Craft Beer News
New Dallas craft beer brewery finds funky home in former warehouse
A new craft beer brewery is coming to town, one that will make and sell beer on-site. Called Outfit Brewery, it'll open in what is mostly an industrial area in northwest Dallas, at 7135 John W. Carpenter Fwy.
They'll be a brewery and a brewpub, where you can buy beer on the premises or take it to go in growlers. Owner Jordan Young also hopes to distribute to local bars and restaurants.
"When the idea for this started, it was just going to be manufacturing and distribution," he says. "But our goals changed after they changed the laws regarding brewpubs, so we added the idea of having it also be a fun place to have a beer."
Passed in 2017, SB 515-518 allows breweries to sell beer for on-premise consumption.
Young hopes to open Outfit in early summer, with a lineup that reflects research he's conducted from hosting events.
"We've done a few parties where we provided free beer and the lighter are always the most popular," he says. "We'll also do an IPA and a funky saison, something that's refreshing but with some funk in it. There are some newer types of IPAs right now that are juicy and not quite as bitter, where you get more of the fruit flavors from the hops, they're very good."
The brewery will go into a building that was owned by his family.
"My family has always been in the insurance industry, so this will be a side project, where everyone is helping out," he says. "I've been home brewing 15 years, and we had this warehouse, so we decided to gut it and make it a brewery."
He's taken a creative approach to outfitting the facility, one driven by necessity.
"There'll be some kind of snacks, maybe from food trucks, and we'll have a tasting room that's set up like a bar — we've got a big bar with taps," he says. "You'll be able to see that the equipment is not your typical brewing equipment. We have old repurposed dairy tanks. They're not as pretty as the official brewing gear, but it doesn't cost nearly as much. You're limited on the things you can do, but we've done some tests, and we're making it work."
After a five-year surge in local brewery openings, craft beer has seen alull in the past year or two, and maybe that's not such a bad thing for an outfit like Outfit.
"I started thinking about doing this 4-5 years ago, it took a little while to come up with the money, and I used to wonder if I'd waited too long," Young says. "But everywhere you go, it's still very popular. And the people I know who are in the industry say they can't make enough."