We started this awesome adventure in 2010 with nothing more than a handful of beer and soda recipes, a business plan, and a hunch that Denton needed a craft brewery to call it’s own. Later that year, our business idea received third place in the Murphy Center for Entrepreneurship’s 2010 New Venture Creation Contestthrough the University of North Texas’ College of Business. From there our business plan began to evolve and we began to sample our brews around North Texas to get valuable feedback from local craft beer lovers. In early-2011, we held a very successful Kickstarter campaign in which a lot of fantastic people who believed in what we were doing donated $34,002. After our Kickstarter was fully funded, our hunch was more than confirmed: DENTON WANTED CRAFT BEER.
It was a good start, but we still had a long way to go. Getting a brewery open in Texas requires a lot of capital and even more legal red tape, so we couldn’t sell our beer just yet. We like to consider this our own little “prohibition.” Since it’s a lot easier to brew and sell soda in Texas than beer we continued on our journey by creating two all-natural, hand-crafted, Prohibition-inspired sodas. This allowed us to raise a little more money and gain some more momentum as we moved towards getting the brewery open.
Fast forward to 2012, the guys at Deep Ellum Brewing Company approached us with an offer we couldn’t pass up: to help us get our beer on the market while we continued to raise funds to get our brewery open in Denton. This opportunity made our beers available throughout Denton, DFW, and occasionally Austin and Houston too! Our popularity grew and we even won some prestigious awards. Deep Ellum Brewing produced our beer until early 2015 when we finally made the leap to our own facility in Denton. Construction is currently underway and we are on track to open in 2016.