North Texas Brewery Road Trips

Beer lovers in Texas are a wee bit spoiled now, with craft breweries just a couple hours’ drive away, no matter where one resides in our great state. But it wasn’t always that way. Remember the 1980s and the ubiquity of light lagers on every convenience store shelf? (“Tastes great, less filling!”) You can thank home brewers for reintroducing a wide variety of international styles to our culture, plus creating imaginative new brews along the way. Now there are more than 250 permitted craft breweries in Texas, according to the Brewer’s Association.

The modern-day brewery and taproom is not some dark warehouse where only the lonely go to sip a beer. Many craft breweries are now community centers, a place where friends and family (yes, even those under 21) can while away the hours learning how beer is made, or playing games and listening to live music, or trying out small-batch, seasonal beers and ciders. These 21 craft breweries are all great options for a day trip (just remember to bring a responsible driver) with all being under a three-hour drive from Plano. Taproom hours vary, so check each brewery’s website before setting out for a visit.


3 Nations Brewing Co. – Farmers Branch

Whether meeting the brewers in the taproom or shooting hoops out front, 3 Nations Brewing Co. offers each guest a uniquely personal experience. In late spring, 3 Nations will move into a renovated historic warehouse in Downtown Carrollton. Easily accessed by the DART Green Line, the location will be family-friendly, dog-friendly and available to rent for events.

3 Nations Brewing Co. >


903 Brewers – Sherman

If you’ve got kiddos in tow, 903 Brewers is the place to go. After all, founders Natalie and Jeremy Roberts have practically raised their own young son at the brewery, so it’s a family-friendly environment. When 903 moves to a three-story historic schoolhouse in Sherman later this year, the taproom, restaurant and large outdoor space will be well worth the 45-minute drive from Plano.

903 Brewers >


903 Brewers in Sherman // photo Jennifer Shertzer


AquaBrew Brewery – San Marcos

Bring your pals and pups to AquaBrew Brewery and Beer Garden located in a modern building one block off the Square in San Marcos. Grab a brew and some food, hop on a tour and listen to live musical performances. Afterwards, take your gal pal to the outlet mall for serious Brownie points. 

AquaBrew Brewery >


Argus Cidery – Austin

Try cider flights, cider by the glass or bottles of small batch experimental ciders at Argus Cidery. Because of its innovative ciders with no artificial ingredients, Argus is considered by some to be among the top cideries in the world. 

Argus Cidery >


courtesy Argus Cidery in Austin

Bitter Sisters Brewing Co. – Addison

Bitter Sisters Brewing Co. knows that a family that brews together has the most fun. Take a tour to learn about this family-run brewery, see how the beers are made, taste three beers and take home a pint glass all for $15. Bitter Sisters is owned by three sisters and their baby brother, making this a great stop for the ladies.

Bitter Sisters Brewing Co. >


Cedar Creek Brewery – Seven Points

Cedar Creek Brewery is proud of its family-friendly atmosphere and laid-back, “lake life” culture. Sitting near Cedar Creek Lake, only 60 miles from DFW, it’s the perfect place for a quick escape from the big city. Play board games, giant Jenga or corn hole and dine at Plowboys Café inside the taproom.

Cedar Creek Brewery >


courtesy Cedar Creek Brewery in Seven Points

COOP Ale Works – Oklahoma City

COOP Ale Works offers 19 rotating beers on tap including brewery-only releases. Tour the brewery and check out events like Harry Potter Trivia or Pint and Paint Night. This year COOP begins renovation of the 23rd Street Armory, built in OKC in the 1930s. Once open in 2020, the building will house a state-of-the-art brewhouse, restaurant and taproom, event spaces and 22-room boutique hotel. 

COOP Ale Works >


Fredonia Brewery – Nacogdoches

Started by two Texas natives who wanted to give some love to their sleepy hometown, Fredonia Brewery is the perfect place to sip a pint and grab a bite from local food trucks. The outdoor area is dog-friendly and surrounded by beautiful landscaping. Be sure to see the Can Collection, a wall of 2,400+ unique cans.

Fredonia Brewery >


Great Raft Brewing – Shreveport

If you have the bug to do a little gambling, a trip to Great Raft Brewing pairs nicely with a visit to one of Shreveport’s riverboat casinos. Great Raft is owned and operated by a husband-and-wife duo and offers free brewery tours open to all ages. The recently renovated taproom offers a welcoming atmosphere and lots more seating. Check out featured live music or one of the food trucks on site.

Great Raft Brewing >


courtesy HopFusion Ale Works in Fort Worth

HopFusion Ale Works – Fort Worth

HopFusion Ale Works wins our vote for the brewery with the most character. This carefully designed taproom pays fine attention to design and art. Plus, it’s fun. Offerings include movie night on Tuesdays, free haircuts on Sundays and good vibes and good beer every day.

HopFusion Ale Works >


Locust Cider – Fort Worth

Locust Cider recently opened a family-friendly production space and taproom in Fort Worth as the city’s only cidery. Innovative flavors like Mango Habanero and Chili Pineapple plus great people are the best reasons to visit Locust. And it’s right next to HopFusion and Rahr & Sons, so you can check all three out in one visit.

Locust Cider >


courtesy Locust Cider in Fort Worth

Manhattan Project Beer Co. – Dallas

Manhattan Project Beer Company’s renovated production facility and taproom will open in late spring, and by all accounts, it’s going to be a stand-out in the DFW beer community. Only one mile from downtown Dallas, it will include a beer garden, restaurant and beautiful green space for picnics, dogs, kids and live music.

Manhattan Project Beer Co. >


Noble Rey Brewing Co. – Dallas

Whether it’s open mic comedy, arcade games or Wu-Tang Wednesday, there’s always something fun and crazy going on at the Noble Rey Brewing Co. taproom, just like the beers you’ll find on the draft wall. Noble Rey sits on Dallas’ “brewery row” near Community Beer Co., Peticolas Brewing, Pegasus City and more, so you can make a day out of brewery hopping.

Noble Rey Brewing Co. >


Pegasus City Brewery – Dallas

Head to Pegasus City Brewery for easy-drinking, #porchapproved ales and lagers. Visit The Tiny Tap, the small but mighty taproom of Pegasus City Brewery. It is a place to relax among friends and enjoy one of the Dallas-themed beers.

Pegasus City Brewery >


courtesy Pegasus City Brewery in Dallas

Rabbit Hole Brewing – Justin

Make your way to Rabbit Hole Brewing to tour the quirky brewhouse and relax in the shaded outdoor biergarten. While you’re there, drink a pint of world class beer, listen to live music and grab some grub at the local food trucks nearby. 

Rabbit Hole Brewing >


Roughtail Brewing Co. – Oklahoma City

Taste year-round flagship favorites, limited releases and one-off batches at Roughtail Brewing Company’s taphouse. Check out its new 20,000-sq-ft. location in north Oklahoma City coming this spring.

Roughtail Brewing Co. >


courtesy Roughtail Brewing Co. in Oklahoma City

Strange Land Brewery – Austin

Strange Land Brewery helps keep Austin weird. Sitting in one of the prettiest parts of Austin, Strange Land offers funky flavors like a Watermelon IPA that are innovative and fun. Adults can relax, while the kiddos romp around outside at next-door neighbor, Hat Creek Burger Co.

Strange Land Brewery >


Texas Ale Project – Dallas

When Texas Ale Project opened in 2014, it was the first brewery built from the ground up in Dallas in over 100 years. It offers free brewery tours of the large, modern taproom every Saturday.

Texas Ale Project >


True Vine Brewing Co. – Tyler

True Vine Brewing Co. is big on hospitality, with deep roots in Tyler. It is the city’s first craft brewery. There is a spacious outdoor area perfect for the kids and pets to play while you listen to live music, eat wood-fired pizza, drink tasty brews and tour the brewing facility. It’s a win-win for the whole family.

True Vine Brewing Co. >


True Vine Brewing Co. in Tyler // photo Jennifer Shertzer


Unlawful Assembly Brewing Co. – Plano

The Unlawful Assembly Brewing Co. taproom sits at the top of three-story foodie heaven Legacy Hall. Comedians lead brewery tours every Saturday. With perfect balcony views of the outdoor musical performances in The Box Garden below, you’re sure to have a good time.

Unlawful Assembly Brewing Co. >


Woodcreek Brewing Co. – Rockwall

Woodcreek Brewing Company sits right off Lake Ray Hubbard and is full of good folks and good beer. Only 30 minutes’ drive from Plano, it’s entirely possible to blow off steam after work at Thursday evening game nights. Enjoy a pint (or two) and play a round of corn hole or giant Jenga with your buds.

Woodcreek Brewing Co. >


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