Founding brewmasters and brothers Brian and Matt Gilstrap, along with co-owner Annie Gilstrap, opened East Texas Brewing Company in the downtown area of Tyler earlier this year in response to the area’s demand for more craft beer.
On Friday nights in East Texas the rumbling you hear in Jacksonville could be the crowds at the Tomato Bowl where local football teams square off or it could be folks rambling to get to the dining room at Sadler’s Kitchen as the doors open at 5 p.m. Recently, I was a diner in the crowd.
Small and unassuming, True Vine Brewery at 219 S. Englewood in Tyler proves that you do not need to be big to provide big flavor. Founded in 2011 by Ryan Dixon, Stephan Lee, and Dan Griffith it was the culmination of hard work and big visions.
Driving down Highway 79 in Henderson you can’t miss the red flags dancing in the wind stating “barbecue” at the corner of Pope Street. Almost no one in Henderson needs a map or assistance to find this small brown storefront that has smoked savory meats and sides since 1987 — it’s Bob’s (or in my family Mr. Bob’s).