As the number of craft beers in the United States continues to explode, regions not previously associated with artisan beer are beginning to support breweries of their own. Newcomer Fort Worth is developing a prominent local scene. Here are some top spots to visit.
Rahr & Sons Brewing Company
Started in 2004, Rahr & Sons’ status as elder statesman of the Fort Worth craft beer scene is indicative of the newfound development in the city. While their award-winning beers can be found around town in liquor stores and bars, the best place to taste Rahr & Sons’ beer is at their bi-weekly tours. Visitors can get a glass and three free pints, as well as access to the live music and food vendors. Saturdays are parties at the brewery, as their large warehouse is filled with patrons enjoying Fort Worth’s most popular craft beer. Attend the Wednesday tasting for a more intimate setting, and the added benefit of specialty beers on tap.
Chimera Brewing Company
Known as much for their authentic Italian pizza as they are for their house brews, this brewpub is one of the best places to enjoy the splendor of craft beer in Fort Worth. Italian-born founder Carlo Galotto makes his own dough and sauce in-house, providing the base for incredible stone oven pizzas that can be paired with any of Chimera’s 16 taps. In addition to a rotation of four to six house-made beers, the brewpub also includes a guest tap selection, featuring the staff’s craft favorites from around the world. You won’t find any Budweiser at Chimera. However, you will find bartenders quick with a suggestion for any palate, and a simple yet delicious menu.
The Collective Brewing Project
The eclectic Collective Brewing Project is the perfect brewery for Fort Worth’s artsy, community-oriented Near Southside neighborhood. CBP’s exposed brick warehouse creates one of the coolest places to hang out, with tables and board games interspersed between the brewing equipment and barrels housing special varieties. Since opening in 2014, the brewery has exuded a laid-back vibe, with the day’s beer selection on a chalkboard and a gourmet kettle chip menu. Those hungry for something more substantial after an afternoon of drinking can order food from CBP’s collection of takeout menus. The small-batch selections of beer can be purchased in growlers or CBP’s crowler – a 32-ounce can that keeps beer fresh and cold.
Martin House Brewing Company
While craft breweries are notorious for producing hoppy IPAs (India Pale Ale), the brutal Texas heat supports lighter, refreshing beers. Martin House’s Day Break is a mild “breakfast beer” perfectly suitable for drinking on a hot summer day or enjoying with brunch. Have a Day Break at home or at the brewery’s open houses, where $10 gets you three samples, a souvenir pint glass, and a guided brewery tour. The relaxed Martin House includes an outdoor space where patrons are encouraged to bring their own lawn chairs. Join them for their monthly yoga and beer, where a guided yoga session is followed by a tour and samples.
Panther Island Brewing
Panther Island Brewing carries the laid-back warehouse of other spots with the added benefit of being the exclusive beer vendor of Fort Worth’s Sunday Funday. Hosted just north of downtown, this summer series includes watersports, food, and Panther Island’s home brews. Enjoy Panther Island’s Real Good beer — specially made for Sunday Funday – while tubing, kayaking, or paddle-boarding on the Trinity River. Hang out at Panther Island Brewing on Fridays and Saturdays throughout the year, with live music and a selection of four house brews. Only opened in 2014, Panther Island is fast becoming a favorite of Fort Worth, both for their home-brew roots and for their great location with views of the downtown skyline.
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