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 in response to the area’s demand for more craft beer.
As a result of a $20,000 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 few 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 in spring 2017.
"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."