Thursday, March 15, 2012
Revolver Brewing breaks ground in Granbury
Dallas-Fort Worth craft beer scene continues to blossom.
GRANBURY Another new Dallas-Fort Worth craft brewer is ramping up for business, this time in Granbury. Revolver Brewing comes from father-and-son Ron and Rhett Keisler, and brewer Grant Wood, a native of Texas who worked for Samuel Adams in Boston for 16 years.
Rhett was bitten by the beer bug after a trip to Europe that included a stop in Munich. "They had all these different beers and I saw that they treated it like a real food -- it was an eye-opener," he said.
Wood, who got a degree in food science at A&M, worked at Pearl Brewing and Lone Star before joining Samuel Adams. He's already begun experimenting with golden lagers, bock beers, and IPAs. They'll preview what they make at events like the upcoming North Texas Beer Fest at the Irving Convention Center on May 12.
"I owe my eternal gratitude to Boston Beer for giving me a place to brew and be creative for 16 years, but this will be fun to shake off 16 years of training at Sam Adams and try out some ingredients and malt profiles – it's a blank slate," he said. "Today I'm making what we're calling a brass ale – I'm not sure if that's what it will be called, but it'll have a great golden color."
They'll start slowly, brewing about 1,500 barrels the first year, with an eventual capacity of 4,000 barrels per year.
Revolver is on a six-acre lot that was originally slated to be a salt water injection well until a neighbor protested and got it shut down. The Keislers are turning it into a destination with the standard Saturday afternoon tours.
"The craft beer market is growing like crazy, and Texans drink a lot of beer," Keisler said. "We’re making a bet on the palates of Texans, that they’ll like more flavorful beers."
Shannon Sutlief contributed to this story.