Thursday, April 11, 2013

Why are we here? It's simple really, it's all about the beer

Image credit:  All logos property of their respective brewing companies.

Just a few short months ago, the image above represented the present and the future of the craft beer scene in North Texas.  At the time, the entities Armadillo Ale Works, Independent Ale Works, and the Martin House Brewing Company had yet to become a reality.  Today, though, each has begun brewing operations, with new names having replaced them under the guise of being "in development."  Rabbit Hole, Noble Rey, Wahoo, Social, and Grapevine on Tap are among those who've now joined 903 Brewers and Reunion in paving the way for the next phase of growth in what we once could have never imagined:  a thriving craft beer industry in the Dallas/Fort Worth Metroplex.

A side effect this growth is that the amount of news and information associated with area breweries grows greater by the day.  Some of this fits well within the Examiner environment, but some of it does not.  Press releases I receive being a prime example of something that falls into this category.

Given that, developing this site affords me a way to disseminate information that I otherwise wasn't able to.  Things like a list of active breweries, brewpubs and projects in development are more easily managed in this format, and hopefully easier to find since such items will have a direct link installed on the splash page. 

Other than that, I've mostly just decided I need my own little space in the world.  The level of ad intrusion on Examiner is not lost on me, and there may well come a day when I decide it's simply too much to bear.  Should that happen, my pen will need a new pad of paper.  Up to now "Beer in Big D" has been nothing more than a side project, but now it gives me a convenient place to land.

Brian Brown
Plano Craft Beer Examiner


  1. The site looks great Brian! Looking forward to keeping up with the exploding local beer scene on this site.

  2. Thanks Justin! Hopefully it will prove to be useful for some.