Oak Cliff Brewing Co., the neighborhood’s first craft beer brewery, opened its doors to the public Friday, debuting 10 original brews in a taproom located at 1300 S. Polk Street.
The brewery sits in Tyler Station, a 110,000 square-foot industrial space that has been repurposed into a co-working haven for creatives, artists and, of course, craft brewers. Founder and general manager Joel Denton told Eater he chose to open the brewery there in an effort to reconnect with his community after more than 20 years of working in the corporate world. A third-generation Oak Cliff resident, Denton committed to making his vision a reality in 2015.
“All these breweries are opening in Dallas, but they’re all going up north. Oak Cliff needs some craft beer love,” he said. “So I got together with a couple of my buddies — we’re all Oak Cliff kids — and they all kind of supported me.”
Denton calls the brewery’s must-have brews his “core four,” a variety of beers that he says appeal to newcomers and craft beer aficionados alike. Those are the Black Lager, Export Lager, Farmhouse Saison and Oak Cliff IPA. “They’re all approachable, drinkable beers. There’s a demographic that hasn’t jumped on the craft beer bandwagon, especially in Oak Cliff and south Dallas,” Denton said. “With our core four, that’s what we’re trying to appeal to — to something that’s light and refreshing”
The taproom is open from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. on Thursday, 3 p.m. to 9 p.m. on Friday, noon to 9 p.m. on Saturday, and noon to 6 p.m. on Sunday. Although he hasn’t confirmed any dates just yet, Denton promises that the brewery community-forward events including family movie nights and live music performances, which he’ll keep updated on Oak Cliff Brewing Co. Facebook page.