Tuesday, April 18, 2023

Soul Fire setting up second location in Cleburne

Image credit: Soul Fire Brewing Co.

It's been three-and-a-half years since Soul Fire Brewing Co. opened its original brewery and taproom in Roanoke, but now the company is ready to expand its reach with a location on the opposite side of North Texas.

Soul Fire's new spot will occupy an 8,500 square foot space in Historic Downtown Cleburne. The structure at 6 N. Caddo St. dates back to 1900, and sits just across the street from the Johnson County Courthouse.

Regarding the operation itself, whereas Soul Fire is part of a food hall development in Roanoke, the Cleburne locale will be a standalone facility according to owner James Brown.

"It will be a different setup than Roanoke," says Brown. "The whole building/operation will be owned and run by Soul Fire offering beer, pizza and an arcade."

Of course, while the added amenities will enhance the overall experience, beer production will take center stage as it does in Roanoke. At the same time, things will be a bit more scaled-down in Cleburne.

"We will have a five-barrel system to allow us to be more flexible in our beer styles," says Brown, "but still offering the same [mix of] traditional and seasonal beers as in Roanoke."

Rhantu Gamino has been hired as head brewer in Cleburne, coming to North Texas following a stint working at The Seventh Tap Brewing Co. in Shreveport, LA. This, after completing the "Concise Course in Brewing Technology" at the Siebel Institute in Chicago, Ill.

"My expertise and favorite styles to brew are hazy IPAs, adjunct beers, fruited sours and barrel-aged stouts," adds Gamino. "We've already brewed our first collab between both locations, First Call, a hazy double IPA with Citra. It is going to be on tap at Roanoke next week!"

As for a timeline in Cleburne, with construction underway, Brown is hoping for a mid-summer opening.

1 comment:

  1. Welcome to Historic Downtown Cleburne. Hope it's a long and successful connection.