I’ve been living in Texas for nearly two years and this November was my first time visiting Dallas. It was long overdue but I knew there would be great Dallas breweries, sights, and adventures waiting for me.
We have family in the Grapevine, Texas area, which is right in-between Dallas and Fort Worth. On our last visit, we did a fabulous job hitting up the BBQ and breweries in Fort Worth and surrounding towns. But this time, I made it obvious that we should spend as much of the weekend as we could exploring Dallas. Luckily, everyone else was on board!
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Dallas Breweries You Don’t Want to Miss
We had very detailed recommendations on where to eat, drink, and play in Dallas from our good friend Robert, over at Brewing Matters. Which more or less meant, we were given a road map to navigating the best spot for craft beer in Dallas. How did we get so blessed?
Most of the breweries in Dallas have only been making beer for a few years, but they’ve already put out plenty of phenomenal brews. (And new breweries popping up all the time!) Now people across the country are beginning to notice. This guide focuses on Dallas breweries and includes all of the most essential taprooms and breweries in Dallas proper!
4 Corners Brewing Co.
Located just south of downtown Dallas, 4 Corners Brewing Co. boasts a great location with a selection of solid beers. This brewery was acquired by Constellation Brands in 2018, six years after it was founded in 2012.
My favorite beer at 4 Corners is the Heart O’Texas Red Ale, but they also have boozy kombucha, which is super fun! While you’re here, you will see plenty of beer artwork featuring intricately-designed Loteria cards. All of these fun details make 4 Corners one of the top Dallas breweries!
Website | Address: 1311 S Ervay St, Dallas, TX 75215
Ok, I know you came here for Dallas craft beer and I’m starting off talking about cider. But when it’s still kinda early in the day, cider is a great place to start.
Bishop Cider is tucked away into a small tasting room in the Bishop Arts District. You could probably spend a fun few hours just in this neighborhood, bouncing around from shop to shop and exploring the hip bars. I mainly came for the cider though.
I’ve always been a fan of Bishop Cider, they’re great at the classics and playing around with fruit. We ended up getting a few flights, making sure to try everything, but the crowd favorite was easily the Apple Pineapple.
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It tasted so incredible and fresh, unlike another popular pineapple cider I see people drink far too often. The two I loved were the aptly named Crackberry, a tart collision of cranberry and blackberry, and the Bananas Foster, which tasted like real bananas, not that fake flavor!
The taproom is quite small, but we had no problem sitting outside on the stoop with our dog, using a chair as our table. Bishop Cider really delivered though on their generously sized flights. There are also growlers available and cider to-go as well.
Website | Address: 509 N Bishop Ave, 75208
Celestial Beerworks welcomes dogs inside and out, so this is the spot for you if you’re looking for dog-friendly Dallas breweries. This brewery might be small, but it’s filled with hip art, giving this spot very trendy vibes. In fact, the outdoor patio is covered in wall art, and on the exterior of the building, you’ll notice a vibrant mural.
The menu is about 95% IPAs, so Celestial Beerworks was created with IPA lovers in mind. However, the other styles on the menu are still fantastic.
Website | Address: 2530 Butler St, Dallas, TX 75235
Community Brewing Co.
Community Brewing Co. is one of the largest breweries in Texas. This business has been working on a new facility for two years, which is finally open. Featuring over 70,000 square feet of space, including a two-story taproom, private event spaces, a restaurant, and an outdoor biergarten, Community Brewing Co. has plenty of room for everyone!
This Dallas brewery often has live music and brewery tours on the weekends, which makes for a fun outing. The beer menu is decently-sized, offering light, hoppy, dark, and funky brews.
Website | Address: 3110 Commonwealth Dr, Dallas, TX 75247
Dead Ellum Brewing Company
Deep Ellum Brewing was of the very first breweries to open in the city, and now they’ve grown to be one of the largest in the area. If you’re a Texan, you’ve probably had their Blonde too many times to count. Regardless of where you’re from, when you come to town, this is one of the breweries you should not skip over. Visiting their taproom in the Deep Ellum neighborhood of Dallas felt like a party.
The bright colors and funky vibes that I recognized from the artwork on their cans are mirrored in all aspects of the brewery. Plus, we had finally found a brewery with live music, and it was some good stuff too! I was happy to know they were dog-friendly outside, and there was plenty of room for us. Inside or out, there’s plenty of relaxed seating, but the place did stay full.
Website | Address: 2823 St Louis Street, 75226
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Manhattan Project Brewing Company
As one of the newest Dallas breweries, Manhattan Project Brewing Company has a lovely interior and upscale vibes, which I really enjoy. The tap list is diverse, but I particularly enjoyed a lot of their clean lagers.
While the menu is small, the food is delicious. Offering brunch, lunch, and dinner, you can enjoy salads, cheese boards, fries, burgers, and breakfast classics. With incredible food and drink, this is one of the best breweries in DFW!
Website | Address: 2215 Sulphur St, Dallas, TX 75208
Oak Cliff Brewing Co.
Oak Cliff Brewing Co. is one of my favorite Dallas breweries for several reasons- one of them being that they serve some of the best craft beers in Dallas. Located in the Oak Cliff neighborhood, this spot offers lots of solid beers, ranging from classic styles, like lagers and IPAs, to unique brews, like the Limeade Paleta Weisse, which is perfect for the spring and summer months.
The interior space features murals painted by Jeff Rogers and is also dog-friendly. During Covid, Oak Cliff built an outdoor beer garden, a great spot to bring your pups.
Website | Address: 1300 S Polk St #222, Dallas, TX 75224
Oak Highlands Brewing
Oak Highlands Brewing is both kid-friendly and dog-friendly, so this is a fun place to bring the whole family! Head brewer Andrew Huerter was formerly the head brewer at Deep Ellum, then moved to Brain Dead Brewing, which is now sadly closed. However, he happens to be knocking it out of the park at Oak Highlands.
This brewery has a really solid beer list, but the must-try menu item is the award-winning Freaky Deaky, a 10% ABV Belgian tripel-style ale.
Website | Address: 10484 Brockwood Rd, Dallas, TX 75238
While Odd Muse isn’t in Dallas Proper, it is located in the nearby Farmers Branch, and it is one of the best DFW breweries. This warehouse-style craft brewery is a great environment for working, is dog-friendly inside and out, and features incredible can art throughout its space.
Odd Muse is popular and well known for their hazy IPAs, or “haze bombs,” as we beer drinkers call them. With frequent trivia nights and rotating food trucks, Odd Muse is one of the most fun Dallas area breweries.
Website | Address: 4488 Spring Valley Rd, Farmers Branch, TX 75244
Outfit Brewery might be one of the more humble taprooms on this list, but that’s only because their focus is on the beer! Located in the back of the owner’s insurance company building, this taproom offers a solid beer selection, including Pilsner, lagers, IPAs, and stouts.
While I was visiting, I particularly loved that the staff was super friendly. This is another dog-friendly joint, both inside and out, so feel free to bring your pets along!
Website | Address: 7135 John W. Carpenter Fwy, Dallas, TX 75247
Pegasus City Brewery
I remember first having Pegasus City beer way back at the 2017 Texas Craft Brewer’s Festival. What caught my eye first was their beautifully clean and simple logo. As someone who appreciates graphic design, it drew me to their tent to sample some of their beers and find out more about that logo.
Fast forward to a few months later, and now we’re on the way to stop by their new taproom in Dallas. And I spotted their building right away. It’s bright and eye-catching just like the logo that attracted me to them earlier this year.
The thought this brewery has put into its branding is remarkable. Everything from the lighting to the furniture, and even the beer flights, matched the clean and simple vibes of the brewery. Pegasus City Brewery has been open for less than a year, but with neighbors such as Peticolas and Noble Rey, the word is spreading fast about this impressive new Dallas brewery.
Overall, out of all the Dallas beers I had had that weekend, theirs were my favorite. Just like their logo and brewery, the beers were clean and of the quality that even a beginner craft beer drinker would notice. Easily my favorite was the caramel-colored Porch Ale, an English Mild Ale that I could literally drink every day.
Website | Addresses: 2222 Vantage Street, 75207 & 1508 Commerce St, Dallas, TX 75201
Peticolas Brewing Company
Peticolas Brewing was one of the Dallas breweries I was most looking forward to visiting. Many in Dallas consider this brewery to be one of the city’s best, so of course, I couldn’t skip these guys over.
The Peticolas taproom is such a unique one, and it naturally creates a fun, friendly atmosphere. With three split levels, there’s a good bit of room to come here and hang out with a group. While the place is not dog-friendly, it does offer ping pong tables and other arcade games on the upstairs level.
If you do come here to a party of three or more, you must go for their monster flight, which features all 17 beers the brewery has on tap. Just FYI, I asked, and yes, they always keep 17 beers on tap for this flight. Now that’s a new level of dedication!
No worries, if you’re not feeling the monster flight though. They have smaller flights and pints of 17 different beers on tap. However, if it’s your first time here, you must try their mega-popular and life-changing, Velvet Hammer, an award-winning Imperial Red Ale that was also the owner’s very first brew.
Website | Address: 2026 Farrington St, 75207
Texas Ale Project
After Bishop Cider we headed over to the nearby Design District which is packed full of impressive Dallas breweries.
First up was the Texas Ale Project, which was recommended for its gorgeous views of the Dallas Skyline. This was a really great brewery for our group of fellow beer travelers. Texas Ale Project had tons of games and cornhole boards, along with plenty of seating, in and out, to see the nearby skyline. The brewery is dog-friendly outside, and be warned, the beer servers will befriend your dog by giving them plenty of treats. ;)
Website | Address: 1001 N Riverfront Blvd, 75207
Vector Brewing opened during Covid and now showcases a beautiful and colorful taproom. With great pizza and a fenced-in outdoor play area, this brewery is one of the most kid-friendly breweries in Dallas. If you don’t want to feel like you are drinking beer in a playground, maybe check out one of the other spots on this list!
One of the owners of Vector was actually the model from Dallas’s Lakewood Brewing’s popular imperial milk stout commercial. She’s obviously still working in the brewing industry, but no longer in front of the camera!
Website | Address: 9850 Walnut Hl Ln #405, Dallas, TX 75238
Westlake Brewing Company
Located in the Deep Ellum neighborhood, Westlake Brewing Company is a good alternative to the more crowded, frat-boy atmospheres of the other places in this area. This large taproom and restaurant is a quieter spot to enjoy a variety of foods and draft beers.
One of my Dallas beer friends recommends ordering seafood to go from the spot across the street, The Crab Station, and bringing it to the brewery to enjoy the fun atmosphere of this Westlake’s indoor and outdoor spaces.
Website | Address: 2816 Commerce St, Dallas, TX 75226
Where to Stay in Dallas, Texas
Whether you want to stay in downtown Dallas or one of the many surrounding neighborhoods, there are plenty of hotels to choose from in this vibrant area. Dallas is well-known for its system of freeways, so in this car-centric city, I recommend staying in a walkable neighborhood.
Although a car is recommended here, Dallas does have a bus and light rail system that is worth looking into. The light rail can transport you to several Dallas neighborhoods, like Oak Cliff, Deep Ellum, and the Arts District, and you can even ride it to the airport.
Sheraton Dallas Hotel
Lucky for me, I was able to stay in one of the most walkable hotels in Dallas, the Sheraton Dallas Hotel. Keep reading to learn more!
During a weekend in March, I was hosted by the Sheraton Dallas Hotel, which has a fantastic location downtown, close to the Deep Ellum neighborhood. Unfortunately, this hotel isn’t the most pet-friendly, as they don’t allow larger animals, but all of the amenities, super friendly staff, and central location definitely made up for it!
Due to its setting near tons of local breweries, I think this hotel is perfect for beer lovers visiting Dallas!!
I personally think the best amenity here is the fantastic location. Within walking distance to the new Pegasus Brewery, Deep Ellum, and the subway station, you can get anywhere you want to be in a matter of minutes. For those who are traveling with dogs, there are several parks nearby that are great for walking.
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