There’s never been a better time to drink beer in Dallas. The city’s so-called brewery boom shows no signs of letting up, with nearly a dozen new names planning to enter the Metroplex in 2016 alone. Whether or not the bubble will pop is someone else’s problem — for now, it’s an adult playground for craft beer lovers. Better yet, you can visit four of those playgrounds in Dallas without leaving the same neighborhood. Here’s a closer look at the breweries of the Design District.
Community Beer Company
There’s a reason some of the most acclaimed craft brewers in the nation operate out of garages and warehouse spaces like those so common in the more industrial areas of the Design District. Rent is reasonable, space is plentiful, and if your beer is good no one really cares that your taproom is located in a former auto parts store. Community Beer Company is living proof, housed in the shell of a 4 Wheel Parts store just off I-35.
Peticolas Brewing Company
This former art framing shop turned brewery in the center of the district crafts some of the most acclaimed beers in the region, and was named “Best Local Brewery” in 2015 by the Dallas Observer. Don’t miss their Velvet Hammer, a red ale almost as high in alcohol as it is in flavor. Don’t drink and drive, but especially don’t drink this and drive.
Noble Rey Brewing Company
Located just down the street from Peticolas, Noble Rey brews steampunk-inspired beers in a converted transmission parts warehouse near Turtle Creek. The building may not look like much, but the brewery attracts plenty of attention for its colorful taproom and cartoony can designs.
Texas Ale Project
This brewery claims to be the first built from the ground up in Dallas since the 1800s, which is certainly unique in a beer scene characterized by converted industrial buildings and taprooms squeezed into the corners of warehouses. There’s a distinct advantage to building a custom space — the attractive metal-and-glass construction and skyline view of the T.A.P. brewery is living proof.