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Alum to open microbrewery in Denton

Alum to open microbrewery in Denton

Alum to open microbrewery in Denton
June 01
18:52 2014

Joshua Knopp / Senior Staff Writer

In a warehouse on Shady Oaks Drive, UNT graduate Scott Lindsey hopes to bring fresh beer to Denton and, eventually, to the DFW metroplex.

After graduating with an international business degree in 2004, Lindsey moved to Fort Collins, Colo. where local breweries are prominent and got the idea to establish one in Denton. Lindsey will co-own Audacity Brew House with brewmaster Doug Smith, a 10-year brewing veteran who is relocating from the Fort Collins Brewery to work at Audacity.

“Normally, a national brewery is going to focus on one particular beer and then maybe a light beer of the same product,” Lindsey said. “A craft brewery is really a way to focus on a small business, just like if you went to a local restaurant owned by a local owner.”

Lindsey said they plan to open in September with a lineup of at least six beers, including a pilsner, a dark beer and what he calls a Texas Pale Ale, which will be brewed strictly from ingredients grown in Texas. Lindsey said start from there, with plans to have as many as 12 to 15 beers on tap at any given time. Initially the duo will focus heavily on Denton and then expand south to Dallas. He has not started formal talks with local bars yet, as they are still waiting on a license to brew.

“I don’t think it’s going to be a hard sell at first,” he said. “I think it’s something everybody is going to be excited about.”

Denton bar patrons reflected that sentiment. Robin Durbin tended bar six months ago when Armadillo Greenbelt Ale, from the Armadillo Ale Works brew house which is based in Deep Ellum, hit taps. She said every third or fourth beer she served was Greenbelt.

Tiffany Oberlender said she thinks Texas pride plays a role.

“I think Texas, especially when it comes to booze, they’re one of those states that are so proud that anything that comes from it will flourish,” she said.

Julian Sutherland said quality was more important.

“I buy a lot of Dallas stuff, but I actually like the Dallas stuff,” he said. “But there’s a lot of people in Denton who are like, ‘Yeah man, Denton!'”

Featured Image: UNT graduate Scott Lindsey and Doug Smith, a brewmaster with a decade of experience, plan to open Audacity Brew House here in September. The microbrewery will cater specifically to Denton. Photo by Joshua Knopp, senior staff writer. 

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