White Rock Alehouse & Brewery, the new Lakewood beer garden with access to the Santa Fe Trail, will officially open its doors at the corner of Garland and Gaston Roads on Thursday.
The restaurant is a project of East Dallas residents Dave Kirk and Greg Nixon, a pair of friends and beer enthusiasts who developed White Rock Alehouse to fill what they saw as a hole in the market. [There are] few options in the stretch between East Dallas and Garland,” Kirk said in a press release. “We saw a need for a destination that focused on craft beer, craft cocktails, and a smart menu.”
The space features a 4,000-square-foot patio and beer garden with views overlooking the trailhead, and its design incorporates popular White Rock Lake activities like running, bicycling, and boating. “The lake provides a lot of inspiration for the location and for a lot of what we’re doing,” Kirk says.
Licensed as a brewpub, the establishment intends to eventually serve its own brews on-site. On staff is Lake Highlands resident and head brewer, Blake Morrison, a home brewer-turned-pro who created the lineup of beers at Whistle Post Brewing in Pilot Point, and who helped formulate several of the beers for Cedar Creek Brewery, including the popular Dankosaurus IPA.
Morrison is currently overseeing test batches and finalizing the brewery’s offerings, which include seasonal specialities like stouts and porters for fall and winter, and wheat beers during the summer. Growlers are also available to take his brews to-go. Alongside the beer, a menu of elevated pub fare features dishes like banh mi-style pork belly buns and vegetarian burgers, along with flatbreads, salads, and sandwiches.
White Rock Alehouse & Brewery is located at 7331 Gaston Avenue, Suite #100, and is open from Monday through Friday, 3 p.m. to 12 a.m.; Saturday 9 a.m. to 12 a.m.; and Sunday 10 a.m. to 12 a.m. serving happy hour, dinner and brunch. Lunch will be added in the near future.