above; $28) comes with a little bit of everything, including cheese, pate, house pickled veggies, jams/spreads, fruits and nuts. The menu also boats a variety of apps, entrees, flatbreads and salads. (See the full restaurant menu here.) Get a peek at some of the most enticing items in the photos below.

Barley and Board is open Monday through Thursday 11 a.m. to 11 p.m., Friday 11 a.m. to midnight, Saturday 10 a.m. to midnight, and Sunday 10 a.m. to 11 p.m.

Photos by Michael Leza, Special Contributor

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