6 Best Breweries to Tour in Fort Worth
The North Texas area, particularly around Fort Worth, is flush with numerous microbreweries and craft brew manufacturers. From smaller establishments that are only open a few days a week to others that offer dozens of varieties of beer, here is a list of some of the six best breweries worth checking out.
The founders of Cowtown Brewing believe that superb beer must be paired with equally excellent barbecue. You can enjoy Cowtown’s craft beers and smoked meats at its East Belknap Street location. Owner and head brewer Shawn Kidwell started home brewing in 2011 and eventually opened up the brewery, which features a 5,000-square-foot taproom and a spacious outdoor deck. The taproom has 12 taps, HD televisions, and stunning surround sound. Guided tours are available upon request.
The taproom is open daily, and you can choose from a number of the brewery’s top beers. Try La Mera Hora, which is a Mexican-style lager, or Everybody’s Doing It, which is a dry-hopped hazy IPA. Pair your beer with a variety of food options, including pulled pork, brisket, and baby back ribs.
HopFusion Ale Works
Located on East Broadway Avenue, HopFusion Ale Works received its inspiration from a bike ride through the streets of Fort Worth. Macy Moore and Matt Hill, the founders and owners, sought to combine bicycles, craft beer, and friends. If you ride your bike to the brewery, you receive $1 off your tab. Some of its popular beers include the honey and vanilla blonde Fiesty Blonde, the imperial milk stout Fur Slipper, and the pickle and pepper lager El Gran Pepinillo.
The family-friendly brewery is open Tuesday through Sunday so you can enjoy craft beer, karaoke, and live music. Food trucks often park outside the brewery, and you can have food delivered from local establishments. Although it doesn’t offer traditional tours, the brewery does have a large taproom where you can see the beer being created and brewed. If you want a tour of the brewery area, someone at the bar can help you.
Martin House Brewing Company
Established in 2012, the Martin House Brewing Company is the brainchild of several childhood friends who shared a passion for home brewing. With its location along the banks of the Trinity River on South Sylvania Street, the brewery has an expansive backyard and is family- and dog-friendly. Its beers come in cans, not bottles, since cans are better for the environment and protect the beer from light and oxygen better.
Stop into the brewery and enjoy one of its eight beers on tap year-round. Among its popular options are The Salty Lady, a salty German-style beer; Day Break, a four-grain breakfast beer modeled after a bowl of cereal; and the Friday IPA, is a dark and hoppy beer. The taproom is open daily and serves these eight beers along with three or four of the micro-seasonal brews. Also, Martin House serves one new beer a week that you can only get via the taproom. On Thursdays and Saturdays, you can purchase a $10 wristband and receive four pours and a pint glass.
Panther Island Brewing
A family-owned-and-operated microbrewery, Panther Island Brewing sits on the banks of the Trinity River on North Main Street. The brewery stems from a passion for craft beer and home brewing that led to finally opening its doors in 2014. Its year-round beers include Allergeez, an award-winning American wheat beer with honey and chamomile flowers, and Cannonball, a scotch strong ale that’s deep ruby red.
The taproom is open Wednesdays through Fridays from 4-10 p.m. and on Saturdays and Sundays from noon to 10 p.m. You can bring your children and pets to the brewery and enjoy some live music or watch sports on the giant televisions. The resident food truck, Smokin’ Cactus, offers a wide range of food options, including tacos, nachos, and protein bowls.
Rahr & Sons Brewing Company
Established in 2004 by Erin and Fritz Rahr, Rahr & Sons Brewing Company has its roots date back to the 1800s, when Fritz’s great-great-grandfather began the first lager brewery in the United States in Wisconsin. Today, Rahr & Sons Brewing Company produces more than 20,000 barrels annually and has more than 1,000 visitors each week. The brewery serves almost two dozen varieties of beer, including its Dadgum IPA, Ugly Pug Schwarzbier, and Adios Pantalones. All of its beers come in cans, which the brewery says are more portable and durable and take up less space than glass bottles.
Stop at the Galveston Avenue location on Wednesday or Saturday and purchase a $15 wristband. With this fee, you’ll receive three pints of beer, along with a souvenir glass. On Thursday and Friday, the brewery sells beer by the glass. If you’re interested in a tour, visit the brewery on a Saturday at 2:30 p.m. The brewery also partners with local family-owned restaurants and food trucks to provide its guests with delicious cuisine and live entertainment. Parking is limited, so it’s best to either use a ride-sharing service or a taxi.
Wild Acre Brewing
Opened in 2016 on East El Paso Street, Wild Acre Brewing boasts the largest air-conditioned indoor taproom in Fort Worth. In late 2019, the brewery announced plans for a second location on Camp Bowie Boulevard with the hopes of adding a beer garden, restaurant, and taproom.
Brewmaster Mike Kraft has more than 25 years of experience as a master brewer and has four Great American Beer Festival medals. Wild Acre’s core beers are Texas Blonde with its pineapple and mango notes, the German-style Ranch Style Pils, and the dark caramel malt T-Hawk IPA. On Saturdays, you can pay $15 for four beers along with a Wild Acre pint glass.On Monday and Thursday from 5-8 p.m., the brewery hosts a cash bar.
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