The aroma of oak, hops and malts swirled through the air as I walked through the door and into a micro brewery with oak barrels stacked up high, a brew kettles working hard and fermenters producing high quality brews. A guy on a forklift driving up with a stack of oak barrels attached to the front and politely ask for a moment while he stacked the barrels on top of another stack. After finishing the task, he then shut the forklift off and introduced himself as Ryan Deyo the co-founder of The Collective Brewing Project, a microbrewery located on the very edge of downtown Fort Worth on the southside.
He then showed me around his amazing and rather young facility with their year anniversary coming up and explained to me some of his special brews that are difficult to find anywhere else in the metroplex or state itself. Ryan and his partner Mike Goldfuss produce wild and sour ale brews as well as a few other unique mixes which I had the pleasure of trying their Brown IPA which was a smooth, but hoppy delight with roasted as well as citrus flavors combined in a balanced dance of perfection. After the tour I had a chance to sit down and have a little interview with the craft beer pioneer.
Hey Ryan it’s a pleasure to meet you. I figured I would just start by asking where are you originally from?
I was born and raised in Long Beach, California and then moved to Southlake, Texas where I went to high school with my current business partner Mike. We also went to college together and then lived together for a little while after college. He moved off and started building hospitals and different things while I stayed and became a firefighter here in Fort Worth which I still am at the moment. We come back together a little while later and decided to start this thing up in October of 2012 at the Great American Beer Festival.
Ok, yea that was going to be my next question; what motivated you to start this company?
I got into homebrewing really hard and Mike and I had brewed together a couple times as well. Every homebrewers fantasizes about starting their own brewery, so then we were at the Great American Beer Festival in 2012 and Mike really didn’t like his job at the, so we were like, hey let’s do this! So he within three months he quit his job and moved back here and worked on this thing full time.
Oh ok, good deal, so what is your vision for this company in the next 5 to 10 years?
I’m hoping this is just the beginning and we really like the taproom set up, so that will always be something for us. But we are really striving to be a big player in the sour and wild barrel aged beer game here, we kind of want to lead that charge here in North Texas. Right now in the state you got only a few breweries that really focus on this area of brewing. I think we have one of the bigger wild and sour beer programs in the state, that’s a large focus of ours. A few others in the state do it, but it’s not as large of a part of their company as ours. Over the next 5 years, hopefully we will be in a larger space with a couple thousand barrels and a larger capacity of brewing.
Are you going to try to bottle your beers?
Yea, we are going to try bottling trials in the next few weeks. We may have a bottling release for our one year anniversary party. We have a sour red that is Cabernet barrel aged that will be our first bottling hopefully.
Sounds like a plan, really sounds good. My next question is will you be attending any Fort Worth events this year?
Yea, I think we will be apart of Panther Island Oktoberfest I would like to say, but not completely sure as my wife handles all of our events. North Texas Beer Week that’s at the beginning of November will be another one, we will be participating in a bunch of events during that week. We also host a lot of our own events here as well. We were at Untapped Fort Worth earlier this year, but yea we like to keep it local.
Ya for sure, that sounds good. What’s your favorite brew from your brewery?
Probably our Petite Golden Sour. It’s a 4.5% sour table beer, easy drinking and you can drink it all year round. It’s really good when it’s hot out as it’s real nice and light, refreshing and has a good acidity to it and you can have a bunch without getting too wild.
Ok sounds delicious, where can craft beer lovers find your brews?
Mostly here at our brewery and taproom. We just doubled our capacity, so you will start to find our beers on draft at the better beer bars, the ones that have a focus on craft beers throughout the Dallas-Fort Worth metroplex.
Alright that pretty much wraps it up, thanks for your time Ryan.
No problem and thanks for the interview.
The Collective Brewing Project taproom is opened every Wednesday thru Friday 5pm-9pm and Saturdays 2pm-9pm. Go ahead and check this awesome local brewery out as new brews show up on tap quite often, presenting a whole new world of craft beer and enjoyment. They have board games, ping pong and many other fun additives as well as different events each week that they update on the website such as live bands and yoga. Their special one year anniversary event will be coming up in November and will be posted on their website, definitely an event you want to attend. Cheers!