Acclaimed craft beer maker Tupps Brewery is partnering with the city of McKinney on a multimillion-dollar project that will move the brewery into a space double its current size and create a destination on the east side of the city.
The brewery will expand from its 17,000-square-foot location at 721 Anderson St. to the Historic Mill District of Downtown McKinney, right nearby, where it will upgrade into a 40,000-square-foot space on a 4.3-acre campus.
An $11.3-million grant from McKinney Community Development Corp. will be used to renovate the historic grain site and expand Tupps' footprint with an outdoor bar, outdoor stage for live music, and possibly even a water feature.
According to a release, the campus is expected to be complete by early 2022.
The new location takes over a grain processing factory that has been in operation for over 120 years. The campus will include:
- tasting taproom in the original grain milling building
- state-of-the-art production facility
- retail shopping area
In a statement, Tupps founder and president Keith Lewis calls it perfect for their future needs.
"It fits the Tupps vibe and allows us to meet increased demand for our products while providing more space for additional customers visiting the brewery," Lewis says.
There'll be a 28,000-square-feet production facility and a barrel-aging area housing more than 200 barrels of unique beers, to be available for sampling and for sale in their beer-to-go store.
The city currently owns the grain facility and will sell the land to the McKinney Community Development Corp., who will lease the space to Tupps.
"The city of McKinney is committed to revitalize the eastside of our historic downtown area and I could not think of a better partner than TUPPS to start this process," says McKinney Mayor George Fuller in a statement. "Tupps will bring much needed energy to this area which will attract other businesses and expand our historic downtown footprint."
The move comes five years after Tupps first opened in the same Cotton Mill complex, in a former denim factory that closed in 1969. They've since earned a sterling reputation for their innovative and well made beers, from their "DDH" — Double Dry Hopped — series of IPAs to ultra-creative seasonal and sour beers, which often feature beautiful packaging from local artists.