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Made in Texoma: The story behind 903 Brewers

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Published: May. 3, 2018 at 7:47 PM CDT
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From home brewers to brew masters in just five years, 903 Brewers' craft beer is gaining attention around the nation but their story is made in Texoma.

Jeremy and Natalie Roberts were both born and raised in Sherman.

"We were both home brewers," Jeremy said.

Self-taught brewers, learning by trial and error, but they saw a use for their hobby.

"We always heard people say there's nothing to do in Sherman, instead of making excuses, we thought we should create it," Jeremy said.

This launched their idea of opening a brewery in 2013. In June of that year, they sold their first two kegs to Cellarman's in Sherman.

"It was really cool to be able to buy my own beer because that's a place I've been coming to forever," Jeremy said.

"We were brewing one batch a day four or five days a week, but as we grew, we were brewing three batches a day, seven days a week."

The Roberts took it further, selling their craft beer to grocery stores.

"Our day would start at 4 a.m., we would brew, then drive all over Sherman and Dallas to sell to grocery stores," Natalie said.

"People are like why would you put fruit in a beer, well that's who we are, we do different things," Jeremy said.

The trend caught on. Five years later, they are now in grocery and liquor stores throughout all of Texas and southern Oklahoma.

"We didn't realize how well this community, who's a strong Miller, Bud, Coors community, would embrace craft beer," Jeremy said.

In 2015, one of their beers won a silver medal at the Great American Beer Festival. Last year, more than 40,000 people visited the brewery.

"You can see our tanks now, they are 2,000 gallon tanks," Jeremy said.

They can now brew 117,800 gallons of beer at once. They added an automated canning line about two years ago, 45 cans per minute.

Their growth is just beginning.

"To walk in the morning and see all these tanks and all these great team members here working, it's really amazing," Natalie said.

The couple is opening a new brewery next summer in Sherman, adding a restaurant, beer garden and event center.

"What makes us unique is we are truly a mom and pop business, we consider our employees and we consider our guests family," Natalie said.

"People always say we're so proud of you and how much you've grown in these short five years, we're like thank you, but we couldn't have done it without our community, without 903," Jeremy said.

They're hoping to expand their products into even more states but it'll still all be made right here in Texoma.