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12 New Craft Breweries On The Horizon For DFW

Nine Band Brewing will be Allen's first craft brewery.
Nine Band Brewing will be Allen's first craft brewery.
Photo: Margo Sivin/EDFW

It goes without saying that DFW is in the midst of a serious craft beer boom. Established locals like Deep Ellum Brewing Co., Peticolas and Lakewood Brewing have hit it big, and there's plenty more beer nerds looking to follow in their footsteps. Here's a guide to a dozen more craft breweries that are currently on the horizon for DFW, many of them slated to make their debuts before the end of 2014.

armadilloAWlogo.jpgArmadillo Ale Works
Location: Denton
What we know: Armadillo has been brewing since early 2013, but they've been doing so in Deep Ellum thanks to the kindness of fellow brewers Deep Ellum Brewing Co. In the meantime, they've been saving up to open their own brewery space in Denton, and now it's "secured the funding it needs to move operations north to Little D." Their current beer lineup includes brews like the 9.2% ABV Quakertown Stout, the breakfast-y 10% ABV Brunch Money and Nine Banded Brown Ale.
Projected opening: Spring 2015

bishopciderco.jpgBishop Cider Co.
Location: Oak Cliff
What we know: North Texas' very first hard cidery is coming to a tiny space in the Bishop Arts District. Owner Joel Malone exceeded his $10,000 Kickstarter goal in a major way when he launched his crowdfunding project back in March 2013, but it's been a long and complicated road to actually getting the cidery open. The TABC permits came in a couple weeks ago, so look for the brewery to open soon — and best of all, since a cidery is legally classified as a winery and not a brewery, Bishop Cider Co. will be able to sell its product right out the front door and serve it in their taproom.
Projected opening: Any day now

Braindead Brewing
Location: Deep Ellum
What we know: Craft beer power trio Jeff Fryman (formerly of Common Table), Drew Huerter (former brewmaster for DEBC) and Sam Wynne (owner of Rodeo Goat) are bringing a brewpub to Main Street. Expect 42 beer taps, including 12 that are brewed on-site, and a small food menu, plus "a brewing room with a glass wall that's visible to diners."
Projected opening: Fall 2014

fourbulletslogo.jpgFour Bullets Brewery
Location: Richardson
What we know: Richardson's first craft brewery will be located on the edge of the downtown area and plans to brew English-style beers like a brown ale, an oatmeal stout and "a naturally carbonated cask ale."
Projected opening: October 2014

friscocitygw.jpgFrisco City Grain Works
Location: Frisco
What we know: Frisco's first brewery is set to begin construction this summer. Head brewer Jonny Daylett has gleaned experience from working and volunteering with locals like Peticolas, Lakewood Brewing and Four Corners. Expect brews like "Texas-style lager, Chiltepin Porter and Double Black Wheat," plus some "more forward-thinking ideas to be released in the form of a limited edition bomber series called BrewLab™."
Projected opening: December 2014

grapevinecraftbrewery.jpgGrapevine Craft Brewery
Location: Grapevine
What we know: Grapevine's first brewery is currently working out of a production facility in Farmers Branch while construction underway on their new space in downtown Grapevine. For now, you can find their brews like Monarch Wheat and Lakefire Pale Ale on tap at various bars and restaurants; once the new space opens (with a taproom), the brewery plans to use the FB space "as a distribution hub and a site for barrel aging."
Projected opening: January 2015

ninebandbrewingMS150.jpgNine Band Brewing Co
Location: Allen
What we know: Allen's first brewery is currently under construction near Central Expressway and Bethany Road. Owner Keith Ashley is "a former financial partner in Franconia Brewing Company" and brewmaster Jack Sparks has won awards from the Great American Beer Festival and most recently worked at a brewery in Bolivia. The duo has big plans for Nine Band, telling the DBJ, "Everyone feels like Shiner is the craft beer in Texas and we'd like to produce 40 percent of their volume in the next five years."
Projected opening: Summer 2014

noblerey150.jpgNoble Rey Brewing Co.
Location: Oak Cliff
What we know: Founder and certified brewer Chris Rigoulot will bring a unique lineup of beers and a philanthropic spirit to Jefferson Boulevard with Noble Rey. Expect beers like Steam Punk amber ale, a German IPA called Lorelei Rock, and a seasonal Mexican-inspired brown ale called Calaveras that's brewed with piloncillo sugar, Mexican cinnamon and chiles.
Projected opening: Late 2014

oldtexasbrewingco150.jpgOld Texas Brewing Co.
Location: Burleson
What we know: Old Texas Brewing Co. opened in May 2013 in Burleson's Old Town area as a restaurant serving up barbecue and comfort food fare like "chicken fried steak, burgers, chili, nachos, sandwiches [and] fish and chips," and it's also poised to brew its own beer on-site as soon as it gets brewing equipment up and running and the proper licenses in place.
Projected opening: Restaurant is open, brewery should be up and running soon

pantherislandbrewinglogo.jpgPanther Island Brewing
Location: Fort Worth
What we know: Led by head brewer Michael Harper, Panther Island (which was originally called Wahoo Brewing) recently leased a large space on Fort Worth's North Side and plans to produce a lineup of four beers to start: "Allergeez, an American white pale fashioned from Texas honey, chamomile, and rose hips," a cream ale called Boom, a Scottish ale called Cannonball, and an IPA named IPf'nA.
Projected opening: Unknown

smallbrewpub150.jpgSmall Brewpub
Location: Oak Cliff
What we know: This upcoming Jefferson Boulevard brewpub will include a live music venue, a "chef-driven" restaurant said to be headed up by former FT33 sous chef Misti Norris (expect lots of salumi), and 12 or so beers on tap, four of which will be original Small Brewpub recipes.
Projected opening: Fall 2014

taplogo150.jpgTexas Ale Project
Location: Design District
What we know: Originally slated to be called Reunion Brewing Co., TAP switched gears and changed locations and names. The beers will now be overseen by "brewmaster Jan Matysiak, a German native who trained at the Brewing Institute of Weihenstephan" who has worked for Austin's Live Oak Brewing. It's the first Dallas brewery to build its facilities from the ground up and will also include a taproom; TAP intends to "self-distribute kegs around North Texas and begin canning within the first 12 months of production."
Projected opening: By the end of 2014

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