Growth on Tap for Brewing Company
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.
Recently the company was awarded a $20,000 grant from the Federal Home Loan Bank of Dallas and member institution American State Bank. As a result of the grant, ETX Brewing Company is purchasing additional kegs and a one-barrel microbrew system. Additionally, the working capital creates more jobs at the downtown brewery.
The extra kegs allow ETX Brewing Company to increase distribution to local restaurants and pubs.
“We are a family-owned-and-operated business,” Brian Gilstrap said. “We are doing what we love, and our hearts are fully invested in this business.”
The brothers have been brewing beer for 12 years and spent the last four years preparing to launch their business. Renovations of the retail tire store at 221 South Broadway Avenue began in May 2016. ETX Brewing Company celebrated its official opening April 22.
“Tyler is fortunate to have the ETX Brewing Company invest in our community,” said Tom Mullins, president and CEO of the Tyler Economic Development Council. “They provide a great venue for additional downtown entertainment that residents and visitors alike can enjoy.”