Thursday, December 21, 2017

Dirty Job marks official grand opening in Mansfield

Dirty Job is the first known brewery to operate in Mansfield (Photo © Brian Brown/Beer in Big D).

It's been a full five months since Dirty Job Brewing started serving beer in Mansfield, but up until now the company had yet to host an official grand opening. That changed this past weekend, with an event featuring the requisite attractions of food, live music and a lineup of some of the area's newest local beer.

Founded by Derek and Lashawn Hubenak, along with Justin Watson, the business is the first of its kind in Mansfield. Established in the city's Historic Downtown district, Dirty Job's brewery and taproom occupies a 4000 square foot space originally built in 1895.

Inside that space, the setup itself is straightforward. Upfront, the taproom is outfitted with a handful of televisions and around a dozen tabletops, while house brews are served from behind a small bar towards the back. There, patrons can choose from beer pouring from as many as 20 taps, all but one of which was active during Dirty Job's debut event.

Agave, amaretto, coconut, cucumber and vanilla are just some of the flavorings used in Dirty Job's recipes (Photos © Brian Brown/Beer in Big D).

On that note, it's apparent that the brewery intends to explore the full spectrum of craft beer's flavor wheel with its small-batch system. Of the 19 beers on the board last Saturday, all but four included some sort of additive element. Together with a popular maple pecan porter called The Short Stack, examples included No Big Dill (cucumber wheat), Raspberry Beret (fruited hefeweizen), Killa Vanilla (oatmeal stout) and Agave Davida (blueberry agave wheat).

Surveying the styles forming the base of those brews, selections at Dirty Job cover a fairly standard range. A variety of American, German and Belgian-inspired wheat beers are on the menu, as are an assortment of IPAs and stouts. Most would appear to be designed for wide appeal, with tempered flavor components and a light-to-medium body being the norm.

Of course, you'll want to find a place to check out the brewery's offerings in order to test that appeal. Availability, however, isn't plentiful due to Dirty Job's limited distribution. That means, at least for now, a taproom visit is the best bet for anyone looking to try the brewery's beer. Therefore, those so inclined will need to head south and make their way to Mansfield.

Dirty Job Brewing (Web, Facebook, Twitter)
117 N. Main St.

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