The last couple of years have been friendly to the North Texas beer scene — more than 25 breweries have popped up across our prairie landscape. The fears of a craft beer bubble have been popping up for years now, but on the other side of the coin, the thirst for craft beer seems to have scared large corporations like Anheuser-Busch InBev into buying up craft breweries like Karbach in Houston. Regardless of what hoppy predictions or market trends might suggest, nothing is slowing the increase of breweries establishing themselves in DFW. Here are 15 breweries that are planning to open in North Texas in 2017.
Pegasus City Brewery
2222 Vantage St.
Founded in December 2014 by William Cotten and Christopher Weiss, Pegasus City Brewery has adopted one of Dallas’ more iconic symbols to be the namesake and logo for their Design District brewery. According to their website, they will offer six beers to start: a British ale, a black lager, a summer seasonal pilsner, an amber ale, a porter and a Belgian strong ale. Owners are planning to open by March.
Thirsty Bro Brewing Co.
141 E. Main St., Royse City
This new brewery and taproom in Royse City could open any day now. After finally receiving a temporary certificate of occupancy, Thirsty Bro had a small sampling and soft opening around New Year’s. While no official open date has been announced, look for Thirsty Bro to be open with regular hours soon. Until they have their permanent C.O., they will be “brewing on our pilot system, training the team, installing additional equipment and testing our systems,” according to their website. They’ll also host the occasional tour and tasting.
Hemisphere Brewing Co.
2015 Kristy Lane, Rockwall
Another brewery that was expected to open last year, Rockwall’s Hemisphere Brewing Co. was slated for a grand opening back in November, but that was postponed indefinitely. According to the brewery’s Facebook, they “failed building inspection on our outside handicap rails; these have to be custom-made,” so they will not be announcing an opening until a new certificate of occupancy with a greater maximum occupancy is in hand. And while they could be selling accounts, they have decided to “reserve the thunder for grand opening.”
Good Neighbor Brews
211 Regency Drive, Wylie
Founded last year by Darin Petersen and his wife, Jill Bresnan, who met over their common interest in brewing, Good Neighbor Brews will be the first brewery in Wylie. Peterson, who started homebrewing back in 1994, will serve as the master brewer and Alley Harrell will be his assistant. They plan to offer three beers upon opening: Nicholville, an IPA; M’Rye,ah!, a rye ale; and Slim Sweetness, a moderately hopped blonde ale made with Chinook hops. Having recently received their TABC approval, Good Neighbor Brews is likely a few months away from opening and later showing up in local restaurants. The owners say the brewery will have a taproom and feature tours several times a week, along with extended hours on Saturday. The brewery will also be kid- and pet-friendly.
White Rock Alehouse Brewing Co.
7331 Gaston Ave.
Located at the intersection of Gaston and Garland in Lakewood, White Rock Alehouse Brewing is a brewpub expected to open in the coming months. While no indications have been provided as to when the exact opening will be, back in August people who contributed to their Founder’s Club were treated to a showing at their future home.
Hop and Sting Brewing Co.
104 W. McKinney St., Denton
Jon Powell has been homebrewing for more than a decade, which led to stints at Grapevine Craft Brewing and Rahr & Sons. Now, he’s planning Hop and Sting Brewery, another addition to Denton’s rapidly growing beer scene. Last May, Powell told The Dentonite that he was expecting to open in the winter, but look for them to open this spring.
Cowtown Brewing Co.
1301 E. Belknap St., Fort Worth
A new member to Fort Worth’s growing beer scene, Cowtown Brewing Co. will open a brewpub on East Belknap in downtown Fort Worth. The brewery recently brewed their pilot batch with Malt’s Texas Wild Fire Pale, locally by a Fort Worth company. Renderings on their website show a sizeable stand-alone building with garage doors opening to a large patio. Back in October, we tried some of their beer at Luck’s third anniversary party.
Oak Cliff Brewing Co.
1300 S. Polk St., Dallas
After debuting at BrewRiot, Oak Cliff Brewing Co. was without a home until finding one at Tyler Station, a 94-year-old, 125,000-square-foot building located right next to the Tyler/Vernon DART rail stop in Oak Cliff, which is currently served by DART’s red line. As Tyler Station fills with local makers and creatives, this should be a popular destination.
Denton County Beer Co.
200 E. McKinney St., Denton
Originally slated to open in winter 2016, Denton County Beer Co. is planning to open in the next few months. DCBC was founded by Seth Morgan, a Denton resident since the ’70s. Still under construction, the brewery will be located on East McKinney Street, next door to The Bearded Monk and across from Denton’s City Hall.
Dirty Job Brewing
117 N. Main St., Mansfield
Located right on Main Street in Mansfield, Dirty Job Brewing is expected to open in March. According to their website, Dirty Job will brew 14 different beers, a list of which can be found here; offerings will range from a pear IPA to a Sumatra coffee and blackberry porter to an agave nectar/blueberry wheat.
1660 FM 423, Little Elm
Flix Brewhouse, a small chain of movie theaters with an in-house and microbrewery, will open in Little Elm later this year. The Alamo Drafthouse-esque concept features 25 stadium-seating “dining rooms” outfitted with cushy high-backed chairs, tabletops and a high-definition digital projection; they’ve got a line of house beers, too. Their roster includes a Scottish ale, a wit, a golden ale, an IPA, a red IPA and a stout made with cocoa.
New Main Brewing Co.
3533 Marathon St., Pantego
Unlike a number of breweries, Pantego’s New Main Brewing has been quite public about the progress of their brewery, even starting a blog to document their progress. While they are not yet able to sell beer, they have listed on their site the six beers they will offer upon opening: Friday Night White, a Belgian wit; Prairie Sky, a saison; Victory or Death, a pale ale; Gone Toobin’, an IPA; Runaway Scrape, a porter; and Bigger NTX, a stout.
Railport Brewing Co.
681G Eastgate Road, Midlothian
The next brewery to open south of DFW is Midlothian’s Railport Brewing Co., which found a location back in December. While details about the brewery are limited, the LLC was filed back in November by a Richard Womack of Midlothian, and, according to their Facebook page, they’ve already been working on a hefeweizen and white IPA.
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Westlake Brewing Co.
Started by Art Harvey and Larry Picchiotti, homebrewers since the ’90s, Westlake Brewing Co. plans to open a brewery and taproom in Lakewood. Previously, the duo crowdsourced funding for the brewery, but closed the Indiegogo after reaching 19 percent of their goal. Back in December, the brewery shared a photo of their pilot tanks being delivered, though a location has yet to be revealed. An interesting side note: Art Harvey is currently the president of the nonprofit organization Guitars in the Classroom.
Coming in the fall, Legacy Hall, Plano’s new European-style food hall, will feature a brewery, according to Guide Live. However, what the brewery will be currently remains a mystery.