With new microbreweries opening up every single day, the craft beer craze sweeps across Texas. Located a little north of Dallas, Denton is a hidden gem in the world of authentic, freshly brewed craft beer.
Being the cultural center of Texas, Denton is home to one-of-a-kind bars, an abundance of lagers and ales, melodious music, breathtaking art, and the most warm-hearted people in the world. In this blog, we will discuss the destinations for the best craft beer in Denton with delicious food, free parking, and a majority of entertainment spots within walking distance. So, gather your friends and plan a trip to the top 7 breweries, also, do not forget to bring your pup because almost all of these breweries are dog-friendly.
Without any further ado, here is a list of the best breweries in Denton, TX.
- Armadillo Ale Works
- Denton County Brewing Company
- Oak St. Drafthouse and Cocktail Parlor
- The Bearded Monk
- East Side Denton
- Lakeside Craft Kitchen
- Barley & Board
Armadillo Ale Works
Founded by Bobby Mullins and Yianni Aretis in 2010, Armadillo Ale Works is an award-winning craft brewery destination in Denton, TX. With its long wooden benches, stage purpose-built for live music, and an industrial-rustic charm, Armadillo Ale Works is the ideal hangout spot with a lot to offer. This brewery offers a full spectrum of deliciously special craft beer releases that will keep you hooked for a while. From the hop-forward and aromatic Land Yacht IPA to roasted nuts, chocolate, coffee, and oats-flavored Quakertown Stout, the brewery’s craft beer collection runs the spectrum of dark and light.
Since its opening, Armadillo Ale Works has been racking up awards. If you like a well-balanced brew that has a touch of cinnamon and a honey-like taste, try the “Honey Please Mesquite Bean Blonde Ale.”
Denton County Brewing Company
If you are looking for a place to try the best craft beer in Denton but still want to be able to try different types of drinks, visit Denton County Brewing Company. Situated in the northeast of Downtown Square, the craft beer house is known for its chill ambiance and positive experience. This beer hub can otherwise be described as an adult playground, having trivia nights, board games, scrumptious appetizers, and the coolest staff in the town.
Denton County Brewing Company has 6 of its own innovative beers, including the fruity and creamy Bikini Bottom Pineapple Milkshake IPA. So, order any drink of your choice, find a cozy spot on the outdoor patio, and stare at the alluring craft beer-themed wall mural on the opposite wall.
Oak St. Drafthouse and Cocktail Parlor
Located one block east of Downtown Denton Square in one of the oldest houses in Denton, TX, with more than seventy brews, Oak St. Drafthouse and Cocktail Parlor are known as the wonderland of craft beer. While this brewery’s round-the-clock-rotating selection is the star of the show, the Oak St. Drafthouse and Cocktail Parlor has a lot more going on than serving the best palate-pleasing drinks. The non-smoking zone has an expansive back patio with plentiful seating arrangements, which is both kid and dog-friendly. However, their signature cement Ping-Pong tables take the win.
So soak up some sun, chill with your friends, play a game of Ping-Pong or two, and enjoy the day with amazing beer and great company at Oak St. Drafthouse and Cocktail Parlor. If you are looking for a highly-rated craft beer, we recommend their “Dogfish Head Burton Baton.”
The Bearded Monk
Found on McKinney St, The Bearded Monk is Denton’s first-ever craft beer-only bottle growler fill bar and bottle shop. With over 1000 craft beers and ten beers on tap, The Bearded Monk has got something for everyone. The perfectly located bottle shop also has fun tabletop games such as the tiny pool or Sock’em.
We recommend trying The Bearded Monk’s original “Our Pet’s Heds Aur Falling Off.” It has a west coast double IPA with Motueka and Cascade hops.
East Side Denton
If you are a patriotic Texan, East Side Denton is undoubtedly the best spot to have craft beer in the city. With over 80 – 100 tap beers (including 60 craft beers meticulously made in the Lone Star State) and more than 130 different kinds of scotch, whiskey, and bourbon, East Side Denton prides itself in serving premium quality drinks in town. Whether you like to hang out in the non-smoking zone and watch TV or you want to chill on the outdoor patio with your dog, this beer hub has got something for everyone. In addition to the most comfortable setup, East Side Denton has bar games such as foosball, darts, and even corn hole.
Little do people know that the East Side is home to the famous “Austin Street Truck Stop,” ensuring to serve you the most delicious meals. From tacos to burgers, fresh pasta, game-changing vegan corn dogs, savory arepas, and barbecue, they have got it all. So, what are you waiting for? Order something delicious and creative, then come back for another round!
Lakeside Craft Kitchen
Sometimes all a person needs is a nice view, a cool breeze, and a chilled glass of craft beer. Located on the scenic bank of Unicorn Lake, Lakeside Craft Kitchen is one of the most beautiful beer hubs in Denton, TX. It features a wooden patio with comfortable seats and a breathtaking view of the lake. Lakeside Craft Kitchen serves over fifty craft beers on tap.
So, pair up your favorite craft beer with something from the grill or a juicy burger or salad. Providing you with the best of both worlds, the upscale charm of the Lakeside Craft Kitchen makes it the perfect outgoing spot for beer lovers.
Barley & Board
Located in the heart of Downtown, Barley & Board not only serves the best craft beer in Denton but also the most detectable New-American-style cuisine. Having 36 craft beers on tap, Barley & Board is the place where you will experience the real Denton craft beer scene. Moreover, every month Barley & Board organizes a local Home Brewers meet and greet and showcases a wide variety of innovative beers and lets you have a sip of them all. The craft beer that gets the most votes is then added to the restaurant’s menu until it sells out.
Whether you are visiting the brewery for an event or are simply planning a hangout with your friends at Barley & Board, you will have the chance to try craft beers that you won’t find anywhere else. Also, since you are already there, do not forget to try the brazen two-faced quail and pecan-crusted trout.