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Founders David Miller and Stefen Windham, shown in 2012, launched Independent Ale Works, a startup nanobrewery in Krum. Now Indy Ales is opening its taproom to the public.

Sidle up for local craft brews when Indy Ales christens taproom

Independent Ale Works has something to celebrate.

The local craft brewery launches its taproom during a party on Saturday.

What’s a taproom? Simple: a bar with beers on tap to serve cool, locally made beer.

The company, known locally simply as Indy Ales, was one of a couple of local craft brewers to start in 2010. Armadillo Ale Works traces its beginnings to the same year. Independent Ale Works paved the way for fledgling breweries like Ugly Rugger and Zero96.

Indy Ales founders Stefen Windham and Dave Miller nursed the brewery from a weekend passion to a business. The pair opened a nanobrewery in Krum to make the company’s simple menu of ales.

Their aim? To make tasty ales that aren’t fussy or the sop-catch for snooty foodies. If you tip back Indy’s amber or blond ale with a burger and fries and count yourself happy, Windham and Miller will have met their goals.

The local brewery will serve beers that patrons can sample with fare from Waffle Wagon (you can start with the food truck’s savory waffles and finish off with a sweet one). If you want a more typically Texas beer experience, another food truck, Flatlanders Taco Co., will sling Tex-Mex staples.

Indy Ales hasn’t announced what will be in the kegs, but the brewery has mastered its Amber 3.0, and also serves a blond. There’s no word on whether the anticipated dark ale (made with a splash of Irish cream) will make an appearance at the taproom launch. (With the forecast predicting a high of 62 degrees on Saturday and a low of 34, it’d be providential to toast with the amber in the afternoon and a darker, heavier brew in the evening.)

No Denton beer party would be complete without music, and Indy Ales doesn’t disappoint. Dallas rock quartet Prostinaut will kick out some sounds, and Lone Star duo Sand Dollar Rodeo will strike up some alt-country. (Note: Sand Dollar Rodeo lists beer and okra among its band interests.)

LUCINDA BREEDING can be reached at 940-566-6877.


When: Noon to 8 p.m. Saturday

Where: Independent Ale Works, 11555 U.S. Highway 380, Suite 209, Krum

Details: No cover. Food trucks will be selling concessions.

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