Thursday, June 7, 2018

Funky Picnic joining Fort Worth's Near Southside neighborhood

Image credit: Funky Picnic Brewery & Café

With four breweries already in its midst and one just outside its boundary, the Near Southside area of Fort Worth easily fits the description of a craft beer destination. The district's appeal will only get greater come next year, though, with the arrival of yet another addition in the form of Funky Picnic Brewery & Café.

Stalwarts of the North Texas homebrewing scene over the last few years (having competed and won awards at Brew Riot and Martin House Brewing Co.'s Riverside Shootout), Funky Picnic is a collaborative effort between Samantha Glenn, Collin Zreet, Jenni Hanley and John Koch. The quartet was originally known as The Fort Brewing Co., but an existing trademark forced a name change before the founders could push forward with the project.

Now set to be established in Near Southside, Funky Picnic will be nestled near three of its neighbors once it opens the doors at 401 Bryan Ave. HopFusion Ale Works, The Collective Brewing Project and Rahr & Sons Brewing Co. are all within walking distance of the aspiring brewpub's location, while Fort Brewery & Pizza and Wild Acre Brewing Co. are just over a mile away.

Regarding the space itself, Funky Picnic will occupy the southern end of the structure on Bryan Ave., giving them more than 4,000 square feet of usable space to work with. That allotment will be divided between production area (anchored by a seven-barrel brewhouse) and a café, with the latter featuring a full menu allowing patrons to partake in a casual meal while enjoying their beer.

As far as timelines go, permitting and construction on the site are the first items on the group's agenda. Should all go as planned, North Texans should expect to see Funky Picnic debut in the spring of 2019.

For more on Funky Picnic, follow the brewpub on Facebook, or visit its website at

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