Your Guide to the Top 12 Breweries in Dallas
April 17, 2019
BY BROOKE BATTERSBY
The number of microbreweries has essentially skyrocketed since 2011-2012. Seriously, the number more than doubled from 2014 to 2018, and there’s now more than 4,500 microbreweries around the country. Dallas is home to a whole lot and it was really difficult narrowing this list down to only 12.
And before we show off our list, we want to give a shoutout to Farmer’s Branch brewery 3 Nations Brewing. They have such an amazing team of guys who are so passionate about what they do so if you ever venture outside of “Dallas” and up to Farmer’s Branch, stop by and grab a brew!
The indoor/outdoor brewery has made over 300 batches of beer since their opening in 2015 and over 120 different brews ranging from IPA to English ales, sours to barrel-aged and more. Braindead Brewing is home to a dog-friendly patio, vegan queso, stacked burgers and great people – just walk by on Main Street any day of the week and you’re guaranteed to see a crowd.
Why We Love It: Between Trivia Mondays, Video Game Fight Night Tuesdays, Kids Eat Free Wednesdays, and a range of other fun events, there’s never a dull moment at Braindead.
Deep Ellum | directions
We love a good theme, and at Celestial Brewing, they take their space theme to a whole new level! From bar decor and murals to the names of the beers like “Electromagnetism” or “Newton’s 1st Lager,” the off-the-beaten-path brewery is a combination of the owners’ favorite things: art, science and beer! You’ll find trivia every Thursday, comedy on every first Friday and yoga once a month!
Why We Love It: Because they are repping the Medical District, which doesn’t get nearly enough attention or cool places as it should given how many people work in the area!
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Community Beer Company is one of the biggest independent breweries in Dallas….and for good reason! Not only does this brewery produce some of the best city brews, it stays true to its name by involving the whole community with its property in the Design District. Find everything from fitness events to beer meet ups to weekly Geeks Who Drink trivia. And everyone is invited in, even your pets!
Tour Info: Free tours every Saturday and Sunday!
Why We Love It: One Mosaic and you are good for the night. And because of their dog-friendly indoor space.
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Deep ellum brewing company
Another Deep Ellum gem, this iconic brewery is easily recognizable by its colorful cans and Mr. Smiley logo. Aside from their year-round and seasonal beers, the brewery hosts concerts, trivia, pint nights, tours, pairing events and more. DEBC’s beers have become a staple all across Texas restaurants, but seeing where all the magic happens on St. Louis Street is an experience for the books.
Tour Info: $15 for a ticket to the Saturday Open House (Noon-3pm every week). Includes 3 beers and a glass.
Why We Love It: DEBC’s beers are classic, yet unique. They have mastered the art of taking simple flavors and crafting them to perfection.
Deep Ellum | Directions
Four Corners brewing company
Just south of Dallas, in a converted Carriage House in the Cedars, you can find the unique Four Corners taproom and it’s artfully crafted (and designed) brews. Four Corners sees itself as a place where diverse people from all cultures can come together for their love of craft beer. Unique flavors, and people, come together in the open concept taproom on Ervay St.
Tour Info: Free tours on Saturdays at 2 pm
Why We Love It: From honey ale, grapefruit and peach and from oatmeal to s’mores
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shop our brewery tour essentials:
Firstly, the Velvet Hammer is worth the trip alone! And secondly, this Design District brewery cares a lot about their beer. In fact, it started more as a passion project than anything, as Michael Peticolas grew up watching his mom make Mexican style beer at home. But a gold medal at the Great American Beer Festival (GABF) for the Royal Scandal, followed by a “Best Brewery in America” recognition by the US Open Beer Championship helped Peticolas gain notoriety, and cement its place on Dallas’s list of best breweries!
Tours: $10, the first and third Saturday of every month!
Why We Love It: For its super fun environment with foosball, VR games, board games, and more! And soccer lovers rejoice, as the Peticolas team loves watching “football.”
Design district | Directions
Relatively new to the brewery game, Outfit Brewery opened its doors in an old industrial warehouse in August of 2018. With a logo as simple as their flavors, Outfit Brewery has made a name for itself in the art of minimalist beer. Stop in to enjoy a unique Saison, Cream Ale, NEIPA, Milk Stout or any of their other crafts – we promise you’ll be glad you did.
Why We Love It: Almost hidden, this brewery is a gem in the wall and worth the hunt. The whole ambience of the warehouse is simple, laid back and nostalgic.
Design District | directions
PEGASUS CITY BREWERY
You’ve seen the infamous red Pegasus all over Dallas, but Pegasus City Brewery brings new hype to the flying horse by creating #PorchApproved beers that take flight. Each of their brews are accompanied with a description and their perfect pairings such as “steak, smooth jazz and conspiracy theories” or “Texas BBQ, golden retrievers, and the American Dream.”
Event Info: The brewery hosts a variety of events from First Wednesday BBQ, Third Wednesday Tacos, and more! While prices vary per event, stay on the lookout for their $4 pints at the Tiny Tap.
Why We Love It: Pegasus City Brewery reigns king of the classics. Their beers are timeless, and their flavors set the standard for simple, full-bodied brews.
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If this is the first time you are hearing of Small Brewpub, you’ll be sad you didn’t hear of it sooner! It’s really off-the-beaten path, on West Jefferson in Oak Cliff. It’s been a favorite since it arrived several years ago, bringing hipster folk vibes to the area. The showstopper though? That bar. With the illuminated panels that jut out, you’ll want to just stand in awe for the first part of your visit. But then, make sure to grab a beer, and food! Small Brewpub is also known for having a consistency great food menu, and is actually the location where famed local chef Misti Norris received her 2016 James Beard Rising Star nomination
Why We Love It: We will be repetitive here…but that curved-wood bar is stunning, and the photo doesn’t do it justice.
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STEAM THEORY BREWING COMPANY
In the heart of Trinity Groves, there lives a modern brewery and kitchen with a unique flare. Encompassing steampunk style and an edgy atmosphere, the brewery ignites your senses long before you even taste the beer. Class and simplicity not only describe the building, but every sip of the brews on tap. Between IPAs, Red Ales, Stouts and more, you can’t go wrong with the classics at Steam Theory, and with food to pair, you’re all set for a night full of flavor.
Happy Hour Deal $3 house beers on Tuesday are a must – but you can always count on happy hours and drink specials for the brewery’s watch parties, trivia nights and local celebrations.
Why We Love It: Steam Theory focuses on showcasing Dallas’ best in every aspect of their brewpub. From local artwork to food to woodworking, the team works seamlessly with their North Texas neighbors.
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Trinity Cider Co. brings delicious hard cider to the heart of Deep Ellum in its rustic looking spot on the corner of Main Street and Pryor. Unlike typical sweet ciders, Trinity brews their drinks with champagne yeast, which brings the sugar content down to virtually zero. If you’re in the mood to have your taste buds rocked, stop in for a crisp, bubbly pour of their Northwestern styled cider.
Why We Love It: The location is well-worth the visit. Boasting exposed bricks, unique lighting and a wall of fermentation tanks behind the bar – Trinity Cider Co. is as much for the cider enthusiast as it is for the Dallasite explorer.
Deep ellum | directions
WHITE ROCK ALEHOUSE & BREWERY
It’s an alehouse, it’s a brewery, it’s a good time in a great location. WRAB has the local, hometown sports bar feel, with the craft beers and delicious food of a high-end restaurant. Their motto, “All Trails Lead to White Rock Alehouse” is symbolic of the community vibe of the spot. With a menu of their own brewed beers, as well as touches from the Texas—specifically East Dallas—community, the location is the perfect spot to sit back, relax and enjoy yourself.
Trivia Night: Stop by Taco Trivia Tuesday Brewsday each week for $2 tacos, $2 off WRAB beers and a whole lotta fun. The alehouse also offers “beer-to-go” with special growlers, crowlers and kegs starting at $85.
Why We Love It: WRAB is able to put their twist on any classic beer and make it delicious. With beers offering notes of honey, banana, clove, coconut, nut butter, lemongrass, caramel and even fresh baked breads – you are never short on flavor at White Rock Alehouse & Brewery.