North Texas has a booming craft beer industry, with over 80 breweries in the area. Fort Worth is just one of the cities where it seems like a new microbrewery or taproom is opening every month. It’s not just rodeo, cattle ranching, and herding anymore in Cowtown. Fort Worth has some of the most innovative craft beers around.
The breweries that serve some of our favorite brews are Rahr & Sons Brewing Company, HopFusion Ale Works, Wild Acre Brewing Company, and Martin House Brewing Company. And breweries that also serve food are Fort Brewery & Pizza, Cowtown Brewing Company, and Funky Picnic Brewery and Cafe.
With so much to offer, navigating Fort Worth’s fine breweries can be tricky. Let our recommendations be your guide. Let us know what you think and which breweries have become your new favorite.
- Rahr & Sons Brewing Company
- HopFusion Ale Works
- Wild Acre Brewing Company
- Martin House Brewing Company
Established in 2004, Rahr & Sons is Fort Worth’s pride and joy, winning over 50 nationally recognized awards. Their first-rate brews are in high demand; Rahr’s is brewing upwards of 20,000 barrels a year. They offer six traditional year-round brews and a rotation of adored seasonal blends.
House favorites are the Texas Red (a smooth American Amber), Ugly Pug (a chocolaty coffee noted black lager), and Rahr’s Blonde (a classic Munich-style lager). Head over to their taproom to enjoy some award-winning ale and entertainment from local musicians, vendors, and artists.
This buzzing hotspot is dedicated to fine craft beer. With a 20-tap bar in a vast 4000 sq ft taproom, HopFusion has everything you need to keep the party going. They have huge screen TVs with surround sound, a performance stage, a massive backyard patio, and a packed events schedule with trivia nights, karaoke, live music, and even beer yoga.
Their year-round beers are classics, but the one at the top of the list is the award-winning Feisty Blonde, a golden ale that blends Mexican vanilla, raw brown sugar, and orange blossom honey. Other gems include the prize-winning El Gran Pepinillo Fort Worth’s original pickle beer and Coco Añejo, a double milk stout with notes of dark chocolate, roasted hazelnut, coconut, and toffee.
Everything is bigger in Texas, and Wild Acre is no exception. With the largest air-conditioned indoor taproom in Fort Worth, this brewery is a lot to take in. They have a 24-tap bar, a live music stage, cornhole, bocce ball courts, and sprawling outdoor spaces to keep you busy for hours.
Don’t leave without sampling the T-Hawk IPA, a vibrant pale ale with tropical notes of grapefruit and lime, and the Agave Americana, a citrus ale blended with blue agave nectar. Plant yourself on a picnic table or on the grass and sip your worries away.
Located on the beautiful Trinity River bank, Martin House is notorious for always having something new brewing. Weekly releases, seasonal blends, and year-round classics are available to keep your pint full. This brewery is exceptionally proud of its collection and offers guided tours and tastings.
From their eight house beers, try the Friday IPA, True Love (a raspberry sour ale), or the famous Best Maid Sour Pickle Beer. For the more daring beer drinker, there is Congratulations (a sweet and tart cake ale) and the Pretzel Stout White Chocolate, where the name says it all.
While in Fort Worth, don’t miss the opportunity to have some good ol’ Texas comfort food with that refreshing beer. Be sure to check these hotspots whenever you are in town.
Previously known as Chimera Brewing Company, Fort Brewery & Pizza combines the best of local ingredients with heirloom recipes passed down from generation to generation. And really, does anything go better together than beer and pizza? Fort Brewery doesn’t think so. But Pizza is not the only thing on the menu. There are a variety of snacks, from pretzels to hummus, salads, sandwiches, burgers, and desserts. There is even a menu for your dog! Fort Brewery cares deeply for its guests and guarantees to be a nut-free facility, dedicates a separate grill for its vegetarian fare, and makes its gluten-free dough off-site to ensure no contamination.
Their expertly crafted brews are just as worthy as the traditional and experimental blends. House favorites include Ocho (American IPA packed with tropical earthiness), 1849 (Irish Red Ale with caramel, toast, and toffee), and Shields Up, an American pale ale. So order a slice of a good old fashion Pepperoni Pizza with a pint of Ocho. Then settle on the outdoor patio and relax with your family and friends.
Texans believe “great beer deserves equally great barbecue,” and Cowtown Brewing Company has taken this mission by the horns. Their savory BBQ and quality brews are all developed and prepared on-site. The menu has all the barbeque classics, like baby back ribs, pulled pork, brisket, and every snack imaginable. We are talking about loaded tater tots, nachos, fried pickles, Texas-sized pretzels, burgers, flatbreads, tacos, and chips with queso.
The taproom is a sight to behold, a 5000 sq ft air-conditioned hall with a sprawling outdoor deck fully loaded with high-def televisions, massive projection screens, and a powerful sound system. The brewery is visible from the taproom, and Cowtown has guided tours for customers to learn more about their brewing process. With 15 brews on tap that include year-round and ever-changing seasonal blends, you are always bound to find something new when you visit.
Patron favorites are the Rhinestone Cowboy (a Kolsch Style Ale), Everybody’s Doing It (a New England hazy IPA), and High Brau (a German-style lager).
What started with a group of friends brewing and drinking beer in a garage has become an epic Fort Worth hangout. With vibrant, industrial decor and a jam-packed event schedule, there is always something entertaining happening at the Funky Picnic. From themed nights to Drag Show Brunches, it’s non-stop fun.
Here, they promise a “craft beer for every taste” and keep this promise with a collection of year-round brews and limited releases on rotation in their taproom, plus an extensive menu of cocktails, mocktails, and hard ciders, wines, and non-alcoholic beverages. They really do have every taste covered.
Order a pint or a Whole Picnic flight to sample everything on tap. The bestseller is the “Two Peanut Butters, One Cup,” a hardy American Milk Stout flavored with chocolate malt, peanut butter, and oats. Oh, and it’s topped with toasted marshmallows, graham cracker crumbs, and chocolate syrup to satisfy that sweet tooth.
Even their food menus (there are three) are crammed with delicious appetizers, salads, burgers, sandwiches, entrees, and desserts. Try the “Steaks are High,” a Sirloin steak dressed with chimichurri sauce and served with fries and garlic aioli. Pair this with a Texas Trill, a classic malt liquor, and you are living the Texas life.