Friday, July 12, 2013

Cobra Brewing signs lease in Lewisville

Image credit:  Cobra Brewing Company
The Cobra Brewing Company is the latest entry into the North Texas craft beer scene after securing a lease on a property in Lewisville.  The brewery is a family partnership between Neil MacCuish, his wife Danielle and father-in-law Bill Shaw, and will be located at 146 Whatley Avenue in Old Town Lewisville, an area the city has tapped for urban renewal.

MacCuish is targeting a fall opening, a timeline that will depend mostly on how quickly they are able to navigate the licensing process.  A start-up brewing system has already been assembled, leaving site preparation as the only other key hurdle. Along those lines, MacCuish says that other than needing to install drainage lines, it's really just a matter of tidying up the 4200 square foot space.

With the other two partners handling sales and marketing, brewing duties will fall to MacCuish on a setup designed to brew 5 bbl batches using modified dairy tanks.  Both year-round and seasonal selections will be produced, with Hoppy Dazed IPA and AntiVenom Amber Ale being part of the launch plan.  Offerings will be draft-only to start, but they'll be looking to package in bottles and/or cans sometime down the road.

Once open, the current taproom model calls for visitors to get a glass and three samples at a cost of $10. Additional pours will be available for $5, a price that will extend to those who bring in previously purchased Cobra glassware.  Flights will also be on the menu, allowing you to taste a range of brewery fresh beer for around $8.

When asked about naming the business, MacCuish mentioned that Shaw once owned a karate school which used a cobra as its logo.  They wanted to use a similar theme for the brewery, but he chose to go with a snake with a little more "tooth" in its appearance. The end result seems to have also inspired the slogan "beer with a bite", something they hope you'll be enjoying soon at accounts throughout the Metroplex. 

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