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12 New DFW Breweries Worth Checking Out

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Finding the latest and greatest local craft brews is every craft beer lover's goal. This usually entails finding the newest breweries and paying them a visit to not only try their supply, but to also see how their beers are crafted and exported — but considering the major craft beer boom DFW is experiencing, that requires a lot of legwork. Here's a quick glance at 12 budding breweries in the Metroplex that are worth your time, courtesy of our very first Craft Brewery Heatmap.

— Michael Thacker

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Note: Restaurants on this map are listed geographically.

Bitter Sisters Brewing Company

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This relatively new addition to the Dallas brewing scene opened just about a year ago, and in that time, they’ve been able to produce some stellar brews. Bitter Sisters currently offers four beers, including the approachable and drinkable Busy Body blonde lager, and Cat Fight, a citrusy IPA that is perfect for the beginner bitter beer drinker.
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Braindead Brewing

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The craft beer explosion and revitalization of Deep Ellum have damn near occurred at the same time, which certainly made way for Braindead Brewing, arguably Deep Ellum’s best brewpub. Aside from the stellar burgers and snacks that are perfect for sopping up too much beer, the suds here are interesting and drinkable. Start off with a Gritz, Braindead’s “approachable but obscure” cream ale, or get a little more adventurous with Braindead Red, a pine-y and spicy India Red Ale.
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Cobra Brewing Company

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Cobra Brewing Company’s beer prowess has already been recognized by craft beer competitions across the country, and we’re lucky to have them here in Dallas. In addition to a variety of unique seasonal beers, Cobra Brewing’s Donut Dunker takes home the prize for both creative name and being a beer that you can totally justify having for breakfast. If you’re a little more serious about your beer nerdery, try the Dawn of the Dank, an 11% AVB IPA that will totally kick your tastebuds’ asses.

The Collective Brewing Project

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This young brewery located on the south side of downtown Fort Worth brings a special focus on wild and sour ales, and some other unique varieties such as a brown IPA. While wild and sour ales have been brewed for many years, they're still hard to find due to the unique brewing process and extensive aging period required; if you haven't yet had the pleasure of tasting these unusual concoctions, you'll definitely want to pay this brewery a visit.

Four Bullets Brewery

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Who knew that Richardson had an awesome craft brewery? Devotees of Four Bullets’ poker-themed slate of three beers, that’s who. Choose between the Royal Flush, a smooth, lightly hopped red ale, Two Pairs, a mild and balanced India Pale Ale, and the smooth and caramel-y Black Jack, a classic English Ale.

Nine Band Brewing Co.

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This brewery might be Allen, Texas’s forst foray into the world of microbreweries, but they’re working overtime. Brewmaster Ian Larsen has created an impressive slate of seven diverse and interesting beers, most notably the Toad Choker, an earthy and malty barley wine with notes of coffee and chocolate.

Noble Rey Brewing Company

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With a motto like “never settle for a beer less interesting than your adventure,” the cut of Noble Rey Brewing Company’s jib is certainly one that we can appreciate. In addition to their stellar brews, like the bizarre-yet-wonderful Clockwork Orange, Noble Rey is a great spot to discover new and rare beers from breweries across the country while hanging out at one of their events, maybe comedy night or an artisan cheese pairing.
Noble Rey

Panther Island Brewing

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This Fort Worth brewery is almost as good at coming up with cheeky names for their beers as they are brewing them. Panther Island’s Allergeez is a Texas-honey infused brew that you can actually argue is healthy for you (allergies, man!). If you’re really hardcore, go for the IPf’nA, an in-your-face American Pale Ale that pairs best (according to the brewery) with punk rock.

Rabbit Hole Brewing

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It’s a short drive outside of Dallas, but every local craft beer enthusiast should take a trip down the Rabbit Hole. If you’re having trouble deciding on a beer once you get there (hint: they’re all good), go with the 561 Kolsch, crafted to honor the achievements of Dallas Stars great Mike Modano.

Shannon Brewing Company

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This Irish style brewery, located just outside of Fort Worth in the small town of Keller, just celebrated its one year anniversary. Here you will find Irish-style cream ales, dark chocolate stouts, and English-inspired IPAs, just to name a few. Shannon focuses on an all-natural brewing process that goes back to the old-time style of brewing, offering a sense of time travel to all those that venture into this brewery.

Texas Ale Project

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There are plenty of reasons to get excited about heading to the Design District for food and booze, and Texas Ale Project is certainly not the least among them. This upstart brewery produces five solid beers, ranging from the breezy Kick Back extra-pale ale , brewed with lemon drop hops, to the 50 Ft Jack Rabbit IPA, a surprisingly smooth yet complex sip. Best of all, Texas Ale Project’s brewery tour involves games that are infinitely more fun once you’ve downed a few pints.

3 Nations Brewing

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This newbie brewery located in Farmers Branch only produces two beers at present, but they do a mighty fine job of brewing their G.P.A., an easy-drinking “German Alt/Kolsch” crossover that easily scores a 4.0, and the American Wit, a classic Belgian wit made with American hops.

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Bitter Sisters Brewing Company

Bitter Sisters
This relatively new addition to the Dallas brewing scene opened just about a year ago, and in that time, they’ve been able to produce some stellar brews. Bitter Sisters currently offers four beers, including the approachable and drinkable Busy Body blonde lager, and Cat Fight, a citrusy IPA that is perfect for the beginner bitter beer drinker.
Bitter Sisters

Braindead Brewing

Braindead Brewing
The craft beer explosion and revitalization of Deep Ellum have damn near occurred at the same time, which certainly made way for Braindead Brewing, arguably Deep Ellum’s best brewpub. Aside from the stellar burgers and snacks that are perfect for sopping up too much beer, the suds here are interesting and drinkable. Start off with a Gritz, Braindead’s “approachable but obscure” cream ale, or get a little more adventurous with Braindead Red, a pine-y and spicy India Red Ale.
Braindead Brewing

Cobra Brewing Company

Cobra Brewing Company’s beer prowess has already been recognized by craft beer competitions across the country, and we’re lucky to have them here in Dallas. In addition to a variety of unique seasonal beers, Cobra Brewing’s Donut Dunker takes home the prize for both creative name and being a beer that you can totally justify having for breakfast. If you’re a little more serious about your beer nerdery, try the Dawn of the Dank, an 11% AVB IPA that will totally kick your tastebuds’ asses.

The Collective Brewing Project

This young brewery located on the south side of downtown Fort Worth brings a special focus on wild and sour ales, and some other unique varieties such as a brown IPA. While wild and sour ales have been brewed for many years, they're still hard to find due to the unique brewing process and extensive aging period required; if you haven't yet had the pleasure of tasting these unusual concoctions, you'll definitely want to pay this brewery a visit.

Four Bullets Brewery

Who knew that Richardson had an awesome craft brewery? Devotees of Four Bullets’ poker-themed slate of three beers, that’s who. Choose between the Royal Flush, a smooth, lightly hopped red ale, Two Pairs, a mild and balanced India Pale Ale, and the smooth and caramel-y Black Jack, a classic English Ale.

Nine Band Brewing Co.

This brewery might be Allen, Texas’s forst foray into the world of microbreweries, but they’re working overtime. Brewmaster Ian Larsen has created an impressive slate of seven diverse and interesting beers, most notably the Toad Choker, an earthy and malty barley wine with notes of coffee and chocolate.

Noble Rey Brewing Company

Noble Rey
With a motto like “never settle for a beer less interesting than your adventure,” the cut of Noble Rey Brewing Company’s jib is certainly one that we can appreciate. In addition to their stellar brews, like the bizarre-yet-wonderful Clockwork Orange, Noble Rey is a great spot to discover new and rare beers from breweries across the country while hanging out at one of their events, maybe comedy night or an artisan cheese pairing.
Noble Rey

Panther Island Brewing

This Fort Worth brewery is almost as good at coming up with cheeky names for their beers as they are brewing them. Panther Island’s Allergeez is a Texas-honey infused brew that you can actually argue is healthy for you (allergies, man!). If you’re really hardcore, go for the IPf’nA, an in-your-face American Pale Ale that pairs best (according to the brewery) with punk rock.

Rabbit Hole Brewing

It’s a short drive outside of Dallas, but every local craft beer enthusiast should take a trip down the Rabbit Hole. If you’re having trouble deciding on a beer once you get there (hint: they’re all good), go with the 561 Kolsch, crafted to honor the achievements of Dallas Stars great Mike Modano.

Shannon Brewing Company

This Irish style brewery, located just outside of Fort Worth in the small town of Keller, just celebrated its one year anniversary. Here you will find Irish-style cream ales, dark chocolate stouts, and English-inspired IPAs, just to name a few. Shannon focuses on an all-natural brewing process that goes back to the old-time style of brewing, offering a sense of time travel to all those that venture into this brewery.

Texas Ale Project

There are plenty of reasons to get excited about heading to the Design District for food and booze, and Texas Ale Project is certainly not the least among them. This upstart brewery produces five solid beers, ranging from the breezy Kick Back extra-pale ale , brewed with lemon drop hops, to the 50 Ft Jack Rabbit IPA, a surprisingly smooth yet complex sip. Best of all, Texas Ale Project’s brewery tour involves games that are infinitely more fun once you’ve downed a few pints.

3 Nations Brewing

This newbie brewery located in Farmers Branch only produces two beers at present, but they do a mighty fine job of brewing their G.P.A., an easy-drinking “German Alt/Kolsch” crossover that easily scores a 4.0, and the American Wit, a classic Belgian wit made with American hops.

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