Brad Perkinson created FireWheel Brewing after getting laid off from his desk job, which is an obvious natural progression, right? While FireWheel has been available for a while now, it just had its grand opening in December of 2014. FireWheel has a diverse lineup of beers, including a hoppy golden ale, a red ale, a pale ale, a brown ale, a strawberry IPA, and an imperial American black ale. While the results have been mostly solid thus far, it will be interesting to see if they come out with one of those "I must have this" beers as time moves forward.
Hailing from way, way up North in the 'burbs of McKinney is Franconia Brewing, which has had its tanks cranking for seven years. Brew master and owner Dennis Wehrman is from Germany and has roots dating back to the 1800s, when his great grandfather was a brewer. He even started in the beer business at the age of 12, working for a local brewery, and then went on to earn his masters from a brewmaster school in Munich. There is no denying the German roots in his beer either. There's a kolsch, a hefeweizen, an Oktoberfest, and a sauerkraut doppelbock. Fine, the last one's a lie, but it's true that Franconia's solid, easy-drinking brews are worth your time, though maybe not worth going out of your way for.