The small Texas town of Taylor is eager to have a brewery of its own — so much so, in fact, that the city just approved an incentive agreement to help fund the upcoming Texas Beer Company.
As the Statesman’s Claire Osborn reported yesterday, “the agreement provides a total of $400,000 from the city and the Taylor Economic Development Corporation for the Texas Beer Company to buy equipment.”
That’s after the brewery raised an additional $33,108 from a Kickstarter campaign earlier this year that co-founder Ian Davis started in the hopes of being able to make a down payment on a pilot system.
“Starting a brewery is expensive, and we need your help,” Davis noted in one of his Kickstarter updates. He and his co-founder, J.D. Gins, actually ended up meeting their initial $10,000 goal early on and were able to raise a lot more throughout the course of the campaign.
With these raised funds, they plan to “open a bar at 201 North Main Street in Taylor on Halloween,” Osborn wrote.
“This beautiful, historic red-brick building on Main Street is the perfect intersection of Texas’ proud agricultural history and our exciting craft beer future,” according to the Texas Beer Co. website. “Taylor has some of the best farmland in Texas, and we believe local grain from Taylor’s Blackland Prairie will help produce some of the best beer in Texas.”
Davis and Gins have been producing their beers on a much smaller scale throughout the past two years, relying on a half-barrel brewing system to produce ambers, IPAs, kolsches and other styles. The Main Street location will give them a tasting room for fans to come in and try the beers, as well as, eventually, the option to start canning them for distribution.
For more information, visit www.texasbeerco.com.