Downtown Mansfield is currently home to one brewery, but that is poised to change in the New Year.
By the Horns Brewing, a new brewpub from local restaurateur Jason Boso, is slated to make its debut in January, serving German beers to pair with tacos from a restaurant concept called Tacos and Avocados, which will share the 4,000-square-foot former gas station where it resides.
Boso is the proprietor of Twisted Root Burger Co., which opened a Mansfield location in March. With more than a dozen burger joints, Boso says he's has had success expanding into small D-FW suburbs that are looking to attract indie restaurant brands over chains, with the incentives to match. When asked why he decided to jump into brewing, Boso says it was natural fit for the community.
"The city sees that as a real hub," Boso says. "Cities are transitioning to, 'we don't need a fountain and music venue, we need a brewery that has a yard where families can bring their kids and their dogs.'"
Brewer Justin Meyers will helm operations at By the Horns Brewing, which will specialize in "German beers with an American twist," according to a statement. Expect to try a Bavarian India pale ale, Hefeweizen, Bavarian lager, Doppelbock and Northeast-style IPA when the brewery opens its doors in 2019. Patrons will be able to enjoy flights and pints onsite, as well as take growlers of beer to-go. By the Horns, which is not related to a (very) similarly-named brewery in England, will also have a full bar.
Not located near Mansfield? No problem. Boso plans to make By the Horns' beer available at Twisted Root and Truck Yard locations through Dallas-Fort Worth.
Food items are what you might expect from a place called Tacos and Avocados. In addition to staples like brisket, chicken and pork tacos, the restaurant will also serve a novel Oaxacan cricket tostada "just for fun," Boso says. He also plans to make tortillas from the brewery's spent grain, adding some synergy to the concepts.
By the Horns and Tacos and Avocados join Twisted Root as part of the Mansfield's Backyard development in downtown, which revolves around a central outdoor courtyard. Dallas ice cream shop Hypnotic Emporium also recently opened an outpost there.