Fort Worth’s Best Breweries — 12 Top Spots For Beers, Food, and Ambiance
From Staples to Brand New Companies, These Beer Havens Are Must-Visits in CowtownBY Megan Ziots // 06.30.22
As Fort Worth has grown, Cowtown has quickly upped the number of great breweries in the city. Whether you’re gathering with friends or going on a first date, these Fort Worth hangouts are great to relax and try new beers. A lot of them also offer their own food menu, host food trucks on-site, or keep a rotating selection of live music on tap.
From staple spots to brand-new companies, these are the best Fort Worth breweries for beer, food, and ambiance.
Opened in 2020 in the Foundry District, this new brewery comes from husband and wife Stuart and Alyssa Maples. The 14,000-square-foot space includes the brewery, taproom, and outdoor beer garden. It’s a charming spot to sip some beers.
Head up to the bar to order brews like the 1776 American lager, Czech Ya Later pilsner, or Monkey Business Hefeweizen, as well as wood-fired pepperoni, meat lovers, and pickle pizzas. Then, chill in the A/C at wooden communal tables or outside.
Founded by John Pritchett in 2016, this massive Fort Worth brewery will be seeing some changes in 2022 —Dallas’ Bishop Cider recently acquired the brewery that sits on 21 acres of property in the city’s near east side area.
The brand will be getting a refresh, but you can still currently visit the taproom to sip on their popular brews like Billy Jenkins bock, TX Blonde, and Wild Acre IPA.
Cody Martin co-founded this favorite Fort Worth brewery in 2012. Since then the brewery has become established in the community as one of the best spots for a beer. Named after the purple martin bird, Martin House Brewing makes some interesting concoctions. Brews range from True Love Raspberry Sour Ale to The Imperial Texan (a Double India Red Ale).
In 2020, the brewery launched its Best Maid Sour Pickle Beer and continues to push the flavor envelope with an upcoming hot dog water flavored seltzer. The taproom also hosts a food truck every Thursday and Friday evenings, and all day on weekends.
Located in Fort Worth’s Near Southside, this brewery was founded by Macy Moore and Matt Hill in 2016. Known for their innovative brews, the spot features six core beers including Feisty Blonde, Tejano Lager, Fur Slipper milk stout, and more creative concoctions.
You’ll also find rotating and limited edition beers, karaoke, live music, trivia, and more at the taproom each week. Happy hour takes place Monday through Thursday from 4 pm to 7 pm and includes full pours of beer for only $4.
Since 2004, this Near Southside brewery has been serving up beloved brews out of its warehouse taproom. Owned by Fritz Rahr and Erin Rahr, the popular spot is known for its core Dadgum IPA, Rahr’s Original, Texas Red, and Blonde beers, as well as seasonal rotators.
The brewery hosts tours and tastings from Wednesday to Sunday if you’re interested in learning more about their brews.
North of downtown Fort Worth, this brewery was opened by Ryan McWhorter in 2014. Core beers include the Tailgater blonde ale, Road Trip Snacks brown ale, Cannonball scotch ale, and more. They also serve local ciders on tap such as Dallas’ Trinity Cider and Fairweather Cider Co. from Austin.
The taproom hosts food trucks to pair bites with your beers like Smokin’ Cactus’ Southwestern cuisine and Kelly’s Onion Burger.
Situated at the north edge of downtown, this Fort Worth brewery debuted in 2018. Cowtown Brewing has since expanded to a second location — and Southlake’s first-ever taproom — at Southlake Town Square.
The spot is known for its craft beer and barbecue — a winning combination. The taproom features an indoor space and an outdoor deck to enjoy drinks and bites on. Favorite brews include German-style lagers like the G’night Vienna, High Brau, and several IPAs. The barbecue menu includes sandwiches, brisket tacos, and rib plates.
Like many breweries, this South Main Village brewery began in a garage with friends. After several years of experimenting and competing in homebrew competitions, Funky Picnic debuted as a microbrewery in 2019. Co-founded by Samantha Glenn, Collin Zreet, Jenni Hanley, and John Koch, the brewery also serves an entire menu of food to pair with your beers.
Craft beers on tap include the La Raza Mexican lager, It’s Called Lovebus hefeweizen, and Funny Accent English ale. They also make cocktails and mocktails, and the food menu features chicken wings, loaded fries, salads, burgers, and so much more.
Just opened in 2021, this new brewery and beer garden in the revitalized Mule Alley comes from Jason Boso (Truck Yard in Dallas). The new spot features 14,000 square feet of indoor and outdoor space for live music and brews.
Created by Brew Boss Dennis Wehrmann, the beer menu includes eight Second Rodeo brews including an oatmeal stout, Mex Tex lager, Big Buckle IPA, and more. They also serve other local breweries beers, cocktails, and wine. The food menu features wings, Truck Yard nachos, and Truck Yard’s Famous Philly Cheesesteak.
Founded in Rowlett, this new brewery opened in the former Deep Ellum Brewing Co. space in West 7th in 2021. Named after the historic Bankhead highway — one of the first transcontinental highways built in 1916 — the brewery includes a lineup of 16 craft beers on tap, a full bar, and food.
Names of beers are Bankhead related including the Aoogah! pilsner, Milemaker 10 IPA, and Hoofer’s Hef. A chef-driven menu features short rib poutine, lobster mac and cheese, pizzas, chicken fried ribeye, and more elevated bites.
Owners Will Churchill and Corrie Watson opened Fort in The Foundry District in 2018, overhauling a warehouse space into a cool new brewery that also happens to serve great pizza. The brewery features an outdoor patio with an AstroTurf cornhole court, music stage, murals, and a retractable roof.
As for the beers, you’ll find favorites such as Sir Canz A Lot pale ale, Baby Got Bock, and Fort Stout on tap. The food menu includes 15 kinds of pizzas, salads, and burgers.
New to the Fort Worth brewery scene, Neutral Ground opened in the River East district in 2021. Founded by Stan Hudson and Sean Doublet, the name was inspired by the original “neutral ground”— the disputed border between Louisiana and Texas in 1803. The neutral ground was a place for free trade and fun.
Beers on tap range from brown ales to IPAs and food vendors pop up regularly.