It wasn’t until 2011 that Dallas was finally able to get its first brewery, but it’s truly come a long way since then. True to the Texan spirit, Dallas is doing it big when it comes to breweries. In just a decade, many Dallas brewing enterprises have become household names all across the Lone Star state. While this is a great thing, it’s important to remember that with many options comes confusion—it’s pretty hard to make a decision. And so, we took the liberty of presenting some of the best and underrated breweries in Dallas. So take a look at our list to get a clearer pitcher 🍻 of where to go!
Union Bear Brewing Company
5880 TX-121 #101, Plano, TX 75024,
For those living north of Dallas, Union Bear is a mustivist. Union Bear earned the distinction of being Plano’s first brewery when they opened a few years ago, and they’ve continued to expand their collection of delectable brews with something for practically every palate. Along with local beers on tap, you may sample their UB Amber Ale, or their refreshing Coconut Lime Bear Claw strong seltzer.
Be sure to try to show up early or get added to the waitlist—first come, first served. Alternatively, if you’re looking to enjoy their beers remotely, request a delivery through Postmates.
2530 Butler St., Dallas, TX,
Essentially, the cosmic brews produced by Celestial Beerworks since 2018 are of the highest quality. Molly Reynolds, a former art teacher, and her husband Matt founded the brewery in Dallas’ Medical District less than four years ago. Since then, the duo has gradually made a name for themselves through their attention to detail and the unique composition in their beers and their taproom. One of our favorites is the Double Stars beer. It is a velvety smooth IPA that impressed us with its complex blend of pineapple and mango plus a traditional malt base. It is a creamy, hazy IPA, hopped with Vic Secret and Idaho 7. If that doesn’t sound your speed, we’re pretty confident that any product you can get from this one-of-a-kind brewery will be impress you, especially if you prefer a hoppy beer.
Oak Cliff Brewing Co
300 S Polk St #222, Dallas, TX 75224,
Oak Cliff Brewing Co., located just off Bishop Arts, has a biergarten-styled tasting room and original, Instagram-worthy murals! Their biergarten outside is ideal for grabbing a picnic table and sipping your beverage. They open at 4 p.m. on Wednesdays through Fridays, 11 a.m. on Saturdays, and 12 p.m. on Sundays. We especially dig the bistro string lights strung across the patio at nighttime, creating a cozy evening atmosphere. Also, Jeff Rogers’ original murals inside bring so much personality and character to this brewing company! They do a lot of lagers at this spot, but they really do make a mean stout, too, so don’t overlook those!
Peticolas Brewing Company
1301 Pace Street, Dallas, TX 75207,
To begin with, the Velvet Hammer alone is worth the trip! Second, this brewery is serious about their beer. It began after Michael Peticolas grew up observing his mother make Mexican-style beer at home. A medal at the Great American Beer Festival (GABF) for the Royal Scandal, accompanied by a “Best Brewery in America” award from the US Open Beer Championship, assisted Peticolas in gaining public recognition and solidify its spot on Dallas’ best rated breweries! We also placed this brewery on our list because of its super fun environment, which includes foosball, VR games, hopscotch, and more! And soccer fans can revel, because the Peticolas team will always have the game on screens.
2656 Main #120, Dallas, TX 75226,
Trinity Cider Co., located on the edge of Main Street and Pryor, brings a delectable hard cider to the soul of Deep Ellum. Unlike most sweet ciders, this company brews their beverages with champagne yeast, which reduces the sugar content to almost nothing. Stop in for a sharp, bubbly filling of their Northwestern crafted cider if you’re in the mood to get your buds rocked. The location is also well worth seeing. Trinity is for the cider aficionado as well as the Dallas explorer, with a cool industrial feel thanks to the exposed bricks and ambient lighting.
White Rock Alehouse & Brewery
7331 Gaston Ave #100, Dallas, TX 75214,
It’s an alehouse, a brewery, and a fun getaway all in one! The place combines the feel of a local, small hometown sports bar with the beers and delectable food of a high-class restaurant. “All Trails Lead to White Rock Alehouse,” is their motto, which encapsulates the establishment’s community vibe. The location is ideal for sitting back, relaxing, and enjoying yourself, with a list of their brewed beers along with touches from the Texas—specifically, East Dallas—community. The alehouse also provides “beer-to-go,” with special pint glasses, crowlers, and kegs beginning at $70.
We’d like to point out that this brewery can put their own spin on any quintessential beer and turn it into something delicious. White Rock Alehouse & Brewery never disappoints with unique beers such as their rocking stout the Sporting Turtle, among many of their other countless drinks.
Texas Ale Project
1001 N Riverfront Blvd, Dallas, TX 75207,
Texas Ale Project, situated in the Design District, is both a taproom and a beer garden. And a beer at their spot will cure all that ALES you. They’re open every day except Monday and offer live music as well as beer to-go. We also adore this location since it is the perfect event venue! They rent out all their spaces for private events, including the tap room, enclosed brewery, and beer garden, and if you want to go all the way with it, you can rent out the entire brewery! They also offer a variety of services such as event staffing, audio/visual creation, and valet parking, to mention a few, as well as amenities such as a projector and monitor, bar games, etc. Be sure to also check them out on trivia nights!
7135 John W. Carpenter Fwy, Dallas, TX |
Outfit Brewing, a true gem located just off I-35, is easy to overlook. While Outfit’s commercial space may appear rough from the outside, the brewery produces some of Dallas’ best beers on the inside. Since opening in 2018, Outfit’s execs (and brother duo) Mike and Jordan Frazer have been rocking the industry with beers like Cletus saison, Bobby Trap and Finnie Moe cream ale.
Vector Brewing Company
9850 Walnut Hill Ln, Suite 405, Dallas, TX,
Vector Brewing, located in Dallas’ Lake Highlands area, had the unfortunate misfortune of opening in 2020, at the outbreak of the crisis COVID pandemic. Although this Dallas newcomer’s path has been a little unconventional, the brewery has quickly developed a cult following for procuring locally sourced ingredients in all of its beers. Instead of concentrating on a single style, the brewery partakes in a variety of them. Try Moonsmoke, a near-forgotten beer style termed Lictenhainer that is a fusion between a gose and a Rauchbier, or Cloud Banger, an 8.5 percent ABV IPA dry-hopped with more than nine pounds of Galaxy, Strata, Mosaic, and Nelson hops per barrel. In layman’s terms, they’re both delicious!
In a nutshell, while this list is not exhaustive, we’re pretty sure that you’ll find what you’re looking for in this spots—fun, the true beer experience, good ambiance, good vibes and also good service. Be sure to check them out!