Friday, December 20, 2013
Oak Cliff will get its own “small” brewpub in spring 2014
Small Brewpub will be the first retail tenant in the redeveloped Jefferson Tower.
OAK CLIFF The legislative overhaul of Texas’ beer industry was one of the most impassioned topics in Dallas and Fort Worth this year. Though breweries locally have begun to take advantage of the changes — by building taprooms and selling directly to the public, for example — one model that is poised for growth is the brewpub.
Under new regulation, brewpubs can annually produce up to 10,000 barrels — double the previous amount — and can distribute to retailers. Since these laws took effect in June, plans for at least three local brewpubs have taken shape: Old Texas Brewing Company, which opened in Burleson in May, is currently installing its equipment with hopes to be brewing early next year, Twin Peaks in Irving is currently building an onsite brewhouse, and BrainDead Brewing is slated to open in Deep Ellum mid-2014.
Recently, plans for another have emerged, this one in Oak Cliff. Small Brewpub will be the first retail tenant on the street level of Jefferson Tower, which is being redeveloped by commercial real estate group Jim Lake Companies.
Dan Bowman, local musician and one of five founders of the business, said he expects Small Brewpub to open in April 2014, though “substantial construction” has yet to begin.
Many of the details of the operation are being kept quiet. But here’s what we do know: Small Brewpub will have a music venue as well as a restaurant that supports a chef-driven concept. Additionally, Small Brewpub will have about 12 beer taps, at least four of which will be original recipes, according to Aaron Garcia, a five-year homebrewer and another one of the founders.
Bowman and Garcia didn't share other specifics in a recent meeting with Pegasus News. But the duo and their team have been have been giving the public a glimpse of their vision since September, through a series of backyard concerts and beer tastings.
Once a month, Small Brewpub has hosted three bands in various locations in Oak Cliff (usually a resident's backyard) where eager patrons can try their brew. The only way to find out when and where the gigs are is by signing up for Small Brewpub’s digital newsletter and registering before the limited number of spots are all claimed. Attendees make a $10 donation to the bands in exchange for an evening of music and free beer.
Bowman and Garcia said these monthly pop-ups mirror the structure they anticipate for Small Brewpub as a hub for beer, food and music.
I’ve attended two of the backyard concerts and tried two of Small Brewpub’s offerings — the “cheap beer,” a sessionable light beer with underlying fruity flavors, and a robust coffee porter, brewed exclusively with beans from Oak Cliff Coffee Roasters.
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