Five aspiring Texas craft brewers receive grants for association membership
Austin, Texas (July 3, 2023) —The grantees have been announced for the third year of a program awarding aspiring craft brewers with membership in the Texas Craft Brewers Guild.
Grantees receive one year of membership – a $300 value – in the Texas Craft Brewers Guild, the trade association representing small and independent craft breweries in the Lone Star State. The grants are funded by Method Architecture, a Texas-based firm that’s also a long-time member of the Guild.
The 2023 grantees are (in alphabetical order):
Austin Craft Brewing Company
Bay Area Brewing Company – Rockport
Cass County Brewing Company – Atlanta
Flying Jewel Brewing – White Oak
The RoseDem Brewery & Hotel – Arlington
Brewery in Planning members can access the Guild’s library of recorded and live online educational resources, attend monthly member meetups and annual conferences, connect with more than 240 veteran brewery owners statewide, and build relationships with hundreds of vendors who will be critical to their success as brewers and business owners.
Smittox Brewing in Allen was selected as a grantee in the 2021 cycle. “At the time I received the grant, I was deep into the early planning phases of starting Smittox Brewing,” says founder Kuumba Smith. “But I had no idea how to get the ball rolling. The Guild really provided that push in the right direction. As a member, you have the resources you need at your fingertips.”
The costs to enter the craft brewing industry remain high in the wake of ongoing challenges that began during the COVID-19 pandemic. In addition, people of color, women, LGBT+ individuals, and entrepreneurs outside of metropolitan areas are known to experience particularly
high barriers to credit, capital, and other necessary support for entrepreneurship.
“We know the barrier to entry for starting a new business can be tough, especially for minority business owners,” said Jackie Rye, Method Architecture Partner and Project Lead for brewery projects. “Our hope is that the grants allow these entrepreneurs to focus on what they do best and fully embrace the resources available within the craft beer community.”
Method’s architectural brewery projects include the Houston-based True Anomaly Brewing Company (winner of one of two Texas Craft Brewers Cup 2023 Brewery of the Year awards) and Holler Brewing Company, a 2023 World Beer Cup silver medal winner, also in Houston.
“Breweries in planning have to prioritize every dollar as they get their projects going,” said Meg Ellis, Deputy Director for the Guild. “So to benefit from Guild membership in the crucial early phases and still be able to allocate funds toward hard costs like equipment orders and facilities improvements can have a huge impact down the road.”
Many of the grantees will join their industry peers during the Texas Craft Brewers Guild’s annual summer conference and trade show, the Texas Brewery Roundup, which takes place July 13-16 in Houston.
Images and additional details about the 2023 grantees are available here: https://texascraftbrewersguild.org/2023bipgrantees/
Learn about the 2022 grantees here: https://texascraftbrewersguild.org/2022bipgrantees/
Learn about the 2021 grantees here: https://texascraftbrewersguild.org/2021bipgrantees/