Calling all beer fans! We’re traveling down South to explore the world-class tours, tastes, and taps to be found at the 14 best breweries in Dallas.
Back in 2011, this destination found itself as the largest US city without a microbrewery.
Bad zoning laws made it impossible to operate downtown, while neighboring areas like Fort Worth and McKinney already boasted beloved, long-time operations.
But when the Dallas beer scene finally took off, it certainly made up for lost time.
Now, the Big D is home to some of the most creative craft breweries in Texas, garnering local fans and admirers all across the country.
14 Best Breweries in Dallas
With a range of unique flavors and brewing styles, Dallas has a huge list of beers on tap for every palate just waiting to be discovered. Keep reading to get familiar with the best before you start sipping!
Funky, creative, and just plain delicious, Celestial Beerworks is a must-visit on your tour of breweries in Dallas.
Between the artsy interiors, daily deals, and extensive list of IPAs, it’s hard to find just one thing to praise.
Their sours and stouts have both received rave reviews, and you can’t go wrong with any of the New England IPAs.
Plus, you get to enjoy fun names like Look What You Did You Little Jerk and Commitment To Sparkle Motion.
Visit on Thursdays to compete in their trivia night, or swing by on a Saturday to enjoy a workout event–either HIIT and Sip, a Hips & Hops dance session, Stretch & Sip yoga, or Pilates & Pours (held on the first-fourth Saturdays of the month, respectively).
They even have an outdoor, dog-friendly patio for your furry friends!
Opened in 2018, the homey, industrial chic Outfit Brewing has already become a major player when it comes to breweries in Dallas.
They’re family-owned and operated, having morphed from garage hobby into full-blown business.
Live music, shuffleboard, lots of games, and picnic table seating (both indoors and outdoors) make the Outfit Brewing instantly cozy, so settle in and stay a while.
As for drinks, choose from a curated list of light ales and pilsners, dark/brown ales, and IPA/hoppy ales.
The Cole Kolsch and Cletus come highly recommended, both packing tons of flavor.
Deep Ellum Brewing Company
Next, we head to Dallas’ trendiest neighborhood, home of graffiti murals, buzzy bars, and (of course) top-notch beers. And where better to start than with one of the very first Deep Ellum breweries?
The Deep Ellum Brewing Company boasts a spacious outdoor patio (the perfect place to spend a lazy afternoon), and a delicious food menu to keep your stomach happy between beers–think tacos, pizzas, and fries.
But for the main event, order one of their beloved blondes like Dallas Blonde or opt for the Blind Lemon, a mouth-puckering hard seltzer.
In between drinks, you can play cornhole, table games, trivia, or bingo, jam to live music, or just enjoy the grungy atmosphere and wall art.
The Deep Ellum Brewing Company even offers brewery tours every Saturday, starting at 1 PM, 2 PM, and 3PM.
For $20, you get a custom glass, 3 full beers, and 3 hours of live music, as well as a behind-the-scenes look at their brewing process.
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Pegasus City Brewery
With two locations, one in downtown Dallas and the other in the design district, Pegasus City Brewery is a go-to spot for Dallasites seeking a good drink.
Forget about stouts and IPAs; porters and ales are the stars of the show at Pegasus City. Their menu features an array of light, flavorful beers that still pack a punch.
We hear the full-bodied Ol’ Rip Rye and the classic, deliciously sippable Nine Volt are particularly worth ordering.
They’ll even suggest a perfect pairing for your beer of choice, like an Easy Porter that pairs with “steak, smooth jazz, and conspiracy theories” or a Bold Amber that goes well with “Texas BBQ, golden retrievers, and the American dream.”
Lakewood Brewing Company
The small-batch, craft beer connoisseurs at Lakewood Brewing Company are always pouring up something exciting, from year-round crowd favorites to inventive seasonal offerings.
Among their highest-rated beers are a number of standout stouts from Lakewood’s Temptress line, like a decadent Double Chocolate Sin Mint Barrel Aged or the irresistibly smooth Bourbon Barrel Temptress with notes of vanilla and roasted coffee.
They even offer flavors like salted caramel and peanut butter! (Are you drooling yet?)
Grab a seat in the sprawling beer garden, which seats 200 and features a stage for live music, or indulge in a tour or tasting.
Oftentimes, there are food trucks parked around the property so you can pair your glass with a hearty Texas meal.
Peticolas Brewing Company
Peticolas is one of the first and best breweries in Dallas, and a seasoned veteran when it comes to serving up the perfect glass.
Their legendary Velvet Hammer is a mainstay on the Dallas beer scene, popping up at stores, bars, and parties all around the metroplex.
Peticolas says it best, describing their bestseller as “malt-forward with elements of caramel and the sweetness of light brown sugar, balanced nicely by a combination of floral hops and a noticeable alcohol bite.”
The three-story refurbished warehouse that houses this brewing giant is airy and comfortable, great for groups and with plenty of space to spread out (although they also get quite busy at peak hours).
You can learn more brewery operations every first and third Saturday of the month from 1-3 PM.
For a $10 ticket, you get a full tour of the facilities, a branded glass, and 3 beers of your choice.
White Rock Alehouse & Brewery
Big and bold with just the right touch of hipster, White Rock Alehouse & Brewery brings “good food, good beer, and good fun” to the table.
Grab a seat indoors at the brew pub or enjoy the weather in their outdoor beer garden, then get ready to order.
Their brews travel all around the world, from the UK to Belgium to right at home in Texas.
Start with a hoppy IPO IPA (it earned a silver medal in the 2019 US Open Beer Championship!) and go darker with the Figment of Your Imagination, with notes of coffee, dark chocolate, and English toffee.
For non-beer fans, White Rock also serves up craft cocktails, wine, and spirits.
As for food, the tater kegs have garnered plenty of glowing reviews, and they also have impressive creations like waffle fry cones, umami brussel sprouts, and a range of shareable flatbreads.
Hop and Sting Brewing Company
Want to enjoy Dallas beer while also giving back to the community? Look no further than the Hop and Sting Brewing Company!
They get quite creative with their daily specials and events, and many of them involve volunteering or fundraising.
Join for Bikes & Brews each Monday, featuring a social bike ride and 25 cents from every draft beer donated to local cycling organizations.
Or opt for Bend & Brew Fridays, which include an all levels, vinyasa flow class at the neighboring studio followed by beers and chats for cooldown.
There is also live music every Thursday night and trivia on Sundays (with great prizes to be won)!
Sample a brew from their Frigid Underworld stout series with enticing aromas of roast and dark fruits, or go for the highly-reviewed Sir William’s English-style Brown Ale, updated to please a Texan palette.
Community Beer Company
No list of Dallas breweries would be complete without a mention of the Community Beer Company.
Located alongside a major highway and well-known for their flavorful Mosaic IPA, you’ll certainly hear plenty about this popular spot.
An early arrival to the Dallas beer scene, the Community Beer Co. already has quite a few awards under their belt, from ranking among the top 5 breweries in Dallas to winning medals at the annual Great American Beer Festival.
You have to try their Funnelcake Ale, which won a State Fair of Texas Big Tex Award for “most creative” entry in 2014 and pays a fun tribute to Texans’ obsession with fried foods.
Their recently-opened new facility covers a whopping 70,000 square feet, with a two-story taproom, restaurant, outdoor biergarten (dog park included!), and live music venue.
Four Corners Brewing Company
Depth, not breadth is the focus for Four Corners Brewing Company, which devotes its attention to a key lineup of inventive, complex beers.
They operate out of a former carriage house, updated with bold murals, industrial chic interiors, and a breezy outdoor patio with picnic table seating.
Order a year-round brew such as 100 Million Angels Singing, a popular double IPA with notes of pine, resin, and citrus, or Fire Ant Funeral, an amber ale built from 7 different malts.
And don’t forget to keep an eye out for their creative beers which are limited releases, like a cotton candy pilsner available during State Fair season or a golden ale from their much-hyped collaboration with iconic heavy metal band, Pantera.
Manhattan Project Beer Co.
With a menu full of names like Half-Life, Necessary Evil, and Hoppenheimer, the sleek and trendy Manhattan Project Beer Co. delivers stellar IPAs each and every time.
Both the inside and outdoor spaces are relaxed and sociable, with a community-oriented atmosphere perfect for larger groups or meeting new people on a night out.
Sample the light, crisp, and well-balanced Half-Life, which carries hints of citrus, stone fruit, and pine or order the crowd-favorite Black Matter Nitro, a silky stout with notes of coffee, chocolate, cinnamon, and vanilla.
In addition to their wide range of brews on tap (20 to be more specific), Manhattan Project boasts a full coffee bar (customers love their espresso), a gluten-free kitchen (the fried chicken and arepas both come highly recommended), and live music just south of Trinity Groves.
Bishop Cider Company
Not a beer person? Never fear, cider’s here. Bishop Cider Company does offer an array of both domestic and imported beers, but the real draw is their menu of house-brewed, uniquely-flavored hard ciders.
There are 4 canned versions available year-round–Crackberry, Blood Orange, Apple Pineapple, and OG, as well as seasonal varieties and limited releases.
Best of all? They’re all gluten-free, vegan, zero sugar added, and made by Texans.
Bishop has two locations, one in the trendy Bishop Arts neighborhood and another much larger spot in the Design District in North Texas.
Visit the former and try a tasting flight of all their best flavors, from traditional apple to oh-so-Texan pecan pie.
For extra fun, head to the latter and explore the Cidercade, home to more than 150 arcade games and 24 ciders on draft. Just pay a $10 cover and the machines are free to use!
Stay aboard the cider train as we head to the next stop on our list, a Deep Ellum joint with super friendly (and knowledgeable) bartenders, cozy interiors, and some of the wackiest cider flavors on the market.
Trinity is on a mission to make Texas cider that’s a far cry from the overly sweet stuff of the major brands.
Their drinks are complex, dry, and low on sugar, with tasting flights that offer something for everybody.
CideBoob, a watermelon-flavored cider, is a huge crowd pleaser, while The Unholy Ghost, infused with insanely spicy ghost peppers, will have your eyes watering (you even have to sign a waiver before you try it).
Those with more of a sweet tooth will love the peanut butter and jelly-flavored Mother Smucker or the Naughty Grandma, which brings in notes of apple pie and autumn spices.
Steam Theory Brewing Company
Falling somewhere between a craft brewery, sports bar, and board game café, Steam Theory guarantees a good time.
Heat up the competition over Monopoly or Settlers of Catan, get on your feet to play cornhole, shuffleboard, or foosball, or unite as a team and try your hand at Wednesday night trivia.
Of course, all of the games must be conducted over a glass or two. Among the fan favorites at Steam Theory are Hops Against Humanity, a bright, citrus-based burst of flavor, and Threat Level Midnight, a full-bodied brew with notes of coffee and chocolate balanced by a bitter finish.
They have delicious tasting flights to choose from, pairing beer flavors with kitchen offerings like wings and cookies.
Even those who don’t drink much beer will find lots to love, with delicious cocktails, wines, and spirits also claiming space on the menu.
More Breweries in Dallas and Nearby Worth Checking Out:
On Rotation – Small batch brewery and craft beer taproom in East Dallas features 40 taps featuring both their own experimental flavors along with rotating guest taps.
Rahr & Sons Brewing Company – This family-owned brewery in Fort Worth has been producing a wide range of quality brews since 2014.
Armadillo Ale Works – Armadillo Brewing Company is one of three breweries in Denton’s downtown area. Be sure to check out their Quakertown stout, which won a gold medal at the 2014 Great American Beer Festival.
Braindead Brewing – Unfortunately, this Dallas brewery is permanently closed.
Craft and Growler – This brewery has a massive selection of draft beers to go in growlers of all shapes and sizes located right off of Fair Park.
Texas Ale Project – Modern brewery creating a range of craft beers, with a taproom, tours & music/live events.
Westlake Brewing Company – Craft brewery with taproom featuring beer on tap, craft sodas, huge pretzels, BYO food & beer to-go.
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