We're back for another entry in the 2022 CultureMap Dallas Tastemaker Awards, our annual celebration shining a light on the city's top culinary talent.
It's a two-pronged affair that begins with profiles of all those who've been nominated for an award, voted on by a panel of judges consisting of former CultureMap Tastemaker Award winners and local F&B experts.
It'll culminate in a party on May 12 at Fashion Industry Gallery, emceed by comedian CJ Starr, where attendees get to dine on bites from nominated restaurants and find out who the winners are in all the categories. (Tickets are on sale here.)
Now we're spotlighting craft beer breweries, the ones who take grain, hops, yeast, and water and transform it into a flavorful, effervescent, refreshing drink.
Here are our nominees for 2022 Brewery of the Year:
Cedar Creek Brewery
Small craft brewery located 50 miles southeast of Dallas near Cedar Creek Lake was already an award-winning brewery when it joined forces with the folks from LUCK at Trinity Groves to open a spinoff called Cedar Creek Brewhouse & Eatery at The Shops at Mustang Station in Farmers Branch. A wall of 14 taps is split between Cedar Creek's brews and other labels, some nominees such as Hop and Sting, plus a full bar and a beer-appropriate menu of food including pretzels, wings, hummus, pizza, and burgers, as well as weekend brunch on Saturday and Sunday.
Odd Muse Brewing Company
Warehouse-style craft brewery tap room in Farmers Branch was opened in late 2019 by hobby brewer Bobby Diaz, his wife, and his college roommate, and is named for his daughters (Olivia and Daniella Diaz). Their vision is to function as a brewery that brings some pride to its neighborhood, with at least a dozen appealing beers on tap such as pilsner, IPA, and a sour ale with Cara Cara orange and tangerine. They're a fun place, hosting comedians and trivia nights, with drink specials and food truck fare such as birria tacos from @roodiesdfw.
Say When Brewing Company
Small craft beer brewery in Denison opened in 2021 and are making three already-popular beers: Oatmeal Blonde, Texas Copper, and Local Motive IPA. Their facility is primarily production-only, although they will fill growlers on-site. But they're expanding their distribution to bars and growler stations such as the Green Growler at 507 W. Main St. in Denison, The Brass Tap, Mellow Mushroom in McKinney and Denton, Beerhead Bar & Eatery in Plano, and Guitars & Growlers in McKinney.
Trinity Forest Brewing Company
Legend has it that the idea for Trinity Forest Brewing Company was hatched over beer at the Whole Foods Market in Uptown. Founders Ricky Del Bosque, BK Hatcher, and David Tosetto wanted to share their love for craft beer and the great outdoors, specifically The Great Trinity Forest, the urban park in southern Dallas which they say is the driving force behind what they're doing at the brewery. They do not have a physical brewery, but there are dozens of shops and bars across Texas where Trinity Forest brews such as the Smash IPA are sold and served.
Brewery housed in an old cotton mill in McKinney hosts regular happy hours, weekend tours, and tastings, but Tupps' beer can also be found in cans on the shelves at Whole Foods Market, Total Wine and More, and the like. Since they were founded in 2015, they've grown exponentially throughout North Texas, Austin, San Antonio, East Texas, West Texas, El Paso, Lubbock, Abilene, Amarillo, Houston, and Oklahoma, making them one of the top 10 independently owned breweries in Texas.
Hop and Sting Brewing Co.
Hop & Sting team consists of Brian Burton, Jon Powell, and Lane Joseph, all of whom worked for Grapevine Craft Brewery whose headquarters they took over in 2018. They brew small batch craft ales and lagers, with 10 year-round beers including lager, Fire Engine Red, and white IPA, plus rotating seasonal beers. They're very into community, such as donating a portion of their sales to organizations such as animal rescues and another that helps kids with mental and physical disabilities to play baseball.
Brothers Jordan Young and Mike Frazer opened Outfit in 2018 in a former warehouse near 183 and Mockingbird, which they've transformed into a pleasant place, with games and video, to enjoy their lineup of easy-drinking beers or pick up a growler or beer in cans to go. Everything comes in at under 8 percent ABV, bravo, such a welcome departure from the ever-escalating incline to higher-alcohol beers. They have more than a dozen beers on tap including selections such a German-style Kolsch, cream ale, an unfiltered lager, and a variety of IPAs in different styles.
Extremely popular microbrewery and brewpub in Lake Highlands is a mom-and-pop that serves beer, cider, coffee, stone-baked pizzas, and more. They opened in 2020, at the height of the pandemic, and now have more than a dozen creative brews - how about the red ale they brewed with Funky Picnic from Fort Worth, with buckwheat, rice, and koji, usually used to make sake. You can get it in all ways: in 5-ounce tasters, half pours, or full pours, as well as 16-ounce crowler cans to-go. They also package many of their beers in 16-ounce cans and bottles.