Revolver Brewing, which is since 2016 part of Molson Coors’ craft beer portfolio bundled in Tenth & Blakes, will open a second brewery on February 20 in an entertainment district in Arlington, Texas.
The new brewery, dubbed BLDG 5, because it is the fifth building of the brewery, is only about 50 miles northeast of the other four buildings of the old brewery in Granbury, Texas. It willl have only one-sixth of its size giving Revolver the ability to make smaller batches of beer and get new flavors in front of a bigger group of consumers more quickly. It will be based inside Texas Live!, a 200,000 square-foot dining, entertainment and sports complex in the Dallas-Fort Worth area, one of the fastest-growing metros in the U.S.
It’s brewpub and tasting room will be operated by Texas Live! that will serve beer from Revolver and other brewers. It also will serve a limited menu, including meat from Lockhart Smokehouse and will feature outdoor seating that flows into the Miller Beer Garden courtyard.
“The idea here is that we view it as an extension of our Granbury brewery,” says Rhett Keisler, the co-owner and president of Revolver Brewing. “This is a big opportunity for us,” Keisler says. “Since we know not everyone can make it down to Granbury, we’re trying to bring a little bit of Granbury up here.”
Opening a second brewery “is all about putting our beers in front of new people; educating them as to who we are and what we’re about; and expanding our reach,” Keisler says.
Jim Watry, chief executive officer of Texas Live!, says BLDG 5 Taproom “will create a completely unique experience and a special opportunity for our guests 21+ to enjoy brand new batches of beer created right here at Texas Live!”
For Revolver, the new venue will allow the brewery to better showcase its lineup of beers for visitors, particularly prospective retailers and wholesalers as it continues to expand. The brewery also will operate a private event space.
Revolver ‘s brands include Blood & Honey, an American Pale Wheat Ale; Full-Tang IPA, a tangerine IPA; Hop Device, a hazy IPA; Mi Cheve Mexican lager; and the recently released Backyard Bee, a Kolsch-style honey ale. After expanding sales into Arkansas, Missouri and Kansas in recent months, the beers are now distributed in eight states.
“It’s really pushing everything we’re all about,” Keisler says. “It’s going to allow us to stretch our legs on some new beers and innovation while putting us in front of a lot of people. It’s going to be a great challenge, and we’re excited for it.”