It was a spooky day two Saturdays ago at Martin House Brewing Company in Fort Worth, Texas. It happened to be Halloween and that meant it was time for the annual Boo-ery Tour at the brewery. Beer consumers were encouraged to dress up as their favorite character, drink beer and listen to music. What a hard knock life! The tour ran from 12-5 and also featured some up and coming breweries to the Fort Worth and Dallas area. There were also extra vendors and food trucks stationed in front of the brewery.

 

The breweries that poured:

 

The Fort Brewing Co. - This local group of homebrewers that shop at Texas Brewing Inc just won a pro-am competition and brewed their beer, Holidazed and Confused, an Imperial Oak Aged Spiced Saison at Martin House in Fort Worth. Their beer has been released and is on tap in bars around DFW.

 

Collective Brewing Project - This little brewery located in downtown Fort Worth has a knack for brewing “funky” and “sour” beers and is well known for their Petite Golden Sour. This beer is fermented with Brett brux Drei and soured with lactobacillus. They also just hit their one year anniversary and had their first bottle release. The anniversary beer is American Sour Red, a Flanders Style Sour that can be purchased at the brewery while it lasts. I don’t expect it to be around much longer as most of this beer was sold during the actual anniversary party on the 24th of October. This brewery has a tap room with a great vibe and is worth hitting up in the evening Wednesday-Friday or Saturday during the day.

 

HopFusion Ale Works - Led by cycling and beer enthusiasts Macy Moore and Matt Hill, this new microbrewery will be opening up in downtown Fort Worth not too far from Collective and Rahr and Sons Brewing. They already have a solid lineup of beers like the Fiesty Blonde, a blonde brewed with Mexican vanilla and raw brown sugar. These guys are in the construction phase and should be open next year.

 

Division Brewing Company - I’ve been waiting to try some of Division’s beers for a while and finally got the chance this last Saturday. They had the perfect balance of funk and clean beers with a large tap list at the tour. These guys are about finished with construction and should be in full production soon. They have several events they will be pouring at in the coming weeks, so be sure to watch out for them!

 

Dirty Job Brewery - Another startup coming out of Arlington is in the planning and recipe development stage. I'm excited to get some more breweries in my local area! As they like to say "It's a Dirty Job and someone's gotta brew it!"

 

BrainDead Brewing - Located in Deep Ellum, this brewpub is getting a lot of talk. Their brewer Andrew started out in Dallas at Deep Ellum Brewing and made his way to BrainDead which just opened this year. If you want some great beer paired with awesome food make your way out to this brewpub. You will not be disappointed.

 

What’s exciting for me is that we are seeing a rise in the number of breweries opening up in Texas. Especially in the DFW area. I like to compare it to the Northwest where there are brewpubs and breweries on every corner. These breweries had to start somewhere and what makes me enjoy my job representing Texas Brewing Inc. is that many of them started with us. Division, The Fort, HopFusion and Collective have all been regular customers of ours the last few years and we're excited to see them succeed! 

It’s never too late to get started making your own beer and wine at home. It’s one of the most rewarding hobbies available in my opinion. It's very easy to learn and Stubby has a great video series on how to get started with your first batch. There is always something to learn and there is a huge community to support you, no matter where you live or how much experience you have.

 

-Jerrod

Jerrod has been homebrewing for the past 8 years. He is a regular contributor to the Come and Brew It podcast series, and is almost always at the shop if you need any help.