The Absolute Best Breweries in Dallas
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North Texas didn’t make its mark on the craft beer scene until 2004 when Rahr & Sons Brewing Company opened in Fort Worth and tapped a collective keg that hasn’t run dry since. Other early entrants into craft beer making, Franconia Brewing, Deep Ellum Brewing Company, Peticolas Brewing Company, Lakewood Brewing, Four Corners Brewing Company, and Community Beer Co., have each become household names locally in the past decade and a half, but also far beyond Texas borders.
Now the local craft beer market is booming bigger than ever with 17 breweries opening in 2019 alone. It’s a new Golden (Ale) Age for boozy fermented beverages of all types, and we can thank the beer pioneers who helped pave the way for cideries like Bishop Cider Co. and up-and-coming, boundary-pushing nano brewers like Happy Hippie Brewing Company. In addition to all the businesses listed here so far, here’s a 12-pack of other great Dallas-Fort Worth breweries you need to know.
Armadillo Ale Works
Even though this college town brewery’s been serving up cold ones since 2010, it still may be under the radar for many Dallasites. From inside a 1900s-era grain warehouse, the brewmasters pour seven year-round beers, including the ultra hop-forward IPA, Land Yacht, as well as plenty of interesting seasonals and special editions.
How to order: Call 940-580-4446 to order, purchase beer to-go curbside, order online for pickup, or order delivery from Drizly.
This family-run brewery taps into the skills of every member of the clan to create a memorable collection of brews. Must-trys include the crowd-pleasing Busy Body blonde lager, the malty Knock Out Irish red ale, and the Cat Fight IPA boasting a devilishly good 6.66% ABV.
How to order: Purchase beer to-go directly from the brewery or order delivery from Drizly.
The patio at this Deep Ellum brewpub has long been a main attraction for beer lovers, but with both COVID-19 and fall in the air it’s a draw now more than ever. Settle into a picnic table with some vegan queso to start and begin your beer journey with the Cerveza Oscura, a Mexican dark lager that’ll leave you wanting more -- or get your ready to venture out with a seasonal sensation like the Memory Hole American barleywine.
How to order: Call 214-749-0600 for takeout or order delivery from Favor, Grubhub, and Postmates.
Funky Picnic Brewery & Café
What started out as a garage-based hobby among friends has turned into a full-service brewpub with everything from sandwiches and salads to wings and English-style fish and chips. The VIBES kolsch makes for a fantastic everyday beer, but if you want to explore their full range, visit in-person and order up a picnic basket filled with a five-ounce tasting of every Funky Picnic brew on tap.
How to order: Call 817-708-2739 or order online for curbside pickup and delivery or order delivery from Grubhub.
Hop & Sting
Small batch craft ales are the trademark offering at this brewery which derives its name from the fable of The Scorpion and the Frog and the moral of sticking true to one’s nature. The founders here have declared that it’s in their nature to brew, so brew they do. Check out the Frigid Underworld imperial espresso stout for a real kick.
How to order: Call 817-488-2337 or order online for pickup or order delivery from Drizly.
Legal Draft Beer Company
Accused of a Smash & Grab but Free & Clear because of a Hung Jury? Then you’re definitely in Arlington drinking one of many legal-themed beers brewed by a team including a former trial lawyer. Located near the Dallas Cowboys’ AT&T Stadium, the beer garden is a perfect place to start on game day -- or any day for that matter.
How to order: Call 817-962-2210 for curbside pickup or order delivery from Drizly.
The Manhattan Project Beer Company
You won’t find a massive variety of beer from this brewery because they only release a brew when they consider it to be perfection, a concept that’s ever-evolving. Case in point: Inception, a merging of American and Belgian ale styles now in its 19th iteration. Rounding out their humble quartet of offerings are Atomic Alliance (a piña colada IPA), Double Half-Life (a West Coast IPA), and Black Matter (a coffee stout).
How to order: Call for 972-591-7058 for takeout or order delivery from Drizly, Grubhub, Uber Eats.
Oak Highlands Brewery
Chances are, if you’ve been to a restaurant or bar in North Texas, you’ve sampled the Freaky Deaky Belgian Tripel style ale, partly because it’s a fun name to say, partly because the label features a monk showing off fishnet stockings and red high heels under his robe. Luckily it has flavor that equals its irreverence. At the tap room, try their other greatest hits from the Allgood German kolsch to Charity, a German ale with a portion of proceeds benefiting a local non-profit each quarter.
How to order: Call 469-802-9455 for takeout, order to-go from the taproom, or order delivery from Drizly.
On Rotation Brewery + Taproom
This tiny storefront in East Dallas makes up for its small size with a mind-blowing 40 taps to choose from, more than half featuring an ever-changing array of small batch brews from On Rotation kegs. The other half showcases North Texas beers from breweries big and really, really small, so there’s always something new to sample.
How to order: Call 972-807-2588 or order ahead online for curbside pickup.
Steam Theory Brewing Company
Located directly across the street from Trinity Groves, this brewpub gives guests anything and everything they could want, from handcrafted beers to a full cocktail bar and scratch kitchen -- not to mention killer views of the Margaret Hunt Hill Bridge and downtown skyline. Each beer is brewed with an appreciation for both modern technology and Victorian-era innovations, whether it’s in a pint of When the Whit Hits the Fan or a goblet of Mandarina Quarantina, a seasonal IPA.
How to order: Call 972-803-4334 for pickup, order pickup and delivery online, or order delivery from DoorDash, Caviar, or Postmates.
Texas Ale Project
The veteran and family-owned brewery was built from the ground up back in 2014, the first in Dallas to do so since the late 19th century. From year-round favorites including 100 Million Angels Singing IPA and Fire Ant Funeral amber ale to their very on-trend TAPWTR craft hard seltzers, there’s always something good on tap at TAP.
How to order: Call 214-965-0606 or order online for pickup, or order delivery from Drizly.
White Rock Alehouse & Brewery
Taking full advantage of their White Rock Lake locale (the trails lead right to the patio), beers here draw inspiration and naming from their surroundings. That means you could soon be walking through Big Thicket then drinking the blonde ale of the same name, or if you’re unlucky enough to experience a Capsized Kayak in real life, you can drown your sorrows with a pint of honey wheat ale. Each pairs perfectly with an order of Tater Kegs (aka loaded tots).
How to order: Call 214-989-7570 or order online for takeout or order delivery from Uber Eats or Postmates.