Small Texas Towns You Need to Spend More Time In

Published On 10/20/2016

The teeny towns you blow through on a Texas road trip are too often just relegated to a bathroom break and a caffeinated beverage. A pit stop alone doesn’t give you the chance to experience the hospitality of that one hundred year old B&B or have a cold one with the locals. Here are 8 of our favorite small Texas towns to add to your checklist of destinations.

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Community Comes Together to Help Taylor Rebuild After Floods

TAYLOR, Texas (KXAN) – Families in Taylor were working to help their neighbors get back on their feet  Sunday, more than a year after the deadly Memorial Day flooding.

Volunteers took part in “A Flood of Hope” at the Texas Beer Company and Curbside Coffee with live music, and food. The event raised money to help rebuild homes affected by the flooding in 2015. More than two hundred fifty homes were damaged.

Sixteen of those homes still need repairs, including 2 total rebuilds which are estimated to cost about $200,000. In July, the community was able to raise more than $20,000 through local churches.

“We’re asking tradesman, plumbers, electricians, anyone who can offer their skills as well as monetary donations,” said Pastor Jeff Ripple of the Christ Fellowship Church.

A group from San Diego was in Taylor this week to help with the recovery efforts.

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Texas Beer Co. Set To Open

Wednesday, May 4, 2016 1:00 am

In addition to everything going on Saturday, one of Taylor’s most anticipated new businesses plans to open.

At noon on Saturday, the Texas Beer Co. will cut the ribbon and officially open the taproom in the McCrory Timmerman building at Main and Second.

Ian Davis, one of the partners in the venture, said it’s been a long 2 years.

“We’re excited — beyond excited — to finally get open,” he said.

He invited everyone who wants to be a part of the event to attend the ribbon cutting, which will be hosted by the Greater Taylor Chamber of Commerce.

He said the Pilot Brew House is still under construction so there will be only limited quantities of Texas Beer Co’s locally brewed Texas Pale.

“When that’s gone, we will serve craft beers from some of our favorite Texas breweries,” he said. “Our Pilot Brew House build out should be completed by June. That’s the next step — scale up and serve more quantities of our cold Texas Beer later this summer.”

“Taylor shares in the excitement for the grand opening of the Texas Beer Company in our historic downtown,” said Taylor Mayor Jesse Ancira. “With the addition of this new business, the revitalization of downtown Taylor is expanding and we look forward to the continuous growth in the area and recognition for Taylor Made Texas.”

The Texas Beer Co. got incentive funding from the City of Taylor to help with the Pilot Brewery and Taproom, and from the Taylor Economic Development Corp. to build a twelve barrell brewery and distribute “Taylor Made” craft beers throughout the state.

The taproom will have regular hours 4-10 p.m. Thursday and Friday, and noon-10 pm Saturday. Saturday the taproom will host live music until midnight.