A Complete Guide to Craft Beer in North Texas

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In the fall of 2012, we created a guide to North Texas craft beers. Less than one year later, it's time for an update. Following is an at-this-moment current-yet-still-ever-evolving guide to North Texas craft breweries.

Breweries are listed based on the dates they were established, which is based on when they received their original license from the TABC.

Rahr & Sons Brewing Co.
RahrBrewing.com
Est. July 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 in 2012 won a silver medal at the 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.
FranconiaBrewing.com
Est. January 2008
Brewmaster and founder Dennis Wehrmann was born in Nürnberg, Germany, where both Mom and Grandfather were brewers. He moved to the U.S. after graduating from brewing school and worked at Two Rows brewpub a few years before casting his own net in McKinney.

Franconia recently went completely off-grid with a self-sustaining energy system. While Franconia is a staple in many bars across North Texas, Wehrmann recently started bottling his beer, which can now be found at Central Market, Whole Foods and other area stores.

Deep Ellum Brewing Co.
DeepEllumBrewing.com
Est. July 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, they recently brought in Jeremy Hunt, former head brewer at Dogfish Head and Bluegrass Brewing in Louisville, Kentucky. DEBC offers several year-round beers, seasonal specialties and can be found at restaurants and bars throughout Texas, as well as on shelves at Central Market, Whole Foods, Kroger and many others.

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Peticolas founder Michael Peticolas
Peticolas Brewing Co.
PeticolasBrewing.com
Est. August 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 bars throughout North Texas, but is not bottled (yet).

Revolver Brewing
RevolverBrewing.com
Est. October 2011
Revolver has a 6,000-square-foot brewery in Granbury, west of Fort Worth, where they tap the Trinity Aquifer as their water source. Co-founders and father-son team Ron and Rhett Keisler wooed Samuel Adams brewer Grant Wood to Texas to oversee the finer details of brewing. Revolver's beers include Blood & Honey, High Brass, Bock and Mother's Little Fracker. In addition to craft beer watering holes, they recently started selling six packs at Central Market.

FireWheel Brewing
FirewheelBrewing.com
Est. April 2012
This small brewery in Rowlett is a one-man operation, all managed by founder, brewer and whatever-the-day-may-demand guy Brad Perkinson. He works a 150-barrel capacity system that has pushed out more than six different beers since opening. FireWheel is on tap at craft beer bars and restaurants throughout Dallas and at Whole Foods.



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24 comments
Thomasmalt
Thomasmalt

Beer can be better !! Its all about the water you use... for further information check us out www.sapec-eco.com

You can produce your own clean water from the Air

Sotiredofitall
Sotiredofitall topcommenter

Bought some Franconia at Specs - Awesome

jbrazoscole
jbrazoscole

Cobra Brewing is in the works in Lewisville.

gonzbot
gonzbot

No brewpubs on the list?  Sad face!  Many of the breweries listed are still in planning, we have actually brewed beer at Zio Carlo!  Cheers! @gonzbot 

pqjulie
pqjulie

Find these and every other craft brewery in TX (and the entire U.S. and Canada) on an interactive map at www.pubquest.com.  Cheers!

Mervis
Mervis

Good job Lauren. Should be some work keeping this list current over the next couple of years. Sure to be some fiscal winners and losers here.

doofUSA
doofUSA

I wish there was a Dallas beer message board.  All I want to do is talk about beer, can not work this afternoon

Greg820
Greg820

Back in 1987 I returned to Dallas after four years in the Army, with the last two in Berlin, Germany.What was waiting for this ex-soldier with a newly acquired taste for great beer?A never-ending plethora of cheap, shitty, yellow water with some thin, white foam on top that was claimed to be “beer.”The only local brewery was a little place in Plano called Reinheitsgebot that made their beer in strict accordance with the German Beer Purity Law.Their dark was as good as anything I had in Germany—rich, bready, and alcoholic.Tragically, North Texas was not yet ready for quality beer/wine/food/anything and they went away.I hope they know that they had at least one big fan.

doofUSA
doofUSA

these places will cannibalize each other but the few that rise up will be better for it from the competition.  also as the people of DFW continue to drink better beer, tastes will improve and demand for higher quality will rise.  all that to say that the DFW beer scene could be really spectacular in 5 to 10 years and it is exciting to watch it grow from nothing  

danielslauren
danielslauren

@FanOfBurntOrange Thanks. I appreciate your confidence in me. Particularly since you noticed that I first published this a year ago. I'm glad you enjoyed this update. 

Mervis
Mervis

There is a fairly good size group of DFW people in the Southwest forum on Beer Advocate dot com.

doofUSA
doofUSA

@Greg820 @doofUSA yep wish I could drink at work.  Ranger Creek oatmeal pale ale is dancing through my head

Ardy
Ardy

@planocraftbeer @Greg820 Personally, I'm glad most of our local brewers aren't concerned about the reinheitsgebot. Our local brew-landscape would be so boring if that were the case. 

lbl041000
lbl041000

Where is REAL ALE?? Great list but I feel like we're missing so many on here!

Greg820
Greg820

@Ardy @planocraftbeer @Greg820 Oh absolutely!  RHGB is just one of many ways to do it.  I am looking forward to some interesting experiments from our local breweries down the road, not just AFIPA.

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