Friday, January 31, 2014

Grapevine plans new beers, packaging

Image credit:  Grapevine Craft Brewery
The Grapevine Craft Brewery has been open all of about two months, yet they are already expanding their sphere of influence and putting plans in motion to package their brews.

On February 3, Grapevine will begin supplying beer to accounts in Austin. More importantly for North Texans, though, is the planned launch of Lakefire Rye Pale Ale in cans.  Six-packs of the brewery's flagship will be available throughout the Metroplex starting in April.  When asked about canning, owner Gary Humble responded by saying, "'We're excited to get our beer in cans and out there in the places where good times are being had. That's where our beer belongs."

Grapevine is also working on a number of new styles for the coming year. Humble says the brewery "seeks to fill a need for approachable and sessionable ales...meant to invite would-be craft beer drinkers into the growing culture of local beer."  Along those lines, expect to see an English-style brown ale, seasonal saison and a Belgian IPA.  Beyond that, head brewer Caton Orell intends to dry-hop 60 barrels of Lakefire with whole leaf Chinook for release in February, and he's got a brown ale infused with raspberry and cocoa in the works for Paste Untapped Fort Worth in March.

Including those debuting next week, Grapevine has taps flowing at 60 accounts in Dallas, Waco and Austin.

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