The great thing about North Texas' beer scene is that it's not limited to the big cities. Locals in numerous suburbs throughout the region have access to beer brewed just miles from their doorsteps. Come Feb. 25, Wylie residents will have that same luxury when Good Neighbor Brews opens in town.
Good Neighbor Brews is a project from husband-and-wife duo Darin Petersen and Jill Bresnan, who (perhaps unsurprisingly) met through the local craft beer scene. After traveling to Europe together to experience the local suds, the decades-long homebrewers decided to try their hand at opening a brewery of their own.
"We'd been giving away homebrew for 20 years, so eventually we thought we'd start charging people," Bresnan laughs.
Good Neighbor Brews is equipped with a 10-barrel brewhouse it plans to use primarily for manufacturing and distributing its beers. Bresnan, formerly an assistant occupational therapist, and Peterson, who works in software development, did not originally want to operate a taproom, but as enthusiasm grew among residents, they decided to outfit part of the 6,400-square-foot warehouse as a bar.
Plus, having a communal space to serve the locals plays into the brewery's name: Good Neighbor is a nod to the couple's homebrew roots, Bresnan says, with the goal of being a family-friendly endeavor that brings people together.
"There are not a lot of young adults in Wylie," says the mother of three. "We want it to be community-centric." (Bresnan also recently started a North Texas chapter of the Pink Boots Society, an organization that aims to assist, inspire and encourage female beer industry professionals to advance their careers through education.)
As for the beer, Good Neighbor promises a diverse mix with new recipes coming out every two or three months. Peterson will helm the brew kettle alongside assistance brewer Alley Harrell.
Here's the lineup:
- Slim Sweetness, a blonde ale clocking 5.6% alcohol content that Bresnan describes as Good Neighbor's "gateway craft beer"
- Nickelville IPA, a full-bodied, 8.6% ABV brew expected to be the brewery's flagship
- Jackalope Stout, an easy-drinking dark beer (4.2% ABV) that's perfect as a gloomy-day beverage, Bresnan says
- M'Rye,ah, a rye ale named for the couple's daughter (coming out March 30).
Later this year, the brewers hope to release a grapefruit-ginger beer to pair with the summer heat and a red ale in the fall.
Good Neighbor Brews taproom will be open Tuesday to Friday 4 to 8 p.m. and Saturday noon to 6 p.m. The owners hope to host live music, pet adoption events and weekly trivia once fully operational.