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The brewery that started it all
The brewery that started it all
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13 Essential Dallas Breweries

Where to drink the city's best beer

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The brewery that started it all
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As much as Texans love beer, it's no surprise that the craft beer boom would hit North Texas as hard as it has. What started off as a few home brewers pursuing their collective passions has become a thriving craft beer industry, with dozens of new styles and flavors to choose from.

Because you need literally no excuse to go drink copious amounts of locally-brewed beer, scope out this guide to Dallas' essential breweries. From IPAs and rich stouts to crisp and fruity ciders, these 12 breweries have a brew that's right for you.

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903 Brewers

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The beers produced out of this Sherman brewery are the epitome of local, as the community helped head brewer Jeremy Roberts decide from more than 100 different concoctions which ones were a hit. So now you’ll find flavors like coconut in The Chosen One, or toasted pecans in the Crackin’ Up pecan porter. It's a bit of a drive up 75, but you can tour the brewery for free on most Saturdays.
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Armadillo Ale Works

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Despite setbacks that have prevented them from brewing in their hometown of Denton, the folks of Armadillo Ale Works continue to rep the Little D with brews like the Greenbelt Farmhouse Ale, and the help of Deep Ellum Brewing Co. on the production end of things.

Bishop Cider Co.

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Dallas' first cidery so quickly outgrew its Bishop Arts location that it had to expand its production in the Design District. The original Oak Cliff location now serves as a tasting room for signature brews like the sweet and spicy Suicider.

Community Beer Company

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With a slew of accolades under its belt, Community Beer Co. has more than earned its reputation as one of the most prolific breweries in the area. You can check out how award-winning brews like the Witbier are made weekly during their brewery tours every Saturday.

Deep Ellum Brewing Company

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Whether it was by taking the Dallas blonde stereotype and turning it into a brew, or partnering with one of the area’s most popular coffee roasters, DEBC is about as Dallas as a brewery can get.
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Four Corners Brewing Co

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In addition to a line up of iconic brews like the Notorious O.A.T. and El Chingón, Four Corners makes the drinking process even easier with removable beer can tops.

Grapevine Craft Brewery

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Grapevine's first dedicated brewery honors its town's history with brews like the Monarch Pilsner, the Sir William’s English brown ale and the NightWatch oatmeal stout.
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Lakewood Brewing Company

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This East Dallas staple prides itself on developing new styles of beer, while honoring the precision of craft brewing. From classic, year-round brews like the All Call Kölsch, to more playful flavors like those of the Temptress series, Lakewood has a brew for just about every type of beer drinker. Visit the taproom for a freshly pulled pint, or head to the brewery on the weekends for the full tour.
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Noble Rey Brewing Company

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The relatively newcomer has made waves with its Steampunk-inspired brews, which you may have seen stacked curiously at your local grocery store. The brewery is open for tours on Saturday, and you can visit the taproom Wednesday-Friday from 12 p.m. to 7 p.m.

Peticolas Brewing Company

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Thanks to his law background, owner Michael Peticolas has been able to utilize his experience and passion for brewing on the board of directors for the Texas Craft Brewers Guild, helping to establish his company as a craft beer industry leader. And, the beer – like the uber-popular (and potent) Velvet Hammer – ain't half bad, either. Unlike most breweries, Peticolas is only open to the public for four hours each month, and hosts tours on 1st and 3rd Saturdays from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m.
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Rabbit Hole Brewing

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This off the beaten path brewery pays homage to Dallas sports with its Mike Modano's 561 Kolsch style beer, a Beverage Tasting Institute gold award winner. The beer can also be found in their signature beer soap. Yes, you read correctly -- beer soap. The brewery is open from 12 p.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturdays for tours.

Rahr & Sons Brewing Co.

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Each Rahr & Sons beer embodies the spirit of Fort Worth by focusing on tradition and classic styles and flavors, from the Texas Red amber lager to the Rahr’s Blonde helles lager. Should you find yourself in FTW, you can tour the brewery and score three beer samples for $10 on the weekends.
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Braindead Brewing

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The rise of the brewpub means excellent things for people who enjoy killer food alongside their craft beers, and Braindead certainly brings both to the table. Try the smooth & drinkable Gritz Cream Ale if you're looking for something a bit lighter before moving your way up the bitterness scale to beers like the India Red Ale.

903 Brewers

The beers produced out of this Sherman brewery are the epitome of local, as the community helped head brewer Jeremy Roberts decide from more than 100 different concoctions which ones were a hit. So now you’ll find flavors like coconut in The Chosen One, or toasted pecans in the Crackin’ Up pecan porter. It's a bit of a drive up 75, but you can tour the brewery for free on most Saturdays.
903 Brewers/Facebook

Armadillo Ale Works

Despite setbacks that have prevented them from brewing in their hometown of Denton, the folks of Armadillo Ale Works continue to rep the Little D with brews like the Greenbelt Farmhouse Ale, and the help of Deep Ellum Brewing Co. on the production end of things.

Bishop Cider Co.

Dallas' first cidery so quickly outgrew its Bishop Arts location that it had to expand its production in the Design District. The original Oak Cliff location now serves as a tasting room for signature brews like the sweet and spicy Suicider.

Community Beer Company

With a slew of accolades under its belt, Community Beer Co. has more than earned its reputation as one of the most prolific breweries in the area. You can check out how award-winning brews like the Witbier are made weekly during their brewery tours every Saturday.

Deep Ellum Brewing Company

Whether it was by taking the Dallas blonde stereotype and turning it into a brew, or partnering with one of the area’s most popular coffee roasters, DEBC is about as Dallas as a brewery can get.
A pint of beer in a clear glass with a “Deep Ellum Brewing Company” logo. A wall of beer taps is in the background. Deep Ellum Brewing/Facebook

Four Corners Brewing Co

In addition to a line up of iconic brews like the Notorious O.A.T. and El Chingón, Four Corners makes the drinking process even easier with removable beer can tops.

Grapevine Craft Brewery

Grapevine's first dedicated brewery honors its town's history with brews like the Monarch Pilsner, the Sir William’s English brown ale and the NightWatch oatmeal stout.
Grapevine Craft Brewery/Facebook

Lakewood Brewing Company

This East Dallas staple prides itself on developing new styles of beer, while honoring the precision of craft brewing. From classic, year-round brews like the All Call Kölsch, to more playful flavors like those of the Temptress series, Lakewood has a brew for just about every type of beer drinker. Visit the taproom for a freshly pulled pint, or head to the brewery on the weekends for the full tour.
Lakewood Brewing Company/Facebook

Noble Rey Brewing Company

The relatively newcomer has made waves with its Steampunk-inspired brews, which you may have seen stacked curiously at your local grocery store. The brewery is open for tours on Saturday, and you can visit the taproom Wednesday-Friday from 12 p.m. to 7 p.m.

Peticolas Brewing Company

Thanks to his law background, owner Michael Peticolas has been able to utilize his experience and passion for brewing on the board of directors for the Texas Craft Brewers Guild, helping to establish his company as a craft beer industry leader. And, the beer – like the uber-popular (and potent) Velvet Hammer – ain't half bad, either. Unlike most breweries, Peticolas is only open to the public for four hours each month, and hosts tours on 1st and 3rd Saturdays from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m.
Peticolas Brewing Company/Facebook

Rabbit Hole Brewing

This off the beaten path brewery pays homage to Dallas sports with its Mike Modano's 561 Kolsch style beer, a Beverage Tasting Institute gold award winner. The beer can also be found in their signature beer soap. Yes, you read correctly -- beer soap. The brewery is open from 12 p.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturdays for tours.

Rahr & Sons Brewing Co.

Each Rahr & Sons beer embodies the spirit of Fort Worth by focusing on tradition and classic styles and flavors, from the Texas Red amber lager to the Rahr’s Blonde helles lager. Should you find yourself in FTW, you can tour the brewery and score three beer samples for $10 on the weekends.
Rahr & Sons/Facebook

Braindead Brewing

The rise of the brewpub means excellent things for people who enjoy killer food alongside their craft beers, and Braindead certainly brings both to the table. Try the smooth & drinkable Gritz Cream Ale if you're looking for something a bit lighter before moving your way up the bitterness scale to beers like the India Red Ale.

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