What's Brewing in Denton?
With Audacity still holding stake as Denton’s sole brewery, we can only wait with bated breath as to when the promised additions of the Armadillo Ake Works Brewery and Denton County Brewing Co. will finally make their grand appearances. Not to mention: Hop & Sting — what happened with those guys? Well, we have all your questions answered in our Denton Brewery Round-Up.
Hop & Sting decided to pursue a location in downtown Carrollton after the Denton property they had secured became a hassle to renovate and the rent itself too expensive for the project. While they pursue property in historic downtown Carrollton, they have teamed up with 3 Nations Brewery out of Farmers Branch so they can get to brewing and start introducing their delicious concoctions to the craft brew world. 3 Nations recently had their grand opening on April 22, featuring a taproom that will hold the custom brews of Hop & Sting in addition to their own crafted offerings.
18,000 square feet worth of renovations doesn’t happen overnight, and the team behind Armadillo Ale Works are still working hard to open up their brewery & tap room in downtown Denton. The time and effort put into maintaining the integrity of the building has slowed down the process, but was a key factor in the construction needs of the new space. Currently slated to open at the end of the Summer, the 2,000-square-foot patio could be your next favorite Sunday Funday spot. This huge endeavor hasn’t stunted the creative process; we were overjoyed to see Brunch Money make its way back to tap handles and they even recently released Royal Champ Texas-Champagne on tap and in cans alongside the triumphant return of Greenbelt Farm House Wheat. Pair it with Boca 31 and a trip to the Patterson-Appleton Arts Center (all within a few feet of one another), and you've got one hell of a night!
Denton County Brewing Co. is a project that appears to be completing construction right next to craft beer and growler store The Bearded Monk. Seth Morgan is a long time Dentonite and is excited to finally see his dreams come to fruition. Reclaimed materials make up the interior; reusing any box, crate, or piece of metal that made its way into their hands, the grain silo itself is repurposed as well. The furniture recently arrived for their spacious patio, and the homey feel of the inside creates the ambiance of enjoying a beer in your own living room with friends. Though their own finest won’t be available on tap immediately, they will feature respected guest taps until the mad scientist creations are ready for the taste buds of Denton. We’re keeping our fingers crossed for an opening coming up soon, and are ready to enjoy a cold beer on the patio by early summer.
So we may have lost one, but Denton is gaining two more badass breweries and taprooms for the craft beer scene. These long-awaited, highly anticipated openings are hard-earned by the owners, who are setting their roots down in a town they love so much.
Header image by Christopher Rodgers