Best Dallas, Fort Worth, and North Texas Breweries

Although Dallas had it's first brewery in 1857, the first biergarten in 1881, and the first microbrewery (Reinheitsgebot Brewing Company) in the Southwest (only the sixth in the US) in 1982 it wasn't until the Dallas City Council approved a zoning law that allowed breweries, wineries, and distilleries to operate within the city limits that Dallas finally caught up with the craft beer craze. And now if you want to enjoy some craft beer or sample a flight at a brewery you have over 30 choices in North Texas. Dallas has caught up and is now home to some of the best craft beer and breweries in Texas.

 

If you're headed to south on highway 35 to drink some beer, here is our list of the Best Breweries in Austin and the Texas Hill Country.

Best Breweries in the Dallas Fort Worth Area

Four Corners Brewing Company

Dallas

9 varieties and best seller is Local Buzz

It wasn't good enough to make a good beer, they wanted to design beers that paired well the the Dallas climate and palate and uniquely reflected the Dallas culture and the first to use a "full open" 360 degree lid..

Community Beer Company

Dallas

Funnel Cake Ale won the Big Tex Choice Awards competition for Most Creative entry!

They are all about creating the highest quality craft brews they can, while creating an atmosphere where the community can gather to enjoy good company and great beer together. Inside the large warehouse you will find high ceiling with twinkling lights and a guitarist strumming melodies. Enjoy!

Oak Highlands Brewery

Dallas

Top Seller is Freaky Deaky, a Belgian Triple style ale

This is one of North Texas' newest breweries but that doesn't mean they don't have a following. The young brewery is delivering an unmatched combination of complexity and drink ability.

Peticolas Brewing Company

Dallas

The Velvet Hammer has taken North Texas by storm

They won a Great American Beer Festival gold medal for its Royal Scandal which is an English pale ale. They have numerous other awards since opening in 2011 with three year round beers and 15 limited and seasonal releases.

Texas Ale Project

Dallas

A favorite is the 50 Foot Jackrabbit

This was the first brewery built from the ground up in Dallas in more than 120 years. With the help of others they began brewing American-style beers with an Old World flair.

Deep Ellum Brewing Company

Dallas

Top Seller is their Deep Ellum IPA

They had a purpose when they chose Deep Ellum for the name as well as the location. They say it's smelly, it's loud, it's always fun and is never the same. This sounds like a place I need to visit!!

 

More North Texas Breweries

Lakewood Brewing Co.

Garland

Best seller is a Vienna-style Lakewood Lager

Lakewood Brewery has a sprawling wood bar where you can enjoy the five year round brews, four seasonals, and a handful of limited releases. They also have a dog friendly beer garden.

Franconia Brewing Company

McKinney

Franconia Wheat (Hefeweizen) is a must try

German beer made by a German in McKinney. Love the motto of the owner and brewmaster - "never trust a skinny brewmaster". His brewing heritage dates back to the 1800's and, therefore, able to provide his customers a taste of some of the most genuine and freshest Bavarian beer available.

Fort Worth & Surrounding Area

Rahr & Sons Brewing Company

Fort Worth

Award winning Rahr's Blonde, Ugly Pug and Texas Red

They are "The brand new beer with a 150-year history!" The family started brewing beer in 1847. Today the brewery produces 20,000 barrels a year.

They have also teamed up with some of the best family owned restaurants Fort Worth has to offer to bring great food to the brewery!

Revolver Brewing

Granbury

Best known for its bright and refreshing Blood & Honey Ale

This is family owned father & son team are dedicated to bring you world class beer from the Texas countryside. The process begins with water from their own Trinity Aquifer well and incorporate seasonal local ingredients.

Martin House Brewing Company

Ft Worth

Best Seller is Day Break

The brewery comes from not only the founder but also the purple martin, an acrobatic community driven native Texas bird that inspires fellowship and spontaneity which is the philosophy of the Martin House beers.

The Collective Brewing Project

Ft Worth

Top Seller is Mr. Green

This brewery is also a brew pub which allows it to sell the beers it makes. They were also the first in Texas to acquire a machine that allows it to sell crowlers which is like a growler only it's a 32 oz. can so it will last longer.

Grapevine Craft Brewery

Grapevine

They won a gold medal for their Sir Williams English Brown Ale

They believe their brewery is an inclusive community for beer drinkers including family and friends crafted for good times. This is Texas beer made with Texas pride.

 

Some Other Interesting Dallas and North Texas Brewery Information

Some interesting beer names: Notorious O.A.T.; Pecker Wrecker, Mustache Rye'd; Irish Goodbye; Sit Down or I'll Sit You Down; 100 Million Angels Singing: Mother's Little Fracker; Bridesmaid's Tears; Velvet Hammer;
Favorite local breweries according to 15 North Texas brewers - Community Beer Company (12 picked this one as the best), Lakewood Brewing Company, Peticolas, and Rahr & Sons
Stores with the widest selection on the shelf: The Bottle Shop, Kegs & Barrels, North Oak Cliff Beer & Wine, Goodfriend Package, Lone Star Taps & Caps, and Whip In
Favorite spots to top off your growler: Craft and Growler, Lone Star Taps & Caps, On Rotation, Lakewood Growler, Luck, and What's on Tap

 

North Texas Beer Focused Events

Big Texas Beer Fest

April

Fair Park Auto Building

Two days of bands, food trucks, and over 500 beers from 140 breweries including some rare and one-off brews

Untapped Ft Worth

June 11

Panther Island Pavillon

Eight bands will perform while you sample from 300 beers on hand.

Dallas Brew Bus

May 7 & June 25

Various locations

This bus tour hits three breweries giving the riders a chance to see how the beers are made with samples.

Texas Beer Camp

TBA

Princeton

This trip gets home brewers and beer lovers under the same tent for demos, tastings, bbq, and more.

 

Some of the above is thanks to D Magazine

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