North Texas is fortunate to have many local breweries crafting outstanding beer for the rest of us to enjoy. David Hopkins of D Magazine checked out some of the regions brightest beer makers, here is a list of his favorites and when you can go and taste the best Dallas brewed beers.
This German influenced brewery may be located in North Texas, but holds true to it’s Bavarian roots. Franconia is also proud to highlight their green initiatives. For example by recycling 100% of their mash, the leftover hops from brewing, which is used by Koster Kattle Company and turned into cattle feed. Unlike most businesses, Franconia does not have a dumpster because they do not produce any waste or trash that is bound for the landfill.
Tours of Franconia take place every Saturday at 11 am, and cost only $5, which includes samples of the different beer varieties.
Community Beer Co., is proud to not just offer many types of craft beer, but also supports the creative community throughout Dallas by offering a taproom that they call the gathering place for our community. Along with keeping a focus on the community, Community Beer Co., pairs up with a charity each month to raise money for their cause. Community Beer offers year-round brews, as well as seasonal brews such as Texas Helles in summer, and Razzy in winter.
The taproom is open Wednesday and Thursday from 5 pm-9 pm and Friday and Saturday from 5 pm-10 pm. Community Beer Company offers open houses and tours every Saturday from 2 pm-5 pm, tickets for the tour cost $15 at the door or $10 online and include a cup, three samples, and live music, and features local artists, and a food truck.
If you thought that craft brewing was dominated by hipsters creating against the mainstream, Revolver Brewing is proof that even those who have created mass produced beer can be reformed. Grant Wood was once the senior brewmaster of the Sam Adams Brewery, but now helms Revolver Brewing. Revolver Brewing makes a you-gotta-taste-it-to-believe-it Blood and Honey Ale that has no rival. Along with the outstanding year-round brews, Revolver Brewing also has a collection of seasonal beers such as Redshift, Full-Tang IPA, and Land Grab Ale, all available this summer while also offering limited released such as Mullet Cutter and Fracker Barrel One.
Revolved Brewing offers tours each Saturday from 12 pm-3 pm for $10 which includes four 8-ounce beer tastings if you arrive before 2pm, and two 8-ounce beer tastings if you arrive after 2 pm.
While Rahr & Sons only opened their doors in 2004, the Rahr family has been creating beer in America since emigrating to America from Rhineland, Germany in 1847. Since Rahr & Sons opened their doors, they have steadily grown, and is now a beloved Fort Worth brewery with many different product lines such as Ugly Pug and Rahr’s Blonde of the Core Brand production. With expected seasonal brews such as Iron Thistle and Oktoberfest Rahr & Sons Brewing offers unique product lines such as To Thee Series such as Snowmageddon and Tenderfood, a Barrel Aged brew known as Bourbon Barrel Aged Winter Warmer, and a Special Release Dry-Hopped Kristall Weizen.
Tours and beer tasting are offered every Wednesday from 5 pm-7:30 pm and Saturdays from 1 pm-3 pm. The admission fee is $10 , and that includes a Rahr & Sons pint glass that holds three free beer samples. It is definitely worth visiting on Wednesday, not only are there fewer crowds, but there are specialty beers and guest brewers brought in just for the tour.