Over the last few years, DFW has become an oasis for beer drinkers, with more than 25 area-based breweries, an extraordinary number when compared to other major cities in Texas. And that number's growing: Here, a list of upcoming brewery and taproom openings, events that will only add to the sprawling menu of options for local beer snobs.
Tupps Brewery Tupps Brewery, in McKinney, is planning to throw its grand opening party on May 2. Looking to start with a bang, Tupps has announced five beers they will be serving upon their opening: a pale ale with spices and peppers named Northbound 75; a milk stout they are calling their Black Ale; a golden pale ale made with five different hops and rye as well, called Cotton Mill Gold; Texas Centennial Pale Ale which is made with 100 percent centennial hops, so it should have some solid bitterness; and, finally,Texas Shade Wheat, an interesting beer that will be brewed with orange, cherry or raspberry flavoring.
BrainDead Brewery BrainDead Brewing in Deep Ellum opened its doors in March, too. While the house beers are not on tap yet, they are expected to start tapping their own house brews in April or May. Depending on who you ask, BrainDead is expected to brew a red ale, cream ale, a wheat-IPA hybrid and a stout.
Texas Ale Project Starting in the Design District, Texas Ale Project's taproom opened on March 7, but will celebrate its grand opening on April 25. Tickets are on sale online and through Texas Ale Project's website; prices range from $20 for general admission to $30 at the door to $50 if you want the VIP treatment of special parking, extra beers to sample, VIP-only bathrooms and early admission before the official 3 p.m. start.
Lakewood Brewing In addition to Texas Ale Project, Lakewood Brewing will throw a grand opening for its new 2,000-square-foot taproom this Saturday, April 4, at 1 p.m. General admission is $25 and for $35 you can get a VIP ticket. All ticket holders will get three 8 oz. samples, a Teku beer glass and a tour of the new facilities. For those who choose the VIP option, they will enter an hour early and have their tour guided by Lakewood Brewery founder/owner Wim Bens.
Bitter Sisters Brewery Adding to the list of local breweries, Bitter Sisters Brewery in Addison is now open. For those who frequent Lewisville's Taps and Caps, you likely saw Bitter Sisters' Irish red ale, Knock Out, on tap recently. In addition to their Irish red, Bitter Sisters' four beers include a blonde lager, an IPA and a marzen lager. Bitter Sisters has started distribution already, so look for their taps around town.
Noble Rey In the coming weeks, Noble Rey Brewing Company's taproom is expected to open in the Design District, but they have not announced an exact day as of this writing.
Grapevine Brewery Grapevine Brewery is moving from Farmers Branch to Grapevine's historic Main Street district. No day has been announced, but it is anticipated they will move in April and have a grand opening for their new location in May.
3 Nations Brewery The new 3 Nations Brewing will be moving into Grapevine Brewery's old location in Farmers Branch this month to begin brewing. They are expected to start distribution in May.
Four Bullets Four Bullets, a new brewery in Richardson, is expected to open its doors this month, because in the year 2015 seemingly every Dallas suburb will have a brewery. According to Four Bullets, they hope to make "traditional English Ales with a 'Texas' twist."