FROM STAFF REPORTS
MARBLE FALLS — When David Rathkamp first began making beer several years ago from a kit a relative passed on to him, he probably never thought it would eventually blossom into a 10,000-square-foot brewery, but it did.
Rathkamp and his wife, Quynh, are getting ready to open Save The World Brewing Co. in the next several weeks. The brewery, 1512 Resource Parkway in the Marble Falls Business and Technology Park, will specialize in Belgian-style ales.
While a bulk of their product will end up in bottles to ship elsewhere, the couple would like to offer tastings at the brewery. But under current Marble Falls ordinances, the brewery can’t sell for on-site consumption due to its location. So the Rathkamps and their supporters have initiated a petition drive to collect the signatures of about 400 registered Marble Falls voters to get a measure placed on the May ballot. If the measure passes, the brewery would be able to offer on-site consumption.
David Rathkamp said getting the beer into the hands of consumers doesn’t really worry him since people are always excited about the new brew on the block, but sustaining a regular line of customers takes a bit more work. He hoped that by offering high-quality beer and a variety of flavors, it would keep Save The World Brewing Co. busy, and even expanding.
The Rathkamps hope to offer up to nine varieties by the end of the year, but David Rathkamp still has a lot of recipes he has perfected that also could end up in future bottles.
All the beer will be made and bottled in the Marble Falls location.
Along with offering craft beer, the Rathkamps are using a different business model as well. Profits from the company will go to charity.
Registered voters living in Marble Falls can sign the petition at the brewery; the Marble Falls Economic Development Corporation, 801 Fourth St. in Marble Falls; Brothers Bakery, 519 U.S. 281 in Marble Falls; and Stitch America, 813 12th St. in Marble Falls.