Per brewer Kevin Jones, the new tap room will have 16 taps of beer including classics like the coffee milk stout, new beers like a hazy IPA, the Black is Beautiful collaboration, “a couple of barrel-aged surprises,” and house-made root beer for kids.
The new brewery allows Frontyard to increase its brewing capacity by tenfold annually. Frontyard will have a neighbor in a separate building onsite: a winery called 5 Soul that focuses on California wines. Like Frontyard, Jones shares that 5 Soul was “started by a couple of dads looking for a family-friendly place to hang out.” There are also plans for an independently operated food truck on site.
The nine-acre space has lawn games and activities for kids, pickleball courts, live music, and views of the Hill Country. The taproom is meant to appealing to both families and adults, Jones explains.
Jones said the team had been working on the space long before the pandemic started. “There was no turning back or even pressing pause” on the buildout, he says, due to both financial and emotional investments. Frontyard has not fully outlined its safety measures against the spread of COVID-19, though he says the ample space was “made for social distancing.”
“One of our biggest challenges is not knowing what to expect or plan for once we are ready to open,” Jones says. “We don’t know if we’ll be able to invite people into our taproom or if we’ll need to plan to focus on distribution until things calm down a bit more. The uncertainty makes it very difficult to plan for staffing and other logistics.”
Brewers Jones and Chad Worner started the brewery in 2018 without the taproom. Currently, its beers are available at retail locations.