The site of Denton’s Oaktopia music festival is also going to be home to a brewpub, due to open late this year.
Travelstead has partnered with pioneering Denton brewery Audacity Brew House to launch Audacity Brew House at Travelstead in downtown. According to a release, the brewpub will “focus on creating a complete craft beer concept, from the brews created onsite to the hops-inspired menu.”
It’s not surprising that the guys involved in Denton’s LSA Burger Co. and hot courthouse-square restaurant Barley & Board are behind this. They teamed up with Audacity Brew House for the brewpub, which will honor Travelstead’s history but also be a craft-brewing showplace.
A spokesman for the LSA/Barley & Board partners confirms they are also at work on Earl’s 377 Pizza, which is under construction on U.S. 377 in Argyle, just south of Denton.
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Former Rodeo Goat chef Keith Grober, who has been working with Fred’s Texas Cafe, confirmed that he has left Fred’s to join the Earl’s team.
“Located across a complete city block from East Oak to East Hickory, Travelstead will give guests the chance to encounter both the historical structures and the treed outdoor setting that makes this one of the most unique urban places to explore and enjoy,” the release says (the location is about two blocks east of the courthouse square). The brewpub will honor key figures from Denton’s past, from “Ulric Clyde Travelstead (friends called him ‘Trap’) to Bob Storie, who helped thousands of people keep their motors and lives running.”
“We’re stoked to add another exciting venue into our great community,” John “Sparky” Pearson, one of the partners, says in the release. “Most breweries have a taproom for tasting their craft brews, but we’ll have the one and only “Trap”-room in honor of those who helped build our great city!”
The new facility will have the capacity to produce 10,000 barrels a year of craft beer, which will be available onsite or to take-home in growlers. Audacity’s regular brews will be available, as well as rotating selection of beers only available at the brewpub. House-made craft sodas will also be available, and the restaurant promises a chef-driven, beer-inspired menu.
The roughly 8,000-square-foot existing structures will remain and be adapted to a brewery, kitchen, specialty market and outdoor entertainment venue. Expect a late 2016 opening. For updates, follow Audacity Brew House at Travelstead on Facebook.