THE HISTORY OF BANKHEAD
The Bankhead highway was one of the first transcontinental highways built in 1916 that ran from Washington D.C to San Diego. The route included 850 miles through Texas, including a span through downtown Rowlett. You can even see the three original three bridges from the old highway peeking out of Lake Ray Hubbard, just south of Highway 66.
One of the first of its kind, the Bankhead highway was a pioneering venture and proof of American ingenuity and progress. Today, one hundred years later, Bankhead Brewing uses that same spirit to craft delicious, local-made, artisanal beer.
THE BRAINS BEHIND THE BREW
Bankhead is the shared vision of chef Kevin Lefere and brewmaster Ryan Pyle. Lefere, a veteran of several DFW kitchens, is best known for his Italian/Mediterranean concept Zanata, located across Lake Ray Hubbard in Rockwall. Pyle is a familiar face in North Texas homebrew circles. He’s been making beer for going on 20 years, honing his skills on traditional European styles while serving as the president of the Rockwall Brewers’ Association and as a certified beer judge at regional homebrew competitions.