True Vine Brewing Co. re-opens in Tyler on Saturday, and owners said the focus is on the community.
In 2011, the couple Ryan and Traci Dixon began brewing craft beers in the Garage, focusing on quality and community. That's when they started to found True Vine Brewing Co., the first artisanal brewery in Tyler. Seven years later, they have moved to a new, larger location, but their mission, the community they love, to serve good beer, has remained the same.
Since 2014, True Vine has been located on a 2,000-square-foot site at 219 S. Englewood Ave. With the move to 2453 Earl Campbell Parkway, the brewery now has over 10,000 square feet of land, of which 2,000 are dedicated to a large pavilion.
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Ryan said the new taproom is about the size of their entire Englewood building. The Dixons are also excited to have a permanent place for Sola Bread & Pizza Co. to make pizzas, bread and other upscale bar food for patrons. They say they will continue to organize food trucks for other restaurants.
The brewery has bought two new fermenters and left room to increase production in the future. Ryan said the extra room and the new fermenters would increase their production by two and a half times, from 100 barrels per month to 250. The taproom will include 24 beer taps.
The new location provides plenty of room for people to gather together – tables are set up both in the taproom and outside in the large gazebo and on the stage where the duo hopes to host concerts
and local talent as well as artists from the East from Texas. Ryan said the capacity would allow several thousand people to fit under the pavilion and make their venue fit to become a new stop for tour operators.
Donors have made both a children's park and a dog park possible on the site, something the Dixons are happy to provide for families in Tyler and to tell them that they both want to feel good to work after work Drink or bring your family and stay for a while.
The Dixons have been working on the new space for over a year, opening their grand reopening on March 31, marking the fourth anniversary of the opening of their original location.
"We can not wait to see the community, which was the heartbeat of True Vine, finally see True Vine again and bring that pulse back," said Ryan. "It's like we worked on this epic Christmas present, and we'll let it open for them."
The grand reopening day begins with her second annual beer race at 10 o'clock. The event will feature art from local artists, disc golf and corn hole tournaments, tours and live music from Chance Pena, Big Funky Cloud, Al and the Long Shots and the Rocket Boys. For more information on the festivities and ticket information, visit the brewery's website. The first 1,000 adult guests arriving will receive a four-year anniversary limited edition glass.
The Dixons' plans to grow in this place do not stop there – they also plan to increase their distribution and one day hope to have their own canning line in the house. Its distributor currently comprises 13 counties and plans to expand to the Dallas-Fort Worth area in the coming months.
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