A Complete Guide to Craft Beer in North Texas
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.
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.
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.
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.
Peticolas Brewing Co.
Stanton Stephens Peticolas founder Michael Peticolas
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).
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.
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.