The 16 Most Essential Craft Breweries in Dallas

From nano newcomers aplenty to a sudsy Deep Ellum standby.

Malai Kitchen
Photo courtesy of Malai Kitchen

Ever since 2004 when Rahr & Sons Brewing Company tapped its first keg for the public, Dallas-Fort Worth has become a hoppy hotspot for craft breweries. They were followed soon after by several brewing companies that have become household names synonymous with the local beer scene (Franconia Brewing, Deep Ellum Brewing Company, Peticolas Brewing Company, Lakewood Brewing, Four Corners Brewing Company, and Community Beer Co., to name a few). Of course, dozens have opened in more recent years, and though many have grown in prominence and accrued their own avid fans, it’s quite possible you haven’t heard of all the fantastic places you can get a handcrafted beer in every corner of North Texas. So keep visiting all the pioneers above, but also work into your rotation the following 16 spots to grab a pint. (Or several.)

Happy Hippie

Richardson

This tie-dye-loving nano brewery doesn’t yet have any facilities open to the public, but you can find their creative beers at an ever-growing number of stores and restaurants around the Dallas-Fort Worth metroplex. Become a Friend of the Devil with your first sip of their salted caramel milk stout or invite your friends to Party at the Moon Tower with their session IPA. Here’s to peace, love, and plenty of Happy Hippie beer.
How to book: Stop by one of these local retailers.
 

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Photo courtesy of Malai Kitchen

Malai Kitchen

Multiple locations

Though they’ve been a popular Thai-Vietnamese kitchen for more than a decade, not everyone knows that they also operate a nano brewery that utilizes ingredients found in their kitchen to create unique beers that pair perfectly with their cuisine. The Bia Hoi Vietnamese lager works with just about anything, but get adventurous with a Peach Tea Wheat or the Thai PA, a pale ale brewed with lemongrass, ginger, Makrut lime, galangal, turmeric, coriander, cilantro, and five different American hops.
How to book: Stop by for first come, first served seating, order take-out via ChowNow, or get delivery online.

Union Bear had the distinction of being Plano’s first ever brewery when they debuted a few years back, and they continue to build up their roster of delicious brews with something to satisfy nearly every taste (and to complement literally everything on the food menu—just ask your server). Enjoy their UB Amber Ale, which falls on the darker side of light, or sip on a summery Coconut Lime Bear Claw hard seltzer in addition to guest taps from all over the country.
How to book: Stop by for first come, first served seating or order delivery via Postmates.

Located atop Legacy Hall, Unlawful Assembly brews beers that complement just about everything the food hall has to offer. Just tote your dish upstairs and leave it to one of their knowledgeable beertenders to guide you in the right sudsy direction, or simply drop in food-less to drink your way through the boundary-pushing lineup. Regardless, don’t overlook creative endeavors like Smoke Screen (an American smoked brown ale) and Idol Time (an agave- and lime-spiked golden ale).
How to book: Stop by for first come, first served seating.

After a successful run in East Dallas, this crowd-pleaser has relocated to Love Field and added a full kitchen serving everything from beer cheese queso to gluten-friendly fried chicken. On tap, discover more than three dozen (mostly) local options, including several brewed onsite such as the Café au Lait, a chicory-laced stout that pays tribute to New Orleans-style coffee.
How to book: Stop by for first come, first served seating or order take-out online.

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 Land Yacht IPA as well as plenty of interesting seasonals and one-offs.
How to book: Stop by for first come, first served seating, order take-out via TabbedOut, or get delivery via Drizly.

This family-run operation taps into the skills of every member of the clan to create a memorable collection of brews. Must-try pints include the universally beloved Busy Body blonde lager, the malty Knock Out Irish red ale, and the Cat Fight IPA, boasting a devilishly intoxicating 6.66% ABV.
How to book: Stop by for first come, first served seating or order delivery via Drizly.

The patio at this Deep Ellum brewpub has long been the main attraction for beer lovers, but with both COVID-19 variants on the rise and a stretch of pleasant weather in the foreseeable future, the spacious outdoor expanse is more enticing 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 ready to venture out with a seasonal sensation like the Memory Hole American barleywine.
How to book: Stop by for first come, first served seating or order delivery via Favor, Grubhub, and Postmates.

What started as a garage-based hobby among friends has blossomed into a full service brewpub peddling 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, order up an adorable picnic basket filled with five-ounce tastings of every brew on tap.
How to book: Stop by for first come, first served seating or order take-out and delivery via Toast.

Hop & Sting

Grapevine

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 runs on the ethos 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 and revel in the fact that Grapevine’s got far more to offer than wine.
How to book: Stop by for first come, first served seating, order take-out online, or get delivery via Drizly.

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 that includes a former trial lawyer. Located near the Dallas Cowboys’ AT&T Stadium, the beer garden is a perfect place kick off game day—or any day for that matter.
How to book: Stop by for first come, first served seating or order delivery via Drizly.

You won’t find a massive variety of beer at this brewery, but never fear—they only release a brew when they consider it perfect, and it’s a concept that’s ever-evolving. Standouts among their over-achieving lot include Trinitite (a sparkling IPA), Double Half-Life (a West Coast IPA), and Plutonium-239 (a coconut porter).
How to book: Stop by for first come, first served seating or order delivery via Drizly, Grubhub, and Uber Eats.

Oak Highlands Brewery

Lake Highlands

If you’ve been to a restaurant or bar in North Texas, chances are 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, its flavor equals its irreverence. At the taproom, sample other greatest hits like the Allgood German Kolsch and Charity, an aptly-titled German Alt benefiting a different local non-profit each quarter.
How to book: Stop by for first come, first served seating.

Located directly across the street from Trinity Groves, this brewpub happily provides beer-lovers 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 fruity seasonal IPA.
How to book: Stop by for first come, first served seating, order take-out online, or get delivery via DoorDash.

Texas Ale Project

Design District

This 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 like 100 Million Angels Singing IPA and Fire Ant Funeral amber ale to the very on-trend TAPWTR line of craft hard seltzers, there’s always something good on (and at) TAP.
How to book: Stop by for first come, first served seating, order take-out online, or get delivery via Drizly.

Taking full advantage of their White Rock Lake locale (some trails lead directly to their sunny patio), the fleet here draws both recipe inspiration and names from their lush surroundings. That means you could soon be walking through Big Thicket while drinking its namesake blonde ale, and if you’re unlucky enough to experience a Capsized Kayak in real life, you can drown your sorrows with a pint of said disaster’s honey wheat ale. Each pairs perfectly with an order of Tater Kegs (AKA loaded tots).
How to book: Stop by for first come, first served seating, order take-out online, or get delivery via Uber Eats and Postmates.

Steven Lindsey is a Thrillist contributor.