• KICK START YOUR CRAFT BEVERAGE CAREER

  • BUILDING AN INDUSTRY

  • TAKING THE CRAFT BEVERAGE TO A NEW LEVEL

The life so short, the craft so long to learn.

— Hippocrates —

Texoma Craft Beverage Conference

Kick start your Craft Beverage Career!

Are you thinking about starting your own Craft Beverage Business?

Join us for the day to learn, network, and make new friends who enjoy wine, distilled spirits and beer and meet experienced professionals who will impart knowledge and expertise about how YOU can get started, too.

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When & Where

TV Munson Viticulture and Enology Center
9356 Grayson Drive, Denison, Texas 75020

Saturday, June 11, 2016 from 8:00 AM to 8:00 PM (CDT)


Program Schedule (Subject to change)

Time Event
8:30 a.m. Registration (AM & Full-day Sessions)
9:00 a.m. Welcome
9:15 a.m. Concepts and Definition of a Winery, Distillery or Brewery
9:30 a.m. Startup issues for Wineries, Distilleries or Breweries in Breakout Sessions
Gabe Parker of Homestead Winery, Robert Likarish of Ironroot Republic Distillery, and Jeremy Roberts of 903 Brewers
11:00 a.m. Legal and Permitting
12:30 p.m. Lunch (included with program registration)
1:00 p.m. Registration (PM Sessions)
1:30 p.m. Funding and Financial Assistance from Denison/Sherman Representatives
Speakers to be announced
2:30 p.m. Distribution and Growth Opportunities
3:00 p.m. Co-Inoculation presented by Scott Laboratories
4:00 p.m. Panel Discussion: Next Steps
4:30 p.m. Break
6:00 p.m. Non-Commercial Wine & Beer Awards with Wine, Beer & Cheese Reception

Sponsors

Salisbury Creative Group

Salisbury Creative Group

Denison Development Alliance

Denison Development Alliance


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Non-Commercial Beer and Wine Competition

Are you a homebrewer looking for some friendly competition?

Entry Deadlines have been extended!

All entries must be received no later than May 15, 2016 to be eligible for the competition.

Homebrew Competition

General Rules
  1. The Homebrew competition is open to any amateur home brewer age 21 or older.
  2. All registration entries must be received by May 15, 2016
  3. All entries must be handcrafted products containing ingredients available to the general public, and made using private equipment by hobbyist brewers (i.e., no use of commercial facilities or Brew on Premises operations, supplies, etc.)
  4. The competition is open to Texas brewers only
  5. Each entry must consist of two bottles
  6. The fee for entry is $5.00 per entry. There is no limit to the number of entries per homebrewer

Simple enough?

How to Enter

Registration for the competition is simple and easy but please pay close attention to the specific information requested detailing the specifics about your submitted homebrew. To register, email the following information to Andrew Snyder, Competition Coordinator, at snydera@grayson.edu.

  1. Name of Applicant
  2. Name of Beer (Be Creative!)
  3. ABV %
  4. Yeast Type Utilized
  5. Hops or other ingredients utilized

Entries should be dropped off at any of the following locations:

Important Information

You must also include the following with your beer shipment:

Contact Information
  • Address, City, State and Zipcode
  • Email Address
  • Phone
Release Statement

With my signature, I affirm that I have read and understood the rules of the 2016 Texas Non-Commercial Beer Competition and that I agree to follow them. I release the use of my name and names of my beers in the listing of results for use by the media.
SIGN AND DATE RELEASE STATEMENT

Payment Options

Cash or Check payable to Denison Main Street Inc.

Texas Non Commercial Wine Competition – Munson Cup Competition

General Rules
  1. The competition is open to Texas winemakers only.
  2. Wines may be produced by either amateur or professional winemakers, but they cannot be commercially available (for sale).
  3. Each entry must consist of two 750mL or two 375mL bottles.
  4. Each bottle must have an information label affixed. Labels should contain the name of the winemaker, class, wine type/varietal, and vintage (if known). Blends should state the percentage of each grape/fruit used (if known) and wines with > 0.5% residual sugar (R.S.) should list the actual (or best estimate) percent sugar. A label stating “NOT FOR SALE, FOR COMPETITION ONLY” should be affixed on the lower back of the bottle.
  5. Entry forms should be included with each wine shipment.
  6. Wines will be judged in one of eight possible classes (see entry form). Varietal subclasses will be determined by the number of entries per variety. If 4 or more entries of a variety are received they will be judged together in a separate varietal subclass. Varieties with less than 4 entries will be judged together. Each wine may only be entered in one category.
  7. Gold, Silver, and Bronze medals will be awarded to wines that perform best in each class. Judges may award more than one of each medal per class. Announcement of winners will take place on Saturday June 11th at 4:00 PM in downtown Denison at the Kick Back and Say Cheers wine celebration event. Winning winemakers will be notified prior to the event. Those not in attendance will receive their medal(s), by mail, at the address indicated on the entry form.
  8. One wine will be selected as the Best of Show and the winemaker will be awarded the T.V. Munson Cup to recognize his or her accomplishment. The winning winemaker must be present at the reception on Saturday evening, June 11th, to receive the honor.
  9. The fee for entry is $5.00 per entry. There is no limit to the number of entries per winemaker.

How to Enter

For entry forms and questions, e-mail Donna Dow ddow@cityofdenison.com

  1. Name of Wine
  2. Class (See below)
  3. Vintage
  4. Grape Varieties/Fruit
  5. Percent Alcohol
  6. R.S.
Classes
  1. Class 1 – Varietal Red (must contain at least 75% of the stated variety)
  2. Class 2 – Varietal White (must contain at least 75% of the stated variety)
  3. Class 3 – Red Blend (cannot contain more than 75% of a single variety)
  4. Class 4 – White Blend (cannot contain more than 75% of a single variety)
  5. Class 5 – Sweet Red (non-varietal)
  6. Class 6 – Sweet White (non-varietal)
  7. Class 7 – Fortified
  8. Class 8 – Non-grape (fruit, honey, etc.)

Entries should be dropped off at any of the following locations:

Important Information

You must also include the following with your wine shipment:

Contact Information
  • Address, City, State and Zipcode
  • Email Address
  • Phone
Release Statement

With my signature, I affirm that I have read and understood the rules of the 2016 Texas Non-Commercial Wine Competition and that I agree to follow them. I release the use of my name and names of my wines in the listing of results for use by the media.
SIGN AND DATE RELEASE STATEMENT

Payment Options

Cash or Check payable to Denison Main Street Inc.

The Plan

Texoma Craft Beverage Plan

Vision

The Texoma region will be world-renowned for its excellence in wine, brewing and distillation, as well as ancillary industries in viticulture and fermentation.

This will be the result of an outstanding partnership involving Grayson College, the cities of the Texoma Region, local industries, supporting institutions of higher education, Cognac, France, and an active and vital Cooperative. Grayson College will be known for The Texas Center of Excellence for Viticulture & Fermentation Sciences” and will have an internationally known Munson Research Vineyard and Winery. The Texoma Appellation will be the most productive in Texas, and the many vineyards and wineries, agricultural producers supporting the industries, breweries and distilleries will play a significant role in making the Texoma region a major destination in Texas tourism.

YEAR ONE

BUILDING AN INDUSTRY

May 1, 2014 – April 30, 2015

YEARS TWO-FIVE

SUCCESS METRICS

YEARS TEN-TWENTY

SUCCESS METRICS

How about Some Fun Facts about Texoma?

12
Wineries
1
Distilleries
2
Breweries
30
Awesome People Working on this Project

The Alliance

Texoma Craft Beverage Alliance
A partnership between Austin College and Grayson College to take the Munson Research Vineyard and Winery to a new level, a marketing program, and several tourism initiatives, including an interactive regional craft beverage map created by the TCOG GIS program.

Who is part of this effort?

Check out who started this truly regional effort

Founders & Facilitators

903 BrewersDenison Development AllianceGrayson CollegeGrayson Hills WineryHomestead WineryIronroot Republic DistillerySherman Economic Development CorporationTexoma Council of Governments

The Texoma Craft Beverage Alliance was founded by Grayson College, Sherman Economic Development Corporation, and Denison Development Alliance, and facilitated by TCOG.

Recent News

Find out what we have been doing around here lately (and more related news).

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What our Founders say

  • Professionals in our region have a wealth of experience in many of these industries, and this new coordinated effort will propel our area into the forefront of this emerging field.

    — Dr. Jeremy McMillen, President, Grayson College —
  • Building a new industry in our region will bring new investment, new jobs and most of all very creative entrepreneurs. We have already been successful in bringing a new distillery to Denison and a micro-brewery is scheduled to open by December of 2014. These two projects will result in over $2 million in new investment for the area.

    — Tony Kaai, President, Denison Development Alliance —
  • We have an existing wine trail featuring T.V. Munson’s home as well as the vineyard with all the root stock he developed at Grayson College. These assets are unique to our area. Working with the businesses, we hope to develop this economic engine in our area.

    — Donna Dow, Director of Main Street, Downtown Denison —
  • The new association provides a framework to build regional strength and visibility of the brand, as members work together on marketing, promotion and even cooperative purchasing as a group.

    — Cary Wacker, Mayor, City of Sherman —
  • The craft beverage industry is a fast growing industry and we are fortunate to have some tremendous assets in Texoma. Sherman is proud to be a partner in the effort to advance this promising sector.

    — Scott Connell, President, Sherman Economic Development Corporation —
  • Development of industries in fermentation science requires an understanding of and compliance with State and Federal laws and regulations. The best method for accomplishing a successful business is through both knowledge of the process of fermentation and how product is lawfully moved to the consumer.

    — Gabe Parker, Owner, Homestead Winery —

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