LUFKIN, TX (KTRE) - Lufkin is abuzz as a unique new business will soon open their doors in downtown. It will be the only craft brewery in Angelina County. In fact, it's the only one within 100 miles.
The co-founders tell KTRE their mutual attraction to exotic beers led them to open Big Thicket Brewery.
People have been putting their face up to the glass and leaving fingerprints and nose prints in anticipation of a new downtown Lufkin business.
"It's Lufkin, Texas' first craft brewery," said co-founder Jeremy Crew.
Crew and Corey Crawford talked to East Texas News about their new venture, Big Thicket Brewery on West Shepherd Avenue.
The idea to start their own brewing business seemed to make sense because they both have a creative palate when it comes to beer.
"There's a lot of me saying, 'Hey we should do this weird beer or we should do that weird beer?' We've got one that's coming out this weekend that's a bacon red ale," Crew said.
After about a year and a half of planning and plenty of paperwork, Big Thicket became a reality.
"Our beer is all over 4.1 percent, which means it's an ale. That's our definition. And so we're permitted to make ale in the State of Texas," Crew said.
"Currently, we have about 13 different style beers on tap for our grand opening. We are going to be eventually a Belgium-style ale shop," said co-founder Corey Crawford.
Crawford and crew like creating different flavor profiles by adding ingredients like coriander, orange peel, and peppers.
"Brewing on a very small scale allows us to do pilot beers and experiment," Crawford said.
The brewing company is having a ticketed grand opening event this Saturday, but tickets are already sold out, so if you're looking forward to trying out the different beers, you'll have to wait a little longer. Crew says they plan to be open with regular hours by the end of the year. There will be tours and tastings.
"People can come into the tap room and buy a pint to drink and consume on site," Crawford said.
Crew said that the brewery is a good fit for downtown Lufkin. He also said he feels like there is a need and a want for more unique venues.
Big Thicket Brewing will also be bottling their beers and working with a distributor to sell their beers in local retailers, so customers can enjoy the craft beer at home too. They hope to have their products on shelves by early 2015.