What started as a hobby and passion for beer has grown into a new destination for North Texas draft lovers.
Keith Lewis and Tupper Patnode celebrated the grand opening of the 15,000-square-foot TUPPs Brewery – located in the historic Cotton Mill – earlier this month. The pair previously worked in the high-tech industry, before recognizing untapped potential among local beer aficionados.
Brewing an idea
Lewis and Patnode said they always shared a love of beer. Four years ago, Lewis received a home brewing kit as a gift from his wife and invited Patnode to join him. Friends and family enjoyed the beer and encouraged them to craft more. Eventually they decided to brew beer full time and their home-brewing hobby grew into TUPPs Brewery.
The warehouse-style facility boasts a state-of-the-art brewhouse with high-tech hydrometers, microscopes and other sophisticated monitoring devices that allow the brewery to deliver high-quality ales with a high degree of consistency.
“We are proud to be in Texas, in the great city of McKinney and located at the historic Cotton Mill. TUPPs Brewery has a sense of place. When you visit, you will experience a state-of-the-art craft beer production facility as well as a beer garden that features a casual artistic feel,” said Lewis, co-founder and president.
TUPPs owners plan for the brewery to be a place you come after work and on the weekends to have a drink, relax and be among friends. Inside, it features ample seating, with areas for fun, family-friendly activities such as corn hole and Bimini. The beer garden includes a stage for live music and also features a bottle tree, where guests are invited to honor loved ones whose lives have been affected by cancer.
“I have always been captivated by the artistic flare of bottle trees,” Lewis said. “So I thought adding one to the brewery would be impactful. In order to bring life to the tales of spirits living in bottles, we are encouraging our customers to bring their own bottles. If you know someone that has been impacted by cancer, we want you to bring a hand-painted bottle with a note in it about the person. You can then place the bottle on the tree honoring the spirit of your special person.”
Patnode said they love being in the Cotton Mill surrounded by so much history. “The Cotton Mill owner Terry Casey has been great at saving items that have been removed from the Cotton Mill. We hope when you visit you’ll notice the little details, such as old furniture constructed from reclaimed wood we found around the Cotton Mill,” he said.
The outside stage is crafted from reclaimed flooring of the old elevator. Office desks built from salvaged cedar planks and a beer garden lined with vents that were removed from the roof make this setting a destination. Unique pieces of artwork around the brewery add to the character of the atmosphere since they too were made using repurposed materials.
Lewis and Patnode plan to have their beers available in bars and restaurants. Their goal is to add a canning line for larger distribution across North Texas.
“When you visit, keep in mind that we want you to embrace the brewery, so put your feet on the tables and bring old bottles to add to our bottle tree,” Lewis said. “We look forward to having a beer with you soon.”
The brewery will offer tours and a special events space to the community. TUPPs is the second craft brewery to open in McKinney.
TUPPs will open with five easy-drinking beers called sessions:
- Black Ale – Dark in color but very light in body. Easy on the alcohol but heavy on the rich smooth flavor.
- Northbound 75 – Pale Ale infused with fire roasted peppers and spices that result in a rich smoky flavor.
- Cotton Mill Gold – Golden pale ale brewed with a wide variety of grains including rye wheat and oats. Brewed with a mix of five different hops.
- TUPPs IPA – An India Pale Ale brewed with 100 percent centennial hops with a Texas flair.
- Texas Shade – Brewed to provide refuge from the Texas sun with a refreshing crisp taste.