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Plucky Three Empires Brewing will be first craft beer brewery in Frisco
Opening day finally draws near for a new brewery coming to Frisco: Called Three Empires Brewing, it'll open at 6990 Main St. #200 in mid-September, fulfilling a dream that husband-and-wife David and Mandy Wible have nurtured for nearly a decade.
They're opening in downtown Frisco inside the historic Ford Building, and will be the very first stand-alone brewery to open in Frisco, ever since the city lifted the ban on breweries operating within city limits in 2020. Locals are celebrating the prospect of having a brewery in their own hometown. ("It will be so nice not having to drive to Celina, McKinney, Denton, Plano, Grapevine, etc for a local brewery," says one fan.)
The Wibles just secured approval on one of their final inspections, and are aiming for an opening in mid- to late-September. (Let's not jinx it by naming the date.)
The couple are Frisco residents and have long been homebrewing hobbyists. "Three Empires" represents a nod to their family of three (they have a child), and the idea that they were building a beer empire.
It’s only happenstance that this is also the third shot the couple has taken at launching their brewery. Third time's the charm.
Their journey to this opening began with two failed attempts, first in Houston in 2014, then in Frisco beginning in 2019, involving a previous deal that folded in 2022. Scoring a spot in the Ford Building was a perfect denouement.
Beyond the inherent charm of being in a historic property, they also loved the Ford Building because of its industrial feel, and kept its original brick wall and cement floor. Their "hop cone" lighting fixtures are adorable: pendant ovals with petals, designed to look exactly like the hops used to brew beer (a shape also featured in their company logo). Their exterior features a five-foot-tall painting of a Ford Model T, to honor the building’s heritage.
At 1,300 square feet, the space is small but manages to squeeze in a small brewing and fermenting room, tasting area, and indoor seating consisting of long community tables that all have a view of the brewery apparatus.
"We wanted it to have a warm and welcoming feel, but we also wanted to showcase our brewing capabilities within the design," Mandy says. "Every brewing machine is visible to the customer in the space. You can see the entire brewery set up while enjoying your drink."
They'll have eight taps: seven for beer and one for seltzer. They'll offer a range of beers such as blonde, stout, IPA, wheat beer, and red ale, all brewed on-site.
They're not serving food, but the Wibles are encouraging their customers to patronize the many Frisco restaurants within walking distance of their brewry such as Simply Thai Bistro, Haystack Burgers, Randy's Steakhouse, Mariana's Taco Shop, Eight 11 Place. (The couple also supports other DFW craft brewers with frequent visits and posts on their page.)
"We’re excited to be part of the rail district and love the idea of supporting other businesses," David says. "Hopefully people will come and have a beer before dinner, after dinner, at our place.”