All About Beer

In five years, Dallas went from the largest U.S. city without a microbrewery to one with a thriving, innovative craft beer scene. Get a taste of the Lone Star State, whether you prefer Pecan Porters or hoppy IPAs. 

Fire up your taste buds

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Start the morning at Smoke, a modern take on Texas barbecue, melding smoked meats with Mexican flavors and Southern classics. Point in case? Brisket hash, tempered with cornbread and topped with spicy rajas.

 

Go high

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Get a bird's eye view of Dallas with a visit to Reunion Tower's GeO-Deck, where a slick interactive system will help identify key landmarks downtown. 

Drink like a local

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Stop in at Braindead Brewery and study the ever-changing list of regional brews, including several made onsite. Chat with other beer lovers; this is the sort of place where everyone feels like a local.

Start on a light note with a pint of BrainDead's Gritz Cream Ale as you snack on crispy chicharrones. A roasted lamb sandwich may follow, but leave room for dessert: warm oatmeal cookies, served with stout chocolate milk.

Explore Deep Ellum

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Stretch your legs as you explore Deep Ellum a neighborhood with a rich history in the arts and music that continues today. Check out the spectacular 42 Murals project, transforming the walls of historic buildings throughout the area.

An evening of beer

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Stroll across the Ron Kirk Pedestrian Bridge, which spans the Trinity River and offers the best views of the Santiago Calatrava-designed Margaret Hunt Hill Bridge.

Finish the evening at Trinity Groves and dine at LUCK, whose menu highlights Texas ingredients. Sample from LUCK's terrific local craft beer list before stopping in Four Corners Brewing Co. to sip its Local Buzz, a honey-rye golden ale brewed with locally sourced honey.

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Start with a growl(er)

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Fuel up on breakfast sandwiches, fresh-pressed juices and terrific coffee at Mudsmith. The restaurant can fill growlers with your choice of cold-brewed coffee, fermented kombucha or its selection of craft beer.

Take a shopping break

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Pick up a cool Dallas-motif shirt at Bullzerk. From tees to rep all your favorite Dallas neighborhoods to quirky koozies and gifts to take back home, the tongue-in-cheek shop is a fun shopping stop to explore on Greenville Avenue. Don't leave without taking your picture in the B&G set out front! 

Need A Ride?

Check the schedule for Dallas’ light rail system DART, D-Link (DART’s free bus service) and the free M-Line Trolley for convenient rides through the Downtown Dallas and surrounding areas. After 6 pm, call or text Efrogs, a free golf-cart rideshare program that gets you going without the hassle of a car.

Belgian-inspired

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Head east for a tour at Lakewood Brewing Company and sample from its smooth, Belgian-inspired brews. Focus your attention to Lakewood's "Legendary" and "Special Releases" offerings for inspired, nuanced flavors that are available only for a short time. Don't miss the Bourbon Barrel Temptress, a smooth Imperial Milk Stout aged in oak bourbon barrels. The garden often hosts live music and local food trucks.

Discover something new

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Finish the day in the Bishop Arts District, an eclectic, walkable collection of independent boutiques, vintage stores, galleries and restaurants in South Dallas. Settle in with a craft beer as you discover a new author and listen to live music at independent bookstore The Wild Detectives. Shift gears at Bishop Cider Co., with a glass Nectar, a semi-sweet hard cider that uses Pacific Northwest apples and Texas honey.

Make it a pizza night

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Grab dinner at Eno's Pizza Tavern and settle in with a pie and re-visit favorite ales and discover new ones from around Texas, sampling from one of the city's widest selections of regional craft beers available on draught.

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