Waco: Beer’s brewing on Bridge Street

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WACO, Texas (KWTX) Brotherwell Brewing brewed its first batch of beer this week at its new location at 400 East Bridge Street, just off Elm Avenue in Waco.

(Photo by Ke'Sha Lopez)

The microbrewery isn't open to the public just yet, but production is in full swing and a taproom is on the way.

Owners David Stoneking and Jacob Martinka are taking their passion of home-brewing of craft beers from the personal to professional.

They both said they’ve been home-brewing for years.

“The quality, the thoughtfulness behind the ingredients and the robustness of the flavors and the varying flavors is a big part of craft brewing,” Martinka said.

The two plan to distribute their beer to local businesses and to sell it directly to residents.

They said, people are excited about craft beers and microbreweries have developed a following that attracts tourists.

“I don’t think that we can fully represent the entire city but what we can do is offer a place for people to come through town to stop by and also a place for people in town to come and call their own,” Stoneking said.

The brewers said they liked the building and the area and are glad to be part of the growth and revitalization of the neighborhood.

"We are not dependent on-site sales so we don't need foot traffic to keep our business afloat but that gives us a unique advantage to kind of anchor down in this area will be a place that people can visit and hopefully people can build around,” Stoneking said.

Longtime resident Carlton Stimpson didn’t seem to mind the new venture.

For years, many buildings along Elm Avenue were red-tagged and vacant.

“Fixing the building is going to bring commerce over here to East Waco and it's not like it's going to be a rowdy club or anything like that because a lot of people go to restaurants and drink beer anyway. So, if somebody wants to be entrepreneurial about it and do it, to each his own.

The company was awarded $200,000 in Tax Increment Financing Zone funds in March 2017 and plans to use the money to improve the sidewalks around the business.

It also has plans to renovate the outdoor of the property to create garden space, so people can enjoy the craft beers both indoors and outside.