Dallas Craft Beers: Big D Gaining Reputation as Beer Destination

Dallas Beer 4Dallas, Texas–big, bold and when it comes to brewing beer getting bigger.

“All right,” Tate Lifto said. “I am going to pour you a Dallas Blond.”

Tait and the Deep Ellum Brewing Company got on the ground floor of the craft beer scene almost two years ago.

Today business is hopping with distinctive beers named Deep Ellum IPA, Double Brown Stout and Wealth and Taste.

“It just exploded,” Tate recalled. “We opened 11/11/11 and Peticolas and Lakewood came right after us and a bunch of others have come along as well.”

Tait counts about 14 breweries in the Dallas area which is Pale Ale compared to cities like San Francisco, Seattle and Portland which Tait points out is a much smaller city but has 50 local breweries.

“I’m Kevin Carr, founder of Community Beer Company,” Kevin said while introducing himself with a cold one in hand. “Cheers.”

Community Beer started brewing last December and distributing in January.

“This is our inspiration,” Kevin said while pouring a glass. “It’s our dark Belgian strong.”

His craft brews now flow into pubs all over DFW.

“I think Dallas has always kind of been known as a beer consumption city but never locally brewed beer,” Kevin said. “We’re quickly building that reputation.”

Dallas hasn’t cracked travel lists likes CNN’S Best Beer Towns but festivals like this weekend’s Dallas Observer BrewFest is helping to spread the word.

When it comes to beer Big D is beginning to hop.

“This is all a good thing,” Kevin said. “We’re glad to be a part of the ground floor of this movement and there is a lot more to come.”

Tait expects Dallas to be on the craft brew “it list” soon enough.

“CNN may not quite know about us but they are going to know about us soon.”

Dallas will continue drinking to that.


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