Wednesday is recognized as National Beer Lover’s Day, and one local Waco business hopes that others will join them in celebrating.
Waco’s only brewpub, located on 2515 La Salle, has one year under its belt and big plans in store.
For Justin Veach and partner Keith Collier, the tap room and warehouse at Bare Arms Brewing is a long way from where they started - at home.
“What started as a hobby turned into a passion turned into the business Bare Arms Brewing,” Veach said.
Veach and Collier began home brewing a few years ago, both lovers of the craft.
“We were constantly getting a new piece of equipment for just doing it at home,” said Veach. “Craft beer is a really big market right now and we had an opportunity here.”
Veach said the brewery received its name for those unafraid to bare their arms and work. The brewery is the first of its kind in Waco.
It opened its doors in June 2015 and has grown into the community.
At their open, Bare Arms ran on a one-barrel system, limiting their production. Since upgrading to a ten-barrel system, the business has expanded, allowing them to not only make enough for their taproom like before, but also to distribute to 15 locations between Waco and Temple.
“We feel that we’re there with everyone else,” said Veach in regards to the community. “We’re in restaurants that I’ve never seen a craft beer tab before.”
In choosing a beer, Veach recommends beer lovers to try their hand at craft brews.
“Craft beer is generally a quality over quantity thing,” said Veach. “There’s a little bit more that goes into it, a little more focus, a little bit more ingredients, and a little bit more from the personal level.”
If you’ve never delved in the craft brew world, Veach recommends beer lovers try the Lux, a light-bodied American style lager.
“It’s a style that most people are familiar or comfortable with,” said Veach. “[The beer] is a good way to ease themselves into the craft beer world and not be shocked.”
As for upcoming events in the community, Bare Arms is planning collaborations with other local pubs and restaurants in Waco. The Bare Arms Block Party is scheduled for September 17, where 11 beers, including seasonal and new brews, will be available for attendees.
“It’s really exciting to be with the local community with their response and it being a positive response,” said Veach.
Guests that visit the brewpub on National Beer Lover's Day will get $1 off their pint if they wish the bartenders a "Happy National Beer Lover's Day."
For more information on the brewpub, visit their website.
Where you can find Bare Arms Brews:
811 Karaoke, 811 Wooded Acres Dr. Waco Barnett’s Pub, 420 Franklin Ave. Waco Baylor Club, 1001 S. MLK Blvd. Waco Buzzard Billy’s, 100 Interstate 35 Frontage Rd. Waco Cricket’s, 221 Mary Ave. Waco Dancing Bear Pub, 1117 Speight Ave. Waco Dichotomy, 508 Austin Ave. Waco O’Brien’s Irish Pub, 11 E. Central Ave. Temple Fast Eddie’s, 408 N. Valley Mills Dr. Waco Ninfa’s, 220 S. 3rd St. Waco Poppa Rollo’s, 703 N. Valley Mills Dr. Waco Salty Dog, 2004 N. Valley Mills Dr. Shorty’s, 1712 S. 12th St. Waco Truelove, 414 Franklin Ave. Waco 3 West Ale House, Westfield Blvd. Temple