|Image credit: Division Brewing.|
Establishing itself as the first production brewery in Arlington, Division Brewing held its grand opening last Thursday during an event that served as a sort of New Year's Eve pre-game party. Occurring on the same night as the Cotton Bowl going on at nearby AT&T Stadium, game day traffic didn't seem to be a deterrent, as a sizable crowd made its way to see the newest brewing operation in North Texas.
The work of owner Wade Wadlington and brewer Sean Cooley, Division occupies a warehouse just off the tracks of the Union Pacific Railroad in Downtown Arlington. Brewing has been underway for a couple of months, with some beers debuting during North Texas Beer Week in November, but Thursday's event was the public's first opportunity to get an up-close look at the actual brewery.
A 4-burner pilot system, mash-tun and a set of small-scale fermenters make
up Division's production setup (© Brian Brown/Beer In Big D, click to enlarge).
|Seventeen beers were tapped on opening day, including a grissette called|
Fare Thee Well (© Brian Brown/Beer In Big D, click to enlarge).
As for distribution, indications are that the brewery won't begin delivering to local accounts for another month or two. That means, at least for now, if you're looking to check out what Division has to offer, you'll have to make the trek to Arlington. Even then, you'll have to exercise a little patience, since the brewery won't be open again until January 30. Based on my initial impressions, though, it's worth the trip, especially if the price of admission stays the same. As brewery tours go, the trip to Division was a relative bargain, considering $15 got you a pint glass (or snifter) and five full pours.
506 E. Main Street