While the majority of Fort Worth's breweries are relatively new (two or three years), their brews are already winning national competitions, reaching countless thousands of craft beer fans, and helping bolster Cowtown's image across the Lone Star State and beyond. Now you can discover new breweries through a fun new program called the Fort Worth Ale Trail.
First, you'll need to pick up your Ale Trail passport at participating breweries, Fort Worth Visitor Centers (130 E. Exchange Ave., 508 Main St.), or download your own copy here. To help guide you, we've put together a map. As you visit each stop have your book stamped. New breweries are coming online every year, so there's no shortage of destinations for this journey. You can also go off the trail to visit local wineries and distilleries. As always, please drink responsibly and remember that carpooling or taking advantage of alternative transportation is always an option.
Here's a brief overview of our featured breweries.
Newcomer Wild Acre Brewing Company, located just southeast of downtown, is already one of the largest breweries in the 817. Former Ben E. Keith executive John Pritchett and former Lagunitas Brewing Company brewer Mike Kraft are the two visionary minds behind the brewing enterprise. Wild Acre’s four beers (The Soul Pleasure Southern Stout, Moonlight Shine Wheat Ale, Tarantula Hawk India Pale Ale, and Billy Jenkins (session bock) are available in cans and on tap around North Texas. The brews are clean, crisp, and delicious.
Funkified sours and saisons have spread The Collective Brewing Project's reputation across the region, but there's little about this Near Southside brewpub that can be called predictable. The brewery recently released a hearty milk stout (End of the Weak) and will soon unveil a beer brewed with Ramen noodles.
Martin House Brewing lives by the "go big or go home" mantra with bold beer descriptions that can be a tongue twister (Smoked Oaked Black Rye IPA with Raspberries). But all of Martin House's popular brews (salty gose, hibiscus saison) have one thing in common -- you won't find anything like it anywhere else.
Fresh off a silver medal win at the 2015 Great American Beer Festival, Panther Island Brewing is expanding its beer offerings with seasonals like Sweet Fang (a chocolate peanut butter milk stout) and a soon-to-be-released line of high ABV beers called WRATH.
While by no means an old brewery, 11-year-old Rahr & Sons Brewing is Fort Worth's most venerable independent brewery. Building on more than 150 years of family brewing history, founder Fritz Rahr and his team of brewers have built a massive offering of craft beers that build on German traditions while churning out creative suds like the Avoca Coffee-infused Iron Joe.
The bucolic city of Granbury is home to Revolver Brewing and one of the most popular beers in North Texas, Blood and Honey. Don't let the humorous names trick you. Beers like Mullet Cutter (Double IPA) and Mother's Little Fracker (stout) are all bold takes on familiar styles.
With a focus on underrepresented beer styles and endorsements by retired Dallas Stars center Mike Modano, Rabbit Hole Brewing is putting Justin, Texas on the craft beer map. Thanks to a mobile canning line, Rabbit Hole fans can enjoy brews like Rapture Fusion (2015 GABF silver medal) and Mike Modano's 561 Kolsch.
There's a lot to get fired up about with Shannon Brewing. At Shannon, all the beers are "fire brewed," meaning the grain mash is heated the old fashion way by burning wood. Beyond that, Shannon is committed to making its American Blonde, Irish Red, Chocolate Stout, and others with all natural ingredients.
Chimera Brewing's beers go best with made-from-scratch, woodfired pizzas. Fortunately, the brewpub offers both. Part of the fun of the Magnolia Avenue pub is the frequently rotating selection of original brews, which tend toward lighter styles.
Set to open soon, HopFusion Ale Works has four ales (Feisty Blonde, Hairpin, Steampipe, Fur Slipper) that are the culmination of years of homebrewing trial and error from founders Macy Moore and Matt Hill. With a silky and deceptively light body and a 9 percent ABV, the Fur Slipper milk stout will soon be a North Texas favorite.
The taproom tours are as popular as ever. The Ale Trail is just one more reason why you should visit these breweries and find out why.