A little bit about us
Vincent and Carmelle Martinez opened Cork & Growler in 2017 although the dream started long before that. Vincent used to watch his father do home brew as a child. When Vincent got older he tried his hand at it. He then met and married Carmelle in 2007. Carmelle had to put up with long nights of brewing or bottling or whatever step in the process he was at (which can make the whole house smell like hops, as you probably know!). He slowly started purchasing more and more equipment to make the home brew process easier. At work Vincent had friends that were also into home brew and they became aware of craft beer. They started buying and tasting different craft beers and eventually became members of Untapped, where they posted their reviews of the different beers. After learning about growler bars, they started going to those as well to try even more craft beers. In 2015, Vincent thought to himself that he could start a growler bar and Carmelle loved the idea and wanted to be a part of it. Because Vincent and Carmelle worked full time, the process was slow to start. The first application to the first bank was sent in September 2016. The process of finding funding was long and arduous. But finally in April 2017 the funding was confirmed. After that, the fun process of building a bar began. Vincent and Carmelle (more so Carmelle) incorporated their love of dogs with the bar and confirmed with the city that dogs would be allowed inside as well as outside the bar. They have 2 beagles named Lilly and Bailey that are 11 and 10 years old, respectively. Carmelle also made sure that people who weren’t into beer as much were kept in mind, with the wine on tap. The goal of Vincent and Carmelle’s is to educate as many people as possible on craft beer and growlers so that they become more mainstream and possibly legal in counties such as Collin County. They live in McKinney and have 3 boys Tristan, Caleb, and Brayden that were born in 2009, 2010, and 2012, respectively.