Local brewery pouring heart into community

Stacey Spivey

POSTED: Saturday, May 31, 2014 - 10:24pm

UPDATED: Saturday, May 31, 2014 - 10:48pm

Beginning just earlier this spring, True Vine Brewing Company, has truly made a name for itself. "Its been really neat how God has opened doors for us, but it really just started as a friendship, and its just built into really deeper than that,' said Ryan Dixon, master brewer. Dixon and Stephen Lee are two of the masters behind Tyler's first brewery. "There was some apprehension as we got into this business, how we would be received, and the support has been overwhelming," said Lee.

Because of an overflow of support, True Vine is pouring back into the community. "The community support has been phenomenal, yeah like I said, we're really excited to partner with local charities and really excited about opening our doors and letting the community in," said both Dixon and Lee.

The last Saturday of every month, they hold an "open tap" event in the brew-house, and give 10% of the proceeds to a local charity. "It says mountains, I mean it really does, especially with East Texas in general, I feel is community based community that you don't see in other parts of the world necessarily," said Curtis Young, a regular at the events.

Tyler YMCA reached out to True Vine, hoping for their help. Board president Jim Noble said it’s a "great new exciting business for Tyler, it's a very family-friendly, you'll go back here see all kinds of families, its a very kid friendly venue.. we though it was a perfect match." Noble also added the YMCA will greatly benefit from the extra cash.

However, this won't be the only charity they give back to. "We whole-heartedly welcome it, and embrace it, and we want to pour back into Tyler as much as possible," said Dixon. If you're interested in how to get a charity involved click here.

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