Dallas has become a hub for stylish, cutting-edge breweries. Though it used to be one of the biggest U.S. cities without a microbrewery, all that’s changed dramatically within the last ten years. From nationally-recognized breweries to tucked-away cideries, there are dozens of ultra-cool taprooms, innovative flavors, and talented, ambitious brewmasters in the Dallas area. It’s tough to narrow down the list, but these are our picks for the best breweries in town right now.
Four Corners Brewing Company
Situated in the Cedars District of downtown Dallas, Four Corners Brewing Company boasts half a dozen year-round brews—including the much-hyped Local Buzz, a honey-rye golden ale, and the classic El Chingon IPA—five specialties, and over 10 taproom-only beers that visitors can enjoy during one of the free tours held (some) Saturdays at 2 p.m. The Four Corners taproom is housed in a former carriage house built in the early 1900s, and apart from the tours, there are always weekly special events happening here—join the community for trivia night, loteria (a Mexican game similar to bingo), and yoga classes.
Best known for its bright, zippy Blood & Honey ale, Revolver Brewing is located in the quaint town of Gransbury, an hour-and-a-half drive from the Dallas area. The drive is worth it, in this case as Revolver makes truly special beer, using fresh water from their own Trinity Aquifer and local, seasonal ingredients. Beer nerds live for attending the brewery’s recurring party on Saturdays at noon; admission is $10 and includes a logo pint glass, tastings, live music, and an informative tour. Not to mention, Revolver’s scenic countryside setting makes for the perfect spot to spend a long, lazy, boozy afternoon. One of the most popular craft breweries in the region, Revolver Brewing is an excellent place to begin your beer-guzzling journey.
Deep Ellum Brewing Company
Easily one of Dallas’s most-loved breweries, Deep Ellum Brewing Company was the city’s first new microbrewery in over a decade when it opened in 2011. “Bold, fearless, and unapologetic” from the start, this comfy spot churns out year-round favorites like the Dallas Blonde, the Deep Ellum IPA, and the Neato Bandito, an imperial Mexican-style lager, as well as seasonal brews like the Oak Cliff Coffee Ale and the Deep Ellum White IPA. Tastings and tours are held every Saturday at 1 and 2 p.m. for $15, which includes three beers and a glass.
Community Beer Company
The name says it all: Community Beer Company exists to build community and celebrate local culture. Located near downtown on the edge of the Design District, in a rather unassuming warehouse, Community Beer aims to be both a state-of-the-art brewery and a hub for local events, like trivia nights, yoga, painting parties, community bicycle rides, and more. The diverse beer lineup includes their popular Mosaic IPA, the Witbier (a Belgian-style white ale), the Texas Lager, the Citra Slice (Citra hops blended with lemon and orange peel), and the Silly Goose, a slightly tart, fruited wheat beer. Tours are on Saturday at 3 and 4 p.m. on a first-come, first-served basis.
Texas Ale Project
Kat and Brent Thompson started brewing their own beer in 2011 but were eventually prevented from doing so due to Texas’s alcohol laws. So they did what any beer-loving couple would do—they started a brewery. Located on Riverfront Boulevard in the Design District, Texas Ale Project is the first brewery built from the ground up in Dallas in over 120 years. Their dangerously drinkable brews include a Citrus Pilsner, an amber ale dubbed the Fire Ant Funeral, and the glorious 100 Million Angels Singing, a double IPA.
Since opening their doors in 2015, the widely beloved BrainDead Brewing has made over 300 batches of delicious, innovative beer ranging from English ales to barrel-aged sours and everything in between. Their must-try core beers include the Gritz (a crisp, creamy ale), the Honey Lager (an American lager with Texas wildflower honey), and the Foreign Export Stout, an “Oatmeal Extra Stout.” Pair your brews with mouthwatering pub grub like their Crispy BBQ Cauliflower Bites or Picadillo Queso; you’ll be blissed-out and “braindead” with happiness in no time.
Oak Highlands Brewery
One of North Texas’s newest breweries is also one of its finest: Oak Highlands Brewery. Quench your thirst with any of their killer year-round beers, including the Allgood (a golden, full-bodied German Kolsch-style ale), the DFDub (a dark wheat-style brew with heavy banana and clove aromas), and the Freaky Deaky (a Belgian Tripel-style ale). The taproom is open Thursday, Friday, and Saturday; individual pints are available for purchase. Though Oak Highlands is a young brewery, you’d never know it judging from the complexity of their outstanding core and seasonal beers.
White Rock Alehouse & Brewery
Situated in Dallas’s pretty White Rock Lake area, White Rock Alehouse & Brewery feels like a cozy neighborhood hangout spot. Founded by two East Dallas locals with a serious mutual love for craft beer, this alehouse and brewery provides the perfect location to relax with friends and family for the day. Apart from their extensive selection of beers (both locally-brewed and curated from elsewhere), White Rock Alehouse has a delectable food menu that pairs perfectly with the booze—think poblano mac and cheese, jumbo-sized tater tots, ahi tuna nachos, pretzels, and more.
Bishop Cider Company
Dallas’s Bishop Arts District is home to eclectic boutiques, trendy eateries, charming galleries, and the loveliest cidery tasting room in town: Bishop Cider Company. After founders Laura and Joel Malone couldn’t find a decent commercially available cider in Texas, they decided to take matters into their own hands, and Bishop Cider was born. This friendly spot churns out locally-made cider that’s crafted without additional sugars; the current lineup features exciting flavors like Blood Orange, Mango Habanero, and Apple Pineapple.
Peticolas Brewing Company
Peticolas Brewing Company is where the true beer connoisseurs hang out. This top-notch brewery has racked up their fair share of local and national awards, including the coveted “Best Brewery in America” recognition at the US Open Beer Championship and multiple gold medals from the Great American Beer Festival, among many other accolades. Their inaugural brew, an Imperial Red Ale called the Velvet Hammer, is now one of the most popular beers in Dallas. At the taproom, take your pick from one of 18 experimental, cask, nitro and core beers; you’ll leave happily buzzed and quite a bit wiser about Peticolas beer, that’s for sure.