Tupps Brewery started in 2009 with a home brewing kit and manual in Keith Lewis’ garage. His weekend hobby became a family affair when his kids came home from college and brewed batches for fun. Eventually, Lewis realized he could turn his hobby into a business. He started the brewery proper in 2015 with his buddy Tupper Patnode; soon enough, his two sons and daughter quit their day jobs to come work with him.

“There’s just something about breweries,” Lewis says. “It’s an interesting and welcoming atmosphere. You come, you listen to music, you drink a beer and you hang out with your friends.

Located near the McKinney Cotton Mill, Tupps brews 14,000 barrels of beer a year, more or less. The brewery sells throughout Texas, Oklahoma and the Florida Panhandle. The problem: their current installation limits their production capacity.

Tupps’ new home, which will open in December, is a mile up the road from McKinney, on the site of a former grist mill. The site will feature new additions including an 1,800 square foot kitchen, an 8,000 square foot bathroom and a play area for children. The new digs will also have a stage for live music and rental space for corporate events and weddings. (Mother-in-law: “Do you want to have it where? “)

Another highlight of the new location is something the Lewis family calls the BYOB yard, for “Build Your Own Business.” It will include six grain silos that will provide space for local businesses to sell their products and grow.

“The application criteria are a bit loose because we want to make sure we get people with heart and soul,” Lewis says. “It’s going to be kind of experiential things where you can go see artists there, paint or do pottery.”

The BYOB program received 78 applications, with applicants ranging from bakeries and artists to mobile humidors and carpenters.

“I want it to be really entrepreneurial,” Lewis says. “It’s a serious business, so you have to pay to rent the space, but it’s very affordable. We don’t take any percentage of the sales on it, so we really want to encourage you to participate. Tupps will also be there to provide guidance and advice. “We have expertise in marketing and finance, so we can help businesses grow. We want it to be a place where someone comes to the site, grabs a beer and sees what’s new.

While the new location will be a bit more modern, Lewis plans to retain Tupps’ original rustic vibe. “We came up with the idea of ​​putting a little sign that said ‘Official Tupps Chill Zone’ on some of these tables,” says Lewis. “That’s really what it’s all about. As crazy as this world is, it’s a place people can just come and hang out.


This story originally published in the September issue of Magazine D with the title “Small Business Bubbles”. Write to [email protected].