Thursday, September 26, 2013 , Updated 1:30 p.m., November 26, 2013
Grapevine Craft Brewery launches its first brew November 27
The company announced a temporary move to Farmers Branch so it could have beer out this winter.
FARMERS BRANCH Due to construction issues, Grapevine Craft Brewery won’t be opening its doors in its namesake city this year. But owner and founder Gary Humble still plans to have beer brewed before wintertime.
[UPDATE: Grapevine Craft Brewery is launching its Lakefire Rye Pale Ale Wednesday, November 27 that will be available at 19 establishments around North Texas, including The Bottle Shop in Dallas, Mellow Mushroom in Southlake, Fireside Pies in Grapevine and Union Bear in Dallas. See the complete list here.]
The brewery will lay temporary roots at a warehouse in Farmers Branch, which is currently undergoing the necessary construction. Brewing equipment will arrive in two weeks and the brewery will begin production in late October, with the hope of being on tap by November, Humble said.
“We told everybody we’re coming in the fall … so we personally feel obligated to make good on that,” he said, adding that it took longer than expected to find the right contractor for the job. “We’ve dangled the carrot long enough.”
GCB’s facility in Farmers Branch is about 7,000 square feet, roughly the same size as the anticipated brewery in Grapevine. Once open, the brewery will not conduct tours or have a tasting room, per an agreement with the city. Humble may retain the warehouse after the move next year as a distribution center or barrel-aging facility, he said.
The plot in Grapevine is still dirt, Humble said. He expects construction will be completed by early next year, and he wants to move in by April 2014.
GCB’s location in Farmers Branch is being funded through private investor capital. The company ran a successful Fundable campaign in July that accrued more than $50,000. A portion of that money is “wrapped up in equipment” Humble said, but he was quick to note that is not the brewery’s entire “war chest.”
“We had to make a decision — wait until April and lose money, or make the decision to spend some money now and by the time six months turns, we’ll have made more money than we’d have lost,” he said. “All partners agreed this was the best move.”
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