Woohoo! Last week was an excellent kick off to Dishin’ It’s month-long National Beer Day celebration. Yes, you read correctly. We’re taking this bus on the road for a whole 30 days. With over 1,700 attendees, over 150 beers on tap, thousands of ounces and all sorts of goodies consumed, IMAS’ Brew-seum was the perfect way to start this epic month. And in fact one of the rock stars of this event is precisely this week’s highlight.

5x5 Brewing Company (pronounced 5 by 5) tapped out 12 kegs of yummy goodness at the end of this annual event. All of 5x5’s hands were on deck as they did not stop pouring from 6:00 p.m. to 11:00 p.m.  Things might of gotten a little hairy at times, but these young chaps pulled themselves up by their bootstraps and mustered through. Just like their charisma and excitement to return to Brew-seum, 5x5’s beer line never dwindled. What was it about these guys that kept driving the crowds?

And so here we are trying to figure out this mystery. (O, maybe not mystery, but dear readers, you know we have a flair for the dramatic so just go with it, please).

The troops at 5x5 became a presence in the community by partaking in various charity and community events and fundraisers. You name it, they were there. Co-founder Sean Downey explains, “Any and every chance we get, we make sure to give back to both our brothers and sisters in arms as well as the community that supports us every day.”

Selfless service is a way of life that is not just  ingrained into this brewery’s principles, but to each core member’s personal lives. Many members of the 5x5 team have served in the armed forces; co-founder George Rice, U.S. Army; Sean Downey, U.S. Marine Corps; partner, Alex Gelman, U.S. Navy. The brewery recently brought on board Army Veteran Esteban Phillips as head brewer, who most recently worked as a cellar person and brewer at Rahr & Sons Brewing Company in Fort Worth.

5x5’s military theme is included in every aspect of their brewery, including their name, which was a term used by radio operators to describe when signal and clarity was at its best. Beers released by the brewery reflect this very well, too. 5x5 Brewing Company first batch of beers to the market was the Nose Art Series that commemorated the decorative painting and design on the fuselage of an aircraft (typically in the front). Just like each of their beers in the Nose Art Series, planes were painted to express individuality.

Besides finding 5x5’s beers throughout the Valley, folks can visit their brewery and tap room in Mission. Yes, tap rooms are something new to our area, 5x5’s is welcoming from the get-go. One can find a range of characters sipping on some brews while others enjoy the weekly live music or featured food truck, like Qweenie, Tailgate or Q’ing It Up (coming soon). Everyone from young to old, families and pet owners can join in during the week because 5x5 is not just a tap room, it is a place for the community to place their phones down, relax, chat, but above all, a place to come together. Make sure to sip on fan favorites like the Brunette Bombshell, Fubarr, 40MM or the Teufel Hunden.
5x5 Brewing Company is located at 801 N Bryan Road Suite 174, Mission, TX. inside Mission’s CEED, Center for Education and Economic Development. Enjoy a cold pint during their tap room hours of Thursday and Friday 4:00 p.m.-10:00 p.m.; Saturday and Sunday 2:00 p.m.-10:00 p.m. For more information on upcoming events, food trucks and beer releases you can contact them at (956) 445-5421 or follow them on their social media platforms @5x5brewing. And remember: 5x5 Brewing Company is Battle Born, Texas Made!

Gaby Jones and Trisha Watts work hand-in-hand with the service industry. Jones is in charge of craft and imported beer for L&F Distributors-South Texas and Watts is a freelance writer specializing in the marketing of the service industry. Each week they will have a new adventure and provide an opinion on multiple locations throughout the Rio Grande Valley. They can be reached at dishin.it.956@gmail.com.