Fort Worth locals can pound some PBR. And when it comes to craft breweries, Fort Worth has been looked over compared to its big neighbor 30 miles east. But there are a number of great brews to sip on in Funkytown, from easy-drinkin’ sessions to smack you silly, high grav. IPAs. Over time, these young breweries are converting locals to craft beer and drawing Forth Worth visitors to sample its offering.
Here at Bellhops (we are the modern alternative to standard moving companies in Fort Worth), we’re scouring the country for the best beer out there. Below is your guide through Fort Worth’s breweries and a list of our 7 favorite spots to grab a brew in Cowtown.
For several years, Rahr & Sons was the city’s singular craft brewery and far ahead of the craft beer trends in the rest of North Texas. Since 2004, Rahr & Sons have been opening the eyes of Fort Worth locals to the beauty of craft beer. And each year, they release their noteworthy Bourbon Barrel Aged Winter Warmer and their Wee Heavy, Iron Thistle. And the newest addition of the list, Dadgum IPA, is now canned in their even bigger 19.2 oz. “banger” cans.
Rahr and Sons is open for samplings and tours every Wednesday from 5:00 pm – 7:30 pm and Saturday from 1:00 pm-3: 00 pm. Buy yourself a $15-pint glass and enjoy sampling all the tasty brews Rahr & Sons has to offer. The brewery also has collaborated with several food trucks and local restaurants, so come thirsty and hungry.
Our favorite Rhar and Sons brew, Adios Pantalones, is pictured above. This fresh and fruity drink is perfect for the sunshine days in Fort Worth. The beer has been brewed with lemons and limes to make it extra refreshing.
The Collective Brewing Project hit Fort Worth with the first taproom where customers can enjoy brews without taking a tour. Of course, the second half of the brewery – its production room – can be toured. But this brewery opened up the possibilities for patrons to grab a Tropic Thunder Farmhouse Saison and sip it at the bar, around tables, or in The Collective’s wooden-clad private events room.
Their beer menu brings the funky to Funkytown, offering lots of sour and tart brews. But if sour isn’t your style, The Collective brews a wide variety for you to sample. Grab a basket of gourmet kettle chips, order dinner at The Collective’s pile of takeout menus from nearby restaurants, challenge a friend to a board game, and get to drinkin’.
Try this: Tropsicle IPA. This tart ale is fruity and bright. It’s been brewed with guava and grapefruit, making it a super-fresh sipper.
Martin House started out brewing simple and refreshing beers. But over time, their brewing has become more experimental. Rather than following the traditions of the industry, Martin House prides itself on being adventurous with their brewing techniques and flavors. Proud Texan natives with a desire to build the community, this brewery named its business after the Texan bird that lives in shared “houses” with other birds of its kind.
10 bucks will get you a souvenir glass, a tour of the facility, and three sample pours. Grab your lawn chairs, snag a brew, and hit the patio. Or join the brewery during one of their live music events or yoga classes.
Try this: Day Break. This light and refreshing beer is mild enough to be paired with breakfast – at least, that’s what Martin House claims. The beer is very drinkable, not only because of its mild flavor but because of its delicious profile.
Wild Acre keeps things casual with their open taproom and covered patio filled with long picnic tables. They smoke and grill up brisket and pulled pork and serve a large list of beer to pair. Their widespread outdoor area includes yard games and hosts live music. And dogs and kids are welcome to join.
Wild Acre’s embrace of southern comfort and culture seeps through their brand and brews. And they churn out easy-drinkers like their Sip n Go Pils, Moonlight Shine Golden Ale, and Billy Jenkins Bock. They love pulling the local community together and throw lots of creative community events like girls nights, guys nights, and chili cook-offs.
Try this: Texas Blonde. This light brew is bright and sweet with notes of pineapple and mango. It’s the perfect sipper for a hot Texan day on the patio.
Panther Island is set with the sole purpose of having a good time. Their taproom is open with big garage doors, comfortable seating, and a massive mural of an old-time TV where games are projected up on the wall. Panther Island hosts live music, they have a lineup of local food trucks, a small seating area outside, and a great tap list.
The brewery also serves kombucha on tap, they’re pet-friendly, and they keep cornhole, tiki toss, a pool table, and a big Jenga set out for patrons to enjoy. Panther Island is open to the public on Fridays and Saturdays. But you can grab one of their brews during Sunday Funday, while you kayak, tube, or paddle board along the Trinity River.
Try this: Allergeez. This American wheat ale has won awards for its delicious balance of flavor and clear golden color. It’s been brewed with local honey from Rogers Texas, chamomile flowers, and rose hips. It’s a beautiful blend of Texan botanicals.
Fort Brewery is a new kid on the block…sort of. While they just celebrated their grand opening on June 6th of 2018, locals know the spot as Chimera Brewing. Though the company has changed hands and changed its name, the pizza and beer are still great. Chimera’s Italian-born founder, Carlo Galotto, still makes the delicious dough and sauce of Fort Brewery’s stone oven pizzas. And the brewery’s 16+ taps still serves a rotation of house-made brews that pair perfectly.
Try this: Gray Eagle. You can’t go wrong pairing a bready wheat beer with a chewy pizza crust. This hazy ale is drinkable and low in alcohol with very subtle notes of clove, banana, vanilla, and bubblegum. It’s your good ol’ traditional German Hefeweizen at its finest.
Cowtown Brewing Company is the baby of the batch. They’ve been brewing beer for several months now, but officials had their grand opening earlier this week actually, in March 2019. Cowtown wanted to and succeeded in creating a comfortable, open space for the community to gather and indulge in carefully crafted beer that stands up to exceptionally smoked meats. This place truly is Texas at its finest. Enjoy live music, a family-friendly environment, sweet libations, and succulent barbeque.
Try this: Flux Capacitator. This German-style doppelbock hits 8% ABV and has just the strong backbone needed to hold its own against the must-try chips & brisket queso.
Now that you’ve reviewed our top seven picks for Fort Worth breweries, check them out for yourself and see which one’s rank highest on your list! If in the process you’re won over by this charming city, let us know. We can make your move quick and easy.
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