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Brewing Up a Good Time at Lewisville's Family Owned and Operated Micro Brewery

By Courtney Clark

Cobra Brewing in Lewisville provides a fun, relaxing environment for friends and families to come together and try a variety of craft beers. The family owned- and operated microbrewery has grown over the past few years, earning 4.5 out of 5 stars on Yelp, Google, and more.

The brewery began when Bill Shaw, one of the business operators, started brewing his own beer with a small kit. After a few years, when his son-in-law, Neil MacCuish moved to the area, the guys decided to open their open business. Beginning with a five-gallon system in Shaw's backyard, the business grew until they made their way up to a 20-gallon system and moved to their location on Whatley Avenue.

The family wanted to create a relaxing and friendly environment. Cobra Brewing has an open floorplan with pool tables, natural lighting, and plenty of seating. The rustic bar presents the draft brews on a chalkboard above the beer tap handles, and the large entrances and exits provide a down-to-earth, almost backyard-like feel.

Cobra brews a variety of beer styles including ales, stouts, porters, IPAs, and even specialty BS beers. A few favorites are Dawn of the Dank, Best Mistake, Donut Dunker, and Betty Whyte. Dawn of the Dank, double India pale ale with a 11.77 percent ABV, leaves flavors of gooseberries, melon, and tropical fruits on the tongue. Best Mistake, an award-winning flagship stout that was indeed a mistake, is made with brownies for a delicious chocolate and roasted taste. Donut Dunker is a porter that lives up to its name while Betty Whyte combines notes of French oak and vanilla bean into a Belgian blond ale.

The microbrewery wouldn't be complete without seasonal brews. Drunkin Pumpkin is a brown ale with notes of pumpkin, cinnamon, and spices while the Nitemare Before Xmas is a delicious combination of the same but in a stout ale. Cobra also serves as part of the limited offerings menu the Angry Leprechaun, Jack Froth, Spring Kleaning, and many more.

Although the bar doesn't offer a food menu, guests will typically see a food truck on the premises every Saturday. And if they don't, beer aficionados can order delivery straight to Cobra Brewing.

Cobra Brewing began small, but now it's making waves and froths with delicious, award-winning brews. Lewisville residents and visitors owe it to themselves to stop in and try an unusual sounding but undoubtedly delicious beer.

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