Guadalupe Brewing Company celebrates ten years in business | Community alert

It’s been 10 years of locally brewed beers for the Guadalupe Brewing Company and Pizza Kitchen tap house.

Since opening in 2012 as a stand-alone brewery, the Guadalupe Brewing Company and Pizza Kitchen has kept New Braunfels off, and newly-nurtured, and now they’re celebrating that milestone with a big birthday party on Saturday night.

The brewery started out as a way to share their craft beers, but it wasn’t until 2015 that they started selling it internally. When they started the business, the husband and wife team never imagined what it would one day become.

“I never (considered) this at all,” said co-owner Anna Kilker. “We only did a little bit at a time, (but) we were afraid to go a little bit deeper, so we just chipped away until we got to that point.”

Over the years, beer lovers have managed to create an inviting environment that has welcomed guests with garden landscapes, which the couple have planted and tended themselves, for patrons to enjoy while sipping great variety of beers.

But it hasn’t always been easy.

When COVID-19 hit, temporarily closing places like bars and restaurants, the couple knew they had to adapt to changing times and add a food element to the dog-friendly establishment.

“We had to make a few changes to be able to continue,” Kilker said. “It made us grow in ways we never imagined.”

The popular local brewery introduced the pizza and beer combination in March 2021 with a selection of Detroit-style pizzas. They have since expanded their menu to include New York-style pizzas, sandwiches, and entrees.

Recently, they set up a canteen in the middle of the biergarten where they serve fries and homemade salsa, and started selling pizzas by the slice. Soon, customers within a 5-mile radius will be able to have pizza delivered through DoorDash.

Through its continued success, the brewery has been able to give back to the community by hosting fundraising events like Pups and Pints, which have raised approximately $9,000 for the Comal County K-9 Unit and the Humane Society of the New Braunfels Area in March.

“Most people don’t even know how much they do to support our community because they don’t do it for the publicity, they do it because they love their community,” said Tracy Gibbons, who worked to put the latest Pups and Pints ​​Event. “They put their heart and soul into their brewery and we have to support them.”

There will be plenty of live music, cold beers and food to keep the party going with tacos and an appearance by the “Bob and Rob’s BBQ” food truck starting at 3 p.m., which people can enjoy while visiting the 13 vendors going out for the occasion or playing a game of cornhole.

The brewery also offers a shuttle service to transport guests from their parking spots, which tend to fill up quickly, to the event.

The evening celebration begins at 6:30 p.m. and ends at 9:30 p.m. on Saturday, June 18 at the grounds of Guadalupe Brewing Company and Pizza Kitchen located at 1586 Wald Road.

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