Northeast Tarrant

Main Street Fest brews beer, fun

Landon Esquivel and Jessica Aillon, both of Grapevine, sample beer.
Landon Esquivel and Jessica Aillon, both of Grapevine, sample beer. Special to Star-Telegram

Festival-goers tapped into three full days of fun at Grapevine’s 31st Annual Main Street Fest: A Craft Brew Experience that ran Friday through Sunday.

Held along Main Street in Historic Downtown Grapevine, guests experienced new and returning favorites, with a special emphasis on craft brew tasting, including the State Brew Challenge. Craft brew lovers voted Texas the winner of the challenge. Voters could choose from more than 50 craft brews from 20 craft breweries from 10 states. Colorado took second place and California third.

There was more to the event than simply beer, however, as one highlight was the grand opening of the Bingham Family Vineyards tasting room on Saturday.

Kyle Bingham said their first tasting room is the culmination of the family farm adding grapes to its traditional crops of peanuts and cotton.

“A couple of years ago we decided to turn out a small batch,” Bingham said of the grapes grown on their Lubbock area acreage, called Bingham Family Vineyards and Farm.

They planted their first grapes in December 2003 on five acres and sold their grapes to various businesses, finding it fun and profitable.

“We loved doing this, so we decided to get bigger,” Bingham said.

Now, they own or manage 200 acres of grapes.

Recently, they decided to take it to the next level by opening a tasting room.

Since 1992, Cliff Bingham, a fourth-generation farmer, and his wife, Betty, have served as pioneers in the Texas organic cotton and peanut markets. They diversified their farming operations in 2003 by planting grape vines.

Together with their 11 children, the couple decided to move forward in the Texas wine industry by starting a winery.

Marty Sabota, 817-390-7367