Brownwood's Hospitality Industry Boom

Jun 28, 2021
Staff Reports

When someone thinks of small town living, they don’t usually think of a thriving downtown scene with plenty of places to choose from for a fun evening out. That’s part of what makes Brownwood so special! Even with the challenges of the past year, our community’s hospitality industry has taken off, and unique businesses have helped to breathe new life into the place we call home. Historic downtown Brownwood now has several new bar, wine, and cocktail concepts where people can spend time with family, taste a variety of Texas wines, or grab drinks with friends. We’re so excited to share some of these local success stories that we’ve been a part of through the Brownwood Municipal Development District’s (BMDD) continued work on downtown revitalization

Teddy’s Brewhaus

Named for Theodore Roosevelt and inspired by the 26th President’s belief in hard work, Teddy’s Brewhaus has been a community staple ever since they opened in late 2019. Teddy’s is Brownwood’s very own microbrewery! Each of the beers on their 7-offering rotating menu is crafted right here in town. At Teddy’s, you can expect one-of-a-kind brews, wine, and eats inside of their 1880s-era building that has undergone a stunning remodel and transformation from the sporting goods store it was previously. Since opening, their team has been hard at work in true Teddy-Roosevelt-fashion. They’ve launched a wine label, expanded to open a biergarten, and have even served as a hand-sanitizer production space when demand was at its highest during the pandemic! Learn more about Teddy’s Brewhaus by visiting their website or follow them on social media to discover their daily rotating entree menu. 

Pioneer Tap House

Pioneer Tap House started with a dream to bring people and community together with great craft beers – a dream we would certainly say has come true, although it hasn’t been without its challenges! When they first opened in July of 2019, they never could have predicted a pandemic would affect their first year as a business. However, they didn’t let that stop them! From outdoor seating and live music to navigating changing Texas Alcoholic Beverage Commission (TABC) guidelines, Pioneer Tap House found creative ways to keep their business thriving. Now, they’re back to business as they always dreamed it would be! With 31 taps of Texas' finest craft beer and a great selection of local wine that rotates frequently, Pioneer Tap House is a favorite spot to hang out and try something new. They host live music, trivia nights, bingo, and other events that have been an amazing way for our community to connect! Head to their website or social media to stay up-to-date on their future happenings.

10 Mile Productions 

It’s no secret that Texas wine has been on the rise over the past decade, which was why the local entrepreneurs behind 10 Mile Productions recently decided it was time to bring downtown Brownwood a tasting room! This amazing addition to our community opened this April inside of what was once the “Southern Hotel,” a building dating back to the late 1800s. Owners Hayley Fowler and Sara Cox have a vision in the works to eventually plant their own winery, but until then, they’re creating small-batch wines using 100% Texas grapes sourced from all across the state. Additionally, 10 Mile Productions’ tasting room features a curated selection that showcases the diverse and distinct wines of Texas. Keep up with their latest releases and events on their Facebook page

Stone’s Grove

The latest revitalization venture in downtown Brownwood is one that’s exclusively for adults – that’s right, it’s 21+ only!  Stone’s Grove opened this May, and serves delicious signature cocktails inspired by music legends like Queen, Kurt Cobain, and Blondie, as well as classic cocktails and of course, cold beer. Owners Danielle and Logan Stone describe Stone’s Grove as an “eclectic, intimate, contemporary space” complete with cozy couches and chairs. Their bar brings a lounge-like atmosphere to downtown that’s ideal for sipping a drink, relaxing with friends, or grabbing a night cap. Learn more about Stone’s Grove by visiting their website or social media and keep an eye out for live music events and maybe even cornhole tournaments! 

Brownwood’s hospitality boom is bringing a vibrancy to our historic downtown area that locals and visitors alike are able to enjoy. At the BMDD, we’re proud to work alongside entrepreneurs to continue this new chapter of innovation! If you’re ready to expand, relocate, or start a business, please reach out to us for contacts, resources, and information about available buildings and economic support opportunities.