Two years in the making, Grapevine Craft Brewery has a hometown location, slated to open in February 2015. But there's a twist: The brewery will open with an adjoining beer garden.
Owner Gary Humble not only got city approval for his brewery space in downtown Grapevine, but he also acquired a building next door. That gives him room for a brewery, plus retail space, taproom with second level and an additional 2,800 square feet of outdoor space for a beer garden. There is also double the parking.
"We're grateful to Farmers Branch," says owner Gary Humble. "But I would never have opened a brewery for any intention other than to open one in Grapevine."
"The property to the north that's adjacent to the land we already owned came up for sale, with an existing 6,000-square-foot building and frontage on Dallas Road," Humble says. "Being able to double our available parking was critical to the accessibility of our taproom and beer garden."
The location is a block off Main Street, not far from the railroad tracks. The current address is 924 Jean St., although that may change once the construction begins.
Humble began this journey in September 2012 and nearly closed on a space in Grapevine until he ran into issues with the property's appraised value. Forced to walk away from that space, he opened in Farmers Branch as an interim spot in 2013, and he has been running his brewery out of that space ever since.
"We're grateful to Farmers Branch, but I've lived in Grapevine for seven years and am active in the community here," he says. "I would never have opened a brewery for any intention other than to open one in Grapevine."
In June, the brewery's Sir Williams English Brown Ale won "best beer in Dallas" from D Magazine; it also won a "best of show" at the 2014 Best Little Brewfest in Lewisville.
Exciting new offerings coming in September include a second release of Lakefire Dry Hopped; the signature Sir Williams English Brown Ale comes out in 6-pack cans on September 8. In October, look for Nightwatch Oatmeal Stout, a special limited release for NTX Beer Week.
Farmers Branch still wins, as the location will become 3 Nations Brewing, headed up by brewmaster Gavin Secchi, formerly of Karbach and Goose Island, who will take over the space in February when Grapevine moves out.