North Texas Beers: A Guide
Following North Texas' big win at the Great American Beer Fest, this week's cover story by Lauren Drewes Daniels profiles the rise of the DFW craft brew. To see what kind of growth we're talking about, Lauren's broken down each of the local brewers. Check it out below.
Photo by Mark Graham, label design by Sasha Barr
Rahr & Sons Brewing Co.
Est. July 20, 2004
Rahr sometimes uses the tag line "The brand new beer with a 150-year history" as a token to founder Fritz Rahr's German brewer lineage. Rahr is distributed throughout much of Texas and just recently won a silver medal at the 2012 Great American Beer Festival for Iron Thistle. The Fort Worth brewery's full lineup includes five year-rounds and seven seasonal beers. Laid-back brewery tours that resemble community block parties helped arouse a loyal craft beer movement in North Texas.
Franconia Brewing Co.
Est. January 23, 2008
Brewmaster and founder Dennis Wehrmann was born in Nürnberg, Germany. His grandfather was a brewer, as was his mother, who earned a degree as a brewery lab technician. He moved to the States after graduating from brewing school and worked at Two Rows brewpub a few years before casting his own net in McKinney.
Deep Ellum Brewing Co.
Est. July 6, 2011
DEBC is Dallas' largest craft brewery and continues to add tanks and square footage to its warehouse. Founded by a group of avid homebrewers, the brewery nabbed Drew Huerter from St. Louis to be its brewmaster. It offers several year-round beers, seasonal specialties and has recently started limited bottling runs. DEBC can be found at a few liquor stores locally and more than 60 restaurants and bars around DFW.
Peticolas Brewing Co.
Est. August 25, 2011
Michael Peticolas was a fifth-generation Texas trial attorney before he decided to open a brewery. His mom first introduced him to the hobby in the early '90s. Velvet Hammer is his year-round brew, while others rotate based on seasons and customer feedback. Peticolas is strictly a family- and volunteer-run brewery. It won a gold medal for its beer Royal Scandal at the 2012 Great American Beer Festival. Peticolas beer can be found at about 40 bars and restaurants around the area.
Est. October 18, 2011
Revolver recently celebrated the official grand opening of its newly built 6,000-square-foot brewery. The father-and-son team Ron and Rhett Keisler wooed Samuel Adams brewer Grant Wood back to Texas, where he had originally worked in San Antonio for Lone Star Brewing Co. Beers include Blood & Honey, High Brass and Bock. They can be found at The Meddlesome Moth, The Common Table, The Libertine and a few other places.