Fort Worth’s Ale Trail continues to grow, and the stops runneth over with evermore artisan offerings.Cheers to these breweries that are ensuring that Fort Worth remains a popular craft beer destination.
Cowtown Brewing Co.
Cowtown Brewing Co. aims to capitalize on Fort Worth’s two great loves: Texas barbecue and craft beer. The brewpub is nestled just east of downtown in an area historically known as Rock Island. You can order a tray of ’cue at the bar or enjoy the spacious outdoor patio.
Locust Cider ferments rather than brews, but the results are equally delectable. Locust Cider co-founders Jason and Patrick Spears have deep Fort Worth roots. The duo looked north to start their popular brand of cider and recently returned with a production facility and taproom in the Near Southside. The cozy space holds vintage Nintendo consoles and several taps that make use of locally sourced ingredients.
Fort Brewery & Pizza
Fort Brewery & Pizza has gone through a handful of incarnations since opening several years ago on West Magnolia Avenue. What has tied the brewpub together is an emphasis on authentic Italian pizzas, freshly brewed beers and a kid-friendly environment with a spacious outdoor patio to boot.
HopFusion Ale Works
HopFusion Ale Works effortlessly accommodates pets, kids, bicyclists and even non-beer drinkers. It’s no easy feat, but with doggy water stations, board games, small discounts for bicyclists and taps full of lemonade, kombucha and tea, HopFusion may be one-stop shop for, well, everyone.
Rahr & Sons
Rahr & Sons Brewing Company isn’t standing by while “younger” breweries steal all the limelight. The brewery has reinvented itself in recent years. Gone are the old logos and glass bottles. Rahr & Sons jump ahead of the West Coast IPA line with the release of Dadgum IPA in 2017 followed by two breakout hits: Adiós Pantalones (lime-kissed cerveza) and Paleta de Mango (mango-tinged ale lightly spiced with tajín chile).
Martin House Brewing
Martin House Brewing Company must get a kick out of keeping the rest of us guessing what they will brew up next. Building off past stalwarts Salty Lady, Bockslider and Day Break (among many others), the Riverside brewery has churns out a healthy selection of sour beers (Lemon Ice Box, anyone?) and seasonal favorites like the Parker County Peach.
Panther Island Brewing
Fort Worth’s lone Northside brewery, Panther Island Brewing Company, has diversified its beer portfolio as of late. There Gose My Here and Imperial Sweet Fang are as quirky as they are delicious. Panther Island offers now wine on tap and the option to buy sixers of brew to-go.
Wild Acre Brewing
Wild Acre Brewing Company earns kudos for its pristine, sprawling outdoor patio. The brand has single-handedly revived conversations about Billy Jenkins Worth (our fair city’s namesake general) with Billy Jenkins Bock. Wild Acre fans will soon have more room to spread out at the second taproom + kitchen open off of Camp Bowie Boulevard.
Funky Picnic Brewing
Funky Picnic Brewery & Cafe opened in the up-and-coming South Main Village neighborhood last year. The brew cafe serves light noshes, creative brews and a focus on community and beer education.