When we launched the DFW.com Craft Beer Battle, we also did some brief looks at North Texas craft breweries, with suggestions on where to get the beers. But some of them, such as Grapevine Craft Brewery, werent available yet, and the availability line was On tap soon.
To paraphrase (and mangle) the Smiths, soon is almost now. GCB brews will be available Nov. 27 at a number of locations in Northeast Tarrant County and Dallas. You can find a list here -- but founder, president and CEO Gary Humble says that the list will continue to grow.
As of today, Ive got about 16 or 17 locations, Humble said Tuesday during a brief phone interview. But were looking at 25 locations on the 27th. ... Were trying to hit and concentrate on our home turf -- Grapevine, Southlake, Colleyville and Tarrant County -- but were definitely going to be at craft beer places in DFW.
Beers include Lakefire, a dry pale ale; Monarch, an American wheat beer; Sir Williams, an English brown ale; an Nightwatch, an oatmeal stout.
Were making really great, quality product, Humble says. Weve got a head brewer that spent 10 years at [Kansas Citys] Boulevard, and if you drink beer from Boulevard Brewery, you know its damn good beer. So we feel like were set up to do people right.
Except for Ginger Man in Southlake, Northeast Tarrant doesnt have quite as many North Texas craft-brew taps as places in Fort Worths Magnolia Avenue and West 7th districts do, but Humble is trying to change that.
We will be the first microbrewery in the Mid-Cities, Humble says. For a while weve had beer in downtown Dallas and Fort Worth and outward, but were trying to [fill] the gap there.
Although the brewery will have brews on tap next week, Humble doesnt expect to have a Grapevine facility completed till late spring or summer. Because of construction delays in Grapevine, the beers are currently being brewed in Farmers Branch (all that is explained in more detail in an FAQ section on GCBs Tumblr site).
Were looking at hopefully trying to finalize the paperwork next week, Humble says. All that stuff is moving, its just going slower than we would have liked. And yet we do have a brewery open. We do have beer out and people are excited about it. Thats plenty of reason to keep going and fighting the fight.
Like a lot of other craft brewers, Humble started out as a home brewer, but theres a big difference between making a batch in your garage and starting up a brewery, which can be a financial and mental strain. But craft brewers are a driven bunch.
For me, craft beer is fun, and people that love craft beer are pretty awesome and very supportive, Humble says. I think weve gotten a lot of support from craft-beer fans and an amazing amount of support from our community. If it hadnt been for that, it wouldve been easy to give up, but for whatever reason, whenever youre opening up a local brewery, youve got quite a few people cheering you on.
For updates on GCBs progress, follow the brewery on Facebook