Tuesday, July 2, 2013 , Updated 10:40 a.m., July 3, 2013
UPDATED: Grapevine Craft Brewery will open in April 2014
The homebrewer is asking for community donations to fund the new space.
GRAPEVINE [UPDATE: Construction on Grapevine Craft Brewery's facility has been delayed. The company will brew at a temporary location in Farmers Branch until the anticipated move to Grapevine in April 2014. More details here.]
Of the dozen-or-so microbreweries in North Texas, all were conceptually built from the ground up. But newcomer Grapevine Craft Brewery (like DFW's Revolver Brewing Co.) was physically built from the ground up.
Gary Humble, owner and founder of the Grapevine upstart, was thrilled during a recent phone conversation when he explained the blueprint for his forthcoming location — a 7,100-square-foot space residing less than a mile from the historic Main Street district. The brewery is slated to open in October.
“Breweries are defined in the city ordinance,” Humble said, “but when we brought [the idea] to the council, they unanimously passed it first time around.”
On the outside, he said, the Grapevine Craft Brewery will look like a modernized barn built of steel and finished in wood. The rustic-looking facility will be two stories to include an upper level tasting room and outdoor terrace as well as space for a 30-barrel brewhouse. The brewery will have the capacity to brew 10,000 barrels a year; however, Humble, a homebrewer for two years, said the number accounts for future production growth.
“We need to learn how to be a brewery first before we go crazy at doing everything at once,” he laughed.
To help Humble conquer the learning curve, he recruited Caton Orrell, who spent 10 years at Boulevard Brewing Company and helped develop the Kansas City establishment’s Smokestack Series as head brewer. Grapevine native and certified cicerone Jon Powell will act as assistant brewer. The team will be brewing four of Humble’s original recipes for the fall launch — Lakefire Pale Ale, Sir Williams English-style brown ale, Monarch Wheat, and Nightwatch dry oatmeal stout. New beers will come later, the founder said.
In order to fund the brewery’s build out, Humble recruited five investors who each bought equity share in the company. To raise the last $50,000, however, he is turning to the Grapevine community. Using a crowd-sourcing website called Fundable.com, Humble is trying to engage locals with the full intention of giving back.
“Every quarter, we’re going to write a check for 5 percent of our profit to give to a community organization,” he said.
As a former church marketing liaison, Humble moved around the country frequently before planting his roots in Grapevine four years ago. He attests it was the welcoming nature of the town that inspired him and his wife to start a local business.
“It’s not just about the bottom line. We wanted to be a meaningful part of our community,” Humble said.
As of July 1, Grapevine Craft Brewery had raised more than $37,000, or 75 percent of the total campaign. Like most crowd-sourcing websites, the campaign is an all-or-nothing deal, and Grapevine Craft Brewery has until July 12 to raise the remaining $12,600. If donations ultimately fall short, however, Humble said the brewery will still open on schedule. His plan would be to open without finishing some of the interior design details.
For more information or to contribute to Grapevine Craft brewery, visit the Fundable campaign page.
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