Financial Analyst turned brew master, Brad Perkinson traded in his suit and tie for a pair of rubber boots. Brad’s passion for beer began after a trip to Munich, Germany in 2009. Brad and his friend Michael Vieth(IT Adviser at FireWheel Brewing Co.) had been home brewing for a couple of years when Brad found himself unemployed and decided to take his passion for craft beer and home brewing skills to the next level and open up his very own nano-brewery. FireWheel Brewing Co.(FWBC) opened in July of 2012 and was first tapped at The Common Table in Dallas, Texas. A nano-brewery , also named pico-brewery or bucket-brewery is a term not actually recognized by The Brewers Association. Nano-breweries are typically defined as a small brewery producing small batches of beer(less than 500 barrels of beer a year) using a four barrel brewing system or less. At FWBC Brad operates a three barrel brewing system and produced 175 beer barrels in 2013.
FireWheel Brewing Co. has a friendly, relaxed atmosphere. Amber, the brewery dog, will often greet you as you enter the brewery. Kids and dogs are allowed as long as they are kept on a tight leash(just kidding, no leash required). You can hang out inside, pull up a chair, and grab a Midnight Ninja(my personal favorite) or a Special #1 Brown Ale from Roger. At Fire Wheel you always get good head with the StrIPA, pronounced (strip-ah), Strawberry IPA. If you are the designated driver you won’t be left out, there is also craft root beer on tap. Outside there are games to play such as corn hole(you can bring your own games from home too). Some weekends there is live music and food on site from a local caterer or food truck. You can also bring your own food to slap on the grill or get a pizza delivered to the brewery.
FireWheel is open every Saturday from 11-3pm. Entry is $10 for 3 beer samples and includes your choice of a pint glass, mason jar, or tulip glass ($2 extra). Additional beer tickets are available for purchase, and you can even get a free sample when you check in on a social media site. The brewery is also available for private parties of 15 or more for $20 per person or a flat rate of $300. FireWheel Brewing Co. is located at 2806 Lawing Ln. Rowlett, TX 75088
For a complete list of beers, special releases, and upcoming events visit www.firewheelbrewing.com