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Nine-Band Brewing Company – Texas Inspired Brewery In Allen, TX

Nine-Band Brewing Company Owner Keith Ashley

Keith Ashley is the single owner of Nine-Band Brewing Company. Before starting the brewing company, Keith served in the Military, on the McKinney Fire Department, as a Flight Nurse, and as a Wylie Police Officer. This is a man who has risked his life for Collin County and now he is personally investing in this community with his business. Nine-Band currently employs four full-time employees, and six part-time employees to run the taproom and special events. Nine-Band offers tours of the brewery and the brewing process every Saturday at 12:00, 1:00, and 2:00. You don’t need to make reservations just show up a few minutes before your desired tour time with $15 in hand. The tour includes a pint glass and samples of the products through out the tour. Tourists are encouraged to stick around the taproom after the tour and sip on a few brews. The brewery’s taproom hours are:
Monday – Thursday: 5-9
Friday: 5-11
Saturday: 12-4

Keith Ashley

Nine-Band Brewing Company History

After retiring from the police force Keith decided to pursue his interest in the brewing business. Of course one of the most important aspects of a great brewing company is a catchy name. The “Nine-Band” name comes from the Nine Banded Armadillo. If you are not familiar with Texas history, the Armadillo is the state small mammal. Keith didn’t want your stereotypical “YEE-HAW” Texas name to represent his beer, but rather a true representation of who we Texans are. Furthermore, Keith went on to name every single beer that he and his team brew after something in Texas! The Brewery was established in 2013 and started brewing in late 2014. Nine-Band opened its doors February of 2015 with three beers (Nine-Band Pale Ale, Cactus Cat Kolsch, and Toad Choker Barley Wine) for its grand opening! The team gradually started expanding, adding 4 more 60 barrel fermenters, 7 more beers, and expanding all over the state of Texas.

Nine Band History

Nine-Band Brewing Company Today

Today Nine-Band Brewing Company is distributed through Ben E. Keith in the Dallas area, and Favorite Brands in the Austin, Houston, San Antonio area, and Quality Beverage in Oklahoma. After recently signing an agreement with Osage Casinos, the new endeavor will serve Nine-Band beer inside Osage Casinos! They currently can and keg their products depending on the beer/season. The Nine-Band Pale Ale, Cactus Cat Kolsch, and The Badge Honey Blonde are canned year round. The canned seasonals consist of the June Bug Summer Wheat, Ghost Cow Oktoberfest, and 28th State Stout. They do not can their Hoop Snake Hefeweizen, Toad Choker Barley Wine, Blue Lacy Brown Ale, or Hellwind IPA but rather only serve it off the tap.

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Nine-Band Brewing Company Beers

The Nine-Band Brewmaster, Ian, has 15+ years of brewing experience. He is very tedious in his recipes and cleaning when it comes to the brewhouse. At the moment, he has 10 different styles that he brews throughout the year. All but one of the styles are ales. The only lager that we make at Nine Band is the Ghost Cow Oktoberfest. As stated before, all of our beers have a meaning behind the name that relates to Texas. The following is a list of the beers available and the meaning behind their name:

Nine Band Pale Ale – It’s our flagship beer that carries the Nine Banded
Armadillo on the label.

Pale Ale

Cactus Cat Kolsch – A legendary car with hair-like thorns used to prick cactus and release the juices. It would then let the juice ferment and come back to drink the juice. It would then shriek throughout the night on a drunken tangent. Haha.

Cactus Cat

Hoop Snake Hefeweizen – A legendary snake that would bite its own tail to roll away from predators or to chase its prey.

Hoop Hefeweizen

Blue Lacy Brown Ale – Blue Lacy is the state dog of Texas.

Toad Choker Barley Wine – A toad choker is a bad storm that floods the grounds enough to “choke a toad”. We get a lot of those here!

Toad Choker

June Bug Summer Wheat – You already know how bad these are in the spring/summer.

June Bug

28th State Stout – Texas was the 28th State to join the USA.

Ghost Cow Oktoberfest – The old myth/tale of driving down a dark country road and swerving off into the grass because you saw a cow in the road. You pull over, look behind you, and nothing is there. It must’ve been a GHOST COW!!!!!

Nine Band Brewing Ghost Cow

The Badge Honey Blonde – This beer was made nearly and dearly to Keith and his previous life as a service man to this country and the people of this state. Being in the fire, ems, police, and military; he wanted to give back. The Badge stands for the badge that these service men and women hold to protect and serve the citizens of the United States.

Nine Band Brewing Badge Honey Blond

 

Harvest/Ricks Team

An Interview With Rick Wells: Harvest – Ricks Chophouse – Water Boy Farms

-History

The first time Rick remembers being interested in the service industry was at the age of 12 after his parents bought a restaurant. With Rick’s father being a football coach, he says he would have followed in his father’s footsteps if it weren’t for the family owned restaurant. After graduating college Rick started working with Bennigans and Sambuca opening up restaurants all across the country. He was educated on how to evaluate markets and project success for new locations.

Water Boy Garden

In 2003 Rick and his wife decided to buy some land in Lucas, build a home, and settle down. They wanted to give their children the opportunity to grow up on a farm looking up at the stars at night in awe of this beautiful place we call home. This farm is now Water Boy Farms, which supplies Harvest and Rick’s Chophouse with fruits, vegetables, and honey. In 2004 Rick was thinking about making a job change from the corporate world to something more community involved. After doing a little homework he decided McKinney was going to be the center of his universe, and he started Rick’s Chophouse.

Inside Ricks Chophouse

Rick’s Chophouse was the first restaurant he opened in McKinney, and after receiving the philanthropist of the year award in 2012 Rick was humbled and wanted to continue investing in his community. One statistic that stuck with him was “for every dollar you spend in a community $0.70 stays local.” He had a new goal in mind focused on the community and surrounding area. Rick wanted to fully stock his restaurants with locally grown products; this is where Harvest comes into the picture. After taking two years to evaluate and plan, Harvest was opened and in full swing, using local materials and recycled products to build this one of a kind restaurant.

Inside Harvest

-Current and Future Business

With around 40 farms to stock Harvest including Ricks personal Water Boy Farms, Harvest is known for its fresh and organic ingredients. The farm is run by Master Gardener and Executive Chef Andrea Shackelford, along with employees of Rick’s Chophouse and Harvest as a team effort to serve fresh local ingredients.

Water Boy Farm Vegetables

Each employee at Harvest and Rick’s Chophouse is put through an extensive hiring and training process in both restaurants! The restaurants run on “a one heart culture” meaning that each person is bigger than himself or herself and apart of a community that invests in each other. Rick has a very strong passion for this community!

Water Boy Honey

The two things Rick loves most are education and food, and with 1 school already and another on the way and 2 restaurants it is obvious that the Wells family has a bright outlook on the future of McKinney. Rick has so much in store for this community that goes far beyond his lifetime. The work Rick is doing right now will last for 100’s of years to come in this beautiful North Texas Town.

Water Boy Farms

Jalin CrownRing

Jalin Jewelers – A Collin County Jewel

Jalin Jewelers offers full-service jewelry sales, repair, engravings, resizing, and custom design pieces!

You will not find this level of service anywhere else but Jalin. Opening its doors in 1991, original owner and operator James Romberger made a promise. Treat every customer the way he would want to be treated while going above expectations with quality products. To this day Jalin grasps on to this mission for the sake of tradition and the role it plays in their customer’s lives.

Jalin Watch & Bracelet

Tradition is a very important part of the jewelry industry as it represents places we have been or situations we have encountered just as jewelry does. In 2003 Jalin Jewelers was relocated from its original position on the corner of Park and Preston to Lakeside Market where it currently resides. After 23 years of business, Jim decided to retire in 2014 passing the business along to his son Todd Romberger. Todd is just as passionate about the family business as his father! Todd follows in his father’s footsteps ensuring quality products and exceptional customer service every time.

Jalin Jewelers Dimond

Since Todd has taken over the family business, Jalin has received the Readers Choice Winner For The Best Jeweler Store In Plano in 2015 and 2016. Jalin also recently celebrated its 25 anniversary in April of 2016! Through all of the recent success Jalin has experienced Todd and his team continue to serve the people of Plano. Jalin Jewelers will always be evolving but the vision will continue to stay the same. “Offering the personalized attention our customers deserve and have come to trust they will receive when shopping with us. It is our privilege to be highly trusted by our customers.” –Jalin Jewelers Team

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