The 2014 Texas Craft Brewers Festival is just around the corner–September 27 to be exact. And, this year, it’s larger than ever with an impressive 57 Texas-bred breweries joining the lineup. While VIP tickets are already sold out, general admission and designated driver tickets are still available for purchase. In anticipation for this year’s festival, we kicked off a series of profiles featuring some of the newest breweries to join the festival’s ranks. You can see the breweries we’ve featured here, Now, in our final interview, we introduce you to Kat Thompson, President and CEO of upcoming Dallas-based brewery Texas Ale Project.
Interview with Texas Ale Project
Kat Thompson: Journey —It’s simple really…Brent [Thompson] came home one day and decided he wanted to brew beer for the rest of his life. Our passion for beer and a mutual desire to be entrepreneurs drove us to the decision of launching our own brewery. Then the downright steel-headed stubbornness didn’t let us quit until we actually achieved what we wanted.
Philosophy – It’s not worth doing unless it’s done right. We care passionately about brewing high quality, well-crafted ales, and we hold ourselves and our team to high standards in everything we do. We hope this philosophy will show in our product and our customer service. We’re serious about the beer business, but we’re also a pretty quirky bunch that won’t turn down an opportunity to be unique and have a little fun.
Why Dallas? Our intense market research peaked our interest. After stepping away from Texas and living in upstate New York for a few years, we were surprised with the opportunity available in Texas and particularly in [my] hometown, Dallas.
BB: Where can people currently find your beers, and where do you hope to have them available in the future?
KT: Right now our beer will only be available at the Texas Craft Brewers Festival! Currently we are finishing the build out of our production facility, and we hope to open full production later this fall. We will self-distribute 1⁄4 bbl and 1⁄2 bbl kegs in Dallas, and then expand to other regional areas as we increase our capacity. There are future plans to package our beer in cans as well.
BB: How does it feel to be participating in the Texas Craft Brewers Festival this year?
KT: We are super stoked to participating in the Texas Craft Brewer’s Festival this year! We’re proud to be supporting a Texas-only craft beer event, and we’re excited to get the word out about our new brewery.
KT: Expect the unexpected. We like to brew beers for festivals that are unique and not widely available. Thus, we will be serving an exclusive release of two handpicked recipes that likely won’t be available in large scale production.
BB: What other breweries’ offerings are you hoping to try at the festival?
KT: A lil’ bit of everything. We love exploring it all, especially what’s homegrown from Texas.
BB: Anything else we should know about your brewery?
KT: We’re proud to be a family business.
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Thanks for following along with this series of profiles over the past week, we’ll see you all at the Texas Craft Brewers Festival September 27!