Anyone who has sipped a perfectly crafted IPA understands that brewing beer is a true work of art. In a city that boasts a robust arts community and burgeoning talent, renowned works take form in a variety of mediums including craft beer. With landscape that spans as far as the eye can see, the South Plains is an incubator for visionaries who foster the entrepreneurial spirit and have an eye for potential.  

As the up-and-coming craft beer scene takes center stage in Lubbock’s downtown, it is only fitting that Two Docs Brewing Co. is housed in the Cultural Arts District. What started as a hobby and love of beer for cousins Dr. Eric Cunningham and Dr. Tyson Purdy is now an urban production brewery in downtown.

Photo courtesy of Lubbock Economic Development Alliance.

Over the past decade, Lubbock’s downtown revitalization efforts have breathed new life into the city encouraging businesses to set up shop in the area. Today, the Cultural District serves as the heartbeat of that movement. Whether it’s constructing world-class venues or repurposing historic warehouses, the pulse of the 806 is felt through the purpose that each project amplifies.

In 2019, the two doctors began sharing their brews with the public after years of perfecting them. From Dr. Purdy’s garage to what is rumored to be Buddy Holly’s former practice venue, operations have grown to the vibrant brewery it is today.

Photo courtesy of Lubbock Economic Development Alliance.

“Craft brew is a counterculture type movement that brings all types of people together, which is awesome,” Eric said. “I thought downtown should be a central location to bring all types of people together.”

Former Red Raiders, Tyson, who is from Muleshoe, Texas, and brewed beer as a hobby through his medical school residency, joined forces with Eric, his cousin through marriage who grew up in the “Hub City,” after they both completed their medical and veterinarian training. What has predominantly been known to be left-brained dominant professions, the two docs maximize their creative side when designing the flavor profile, alcohol content and color that makes up each ale and lager.

As beer drinkers make their way to the front doors of the building, the Two Docs mantra, “Beer is Art” hangs proud for all to see.

Photo courtesy of Lubbock Economic Development Alliance.

“Just like an artist or a musician might come up with a song or a painting, you have to take that idea from your head, and, in this case, we are putting it in a glass to enjoy it,” Eric said. “One of the things that got me wanting to brew in the first place was the idea that you can take a flavor profile and put it in a glass after a lot of effort, time and hard work. Four weeks later you can measure it to what your original thought was and then grade yourself on how well you did. Sometimes it wasn’t exactly what you’d like, but sometimes like in art the product you got is better than you intended it to be.”

Their precision and attention to detail have been a driving force for success in both the clinic and taproom. Not only have they garnered a following, but they have revolutionized the craft beer scene in Lubbock. During a time when craft beer was on the rise in major metroplexes, Two Docs Brewing Co. has taken the local community by storm.

Photo courtesy of Lubbock Economic Development Alliance.

Make your way to this popular spot and enjoy a cold glass of the Buddy Hoppy IPA or Lubbock Light on their dog-friendly patio as you listen to live music with good friends. 

For more, listen to Eric Cunningham’s story on “Hub City Spokes” anywhere you can listen to podcasts.