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. Brews like The Last Kaiser (Oktoberfest) and El Dorado IPA will soon become mainstays for Fort Worth’s more discerning beer connoisseurs.
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 Brewing & 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.
Collective Brewing Project
The Collective Brewing Project has garnered national press for creative releases like the ramen-inspired Cup O’ Beer. The Near Southside brewpub offers one of the most visually distinctive taprooms in the 817. Locals and tourists can’t seem to get enough of Collective Brewing’s funky releases or creative events like Board Game Social and Art + Collective.
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. They recently followed up with 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 recently churned out seemingly quixotic brews like Magnolia Malt Liquor (which tastes surprisingly like the cheap stuff), Dairyland Special (hazy IPA with lactose), Pretzel Stout with peanut butter and Nectar (brewed with Fort Worth-based Holy Kombucha).
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 recently traded its TABC license from brewery to brewpub, meaning there’s 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. It’ no wonder that the taproom tours are some of the more popular in the city. The brand has single-handedly revived conversations about Billy Jenkins Worth (our fair city’s namesake general) with Billy Jenkins Bock. Newcomers Thunder Hug (barrel-aged imperial stout) and Snap’d (gingerbread spiced ale) have been greedily snatched up by Wild Acre fans.
Next spring, Funky Picnic Brewery & Cafe will open in South Main Village, offering light noshes, creative brews and a focus on community and beer education.