This isn't too big of a change-up considering that Small Brewpub stopped opening on Sundays about six months ago, head brewer Aaron Garcia says, but now it will close on Mondays, too. One reason is an increased demand for their beer, particularly the popular Black Pepper Pils. "We’ve kinda felt the market out with that and it's been selling really well," Garcia says. "We’re selling as much as we can produce right now, so we’re gonna brew more of that more consistently — as in more often each month — and then we’re gonna release a new beer to the market next, at the end of this week."
The other reason to shut down on Mondays? Customer demand just wasn't there, Garcia says, so they'd rather give their staff the day off. "Mondays (are) just a slow day in Oak Cliff in general," Garcia says. "We wanted to limit the kitchen because what they do requires a lot of time and preparation, so we kinda switched over to just offering our food menu five days a week, Tuesday through Saturday. They were kinda overworked when we first opened up."
Right now, Small Brewpub is distributing kegs (through Favorite Brands) to 15-20 bars and restaurants in Dallas, Fort Worth and Denton, Garcia says, but the plan is to expand that network once they're able to ramp up production. The brewpub currently has about six different beers on tap, three of which are "straightforward styles," Garcia says, and three of which are "wild beers and sours — that’s stuff we only offer at the brewpub right now, smaller batch." Considering the public's growing thirst for sours and more experimental styles — and the fact that the almighty IPA may finally be loosening its grip on beer drinkers' palates — this extra brewing focus comes at a good time. It may also get Small Brewpub on more taps around town. So far, Small Brewpub has been smart about its growth plan.
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"We’re still kinda looking for where craft beer is gonna peak as far as market share in Dallas — there’s a ton of room as more and more bars start picking up craft beers," Garcia says. "I don’t see the ceiling yet. I think we’re just part of that growth with all of the other great craft breweries in Dallas."
Small Brewpub, 333 W. Jefferson Blvd., 972-863-1594