In a story as old as prohibition, Funky Picnic started with a group of friends brewing in a garage. You know that old saying, "It's all fun and games until someone gets really into beer science and spends all their hard-earned cash on shiny new equipment"? Yeah, that escalated quickly. In homage to our Fort Worth, Texas roots, we called ourselves The Fort Brewing Co. and began giving out our beer at local competitions and events. At the Brew Riot Homebrew Competition, we earned the honor of People's Choice (2014, 2015, and 2016 Runner-Up) and Best Female Brewer (2014 and 2016), plus several individual beer awards. We also took home prizes at Martin House Brewing Company's Riverside Shootout (2015 Winner "Holidazed & Confused"; 2017 Runner-Up "Speak Easy Wit"; 2018 Runner-Up “Beer for Breakfast”). The world was our oyster stout.
We have just as much fun serving our beer as we do making (and drinking!) it. Unfortunately, laws requiring state and national licensing to sell beer mean that we can't stay cooped up in that garage forever. Our team is currently working hard on building a brewery and café in South Main Village that will make the Fort Worth community proud. Stay tuned, as the future will soon become the present!
WHAT THE FORT?!?
If you've seen us out and about or read this far along in our bio, you may be wondering what happened to our OG name. Due to a trademark dispute with a national brewer, we made the decision to move forward as Funky Picnic Brewery & Café—maintaining our Fort Worth/Funkytown connection while also incorporating our mutual connection to the great outdoors.
Funky Picnic is ready to start a conversation with the community about craft beer! And because many great conversations begin around a table, we will have a full food menu to pair with our house-made brews. You may be wondering, "But isn't beer sometimes called 'liquid bread'?" You'd be right, but we also love sandwiches, and we hope you'll make yourself comfortable in our casual atmosphere of small tables and couches overlooking the brewhouse.
We see beer as a path to connection, creativity, and community. Funky Picnic will be one of the only places in Fort Worth where you will be able to learn about brewing over a casual meal, help our brewers come up with new ideas, and start up new conversations with friends and family over beer and sandwiches. Let us help you discover that there really is a craft beer for every taste!
Samantha Glenn (Co-Founder & General Manager)
Sam has had a passion for craft beer since college, and a passion for tight-knit communities like Fort Worth since she was a wee-one in small-town Texas. Running a brewpub should come naturally to her, thanks to years of production management at Alcon Labs. She works harder than almost anyone we know, but she also plays hard. In her not-so-copious free time, she loves to hike, backpack, kayak, slackline, rock climb, play frisbee, and travel the world. She will be involved full-time with Funky Picnic, combining her management and brewing experience to ensure a cohesive marriage of food and beers—and helping people expand their perception of craft beer.
COLLIN ZREET (Co-Founder)
Collin got his start in craft beer while homebrewing with friends in Austin during college and hasn’t looked back ever since. He has extensive beer and brewing industry knowledge, having organized and led several beer dinners at Joyce & Gigi's Kitchen, and having created 70+ different pairings between craft beer and home-cooked meals. He volunteers at several local breweries, and has written professional beer articles for I Live In Dallas and Beerknews.com. Collin has also achieved his Level II Certified Cicerone ® certification and is is also a Certified BJCP Beer Judge. When he's not thinking about beer, he likes to hike, fish, and spend time with his wife, Taylor, and dog, Rocco.
Jenni hanley & John Koch (Co-Founders)
In addition to providing in-depth knowledge of the brewing process and developing award-winning recipes, Jenni and John provided their garage, affectionately called—what else?—The Fort. In their day jobs, Jenni works in retail advertising and John is a software engineer for Lockheed Martin. For Funky Picnic, they consult in both marketing strategies and equipment build-out/maintenance, plus continuing to develop recipes in collaboration with our head brewer. Their side hustles include kickball, snowboarding, adventure travel, obsessing over American Ninja Warrior, and—most recently—wrangling their toddler, Fiona.
MICHAEL HARPER (HEAD BREWER)
Our drum-playing, mariachi-loving head brewer studied at the American Brewers Guild in 2013, and he's passionate about classic techniques but also loves to experiment with new styles and terroir-based ingredients. When he's not knee-deep in spent grain, you can find him at home with his wife, cats, and pet tortoise—or perhaps bingeing on Gilmore Girls episodes and reminiscing about his brief career as a radio DJ.
Josh Rangel (Chef manager)
Our chef is an all-around restaurant ninja and taco connoisseur who’s been in the industry for over 10 years. When he’s not in the kitchen, he loves to spend time with his wife, Brooke, and his teddy bear, Chewy. (Disclaimer: not a stuffed animal, but a cuddly shih tzu–bichon frise mix.) Any gamers out there? Follow him at RawfleMyWaffle on PS4 and Xbox1.
News & EVENTS
Funky Picnic is currently under construction in our brewery and café in the South Main Village of Fort Worth's Near Southside! We are working with F5designBuild on transforming the existing building into a comfortable and inviting space for the community to enjoy our tasty beer and food. Can't wait to be able to invite everyone into our home very soon!