In the span of just a few years — this last year, actually — Dallas has become a hotbed of craft brewing. Texas brews are no longer limited to Austin, the Hill Country and Houston. They’ve migrated north, and we’re better off for it.
This weekend, Revolver Brewing opens in Granbury. Yeah, Granbury is a bit of a drive, but there’s some talent behind Revolver. Grant Wood, who spent 16 years in the Sam Adams brewery, is working with the father-son team of Ron and Rhett Keisler.
The October 20 grand opening is from noon to 4 pm. It’s free and includes a tour of the brewery and sample of the beer.
It got us thinking about the other breweries in the area and the tours offered. So we typed them up, and here they are. Boom.
Lakewood Brewing Co.
This Garland-based brewery has been doing its thing for about a year now, and in that time Lakewood Brewing has made a name for itself with European-styled crafts. The imperial milk stout, lovingly called “The Temptress,” clocks in at 9.1 percent ABV, but you wouldn’t know it.
Tours are offered every Saturday from noon-3 pm, and that includes a souvenir glass, four samples and an informal tour. It’s $10 cash at the door, and they usually wrangle up a food truck or two.
Peticolas Brewing Company
It’s a little nuts to think how far Peticolas Brewing has come in just the first year. In early October, Peticolas Royal Scandal took the gold in the “classic English-style pale ale” category at the Great American Beer Festival. That’s the largest commercial beer competition in the world, son.
If you’re inclined to check out the facilities, you better wrangle up some friends, because tours are limited to private groups of 30 to 50 people. It’s $15 per person, and that includes a private tour, your choice of glassware and a Q&A.
Rahr & Sons Brewing Company
We’re cheating a bit by grabbing Rahr & Sons Brewing Co. from Fort Worth, but when we’re talking breweries in North Texas, we are legally required to mention these guys, and for good reason. Around since 2004, Rahr & Sons has been winning awards for nearly as long.
Tours are Saturdays, 1-3 pm. Ten bucks gets you a pint glass and free samples, but if you can make it to one of the Wednesday tours from 5-7:30 pm, you’ll experience a more intimate crowd and experimental and special brews that you can’t get anywhere else.
Franconia Brewing Co.
Rahr may be four years older, but Franconia is the granddaddy of Dallas breweries. Located up in McKinney, Franconia was founded Dennis Wehrmann, who hails from Bavaria, so the brews have some German expertise behind them.
Wehrmann has had brewing in his blood since he was 12. Saturday tours, 11 am-1 pm, cost $5 and include beer samples.
Deep Ellum Brewing Co.
Deep Ellum Brewing definitely sports the most attitude of any of the Dallas breweries, but they back it up with crafts like hops-heavy Dreamcrush 2x Rye IPA. It’s only seasonal, though, so you better check it out soon on one of the two weekly tours.
Tours are Thursdays, 6-8:30 pm, and Saturdays, noon-3 pm. For $10 you get a glass, complimentary beer and a tour of the facilities. Luckily, being in Deep Ellum means you won’t have to travel far to find the rest of the beers on tap.