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Over the past decade, the demand for craft beer has blazed through Northern Texas, leaving fertile soil for plenty of breweries to sprout. Amidst these dozens of taprooms in the Dallas region, we found many that embody all the things we love about craft breweries: the limitless innovation, brave ambition, inventive creativity, developed traditions, and entrepreneurial enthusiasm.
Put five Texans in a room and ask them their favorite pubs and barbecues. This can start a rowdy discussion with lots of passion and no agreement. That said, when pressed to pick, we narrowed the list down to 12 breweries that we believe shine brightest in the greater Dallas area. Keep reading to familiarize yourself with the best breweries in Dallas and Fort Worth.
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Rahr & Sons Brewing Company
First on our list to the best breweries in Dallas is Rahr & Sons Brewing Company. The Rahr family’s love for beer began in America in 1847 when William Rahr and his family immigrated from Rhineland, Germany. Since William, thanks to his family history of brewers, could brew beer of better quality than “the typical kitchen brew,” he opened and successfully ran Eagle Brewery, the first lager brewery in Wisconsin. 160 years later, William’s great-great-grandson, Frederick William “Fritz” Rahr, Jr. followed his family-embedded craft and opened Rahr & Sons Brewing Co in 2004 and has been producing a wide range of quality brews since. Rahr & Sons prove that crafting fine beer comes with family heritage and hard work. They honor the lagering history of their family’s older brewery, showcasing several crisp, bready brews on their menu. Rahr & Sons knows how to brew well, and you’ll soon agree after sipping their IPAs, Scottish ales, Marzen lagers and lime-flavored concoctions. Lots of fun can be had here, including pickleball. Buy a $15 pitcher to reserve a 30-minute slot on the courts.
Try this: Paleta De Mango
This palette pleaser is juicy and tropical with flavors of ripe mango, fresh lime, and Mexican Pequin chiles. They offer seasonal variations as well – like peach! Buen provecho!
Martin House Brewing Company
Martin House makes beers that can be paired to any life experience – from hefty stouts to bright, light blonde ales. They feel no responsibility to brew their beers to style, and they let this boundless freedom inspire them to brew creative beers that taste great. They offer great bar food too.
Extremely drinkable and hiding any evidence of its 5.2% ABV, this delicious berry brew will have you thinking about adventuring in no time. True Love has been kettle soured and fermented with fresh raspberry puree, giving the drink a bodacious purple hue. You’ll be crushing on this lush brew in no time, and you’ll easily know why they’re one of the best breweries in Dallas.
Like many other successful breweries, 903 combines their drive for creativity with their respect for beers that are brewed to style. In preparation for opening, head brewer and founder Jeremy Roberts created a long list of recipes while homebrewing and tested them out on friends and family. By the time they opened in 2013, Jeremy had brewed hundreds of recipes and had found his balance of tradition and innovation that worked just perfectly for the locals. But tasty, interesting beers won’t be all that you enjoy when stopping by 903 Brewers. Schedule your visit during a trivia or movie night, grab a bite on Fridays from local food vendors on site, or take a tour through the brewery on Saturday. They offer go-beer and food and so stay, or order and take home your fave.
This brew was made to mimic a brilliantly smooth bar favorite – the Irish car bomb. Taking their flagship Chocolate Milk Stout base, 903 added Irish Cream and Irish Coffee to make some smooth, creamy, mocha delight.
On Rotation Brewery & Kitchen
On Rotation Brewery & Kitchen is a little different. Besides their own beers they offer other local breweries on their tap list – and there are plenty with 40 rotating taps of craft beer, cider, and hard seltzer. This may be the perfect spot to sit on their outdoor terrace, and sample widely, eat great grub (and save on gas)! They offer gluten-free fried chicken and other hand-made appetizers. One fan recommends trying their Jalapeño Saison.
Revolver Brewing reached North Texas in 2012, and since then they’ve become one of the most popular craft breweries in the region. Their beers are straight forward, consistent, brewed to style, with good variation. Any embellishments to their recipes are thoughtful but few, which makes this brewery approachable to the masses. And this has not gone unnoticed by big dog MillerCoors, who recently bought Revolver Brewing. But the owners promised us that the MillerCoors acquisition won’t fundamentally alter Revolver, just distribute their beers a bit further so their quality beers can be more widely enjoyed.
Revolver made our list for best breweries in Dallas because of their diligence. They tried their hand at the first sour on the menu with this tart beaut. Taking one of their top sellers, Revolver aged the ‘Wild Ale style’ beer brew for over one year in Chardonnay barrels, creating a tart, lemony, and spiced beer. If sour and strong doesn’t match your style, try the original, lighter and less tart version of Sangre Y Miel, the Blood & Honey American Ale, which has been brewed with blood orange peel and fermented with Texas honey. Sit down when drinking: 7% ABV.
Peticolas Brewing Company
A true startup, this brewery grew from the work of one man and many volunteers with no experience in the brewing industry. Michael Peticolas gained inspiration from the delicious brews his mom would make for him and the family on long, hot Texas summers. Despite their humble beginnings, Peticolas began winning numerous local and national awards within the first year of operations, including two gold medals at the Great American Beer Festival! The tap room features beautiful, light-stained wooden tables, and several open levels. Find a variety of beer styles from the 18 brews on tap, including a few that pour deliciously on nitro.
A bulked-up version of Peticolas’ first award-winning red ale, Velvet Hammer, this beer is made with the first runnings – the good stuff – of the Velvet Hammer brew. Then, combining this sweet, strong liquid with a lot of hops, Peticolas presented its drinkers with a bigger, stronger version of one of their favorite brews. If it worked the first time, why not see if it works on steroids.
They don’t offer food so bring your own. They won’t mind!
Hop & Sting Brewing
Located in historic Grapevine, this relatively new brewery has been winning accolades from avid fans and local media. Hop & Sting bought the assets and wisdom of Grapevine Brewing, settled into their space and immediately proved their worth. In 2021 the two, biggest local newspapers’ readers voted it the #1 brewery in greater DFW, with the best music, and the most Dog Friendly. Woof! Bring Lucky Dog and settle in on their outdoor patio. Try any of their 16 great beers or the original Sir William English brown ale made famous by Grapevine Brewing.
Vector Brewing Is new to the Dallas scene and making waves in Lake Highlands. It offers craft made beers made right there behind the bar, plus mead, stouts, ciders and wine. Pizzas are made by hand and get great reviews. There is often live music on the patio and a friendly low-key vibe. Try the cherry imperial sour, full of flavor, tart and delicious. They offer food and beer to go and have an 8PM curfew for kids.
Four Corners Brewing Company
Four Corners Brewing Company is where cultural values, local roots, boundless innovation, and craft beer intersect. This scrappy startup was started by two guys making beer in their kitchen and aging it in their bathroom tub. Now, with much success behind they boot-strapped into the gorgeous taproom, bombed with color, was built into a former carriage house from the 1900s. Inside, there’s a constant flow of unique beers, kombucha, soda, and sparkling water to quench any of your thirsty cravings. This brewery celebrates the beautiful blend of Texan culture, their logo being a proud rooster, and cans decorated with the stunning, vibrant colors and features of Hispanic countries. Join the community there on their weeknight events like Vinyasa and Brew, Trivia Night, and Loteria (a quintessential Mexican bingo-like game).
This 8% ABV s’more stout draws the drinker away to the hill country, snug in a sleeping bag under a starry night, with a spooky owl story to boot. The rich, robust body of this brew creates a duet of milk and dark chocolate with a vanilla marshmallow taste and mouthfeel. The very low bitterness, if any, comes from the roasted malts, and its low carbonation makes this drink smooth and creamy. If you’re lucky enough to catch this release in October, savor the tasty drink as you do the short cold seasons before the dry Texan heat blows once more, and taste for yourself why Four Corners made our list to the best breweries in Dallas.
Lakewood Brewing Company
Born in Belgium, Lakewood Brewing founder, Wim Bens, considered Texas his home, but couldn’t find that taste-of-Belgium amidst Texan beers, until he happened upon American craft breweries and their experimental styles. This discovery and a love for both art and science drove Bens directly toward the career goal of opening his own brewery. And in 2012, Lakewood Brewing Company opened its doors. Though Bens made sure to incorporate plenty of seating in his large and open taproom, his beers bring crowds to the brewery, and they often find themselves packed to capacity. Make sure to snag yourself some suds and a seat quick! Want to make a lot of friends; their special party venue can seat up to 400!
Lakewood searched to find the perfect recipe for a bright, light, crispy Kolsch and they landed on All Call. This American Blonde Ale style beer is slightly fruity and has a clean dry finish, perfect for new and experienced craft beer drinkers alike. Pair bread with bread and order yourself a Pit Commander Texapolitan Pizza pie (served Tuesday-Sunday).
Community Beer Company
If the name didn’t make it clear enough, their mission, branding, beers, and vibe does: This brewery exists to build community. They believe that beer can be an integral part of influencing local culture and creating memorable experiences, and they take their beers seriously as well as their part in supporting local artists, musicians, and charities. They succeeded in a big way cuz this pub is on everyone’s short list. They recently moved into a new, 70,000 square foot facility with plenty of outdoor space for fun and games. Join them for some jovial trivia nights or their Pints & Pups dog-rescue event. Enjoy some of their rarer, canned seasonals, like their summer release, Razzy, a Belgian-style witbier with raspberries, or their late fall release, Snickerdoodle Ale, which is a spiced, mild ale with cinnamon and vanilla. But Community Beer also brews a wide variety of inclusive core beers, making sure that everyone who walks into the taproom can find something they like.
Community Beer Company takes a twist on this 1,000-year-old German-style brew. Their Gose is tart and tropical with tangerine peel and apricot puree. It’s been such a hit, that Community Beer has established Silly Gose a spot on their year-round lineup this year. Taste the tart sipper yourself and see how this Silly Gose is quite seriously delicious.
Deep Ellum Brewing Company
Locals can’t decide whether the beer or the brilliant events keep bringing them back to Deep Ellum Brewing Company. With over twenty unique recipes like their American sour blonde ale, Play Date, and nearly monthly exciting events like their Brew-BQ and the Annual Charity Chili Cookoff, locals are hard pressed to decide. Because Deep Ellum is doing both things right.
Founder of Deep Ellum, John Reardon, sought out to blow past the status quo of beer (what he describes as “watching big, corporate breweries pumping out the same old dull, watered-down stuff, slapping a different label on it, and telling you that you have choices”). In response to “watching beer’s good name being tarnished,” the people of Deep Ellum Brewing Company pledged to let their beer do the talking, remember their roots, and never serve a glass of bad beer. So far, most everyone who leaves their brewery thinks Deep Ellum has honored this bold beer-festo.
Deep Ellum Brewing Company is happily snug among the dozens of arts and entertainment venues composing the rest of the rowdy, Deep Ellum neighborhood. And the brewery fits right in with the area’s quirky and unbound art. Their taproom and beer labels are a sporadic Crayola box of colors. It’s playful, carefree, and does have a twinge of sticking it to the macrobrew man through the loud, bold, and colorful branding.
Though certainly not the wildest brew on the menu, this summer ale will build your trust for Deep Ellum’s brewing skills and style. Once you’ve seen how easily they’ve balanced the challenging and delicate flavors of hibiscus, lemon peel, and chamomile flowers, you’ll be ready to jump into some of the more experimental recipes Deep Ellum offers, like their Neato Bandito, an imperial Mexican Style lager, or their Four Swords, a 4-year Cabernet red wine barrel-aged Belgian-style quadruple. Step onto this spiced summer train, and enjoy the rest of the ride that Deep Ellum has in store.
There you have it: The Best Breweries in Dallas!
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