Hankering for true craft beer in Rockwall?
Looking for a vanilla porter or a hopped up IPA?
How about sidling up to the bar for an American wheat beer?
For all of the craft beer aficionados in Rockwall and the surrounding area, your wait is nearly over.
Noah Cutshall and his partner, Brad Bramblett, are going to open the doors to their Woodcreek Brewing Company to the public on Aug. 1. The brewery, by the way, is named after where Cutshall lives.
The two transplants — Cutshall came to Rockwall from St. Louis, Mo., about two years ago and is a Richardson firefighter, and Bramblett hails from the Pacific Northwest and is in the medical equipment business— met at the Rockwall Rib, Rub and Run a couple of years and began hanging out.
Of course, they drank a lot of beer and started talking about life while out on Lake Ray Hubbard.
“It is Brad’s lifelong dream to open a brewery,” Cutshall said as he checked one of the tanks holding golden nectar that is going to be one of the signature beers in their brewery at 1400 Interstate 30 east. “When he started talking about it, I told him I wanted to be a part of his dream.”
So the research and development team — Cutshall and Bramblett, that is — began crafting its own beers in Cutshall’s garage.
“We started off brewing Rockwall Red, which is an American Amber Ale; Texas Star Bock, a real malty bock; New Horizon Wheat; Lakeside Blonde; and Highway 66 IPA,” Cutshall said.
The team also has developed a Vanilla Porter that has lots of chocolate notes and real Madagascar beans for a vanilla finish.
Cutshall and Bramblett also are developing a higher alcohol content beer, a Belgium ale at 9 percent.
“We brew what we like,” Cutshall said. “We also wanted a wide variety of beers.”
They are going to give their customers a chance to weigh in, as well, on what future beers they would like to see brewed.
“We want to get the community involved,” Cutshall said as he drew a flute of beer to test the fermentation process. “We want to produce beer the community wants to drink.”
They are finishing up the tap and sales area of the brewery in preparation for the grand opening.
The wall behind the taps is made up of more than 60 reclaimed pallets to give the section a rustic look.
Standing behind the taps, Cutshall said it takes about 10 days to three-and a-half weeks to brew one of their beers.
“The Lager [Texas Star Bock] and IPA take longer,” he said.
Why start a brewery?
“We live here,” Cutshall said. “We love the community. We love the lake and the atmosphere. We wanted to bring something to our hometown.”
He said it would have been easy to setup in Garland, but it was not their community.
Woodcreek Brewery is gong to have six beers on tap when the brewery opens at noon on Aug. 1. Tours will follow once the doors open.
Cutshall said the first 250 customers will receive commemorative founders’ glasses.
While there have been times when Cutshall wanted to quit, he pressed on with their dream.
“It is crucial to have a great business partner alongside you,” he said.
He also is thankful for the community’s help.
“The brewing community is full of people willing to help,” Cutshall said. “I can’t tell you how many people reached out and lent me grain when I ran out. The last thing I learned was how the Rockwall community is excited about craft beer.”
The tentative hours for the brewery are 4-8 p.m. Thursday through Sunday with tours on Saturday from noon to 4 p.m.
While no food is going to be prepared on site, the brewery is partnering with Popcorn Papa to provide snacks. Woodcreek Brewery also is going to have food truck on the weekends.
“We are excited,” Cutshall said.
The brewery is going to have a founders club exclusive event from 5-9 p.m. on July 31. It is by invitation or reservation. Food is going to be provided by Opa! Greek Taverna.
It will be preceded by a 4:45 p.m. ribbon cutting ceremony.
That is going to be followed by the Aug. 1 grand opening, which is set for noon to 8 p.m. and is open to the public, and continues from noon to 8 p.m. Aug. 2.
For more information, visit https://www.picatic.com/woodcreekbrewing.
Gary E. Lindsley may be reached at email@example.com.