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North Texas brewpub banks on craft beer players for brewery debut

North Texas brewpub banks on craft beer players for brewery debut

Glass of craft beer at a brewery
Beer is on the menu in downtown Rowlett. iStock

With an opening coming soon, Rowlett brewery and brewpub Bankhead Brewing Co. has added a lead brewer to the team: Chad Moshier, who will be responsible for day-to-day brewing operations.

A certified cicerone with a decade of brewing experience, Moshier previously helped open Handles Gastropub in Pleasanton, California, and Sunol Ridge Brewery & Restaurant in Walnut Creek. He'll join Bankhead co-owners Ryan Pyle, the founder and a brewer himself, and chef Kevin Lefere.

The brewery is in downtown Rowlett, in a new building at 3840 Main St. It's named for, and located on, the historic Bankhead Highway, an interstate that ran from Washington, D.C., to San Diego. Main Street was part of the Bankhead Highway when the highway was built in 1916.

The brewery will have a biergarten patio and, as a brewpub, will produce and serve its own beers. The opening lineup will include Bavarian Hefeweizen, English Extra Special Bitter, Citrus IPA, Munich Helles-Style Lager, Vienna Lager, Raspberry Wheat, and Hoppy American Brown Ale.

The food menu will include sandwiches, salads, and pizzas topped with nontraditional toppings like brown sugar with shaved pork, tequila pineapple, arugula, and apple.

Pyle has been brewing for more than 20 years. Lefere is owner and founder of the successful Zanata in Rockwall. Opening is scheduled for late summer.