2022 Year in review: The North Texas beer scene soldiers on
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All logos and graphics the property of their respective owners. One year ago, North Texas seemed on the cusp of eclipsing 100 breweries for the first time in history. Local brewers were still navigating a business climate impacted by the pandemic, but somehow nearly all managed to keep the beer flowing. Only three closures were recorded in 2021, which seemed remarkable considering the predictions of doom and gloom passed around by industry pundits the year before. That said, some believe bills deferred could still be coming due, which means the ultimate tale of the pandemic and its im ..read more
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Pathfinder Brewery to close in Hudson Oaks
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2M ago
Image credit: Pathfinder Brewery. Pathfinder Brewery has announced it will close, the news coming just short of two and a half years after the company opened in Hudson Oaks. A project conceived from the ground up, Pathfinder was founded by Eric and Giancarla Addison. Its name was a reflection of the brewery's goal to present its beers in such a way as to help guide patrons along a chosen path in their craft beer journey. According to a social media post, "between the massive increase in the value of the property, and the incredible increase in the costs of making beer," the owners de ..read more
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Rollertown tracking a new future in Frisco
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2M ago
Image courtesy of Rollertown Beerworks. Over the past year, the City of Frisco has been actively working to secure a brewery (or breweries) within its borders. And, while two projects have already been announced, the most ambitious yet may come from a newly-formed partnership with Rollertown Beerworks of Celina. Founded by Ben Rogers and Jeff 'Skin' Wade, hosts of "The Ben & Skin Show" on 97.1 The Freak, Rollertown is a relatively young company, having just opened in April 2020. Even so, an eye towards expansion has been in place from the very start. "When we originally opened ..read more
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3 Nations opening satellite location in Anna
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2M ago
Image credit: 3 Nations Brewing Co. Taking the next step in its evolution, 3 Nations Brewing Co. of Carrollton has announced the intention to open a satellite brewery and taproom in the City of Anna. First arriving on the scene in 2015, 3 Nations began operations in Farmers Branch before making a big move to a much bigger spot in Downtown Carrollton late in 2019. Now, the company is looking to expand its reach, while also becoming the first business of its kind to reside in Anna. So, what's behind the move?  According to business manager John Royer, there are multiple reason ..read more
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Say When Brewing swings open doors to new taproom in Denison
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3M ago
Image/Logo: © Brian Brown/Beer in Big D, Say When Brewing. Since its market debut in January 2021, Say When Brewing Co. of Denison has operated as a production-only entity. A new taproom addition, however, means patrons are now able to visit the brewery's location, which sits just steps away from the city's downtown district at 111. S. Fannin Ave. When owner Jason Fulenchek introduced the Say When brand last year, he did so with a portfolio of stylistic offerings: Local Motive IPA, Oatmeal Blonde and Texas Penny Copper Ale. The trio was first tapped at Green Growler, a nearby beer and ..read more
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Two former Wild Acre brewpubs re-branding as Boozie's
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3M ago
Image credit: Boozie's Restaurant Group. According to a social media post, plans have been revealed for the re-branding of two brewpubs formerly under the umbrella of Wild Acre Brewing Co. of Fort Worth. In May of this year, Bishop Cider of Dallas announced the acquisition of assets belonging to Wild Acre. And at the time, it was noted that Bishop Cider's path forward involved only the continued operation of Wild Acre's original brewery and taproom on El Paso St. Regarding the brewpubs - Wild Acre Camp Bowie and a planned location in Fairview, they transitioned to a new ownership grou ..read more
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A ten-year toast to the Temptress
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3M ago
Image credit: Lakewood Brewing Co. Fresh off the celebration of its tenth anniversary, Lakewood Brewing Co. of Garland is now a member of a select group. The company is one of only eight active breweries (more will join the list in 2023) to reach what is historically a rare milestone. Since 1857, the year the first known brewery was making beer in North Texas, less than 10% of those who opened have made it to the ten-year mark. My introduction to Lakewood came when I met founder Wim Bens at a beer festival in early 2011. This was more than a year before the brewery made its debut in A ..read more
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Funky Picnic reveals winners from their Smoke ‘Em Out Homebrew Competition
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3M ago
Image courtesy of Funky Picnic Brewery & Café. Funky Picnic Brewery & Café has announced the winners from its inaugural Smoke ‘Em Out Homebrew Competition. Announced in July, the first-of-its-kind event was a collaboration between Funky Picnic and TexMalt, a fellow Funkytown firm that specializes in the production of locally-malted grains. Area homebrewers submitted 24 beers to the competition, with entries ranging from traditional rauchbiers to smoky sour concoctions. Recipes were designed around a quantity of smoked San Jacinto 2-Row Heritage Malt, supplied by TexM ..read more
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903 Brewers snags gold, silver at 2022 U.S. Open Hard Seltzer Championship
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Image credit: U.S. Open Hard Seltzer Championship. The 2022 edition of the U.S. Open Hard Seltzer Championship is now complete, with 903 Brewers of Sherman upgrading from a pair of bronze medals awarded in the 2021 competition to a gold and silver this year. Held at the U.S. Open Event Center in Oxford, Ohio (also home to the U.S. Open Beer Championship), the 2022 festivities attracted nearly 250 submissions sent in by more than 75 hard seltzer-makers hailing from the U.S. and Canada. Entries were then broken down and judged across 32 different categories, a number which inc ..read more
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Rickhouse is first brewery to make beer in Mineral Wells
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5M ago
All images © Brian Brown/Beer in Big D. You could say things are a little "Crazy" in the City of Mineral Wells. It's the home of Crazy Water, after all, a mineral water company that's been hydrating Texans since 1881. Driving through town, signs and "Crazy" business names call attention to this fact, as does the presence of the Crazy Water Hotel. It's in the aforementioned hotel that Rickhouse Brewing has set up shop in a prime corner spot on the ground floor. Open since April, Rickhouse is the work of Brian Miller and Alan Clarke. It's the first known brewery to exist in Mineral Well ..read more
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