A lot of us have been waiting for this day to arrive. TUPPs Brewery is celebrating their grand opening on Saturday, May 2! Located at the Historic McKinney Cotton Mill, the new microbrewery will be offering their handcrafted Black Ale, TUPPs IPA, and Texas Shade to visitors this Saturday from 11-6 in their industrial beer garden. (Two new beers are on the horizon, offering a nice tip o’ the hat to McKinney: Northbound 75 and Cotton Mill Gold. Alas they won’t be available this Saturday. Guess you’ll have to go again. Life is hard.)
Several food trucks, including Guava Tree, Red Beard BBQ and Spoons Cafe will be there to add food to the festivities. There will be copious live music and of course lots of cool McKinney folk.
Take a gander at the TUPPs Facebook page for a good idea of all that will be going on Saturday. And be sure to visit the TUPPs website for details about their beer, their people, their building and their history. It’s a great addition to McKinney!
Cinco de Mayo
I realize that the actual Cinco de Mayo isn’t until Tuesday, which is clearly not a weekend day. But who’s to stop you from starting the festivities early?
First a Little History
So, Cinco de Mayo is Spanish for the 5th of May. The holiday commemorates the Mexican Army’s unexpected defeat of French forces on May 5, 1862. The French military was considered the team to beat at the time. They were bigger, stronger and cockier than the Mexican army and hadn’t been defeated in 50 years.
But like the honey badger, our friends to the south didn’t care about that and they kicked some French hiney at the Battle of Puebla. No offense intended to our French friends, it’s just that everybody loves a good underdog story.
Anyhoo, since that time no foreign army has invaded the Americas. There have been attacks but no invasions. Or so says Wikipedia.
The celebration of the holiday has taken various forms since 1862 in Mexico and the states. But today it has turned into a celebration of Mexican heritage and culture (and an opportunity for marketers, especially beer marketers, to pedal their wares).
Cinco de Mayo in McKinney, TX
Bien Salsa is getting started early with drink specials all day Saturday, May 2 and again on Tuesday, May 5.
The Blue Goose Cantina will be serving $2 top shelf margaritas and $2 Lunazul tequila tubes on Tuesday, May 5. While you are there, you should grab a Charity Case-a-Dilla – one dollar from each one purchased goes to The Samaritan Inn to help the homeless in Collin County. You can purchase a Charity Case-a-dilla anytime, not just on Cinco de Mayo.
The Cinco de Mayo Run, Walk and Roll offers 1k, 5k and 10k races on Saturday, May 2. The run benefits Neuro-Assistance, providing aid to spinal cord injured and disabled people in our community. Funds provide mobility equipment, vehicle modifications, home modifications and technology.
And also, I actually don’t drink all that much, as much as I seem to talk about adult beverages on this site. My plans this weekend include soccer, piano lessons, a play and precious little alcohol. Somehow, between all of that, I am going to make it to TUPPs, by golly. Will I see you there?