The local craft brewery world has been quiet in terms of openings, but a new one has arrived in the nick of time: TKO Libations Craft Brewery, now open in the Castle Hills Village Shops in Lewisville.
TKO will make beers, ales, and lagers, as well as non-alcoholic beverages, using ingredients sourced locally; do hops grow in Texas? Founders Ty Sefton, Kamel Maude, and Cory Kuchinsky have more than 20 years of home brewing experience among them.
They've been in soft-opening phase since fall 2017, but will celebrate a grand opening event on January 13. Beers on tap will include:
- Gingerbread Monster, a seasonal gingerbread porter brewed with toasted ginger, cinnamon, nutmeg, and cloves
- Breakfast Stout at Tiffany's, a breakfast stout brewed with oatmeal, coffee, cocoa, and strawberries
- You Like the Juice, a hazy New England-style IPA
Other beers poured at the opening will include Tart Blonde, a Belgian blonde; Special Beast, a bitter; Abbey Delight, a Belgian strong dark ale; Southern English Brown Ale; TKO's Wheat; Dry Stout; and Oatmeal Stout.
The Castle Hills Village Shops is at 2520 King Arthur Blvd., west of the Dallas North Tollway and Park Boulevard. This is the same center where the artisan cheese chop The Salty Cow recently opened; TKO and The Salty Cow have partnered to offer a beer and cheese pairing menu.
Other Village Shops restaurant options include pizza from PI.E 3.14 Everyday Eatery, tacos from T.B.D. Kitchen, sushi from Kanzi Sushi & Hibachi, and Chinese food from Z's Wok.
Sefton says that the location offers other assets for a brewery.
"TKO caters to the neighborhood and family segment of consumers by offering a unique location that stands out among the typical industrial brewery model," he says in a release. "The location has so much to offer: a great view of Lake Avalon; an outdoor splash pad and interactive fountain for kids; easy access to various restaurants, shops and eateries; and the opportunity for an intimate tour of the brewing space."
The brewpub features an indoor bar, seating areas with games and TVs, an outdoor patio seating area, and a separate brewery space with windows to view the operation. The pub is selling primarily for onsite consumption, but also offers kegs, growlers, and 32-ounce cans called crowlers for beer to-go.