Friday, June 7, 2024

Black Hawk Brewery lands in Prosper

The brewery's name is a military reference, stemming from ownership's support of our armed forces (all images © Brian Brown/Beer in Big D).

Black Hawk Brewery is now open in the Town of Prosper, thereby establishing itself as the first business of its kind in the city. Built from the ground up, Black Hawk sits at 390 W. Broadway St. on the western edge of Proper's downtown district, operating inside a 12,000 square foot structure housing a full restaurant and brewery, along with a rooftop deck.

According to a spotlight piece on the Prosper Economic Development website, owner Dan Hawkins moved to Prosper from California in late 2020. With the goal of providing the town a "more distinct, family-friendly, and independent restaurant," Hawkins decided to pursue plans to develop Black Hawk for the community.

As for Black Hawk's offerings, the kitchen serves a variety of shareables, handhelds (thumbs-up on the Shrimp Tacos), hand-tossed pizzas and salads. There are also a few higher-end entrees (bone-in pork chop, salmon, steak frites), along with a kids menu whose selections include fries and a drink for the little ones.

Shrimp Tacos (pineapple salsa, cilantro, spicy aioli) paired with Silo Lights Amber Ale,
which calls attention to Prosper's historic silos visible from Black Hawk's rooftop deck.

From the brewhouse, house beers are the work of Christopher Tidwell, a longtime industry veteran with previous stints at Union Bear Brewing Co. of Plano, Intrinsic Smokehouse & Brewery of Garland and others. His initial lineup consists of six classic styles (blonde ale, West Coast IPA, German hefeweizen, hazy IPA, amber ale, oatmeal stout), but patrons can expect to see other recipes pop-up as Tidwell works to fill upwards of 18 taps on an everyday basis.

By the way, the beer names at Black Hawk feature an array of meaningful monikers. Hawkins West Coast IPA, Light Hawk Golden Ale and Prosper Nights Oatmeal Stout have perhaps obvious references, but then there's Doggett Wheat Ale, a beer brewed in remembrance of the late Michael Doggett, a co-founder of Obsidian Brewery in Leander.

Black Hawk's brewhouse and main dining area are downstairs, while upstairs is a rooftop deck.

Beyond the beer, Black Hawk has a full bar, so wine, spirits and cocktails are among the other beverage options. There are also mocktails, sodas, juices and the like for those seeking a non-alcoholic option.

Amenity-wise, the aforementioned rooftop deck is sure to be a popular destination for brews with a view of the city's historic silos, especially given that Black Hawk is one of the taller buildings in Prosper. Of course, there are ample televisions as well (over 20 total), both upstairs and down, for those desiring other visual distractions.

Should you be planning a visit, a grand opening event to officially introduce the brand and brewery is planned on Saturday, June 8. After that, Black Hawk will serve customers seven days a week with hours beginning daily at 11 a.m.

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