North Texas’s beer scene is thriving, with new microbreweries and tasting rooms opening seemingly every month. Today, the region is home to over 80 brewing companies, which is hard to believe considering that, 15 years ago, there were barely any breweries to be found at all. Luckily for Fort Worth-bound travelers, Cowtown is flush with cool craft breweries that are making waves in the larger beer world. From small, family-owned establishments to large-scale beer havens, here are some of the best breweries to check out in Fort Worth:
Wild Acre Brewing Company
Boasting the biggest air-conditioned indoor taproom (with 24 total taps) in Fort Worth, Wild Acre Brewing Company is a true experience. Apart from serving up staple beers like the Texas Blonde, Ranch Style Pils, and T-Hawk IPA (and don’t miss sampling the Agave Americana, a super-refreshing, citrusy ale with hints of blue agave nectar), Wild Acre has bocce ball courts, cornhole, a live music stage, and plenty of picnic tables and grassy areas where you can sit and sip your cares away. Check their events calendar for their “Sip and Paint” events, where you’ll get to create a 9x12 painting and design a couple coasters; and, every Saturday, $15 gets you four beers and a complimentary Wild Acre pint glass.
HopFusion Ale Works
HopFusion founders and owners Macy Moore and Matt Hill are incredibly passionate about fine craft beer, and that passion is evident everywhere you look at this beloved brewery, from their impressive fermentation room to their thoughtfully curated six-pack and growler selection. All their annual beers are excellent, but you can’t go to HopFusion without trying their most popular creation, the Feisty Blonde, a bronze/golden ale that combines deeply aromatic orange blossom honey with notes of raw brown sugar and pure Mexican vanilla. The taproom is open six days a week, from Tuesday through Sunday.
The Collective Brewing Project
Located just south of downtown, in the Near Southside, the Collective Brewing Project churns out delectable sour beers, along with an array of ales, pilsners, and IPAs on draft and by the bottle. The taproom is open on weekends, and most weekday evenings. Yogi beer nerds, don’t miss their monthly “Beer Yoga” event; for just $20, you can attend a Vinyasa class and sip on your choice of three brews in between downward dogs.
Rahr & Sons Brewing Company
You simply can’t talk about the craft beer scene in Fort Worth without talking about Rahr & Sons. Since opening their doors in 2004, this hometown favorite has cultivated a list of truly top-notch beers: The Rahr’s Original is a smooth, highly drinkable lager; the Adios Pantalones, brewed with lemon and lime, is crisp, citrusy goodness; and the Ugly Pug is almost like dessert in a can, with its notes of caramel, chocolate, and roasted malt. Enjoy these and dozens of other winning brews year-round at Rahr & Sons; $15 gets you three pints of beer and a souvenir glass.
Fort Brewery & Pizza
Formerly known as Chimera Brewing Company, Fort Brewery & Pizza pairs their expertly brewed beers with homemade pizzas created from generational family recipes—take your pick between potato & rosemary, Diavola (shredded mozzarella and spicy salami), the Woodsman (roasted garlic, rosemary, mushrooms, potatoes, goat cheese, and a fresh-cracked egg), and more yummy pies. Beer-wise, opt for the Grey Eagle (a Hefeweizen featuring hints of clove, banana, vanilla, and bubble gum), the Clara (a Kolsch), or the Moonrider, a full-bodied, roasty, malty oatmeal stout. Laid-back and friendly, Fort Brewery is the best place in town to indulge your beer and pizza cravings.
Martin House Brewing Company
Martin House is the ideal spot to spend a lazy Saturday hanging out, playing cornhole, and sampling stellar brews at their scenic location along the Trinity River banks. This popular brewery offers eight year-round beers, including the Friday IPA, True Love (a raspberry sour ale), and the Salty Lady. The latter is their interpretation of a Gose, a salty, tart German-style beer, that’s fermented with their house saison yeast and finished with coriander; the result is nothing short of divine. Bring your dog and the kiddos and come play.
Cowtown Brewing Co
Founded on the idea that “great beer deserves equally great barbecue,” Cowtown Brewing Co offers a true taste of authentic Fort Worth culture. Their craft beer and savory smoked meats are developed and perfected on-site, just a few minutes from Sundance Square. In addition to classic barbecue offerings (like brisket, ribs, and meaty sandwiches), the menu includes tasty bar fare like bacon-wrapped jalapeños, Bavarian pretzels and beer queso, and chips and brisket queso. Beers are updated seasonally, although you can expect a wide range of styles that complement barbecue.
Turning Point Beer
One of the newest additions to the Fort Worth beer scene, Turning Point Beer focuses on producing high-quality hazy New England IPAs, along with a number of other cool, experimental brews. There’s also a robust events calendar with weekly trivia nights and bingo games, while the taproom is open all week.
Panther Island Brewing
Situated on the banks of the Trinity, Panther Island Brewing is family-owned and operated, and the atmosphere is warm and relaxed. Food trucks and live music are a regular occurrence, and their year-round beer list is a standout on the scene. Try the Cannonball, a unique Scotch Strong Ale that’s wonderfully roasty and chocolatey, or taste the Allergeez, an unfiltered American wheat beer that’s brewed with local honey, rose hips, and chamomile flowers. The taproom is open Wednesday through Sunday.