There have been a lot of questions and perhaps some confusion surrounding our launch. So, we want to answer your questions as best we can.
Are you moving Grapevine Craft Brewery to Farmers Branch?
That’s a loaded question and the answer is both yes and no. Our future is not in Farmers Branch, but our present certainly is. Due to construction delays for our proposed downtown Grapevine location, we had to find a temporary solution to open for business. Farmers Branch was it.
What happened to the building in Grapevine at 924 Jean Street?
The best way to answer that question is that we were engaged with a contractor that didn’t know what the hell he was doing and took us down a financially devastating path. As a result, getting the right financing package together to build the project has been a challenge. All of those issues have been resolved. We’ve signed a contract with Structures and Interiors out of Southlake, TX to build the brewery and the project is fully permitted and approved by the City of Grapevine. Getting the financial piece in order is the last step and we’re close.
Why a temporary location in Farmers Branch and not Grapevine?
Much of Grapevine’s industrial space is located on DFW Airport property. Brew beer on airport property? That’s hilarious. The rest of the industrial space available in Grapevine is mostly owned and managed by regional and/or national conglomerates that have no interest in giving us the time of day to discuss brewing beer in one of their facilities. These are the same challenges that led us to new construction in Grapevine in the first place.
Additionally, there is no ordinance in the City of Grapevine that by definition allows for the manufacturing of beer on any premise. Which means that in all cases, a public hearing with the city council and a conditional use permit is required. At minimum, once a for-lease property is located, this conditional use process is 45 days, in the most ideal scenario. That is an obstacle that we simply did not have time for at this junction in our business.
So, we landed on Farmers Branch for 3 reasons. One, it’s close. Two, we found a welcoming landlord and a great space to lease. And three, our business fit the “light manufacturing” definition for the City of Farmers Branch and no additional approval from the city for our use is required. Deal done.
Will you have tours?
In Grapevine? Absolutely. In Farmers Branch? Not at this time. We are zoned for manufacturing only. We can decide to approach the city for permission to hold public tours, but have not decided if we will make that request at this time.
When is the building in Grapevine going to be built?
Obviously, we are way beyond setting dates at this point. So we’ll just give you an honest, we don’t know. But from the looks of things right now, we hope to be under construction by the end of the year. Our project is estimated to be a 5-month buildout. But starting a construction project in winter can be a fickle thing and we would expect some delays. So, if everything continues to move forward as it is now, we would expect to be in Grapevine June 2014, plus or minus a month.
So, when can we drink beer from Grapevine Craft Brewery?
We have been moving into and preparing our Farmers Branch location for approximately 8 weeks. TABC and TTB permits are all squared away. This week, the week of November 4th, we will be fully operational and into production by the end of the week. Grapevine Craft Brewery will be on tap at DFW restaurants and bars on November 27th! You can expect to see our Lakefire Rye Pale Ale and Monarch Wheat available right away with the Sir William’s English Brown Ale to follow soon.
What is the future of the Farmers Branch location?
Well, necessity is the mother of all invention isn’t it? Had we not had the challenges that we’ve had, a second and/or temporary location would have certainly never been considered. Now that we’re into this thing for a substantial amount of cash, time and energy, the word temporary is not very exciting. That said, we have some creative opportunities that we’re exploring. A couple of which would lead to this facility continuing to be used in the future by Grapevine Craft Brewery as a secondary production facility for increased distribution and packaging. What will actually happen? We’re not sure. But the future looks bright and for now, we have a brewery in which to brew beer. And for now, that’s awesome.
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