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Armadillo Ale Works returning to Denton

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By Tiney Ricciardi / The Dallas Morning News

After a year of making beer in Deep Ellum, Armadillo Ale Works’ owners are moving the business back to Denton, where it originated.

Since emerging on North Texas’ craft beer scene, the primary goal for local brewers and founders of Armadillo Ale Works Bobby Mullins and Yianni Arestis was “to get back to Denton as soon as possible.” Their brewing, packaging and distributing was temporarily located at Deep Ellum Brewing Co. in Dallas, despite their brand and lives being based in Denton.

That goal is now officially on the path to fruition. This week Armadillo Ale Works finalized deals with several investors and secured the funding it needs to move operations north to Little D. The brewery’s target open date is spring 2015.

The brewers will use the funds to purchase new brewing equipment — a 30-barrel brewhouse, according to Arestis — and are in the process of getting the necessary permits. Armadillo Ale Works has not yet secured a permanent location, but Arestis said that would be settled in the next few months. All prospective locations are within Denton city limits.

In the meantime, Armadillo Ale Works is ramping up production four-fold thanks to an expansion in DEBC’s production space. Arestis anticipates this to increase the number of bars and retail locations that carry Armadillo Ale Works beer to 400 places in the Dallas-Fort Worth area. There’s even talk of a summer seasonal in the works.

“Now that we know we’re coming home to Denton and we have more space at Deep Ellum, we’re going to let Bobby flex his muscles,” Arestis said recently from the brewery’s new headquarters in Denton.

Armadillo Ale Works played host to a tap takeover at East Side Denton (formerly East Side Social Club) on Friday night to celebrate the news.

Friday also marked the retail release of Brunch Money, the brewery’s third recipe.

You can find it in 22-ounce bottles (limited release) at Kroger and Midway Mart in Denton, Choice Beverage in McKinney, Fossil Creek in Lewisville and Lonestar Beverages in Carrollton. The price ranges from $8 to $9 per bottle.