After five years in Lakewood, On Rotation Small Batch Brewery & Taproom is up and moving. The craft beer boutique brewery is relocating to a very cool new space by Dallas Love Field, in The Braniff Centre, the former home of Braniff Airlines.
The move represents a big step up: It will allow On Rotation to
- expand its production capacity
- start packaging their beers in cans
- build a kitchen
On Rotation co-owner Jacob Sloan says in a statement that they've been looking for a bigger space for some time.
"While we never wanted to leave Lakewood, we spent two years looking for a location in Dallas that would offer us the chance to build On Rotation into a true brewpub experience and couldn't pass up the opportunity to stretch our legs at The Braniff Centre," Jacob says.
Construction will begin in a few weeks, and they anticipate opening the new location in early 2021.
The Braniff Centre is a $140 million restoration of the original Braniff Airlines Operations and Maintenance Base, transforming the facility into a mixed-use development that will include aviation, entertainment, and hospitality venues as well as The Planet Lincoln car dealership, which will be the largest Lincoln facility in the world.
Jacob and his wife Lindsay Sloan founded On Rotation in 2015 as a "nanobrewery," making unique and creative beers that have won them awards, including two Tastemaker Awards nominations for best brewery in Dallas. It also serves as a taproom and crowler/growler filling station, with On Rotation brews as well as a rotating slate of guest taps from Texas and beyond.
They'll keep that profile, retaining their 40 ever-rotating taps of craft beer, cider, and hard seltzer, plus wines. They'll also transplant their two fermentation tanks, plus add two more, doubling their brewing capacity.
"Our additional capacity will allow us to share more brews more often," Lindsay says.
Adding food is a big next step. At their Lakewood location, they've been beer-only, although they've always encouraged customers to bring their own food, and have had an unofficial alliance with Cane Rosso White Rock Lake, located right next door.
Their menu will spotlight fried chicken "in all its forms," with Southern-inspired sides and shareable appetizers.
"When we first started On Rotation, we wanted to be judged on the quality of our beer, not our appetizers," Lindsay says. "With five years under our belt, we have the experience to do this right and offer a stellar menu that will complement our beers."
The new location will also offer a convenient minimart for beer to go and takeout order pickup. They'll also soon offer 4-packs of 16-ounce cans.
On Rotation has been closed since March to in-house customers, but they've been open for curbside pickup of crowlers and growlers. You can call or order online at on-rotation.com/order.