Live shows are slowly, but steadily, on the rise in the Fort, and one of the most popular spots to catch a socially distanced music act is at a local beer brewery or one of Fort Worth’s craft beer-centric pubs or restaurants.
Cowtown Brewing Company
Cowtown Brewing Company gives Fort Worth a single locale for locals and visitors to order freshly smoked meats and freshly brewed beer. I’m a fan of the chips and brisket queso. The melted cheese has ample chunks of fork-tender ’cue and a thin veneer of smoky oil. You can’t go wrong with the award-winning Rhinestone Cowboy (German-style Kölsch), which has pleasant hops herbals and a crisp, clean finish. The newish brewery, located in the Rock Island area just east of downtown, presents live music most Saturdays. Follow their Facebook page for upcoming events.
Rahr & Sons Brewing Company
Rahr & Sons’ weekend and mid-week tastings are based on the concept that Rahr brews, live music and a rotating selection of food vendors are all that’s needed for a fun and uniquely Fort Worth experience. With alternating Wednesday and Saturday times, you won’t have to wait more than a few days for the next live show.
Wild Acre Brewing Company
Wild Acre Brewing Company offers ample outdoor seating and a rotating lineup of beers that defy convention. Live music acts are making a comeback at the production brewery. Owner John Pritchett said spring (and warmer weather) will be the ideal time to expect weekly performances at Wild Acre. Just recently, the brewery partnered with the organizers of Fortress Fest to introduce Wild Acre Live, a multi-state venue promising to bring local and national touring acts.
Maggie's RnR occupies the former home of La Zona located along Magnolia Avenue in the Near Southside. The restaurant offers a wide selection of local, regional and national brews. LIVE AT MAGGIES features local acts like cover artist Deric Merrill or singer-songwriter Simone Nicole on weekends. Follow the restaurant’s Facebook page for updates.
Tulips occupies the former home of The Collective Brewing Project, the craft beer brewery that shuttered about a year ago. The Near Southside music venue boasts a well-curated draft selection that ranges from easy drinking pilsners and Kölschs to more peculiar-sounding beers like the “Peach Cobbler Double FroYo.” Fort Worth has long-needed a venue like Tulips that hits all the food and drink marks, and the venue presents shows daily.
TCU-area newcomer Common Grounds has made live music part of its coffee-driven experience. The large coffee house boasts a large stage, and past concerts have featured jazz ensembles. While there aren’t any concert dates posted yet, the year is still early. Follow their Facebook page for updates.