Brewing enthusiast brings passion for beer to Lake Highlands

Craig and Veronica Bradley launched Vector Brewing in April 2020 on Walnut Hill Lane in Dallas. (Photos by Alexander Willis/Community Impact Newspaper)
Craig and Veronica Bradley launched Vector Brewing in April 2020 on Walnut Hill Lane in Dallas. (Photos by Alexander Willis/Community Impact Newspaper)

Craig and Veronica Bradley launched Vector Brewing in April 2020 on Walnut Hill Lane in Dallas. (Photos by Alexander Willis/Community Impact Newspaper)

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Mountain Child ($3.5 for half pint, $6 for full, $3.5 to-go) German pilsner. (Alexander Willis/Community Impact Newspaper)
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Angry Bee ($17): This pizza has a house Alfredo sauce, spinach, shaved habanero, hot glitter honey drizzle and edible flower.
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Art-Attack ($8): A creamy blend of artichoke hearts and melted cheese is served with Cajun-seasoned tortilla chips.
With years of experience working for Lakewood Brewing Co. under his belt, Dallas resident Craig Bradley had his sights set on owning a brewpub he could call his own.

Having worked at the brewery since 2012—he left in 2018 to open his own brewpub in Lake Highlands—and after years of preparation, Bradley was set to launch Vector Brewing alongside his wife, Veronica, in April 2020.

Opening a new brewpub during the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic had its difficulties, he said. Nevertheless, the Bradleys managed to quickly adapt by canning many of their beer offerings and making them available to-go, a practice the brewpub continues to this day.

Nestled on the southeast corner of Walnut Hill Lane and Audelia Road, Vector Brewing offers a range of food, including appetizers, such as the herbed sourdough cheese-filled So-Fried Onions; pastas, such as the Papa Carlo with spicy pork sausage and fettuccine noodles; and its trademark Stone Deck pizzas.

Made with ingredients procured from local farms, popular pizzas include the Angry Bee—made from housemade Alfredo sauce, shaved habanero and a hot glitter honey drizzle— as well as the Fine Swine, a pizza covered with housemade crumbled pork sausage, smoked bacon and caramelized onions.


Bradley said Vector Brewing’s main draw, however, is its beers.

“We have a variety of beers that you probably won’t see in a lot of other breweries,” Bradley said. “As breweries, we always have a love for making beer, and you fall into a trap sometimes of making what you feel people all want to drink the same. We believe that there is a market for a lot of different tastes and different kinds of [beer].”

Vector Brewing has offered around 200 different beer varieties since its launch, though it typically offers 15 selections at any given time, and due to the pandemic, the brewpub is equipped to offer any of its beers to-go.

Vector Brewing, 9850 Walnut Hill Lane, Ste. 405, Dallas

469-676-0797. www.vectorbrewing.com

Hours: Mon.-Thu. 4-10 p.m., Fri. 11 a.m.-10 p.m., Sat. 11 a.m.-10 p.m., Sun. 11 a.m.-8 p.m.
By Alexander Willis
Alexander joined Community Impact Newspaper as an editor in February 2022 and helps lead the Richardson and Lakewood/Lake Highlands papers. Graduating from the University of North Texas in 2017, Alexander spent four years as an associate editor for a publication based in the Nashville area of Tennessee, covering everything from local politics to city governments. When he's not writing, Alexander can be found on the tennis courts, hiking, or sampling DFW's wide array of restaurants.