The Texas Craft Brewers Guild and Method Architecture offer membership grants to support “Breweries in Planning” across the Lone Star State

A grant program is open for applications this month to support aspiring Texas craft brewery owners. Grantees will receive one year of free membership (a $300 value) in the Texas Craft Brewers Guild, the trade association for independent craft breweries in Texas. The grant program is funded by Method Architecture, a Texas-based firm that’s also a longtime member of the Guild. 

“Becoming a Guild member in the earliest phases of a brewery project can prevent wasted time, expenses, headaches and heartaches down the road, so the benefits of membership are very real,” says Meg Ellis, the Guild’s Deputy Director. “And from an industry perspective, this grant program goes a long way toward making our industry more inclusive, creating an on-ramp for entrepreneurs who might not otherwise see themselves reflected in our membership.”

Brewery in Planning member benefits include accessing the Guild’s library of recorded and live online educational resources, attending monthly member meetups and annual conferences, connecting with nearly 250 veteran brewery owners and more than 70 in-planning peers statewide, and networking with hundreds of vendors, like Method Architecture, who will be critical to their success as brewers and business owners.

Deidre and Will Amaya, the husband-and-wife team who recently opened Bay Area Brewing Company in Rockport, Texas, were grant recipients in the 2023-2024 cycle. 

“The Brewery in Planning Grant is not just a monetary award. To us it was a lot more,” reflects Deidre. “We [used] the recognition as an opportunity to build our brand and grow our community following as we sought crowd funding and being taken seriously in a lucrative coastal real estate market.”

Entering the craft brewing industry is difficult, and start up costs continue to climb along with rising costs of ingredients, equipment, staffing, and the continued logistics challenges that started during the COVID-19 pandemic. Studies have demonstrated that people of color, women, LGBTQIA+ individuals, and entrepreneurs outside of metropolitan areas experience barriers to credit, capital, and other business support.

“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 breweries including multiple beer competition medal-winning True Anomaly Brewing (Houston) and HIll Country destination Bear King Brewing (Marble Falls). “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.”

In 2021, the grant program’s inaugural year, around thirty applications were submitted representing every corner of the Lone Star State, including projects in Prosper, Tyler, College Station, Missouri City, and Allen, demonstrating the reach and appeal of craft beer businesses for residents in rural, suburban, and urban communities alike.  To date, 18 grants have been awarded. This year, the organization aims to award five more grants.

Applications must be submitted by May 31, 2024. Eligibility criteria, award timeline, and the application form can be found at 

Learn about the 2023 grantees here: 



Formed in 2009 by a band of brewers, today, the Guild has more than 300 brewery members throughout the state, including operating breweries as well as breweries in planning. The Guild offers membership categories for a variety of businesses and organizations that are craft-adjacent, including suppliers, service providers, educational institutions, and retailers who feature Texas craft beer in their bars, restaurants, and bottle shops across the state. In 2024 the Guild launched the Brew City, Texas program, which aims to unite breweries and their home communities in propelling Texas to the forefront of craft beer generated economic development and tourism. To learn more about the Texas Craft Brewers Guild visit The official mobile app of the Texas Craft Brewers Guild, Texas Brewery Passport™, is available in the App Store and Google Play.


Method Architecture is a minority-owned, ego-free architecture and interior design firm that specializes in brewery and distillery design. The firm has designed over 40 breweries and distilleries within the state of Texas, including True Anomaly Brewing (Houston), Bear King Brewing (Marble Falls), and many more. Method has offices in Austin, Dallas, Houston, and San Antonio.