POSTED: Saturday, March 29, 2014 - 10:11pm
UPDATED: Monday, March 31, 2014 - 9:29am
(KETK) - Tyler, Tx — Smith County's first ever licensed brewery opened its doors to the public Saturday with nothing but support from the community.
True Vine Brewing Company has been on tap at local restaurants and bars since the turn of the new year, but Saturday was the first time they let the public take a peak into their small, but efficient local brewery.
"It's really been overwhelming," said co-founder of True Vine, Stephen Lee. "We didn't know what to expect a couple weeks ago and the momentum really started building leading up to it and turnout has been outstanding, more than we can really even handle adequately but people are really patient with us they're really excited."
True Vine was founded by three men with two goals: to serve the Lord, and to serve you.
Ryan Dixon, Stephen Lee and Dan Griffith met at church, where they decided to turn their passion into business and local East Texans are glad they did.
"It's great, delicious," said event goer Travis Hull. "We're already done."
"It's really nice knowing these guys are right here," said Karl Steddom, local East Texan and fellow beer brewer. "And this is a dream of theirs that they realized. It's a really great thing to be part of this."
The turn out for Saturday's opening was incredible with a line out the door and around the corner.
"There was quite a wait to get in," Steddom said. "I was surprised how many people were here."
Once you made it inside, you had three beer options: True Culture Coffee Porter, Rose City Pale Ale, and Rose from the Dead.
Lee told KETK they hope to continue to have tap room hours, on the last Saturday of every month.
For more information on True Vine:
219 S Englewood Ave Tyler Texas 75702