It's been a boozy first part of the year in Dallas-Fort Worth, with several new breweries firing up their kettles. And guess what, thirsty reader? This is just the beginning.
In addition to new breweries Good Neighbor Brews and Hemisphere Brewing Co., which GuideLive has previously featured, here are four new breweries to try in Dallas-Fort Worth and three more to look forward to in 2017.
Thirsty Bro Brewing Co.
If ever you needed a reason to visit the tiny North Texas town of Royse City, let it be beer. Thirsty Bro Brewing Co. opened on New Year's Eve in a 102-year-old building on Main Street. Owner Terry Gordon had been a home brewer for nearly 30 years before opening his own place, but he's no stranger to the beverage business. After studying mechanical engineering at the University of Houston, Gordon worked for Coca-Cola, Dr Pepper and Bevcorp. That's why, in addition to having Thirsty Bro brews onsite at the taproom, Gordon hopes to package and distribute his beers in the future. Eric Harlan is partner and assistant brewer.
For now, Thirsty Bro serves between five and seven recipes onsite, many of which are gluten-reduced. Popular ones include Gettin' Figgy Wit It fig and apricot pale ale and Bro'd Trip IPA.
Thirsty Bro Brewing Co. is located at 141 E. Main St., Royse City. Hours of operation are Saturday from noon to 11 p.m. Beginning May 12, hours will be extended to include Friday from 6 to 11 p.m.
Since opening in 2014, Harvest restaurant has become a mainstay on McKinney's downtown square. In January, managers decided to add house-brewed beer to the menu. According to general manager Toby Thomason, the idea came after talking to local farmers who were throwing away the grains they grew during the off season to keep their plots nutrient-rich. Thomason, who is a master naturalist, thought, Why not repurpose them into beer?
Harvest's operation is tiny — the team uses just a half-barrel system -- so drinkers won't likely find more than one house beer on tap at a time. They will, however, find consistently rotating offerings that utilize seasonal ingredients, many grown in Collin County. Expect a blackberry-basil saison and a strawberry sour in the summer months.
Harvest is located at 112 E. Louisiana St., McKinney. Hours of operation are Monday through Thursday 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. with a brief closure 3 to 5 p.m., and Friday through Saturday 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. with a brief closure 3 to 5 p.m. Closed Sunday.
Pegasus City Brewery
Behind every male brewer there's the woman who convinced him to pick up beer-making in the first place. That's the case, at least, at Pegasus City Brewery, which opened in Dallas' Design District in early April. Will Cotten brewed his first recipe in 2011 at the behest of his wife, Adrian, on the porch of their apartment. That beer, a "porch ale" called Highpoint, is now available at onsite at the brewery, alongside a Belgian tripel, a porter and an amber. A black lager is also in the works. Don't expect to find an hop-forward beers, such as India pale ales, here. Will is admittedly partial to malty flavors, so he'll be sticking to styles that showcase that kind of profile.
Drinkers can also look for Pegasus City brews on draft at bars around Dallas and in cans this fall. Chris Weiss serves as co-founder of the brewery.
Pegasus City Brewery is located at 2222 Vantage St., Dallas. Hours of operation are Wednesday through Friday 5 to 9 p.m. and Saturday 4 to 9 p.m.
Denton County Brewing Co.
When the Denton City Council voted in 2015 to change zoning codes for businesses that brew beer commercially, it made way for several entrepreneurs to bring their boozy ideas downtown. The latest are Seth and Jennifer Morgan, who opened Denton County Brewing Co. in late April. Locals can now stop by for a drink, but they'll have to wait until late summer to try the house recipes. The brewery owners hope to get a final certificate of occupancy by the end of May and begin brewing thereafter. The bar serves a mix of local, national and international beer brands in its 24 taps, in addition to bottles of beer and wine.
Once up and running, the Morgans plan to brew an array of styles, including pale ales, IPAs, stouts and more.
Denton County Brewing Co. is located at 200 E. McKinney St., Denton. Hours of operation are Sunday noon to 10 p.m., Monday through Wednesday 11 a.m. to 10 p.m., Thursday 11 a.m. to midnight, and Friday and Saturday 11 a.m. to 1 a.m.
The Castle Hills community in Lewisville will have a brewery to call its own this summer once TKO Libations opens. The brewery is a partnership between Ty Sefton and Kamel Maude, who boast more than 20 years of home brewing experience between them. The two teamed up to compete in Dallas' Brew Riot competition and won multiple awards in 2015 and 2016. That's when they decided to go pro. (Cory Kuchinsky is also a partner and chief financial officer.)
TKO Libations is expected to open in early June in a 3,000-square-foot space in the Castle Hills Village Shops and Plaza. It will serve some of the brewers' award-winning recipes, including a gingerbread porter and breakfast stout, in addition to wine and house-made sodas. Patrons will also be able to fill growlers and buy crowlers.
TKO Libations is located 2520 King Arthur Blvd., Suite 109, Lewisville. It's expected to open in early June.
Dirty Job Brewing
It's a dirty job, but someone's got to brew it. That's the mantra of Dirty Job Brewing, coming to Mansfield this summer. The brewery is a partnership between Derek and Lashawn Hubenak and Justin Watson, who all began home brewing in the early 2000s. Like many hobbyists, the trio had plenty of friends to taste test their batches and the feedback they received was overwhelmingly positive. Were their friends blowing smoke? Not so, it seemed: Dirty Job Brewing entered its suds into home brew competitions and came out with medals.
Dirty Job Brewing is in the process of finishing out its 4,300-square-foot facility in Mansfield in hopes of opening in June. Once up and brewing, expect to find some of its award winners, such as a raspberry hefeweizen and cantaloupe saison, available on draft in the taproom and at local bars.
Dirty Job Brewing is located at 117 N. Main St., Mansfield. It's expected to open in June.
Turning Point Beer
The founders behind a forthcoming brewery in Bedford believe it's time the local beer scene turned a corner and embraced less common styles. That's why they named their business Turning Point Beer, something of a self-fulling prophecy they hope to manifest in North Texas. Turning Point Beer is a project from Jon Paul Goytia, Alex Knight, James Peery and Josh Davis, all of whom cut their chops volunteering and working at local breweries in Dallas-Fort Worth. The group is currently working to secure a space in the suburbs in hopes of opening by year's end, but locals can get a taste of what to expect at an upcoming event in Farmers Branch.
On May 20, 3 Nations Brewing is releasing a beer called All the Pulp inspired by one of Turning Point's recipes for a New England-style IPA. The event, which costs $20, will also include food, live music, merch and samples of Turning Point's other brews.
Turning Point Beer's location and open date are to be determined.