Back in our pre-kid days, my husband and I spent a lot of weekends at craft breweries. We lived in Chicago at the time, and it seemed like a new brewery was opening all the time. We even planned a weekend trip to Wisconsin with friends to visit several breweries there.
Admittedly, we don’t spend nearly as much time at breweries now. But, we should! I forgot how family (and dog!) friendly a lot of breweries are. With patio season upon us, I think it’s time we check out some Texas breweries! The sheer number of breweries available to us in DFW and the rest of the state is astounding, so I have done my best to narrow it down for you. Below you will find some local DFW favorites, as well as those that are worth a drive. This is not an exhaustive list, so please share any favorites I missed in the comments!
Be sure to check with individual breweries for current COVID precautions as they are always changing.
Please be responsible; never drink and drive. Either assign someone in your group to be the designated driver or call an Uber, Lyft, or Taxi service.
Texas Breweries Travel Itinerary
Vector Brewing (Lake Highlands, Dallas) – Family-friendly till 8 pm with a dedicated Half Pints play area for the kids; after 8 pm it is adults only; the patio is dog-friendly; offers a wide variety of beer, wine, ciders, and mead; full food menu available, the pizza is not to be missed!
Oak Highlands (Lake Highlands, Dallas) – Family-friendly with a large taproom and outdoor area with games; offers a wide variety of year-round and seasonal beer options; check out their events calendar for Bingo, Trivia Night, and food trucks.
Lakewood (Garland) – Taproom and large covered beer garden; food available from Meatball Kitchen and Oddbird Chicken Kitchen; offers year-round and seasonal beer options.
Four Bullets (Richardson) – Tucked away in Richardson, their patio is dog- and kid-friendly; offers a wide variety of year-round and seasonal beers; food trucks, and bar games.
TUPPS (McKinney) – Family-friendly, and dog-friendly on the patio; offers a variety of beer, hard seltzers, locally made kombucha, and non-alcoholic beverages; food truck by Rye (downtown McKinney) offering delicious locally-sourced options.
3 Nations (Carrollton) – Located in a repurposed grain shed in Historic Downtown Carrollton; multiple seating options including two taprooms, large indoor beer hall, 2nd-floor mezzanine, and outdoor patio; family-friendly and dog-friendly with something to offer everyone, including on-site food; check out their events calendar for Bingo, Trivia, and New Beer Friday.
Wild Acre (Fort Worth) – Second location now open at Camp Bowie with a full food menu; large patio with games; offers a wide variety of year-round and seasonal beers. Add Wild Acre to your weekend trip to Fort Worth!
Legal Draft (Arlington) – large taproom and patio are open; offers food trucks or ability to bring your own food; wide variety of year-round and seasonal beers as well as wine, hard seltzers, Topo Chico, local cold brew coffee, and house-made Moot Beer (non-alcoholic root beer).
Texas Breweries Worth a Drive!
The Big Texan (Amarillo) – While you’re driving through the Panhandle, make a stop at The Big Texan. It’s not only an iconic restaurant, it’s also a brewery. Enjoy a “Real Texas” beer along with that 72 oz. steak.
Real Ale (Blanco) – Located in the scenic Texas Hill Country near the Blanco River; dog-friendly and supervised children are welcome; Beer Garden open Friday and Saturday; a huge variety of year-round and seasonal beers; no food on site but you’re welcome to bring your own.
Jester King (Austin) – Brewery, kitchen, farm, and event hall on a huge ranch in the Texas Hill Country; family-friendly with huge outdoor space and miles of hiking trails; full food menu; offers a wide range of beers, wine, cider, and non-alcoholic drinks.
St. Arnold (Houston) – “Texas’ Oldest Craft Brewery” if you’re in Houston, it’s definitely worth a visit! Large outdoor seating area; huge offering of beer, wine, cider, and non-alcoholic beverages; full food menu available; family-friendly, and dog-friendly.
Weathered Souls (San Antonio) – Weathered Souls is local, local, local. They even buy their grain locally in San Antonio. Their beer menu is always changing, so stop by frequently!