Texas on Tap: Brewery Tours and Craft Beer in Dallas-Fort Worth

Raise a (pint) glass to some of the city’s best brewmasters who continue to elevate the Texas beer scene.

The days of Lone Star six-packs are long gone (well, mostly). See for yourself by taking a tour of some of DFW’s quintessential and up-and-coming craft breweries. What are you waiting for? Hop to it!

Community Beer Company

Located on the edge of the Dallas Design District across from Victory Park, Community Beer Co.’s location is easy to get to from just about anywhere. Notable brews include the Mosaic IPA and the award-winning Ascension Coffee Porter that’s accented with cold-steeped coffee from fellow Design District denizen Ascension, a gourmet coffeehouse and wine bar. Tour the brewery every Saturday from 2-5 pm. The taproom is open Wednesday through Saturday starting at 5 pm. 1530 Inspiration Drive, Ste. 200, 214.751.7921 

Drink this: Mosaic IPA; Texas Helles ('crisp, golden lager made for Texas')

Deep Ellum Brewing Company

One of the first microbreweries to pop up in the Dallas city limits, Deep Ellum Brewing Co. is a local favorite—not just for its year-round staples like the Deep Ellum IPA and Dallas Blonde, but also for its beer garden, taproom and kitchen, which have become a local hangout for neighborhood residents. DEBC hosts a weekly brewery open house from noon to 3 pm Saturdays. Tickets include a logo pint glass, three beers and afternoon enjoyment in the beer garden with live music and food trucks. Check out the taproom and kitchen from 3-10 pm Monday through Thursday and until midnight on Fridays and Saturdays. 2823 St. Louis St., 214.888.DEBC

Drink this: Deep Ellum Blonde; Neato Bandito (Mexican-style lager)

Deep Ellum Brewing Co.

Four Corners Brewing Company

Take a tour of this Trinity Groves/Design District-area microbrewery at noon and 1:30 pm Saturdays. Find Four Corners beer at local grocery stores like Whole Foods and Central Market, or request one of the brewery's year-round or seasonal varieties from your bartender. The All Day Alehouse is open seven days a week for post-tour get-togethers or an easygoing afternoon. 423 Singleton Blvd., 214.748.2739

Drink this: Local Buzz (honey rye golden ale); Block Party (robust porter)

Lakewood Brewing Company

What started as a homebrewing project in East Dallas' Lakewood neighborhood has become one of the city's most notable names in craft beer. A day drinking destination, Lakewood Brewing Co.'s taproom and dog-friendly outdoor beer garden (open Wednesday through Sunday) offer a relaxing place to sample seasonal varieties and enjoy local pours on the patio. The brewery is open for tours Saturdays (1, 3 or 5 pm) and Sundays (2 and 4 pm). Tours last about 15-20 minutes and are available on a first come, first serve basis. 2302 Executive Drive, Garland, 972.864.BEER

Drink this: Lakewood Lager; Till & Toil Saison

Peticolas Brewing Company

For those who like hops and a high ABV, look no further than Peticolas Brewing Co., located in the Design District. Attorney-turned-brewmaster Michael Peticolas opened the brewery more than five years ago, and has since been heavily involved in growing DFW's craft beer scene. Try the Velvet Hammer, a local favorite; smooth but strong with a 9% ABV, this award-winning red ale is a creeper. Pay Peticolas a visit on the first and third Saturdays of each month from 1-3 pm. For $10, guests receive three beer tokens and a souvenir pint glass with the tour. Visitors would be wise to take home a six-pack, as Peticolas beer is only available in the Metroplex.  2026 Farrington St., 214.234.7600

Drink this: Royal Scandal (English pale ale); Sit Down Or I'll Sit You Down (Imperial IPA)

Rahr & Sons Brewery

The oldest-running brewery in the Metroplex, there’s nothing “micro” about the space of this Fort Worth-based brewery. Tours and tastings take place Wednesdays from 5-7:30 pm and on Saturdays from 1-3 pm. Admission is $10 and includes a pint glass and three beers. 701 Galveston Ave., Fort Worth, 817.810.9266

Drink this: Buffalo Butt (amber lager); The Fort Worth (American session ale) 

Tupps Brewery

Drive about an hour north of Dallas to immerse yourself in “the old Texas feel” and slow, small-town vibe of Tupps Brewery, located in the historic Cotton Mill building. With a full calendar of special events ranging from yoga to local live music, a visit to Tupps is worth the drive (as is Franconia Brewing Co., which is also based in McKinney). Take a Saturday afternoon tour (either at 12:30 pm or 4 pm), then leave your own mark on the brewery by giving your best John Hancock on the wall or brining an old bottle to add to Tupps’ bottle tree farm. 721 Anderson St., McKinney, 214.856.7996 

Drink this: Northbound 75 (poblano pale ale); Texas Shade (wheat beer)

Tupps Brewery