Because of construction delays, the opening of a brewery in Hudson Oaks was pushed from its original 2018 date, but is still making progress, according to owner Eric Addison.
Pathfinder Brewery, LLC was recommended for approval at a Hudson Oaks Planning and Zoning Committee meeting in May 2017 and will still be located behind the City Lights movie theater.
“We’ve had one construction delay after another — it has been unimaginable — so we’re making progress, but everything is taking twice as long as it should,” Addison said. “The whole thing keeps getting pushed back and pushed back. I had to fire my general contractor, so now I’m doing it myself.”
Addison said at this time, he doesn’t have an opening date, but there is a structure in place now.
“We’ve got most of the building erected,” Addison said.
Addison moved to Texas from southern California to pursue his dream of opening a brewery.
“It’s just been a dream of mine for over 10 years and I’m just passionate about craft beer and helping people learn more about it. At Pathfinder Brewery our tagline is, expertly crafted classic styles. That’s what I want to brew — classic styles of beer, done well,” Addison said. “One of my goals is to help introduce people to these styles, to help people understand the difference between craft beer and the big breweries trying to make it seem like they’re making craft beer. That’s a big thing that’s happening right now. They have to look for the label — there’s a label that says, ‘independent brewer’ from the Brewers Association — and that’s what customers need to look for.”
Hudson Oaks Mayor Marc Povero said he’s excited to see the progress of the brewery.
“Pathfinder will be the only brewery in Parker County that is able to sell beer from taps inside its establishment and also sell packaged beer to customers who want to enjoy a cold draft beer at home,” Povero said. “As we see in Fort Worth, craft breweries are very popular and there is room for several to survive and flourish within close proximity of each other.”
As for why Addison chose Hudson Oaks, he said because of the combination of a full alcohol license and city staff.
“They have a full alcohol license. You can do anything with alcohol in Hudson Oaks and a lot of towns don’t even have a beer and wine license,” Addison said. “Patrick Lawler [city administrator] with the city of Hudson oaks is a fantastic partner if you’re trying to do business in Hudson Oaks, he’s fantastic.
“And I think the people of Hudson Oaks and Parker County at-large deserve good craft beer.”
Povero said he’s hoping more craft breweries will make their way to East Parker County.
“Hudson Oaks is the only city in Parker County where this is possible without selling food and it was the main reason Eric chose us for the location of this unique concept,” Povero said. “I’m hoping that Pathfinder will be the first of many craft breweries that will see the advantages of coming to East Parker County and Hudson Oaks.”
For more information visit the Pathfinder Brewery LLC Facebook page.