Tuesday, May 13, 2014

Four Bullets betting on October opening in Richardson

Image credit: Four Bullets Brewery

As first reported by Dallas Brew Scene in late March, the Four Bullets Brewery is finalizing its business plan after receiving a Special Permit to begin construction in Richardson. The permit, approved on March 24 by the City Council, was required due to breweries not being listed as a permissible land-use in Richardson's Comprehensive Zoning Ordinance.

The brewery will eventually occupy a 2,660 square foot building at 640 N. Interurban Street, on a lot located less than a mile from the Arapaho Center Station on the DART Rail. Split into two sections, founders Andrew Smeeton and Jeff Douglas expect to take possession of a portion of the property on July 1. The remaining area is tied up with an existing lease agreement that Douglas says they won't be able free-up until sometime next year. Despite this, they'll utilize the available space and proceed with installation of a seven-barrel brewing system designed by Stout Tanks and Kettles. Drainage and electrical work will be needed beforehand, but if all goes as planned Richardson residents could be enjoying their own brand of locally-brewed beer by this coming October.

English ales brewed in a traditional style will be Four Bullet's calling card. They'll have year-round and seasonal beers, as well as a naturally carbonated cask ale, likely a mild or bitter, to be hand-pulled and available only at the brewery. This approach stems from the fact that Smeeton, who brings 25 years of homebrewing experience to the project, was born and raised in England. Still, the partners recognize the demand for beers tailored to a domestic palate. That means you'll likely see an American IPA among the brewery's initial offerings.

Going forward, Douglas indicated one of the brewery's prime directives will be to maintain a strong presence in the surrounding community. He says they are eager to take part in local charity events, and they hope to continue relationships they've developed with area businesses that have supported them along the way. One idea they are considering involves hand-bottling some of their brews for sale a neighborhood bottle shop. This would give locals unique access to take-home beers otherwise available on a draught-only basis.

For now, though, work is focusing on licensing, lining up equipment and perfecting opening day recipes. Those looking to get a sneak peak of what the brewery has in the works can do so this Sunday, May 18, at Brew Riot in the Bishop Arts District. According to Douglas, Four Bullets will be on hand serving Black Jack Brown Ale, Royal Flush Red Ale and Snake Eyes Oatmeal Stout.

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