Written by Phil Cerroni
Irving officially entered the hop race on Aug. 16 when the Twin Peaks at IH-635 and MacArthur Blvd. broke ground for their (and the city’s) first brew pub.
In twelve weeks, operations can begin in the 30-barrel brew house which will produce between 6,000 and 8,000 barrels (or 12,000 to 16,000 kegs) during 2014. The location will supply all the franchises in Texas with Twin Peak’s private label beers, Dirty Blonde, Knotty Brunette and Ginger’s Ale.
The project, originally slated to be built in Colorado because of that state’s favorable brewing laws, moved to Irving because key changes to state laws governing brewing passed during this most recent legislative session.
The new law blurs the distinction between a brew pub and microbrewery, allowing both of them to sell on premise and distribute. Under the old system, brew pubs could sell on premise but could not distribute, and microbreweries faced the opposite problem. Twin Peaks needed to do both.