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NOW OPEN: THE BEARDED MONK


November 12, 2015

The Bearded Monk opened up shop on McKinney St. in Denton last month and they’ve already made a pretty big mark on Denton. Aside from biking down Hickory St. in the coffin race, they’ve also been selling some awesome brews, creating some great mural art outside their building. We recently spoke with owner, Ben Esely about opening up a craft beer shop/growler stop in Denton, mural creation and more.

Beer connoisseur sets up shop as The Bearded Monk


November 25, 2015

Linda Kessler

As people pour into the Bearded Monk for the growler bar’s grand opening, a line forms from the front of the house to the back, weaving around shelves of ale, beer and cider.

Venture into the Bearded Monk, and one will see tables to the left and right, as well as a vast display of spirits. Over 700 varieties are available, with 21 craft brews on tap.

At 33 years old, owner Ben Esely uses his growler bar, among other beer enterprises, to engage the Denton community with beer.

Now open near Denton’s square: Growler bar, bottle shop The Bearded Monk


September 24, 2015

Kevin Carr

Thursday, Sept. 24, residents can enjoy a new business with a serious craft beer focus — the Bearded Monk. Beer nerd and fellow Booze News Insider, Ben Esely, will open the doors of his much-anticipated growler shop, craft beer retail store and bar on McKinney Street, just off the Denton Square.

Downtown grows up


October 15, 2015

Jenna Duncan and Julian Gill

“I think when I have seen folks drinking something better, it’s this growing up, it’s this maturing and the premiumization,” said Ben Esely, owner of the Bearded Monk, a new growler bar on McKinney Street. “We’re kind of seeing it in these little pockets all around the U.S. The craft beer — it had to follow.”

Muralist helps Denton encounter beauty daily


November 16, 2015

Danielle Garcia

Ben Esely, owner of the Bearded Monk, said he hopes his initiative inspires more murals. He wants people to encounter beauty throughout their day and believes Lunt’s piece will be a seed in the Denton community.

“I’ve wanted cool designs out in the community for a while now, and I finally had the funds and canvas to do it on,” Esely said.

Denton gets a new beer shop and bar by end of summer


July 8, 2015

Jenna Duncan

Within the next 30 days, a new beer shop, growler fill-up station and bar called the Bearded Monk will open at 122 E. McKinney St. in Denton.

Backyard neighbors with popular beer garden East Side, the 2,200 square foot storefront will feature taps and bottles of craft beers to help educate the community, owner Ben Esely said.

The craft beer market in North Texas is growing, but hasn’t reached the level of Colorado or Portland, he said. The goal is to help educate and facilitate that experience for customers, Esely said. He has been tracking the market and blogging about it in recent years at his website, Beer Drinker’s Society, and more recently for our sister publication, The Dallas Morning News’ beer blog, which is now part of GuideLive.com.

Ben Webster will help run the shop, and Andie Sterling, cafe director at Harvest House, may collaborate with the shop to offer beer education classes.

Unswayed by rain


October 24, 2015

Julian Gill

For Ben Esely, the owner of the Bearded Monk, a new growler bar off the Square, that meant attaching a large beer barrel to a three-wheeled bike frame to create the “Cask-it.” Perched in a low, aerodynamic racing position, Esely ended up winning his first matchup.

“We gave it a run to see if I would die, and nobody died, so it was solid,” Esely said.

Free concert in Denton to support local first responders


October 15, 2015

Denton, Texas — On Saturday, October 17 in the parking lot across from Oak Street Drafthouse and Cocktail Parlor, local charity organization is throwing a free concert called North Texas Hot Shots. The concert will start at noon and last until 6:00 p.m. Entry at the gate is free with donations encouraged. All proceeds will go to Michael’s Memories and The Russ Martin Show Listeners’ Foundation, both organizations benefiting North Texas first responders.

 

Denton gets a new beer shop and bar by end of summer


July 8, 2015

Jenna Duncan

Within the next 30 days, a new beer shop, growler fill-up station and bar called the Bearded Monk will open at 122 E. McKinney St. in Denton.

Backyard neighbors with popular beer garden East Side, the 2,200 square foot storefront will feature taps and bottles of craft beers to help educate the community, owner Ben Esely said.

The craft beer market in North Texas is growing, but hasn’t reached the level of Colorado or Portland, he said. The goal is to help educate and facilitate that experience for customers, Esely said. He has been tracking the market and blogging about it in recent years at his website, Beer Drinker’s Society, and more recently for our sister publication, The Dallas Morning News’ beer blog, which is now part of GuideLive.com.

Ben Webster will help run the shop, and Andie Sterling, cafe director at Harvest House, may collaborate with the shop to offer beer education classes.

 

WHAT WE DID: JULY 6TH 2015


July 6, 2015

WDDI Staff of the We Denton Do It blog

The WDDI Staff hangs out at the future location of the Bearded Monk, among other places.