Drink and Learn
The all-important guide to North Texas brewery tours
If you're a craft beer aficionado, then you're in luck, because North Texas has a plethora of great breweries at which you can wet your whistle. A small admission fee (usually $15 or less) gets you a tour of the brewery, a pint glass for your collection, and a few pints of beer. What a steal.
Here's a list of breweries around North Texas that offer weekly tours:
Bitter Sisters Brewery
Addison's resident brewery has tours every Saturday from 12-2 pm for $15, which gets you the standard tour, three beers, and a pint glass. Bitter Sisters excels at making clean, crisp beers, like the Hissy Fit Marzen Lager and the Busy Body Blonde Lager. The brewery also recently debuted a taproom, open on Friday and Saturday evenings.
Community Beer Co.
Practically next door to Peticolas Brewing Company (see below) in the Dallas Design District, Community features a gigantic taproom that often hosts local venders and a musician. Tours occur every Saturday from 12-5 pm. You get three beers with your admission of $10 if tickets are purchased online (by the Friday evening before), or you can pay $15 at the door. The brewery also has the taproom open weekly Wednesday through Saturday, where beer can be purchased by the glass.
Deep Ellum Brewing Co.
Dallas' Deep Ellum Brewery tour is a great place to begin a Saturday in Deep Ellum. The brewery includes a taproom and large patio, where you're sure to find live music every week during tour hours, which are 12-3 pm. Afterward, head over to Elm or Main streets to enjoy the large selection of restaurants and bars Deep Ellum has to offer. The tour costs $15 at the door or $12 online, and you receive three beers and a pint glass. The brewery also has weekly taproom hours, where you can hang out and buy beer by the glass.
Arlington's first locally owned and operated brewery, Division Brewing has a taproom open to the public on Friday evening, from 4 pm to midnight, but it has recently opened on Saturdays for tours. Its $15 fee comes with four beers and the standard souvenir glass that we've come to expect. The brewery's Facebook page is the best source of information on tours and tastings, as they're still getting up and running on a regular schedule. With 10 to 15 beers on tap to taste, this is a must-see new brewery.
Four Bullets Brewery
Located in Richardson, Four Bullets currently only has hours on Saturday, from 12-6 pm. The tour costs $10 and gets you three beers and a pint glass. After the tour, grab a pint of the Royal Flush Red Ale and head out to the expansive patio to hang out. Once you've had your fill at the brewery, head over to the Richardson Food Park across the street, which features a decent local draft beer assortment and an always rotating selection of food trucks.
Franconia Brewing Company
One of the first breweries to open its doors in the Dallas-Fort Worth area, Franconia has one tour a week, at 11 am on Saturdays. The always entertaining guide for the tour is typically the owner himself, Dennis Werhman, who comes from a family of brewers back in his home country of Germany. He is not afraid to tell you his opinions of the huge domestic brewers and how Franconia sets itself apart by using the methods of the German Purity Law. The tour is only $5, and you receive several beers during the event. For an extra $5, you can get a Franconia glass to take home.
Martin House Brewing Company
Situated just across the Trinity River from downtown Fort Worth, Martin House's skyline view pairs extremely well with its excellent beer. Martin House is open for tours on Thursdays, 6-8 pm, and Saturdays, 2-5 pm, for $10 (yes, you get a pint glass to keep). Expect large crowds of locals, who flock here regularly to listen to the live music, play games, and visit with the friendly team who brew some of Cowtown's most popular craft beers.
Nine Band Brewing Company
Allen's only brewery has tours for $15 every Saturday at 12 pm, 1 pm, and 2 pm. The cost of admission comes with the requisite pint glass and beer samples. Nine Band has a wide selection, from its 28th State Stout to the Badge Honey Blonde. The brewery's taproom is also open Monday through Saturday evenings, where you can buy beer by the glass.
Panther Island Brewing Company
Head over to North Main Street in Fort Worth for Panther Island Brewing's tour on Fridays, 5-9 pm, and Sundays, 2-6 pm. The $10 tour gets you a free pint glass, three samples of beer, live music, and access to local food trucks.
Peticolas Brewing Company
A staple in the Dallas Design District and craft beer community, Peticolas hosts tours on the first and third Saturday of every month for $10 at the door. The cost of admission gets you a tour, three beers from its award-winning selection (like Velvet Hammer Imperial Red Ale or Royal Scandal English Pale Ale), and a pint glass. Before and after the tour, there is plenty of space to relax, drink your beers, and play bar games like rebound shuffle board. Dallasites have been flocking here to hang out on Saturdays since its opening.
Rabbit Hole Brewing
Hop on over to Rabbit Hole Brewing just north of Fort Worth, in Justin, Texas. These guys host two tours on Saturdays, between 12-4 pm. You're likely to find core beers on tap — Mike Modano's 561 Kolcsh, Rapture Fusion Brown Ale, and 10/6 English Pale Ale — along with seasonal offerings on a constant rotation.
Rahr & Sons Brewing Company
Rahr has been a staple in the Fort Worth community and craft beer scene for years, and it was one of the first in Dallas-Fort Worth to open its doors to the public. It has $10 tours on Wednesday evenings, from 5-7:30 pm, and on Saturday afternoons, from 1-3 pm. Of course, free beer samples are included with your admission. We recommend hitting the Wednesday evening tour to avoid the large weekend crowds and for a chance to sample any specialty beers that may be on tap.
Revolver took Dallas-Fort Worth by storm with Blood & Honey, its flagship beer on tap in most restaurants these days. The brewery is worth the drive out to Granbury, with one of the best brewery atmospheres around. Revolver opens from 12-3 pm on Saturdays for tours, and four 8-ounce tastings are included with admission. Come ready to hang out at this family-friendly brewery, where you can listen to live music and try your hand at giant Jenga or cornhole.
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