Nine-Band Brewing Company broke ground today with Allen officials at 9 Prestige Circle where the 8,100 SF showroom and craft brewery will open this summer.
Nine-Band Brewing is the inspiration of owner Keith Ashley and brewmaster Jack Sparks, an Allen native who has returned from La Paz, Bolivia, where he was a brewmaster for Saya Beer, a microbrewery.
Ashley, a former financial partner in Franconia Brewery in nearby McKinney, has ambitious plans to expand Nine-Band, so named for the nine-banded armadillo which is widely found in North, Central and South America.
“We hope to become as prolific as the nine-banded armadillo,” said Ashley. “In the near term, we expect in five years to produce 40 percent the volume of the Spoetzl Brewery, which brews Shiner Bock and is distributed in 39 states.”
“Allen is known nationwide on a number of levels,” said Scott Sutherland, Allen Economic Development Board President. “We look forward to also being known as the city where Nine-Band is brewed.”
Ashley said he chose Allen because he and Sparks have roots here. He said the community has the necessary demographics and proximity to Dallas, and they received the support of city officials.
“Across the nation this past year, approximately 2,300 craft brewers sold just over 13 million barrels, an increase of 1.8 million barrels from the previous year,” said Dan Bowman, Allen Economic Development Interim Executive Director/CEO. “We know Nine-Band had other opportunities, and we are excited that Allen will be the springboard for them to launch and grow.”