New pub in town: Pint and Barrel Drafthouse brews up ‘experience’

PALESTINE — Deep in the heart of Old Town Palestine, just across from the Oxbow Bakery, there’s a new place in town looking to serve locals a fresh taste in pub tradition, with a hint of spice (read: the craft beer).
It’s the Pint and Barrel Drafthouse, which held a soft opening May 9 and comes to the area as compliments of friendly newcomers and couple, the Kellers. The vintage-feel pub features an array of lures — 16 rotating beers on tap, plus wine and a menu of mouthwatering food items to pick from — coupled with a relaxed atmosphere, where customers can sit outside under fans on a wooden porch and imbibe a one-of-a-kind beverage and overall experience.
How did it begin? With a love for the craft.
Chris Keller is a brewer. It’s what he has done, and it’s what he is good at. And when it came time for Chris and his wife Allison to sell their home in Houston, the idea to open up his own craft beer establishment began brewing in his mind.
“Basically, we were looking to sell a house to get a bigger one, and we saw how much money we were going to get for our house and we were like, ‘well, we could get a bigger house, or we could get a smaller house and start a business,’” he said. “So that’s what we did.”
In Houston, Keller was working at Saint Arnold Brewing Company. While it was hard for he and his wife to pick up and take off, leaving friends and family there, he said, they found themselves drawn to the piney woods of East Texas per family here.
“We wound up here because my father- and mother-in-law, William and Kathryn Young, they’ve been living here for 10 years out in the country,” Keller said. “They helped us find this place.”

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