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Despite Halting Operations, West Texas Brewery Will Still Host Annual Valentine's Day Event

Big Bend Brewing's taproom in Alpine will be open on Feb. 14 and 15 this year to sell a specialty bottle -- one of the last in production before the West Texas brewers announced they were halting operations. (Carlos Morales / Marfa Public Radio)

By Carlos Morales

Less than a month after Big Bend Brewing announced it was closing, the popular West Texas brewery this week announced it will still hold an annual event in Valentine, Texas.

For the last six years, Big Bend Brewing has held a Valentine's Day festival in the far West Texas town, population 86, celebrating with craft beer, music and food. But shortly after the group "suspended operations," questions began to rise about the fate of its annual festival.

"We have suspended operations while we look for a way to keep the dream alive," wrote the company Wednesday night on its Instagram account. "However, life keeps on moving, in good times and in hard times, we're still carrying the flame, and Valentine's Day is just around the corner. And on Valentine's Day, Valentine, Texas is the center of the world."

Unlike previous events, this year's will be smaller and "much more informal," according to the post.  For instance, this year's Feb. 14 event will be free, although donations will be accepted at the door. The brewery also said they won't be selling merchandise or beer at this year's Valentine's in Valentine.

However, the Alpine taproom will open on Feb. 14 and 15  from 11 am to 2 pm for anyone looking to get the brewery's specialty bottle― one of the last items in production before the group halted operations.

"Please come celebrate perseverance, grit, community, great beer, and the West Texas dream with us," read the Instagram post. "There's nothing you need to do in advance, just make your way to Valentine on Valentine's Day."

In December, the Alpine brewery announced it was stopping operations. The independent brewers were in the middle of expanding to San Antonio when the Candian company they were purchasing production equipment from went bankrupt.

Big Bend Brewing’s vice president of operations Mahala Guevera told  Brewbound at the time that the company needed the new location in order to be “financially sustainable.”

The company has suggested the brewery could come back in the future.

“We remain hopeful and are working hard to make the stoppage temporary," read a statement from the company late last month.

Carlos Morales is Marfa Public Radio's News Director.