Tuesday, August 20, 2019

Windmills Craftworks targeting early 2020 debut in The Colony

Front/east elevation (All images courtesy of Windmills Craftworks).

Construction is currently well underway on Windmills Craftworks, a brewpub concept coming soon to the Grandscape development in The Colony.

First established in Bangalore, India, the original location of Windmills Craftworks debuted in late 2012. Conceived as a combination microbrewery, jazz theater and restaurant, the Bangalore brewpub also features an extensive collection of books should patrons wish to indulge in a little light reading while enjoying a beer.

Interior (left) and exterior (right) seating areas.

A similar vibe is expected to infuse the North Texas locale, with the site's attractions set to reside within a multi-level structure consisting of over 16,000 square feet (a number which includes more than 3500 square feet of outdoor patio space). Final renderings attached herein reveal various aspects of the venue's design, with images showing front and back elevations, as well as portions of the interior and exterior public areas.


Rear elevation overlooking Grandscape's man-made lake to the west.

As for who will oversee beer production, Callaway Ryan has been hired as Director of Brewing Operations. Ryan's resume includes stints as a brewer at Surly Brewing Co. of Minnesota and Stone Brewing Co. of California, but he got his start in Texas by way of an apprenticeship at Live Oak Brewing Co. in Austin.

More recently, Ryan spent a year in India getting familiar with the culture and practices at Windmills Craftworks. Now that he's returned to the Lone Star State, he'll employ a 15-barrel brewhouse at the brewpub in The Colony, with plans to maintain a portfolio of 14 different house beers.

On the topic of timelines, equipment for the project has been acquired, according to the company's CEO, Ajay Nagarajan. Installation awaits further progress on the overall build out, a task Nagarajan hopes to have fully completed in time for an opening in early 2020.



Windmills Craftworks is located at 5755 Grandscape Blvd. in The Colony, where it shares a parking lot with Lava Cantina.

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