Community Beer Company

Community Beer Company

The weekend of June 15th, we journeyed north on 35 for a baby shower in McKinney. Finding ourselves with a few hours to spare, we queried our mobile devices for open breweries in the Dallas area. We were hoping to stop by Peticolas, but the hours didn’t work out. Next, we found Community Beer Company and tickets were still up for sale on their site for the tasting and touring that afternoon. We liked the message of community in their website description.

“We wanted a central location so that we can be an integral part of the Dallas-Ft. Worth community. Many events will be offered at the brewery including tours, music and art shows, charitable events, Beer School, pre-AAC events, sporting activities, and more.”

So if ever there was a question about whether a brewery’s backstory or message matters, I would say it does. (Assuming, first and foremost, that the beer itself is quality.)

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We track down the brewery and, after a brief search for parking, head inside. It’s a standard warehouse building with the familiar buy-a-glass-get-beer-fill-tickets process. Tours were offered, but we opted not to take this one due to the large group (high noise level) and the portable mic the tour guide was using. We were able to walk around the area and check out the equipment anyway.

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Maybe the Brew School utilizes this system? Matt was coveting it for our garage.

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Fermenter.

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Beers. Taps. Crowd.

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We tried everything except the Inspiration. Vienna was my favorite, hands-down. Rich and malty without overdoing the sweet. Public was also quite good. Balanced, as advertised. I got the pale ale out of a pitcher, so it’s possible it had just been sitting out too long, but it was fairly flat and dull. Tried some of Matt’s witbier, which was good, just not the style I was in the mood for that day.

The warehouse space also included write-on walls where you could leave your mark, local artists’ works on display, a live band, and other diversions (cornhole, giant Jenga).

We signed a brick on the wall, but it came out a little hard to read, so I’ll substitute photos of other people who did a much better (read: legible) job.

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Note the art displays (center). [And please ignore my expression. If this were video you would hear, “I better not be in the ph– dammit.”]

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Our overall experience was a positive one. Tasty beer and plenty of time to get our fill even though we arrived toward the end of the tasting window. Lines that moved quickly enough even though there was a good-sized crowd. An open space, but one that still felt comfortable and offered enough activities to keep us entertained while drinking our beer. A shelf above the toilet in the ladies’ room to hold your beer. This is an often overlooked but much appreciated touch for those of us who take our brewery visit multi-tasking seriously.

Then it was time to go… but it wouldn’t be a trip along I-35 without some of this:
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Caused by some of this:
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I feel okay sharing this because no one appeared to be injured.
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We made it safely back to Whitney to visit with family before heading home to Austin. This is Matt with his parents’ dog, Lenny, who genuinely believes he is destined to be a lapdog despite his size.
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