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Dixonian (116) Dallas, Texas | November 21, 2012
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Located out in McKinney, this can be a drive for those closer to Dallas proper. Tours most Saturdays - canít beat german style brews right from the source. The owner Dennis does many of the tours himself and is quite entertaining.
SPDickerman (69) Texas | September 19, 2012
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Franconia is a small brewery, and the brewmaster, who is from Germany, is very hilarious. Their beer is solid, and sticks to the German Purity Law. $5 gets you the tour and a plastic cup for beer, an extra $5 gets you a Franconia glass. From what Iíve gathered, they do not have a limit on how much beer you can get, even if they only have three or four of their beers available. Canít complain about cheap, unlimited, good beer.
Mora2000 (74) McKinney, Texas | April 19, 2012
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The brewery does Saturday tours that include information about the history of brewing in the Franconia region of Germany, as well as 15-20 minutes about how beers are brewed. There are usually 3-4 beers on tap. I would definitely think twice before going in the summer because it can get extremely warm inside the brewery.
thirdeye11 (33) Dallas, Texas | August 8, 2011
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One of the only tours you can do in all of DFW, this place is a small German brewery run by Dennis, owner and brewmaster. Heís very passionate about beer, and that makes this place worth the trip alone.
There isnít much "atmosphere" to this place, itís a brewery and gets the job done.
I rated service highly because when I wanted a beer, I got one quickly! Dennis was also a superb host.
There tend to only be 2 or 3 beers available during the tour, so selection got knocked down just a little bit.
No food, but for what you pay for the tour and the beers you get, itís a great value as well. Nice place, and since we have very few other "real" tours, this is worth visiting if you live in Dallas.
Cavie (80) Fort Worth, Texas | September 6, 2009
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Pretty cool trip that I made yesterday. The cost is $5 to get in which gets you a tour and beer. 3 beers were on tap, Lager, Wheat and Dunkel. The first wheat that was poured to me mustíve been the bottom of the keg because it poured a custard yellow that was opaque and quite milky. Very odd aroma too, nothing that matched my previous tasting notes. I checked how it was pouring later and it was seriously like a completely different beer, but still the wheat. So that was my only bad note. The tour is WAY in depth, where Dennis talks about enzymes and original gravities...cool stuff if you are a homebrewer. Small place but very efficient. He said his energy bill for last month was just over $200, and if they shut down the power to their cooler, it would stay the same temp for up to 5 days! Crazy. Enjoyed the trip and liked the oak barrel sitting by the entrance that apparently holds the first Oktoberfest of the season!
Rosebud butternuts (35) Denton, Texas | August 22, 2009
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went there with my brother swalden28 today. i have met dennis several times before, but this was the first tour i have taken. it is obvious that he love what he does. he also produces one of the best if not the best wheat beer i have ever had. he is very personable and will chat with you forever. as KAggie97 said he gives you much info on the brewing process. ever since i tried his o-fest and wheat last year i feel there are great things to come from franconia.
KAggie97 (220) Ugly, Hot, and Humid Spring, Texas | August 3, 2009
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Went here with my little brother. The tour was very informative, going into the meat and potatoes of brewing rather than just sticking to the gravy. Dennis loves his job and his enthusiasm during the tour reflects this love. I was able to get a one-on-one interview with him for My Table magazine with no problem whatsoever. (Gavin was not in attendance on this day.) He was happy to answer my questions. Selection is limited to 3 beers (lager, dunkel, wheat) but since itís a relatively new brewery, thatís understandable. Much more is coming from this brewer, and Iím looking forward to seeing what they come up with. Definitely worth a visit if for nothing else than the informative tour.
SphinxTX (41) Mata Gorda, Texas | June 6, 2008| Updated September 3, 2008
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I stopped by here (by appointment). This brewery is brand new, just opened shop a couple of months ago. The brewers are Dennis (Brewer for Two Rows in the Dallas area) and Gavin (Was the brewer for Rahr & Sons). So far this is a 2 person operation. I originally called and spoke to Gavin and he was more then happy to speak with me and set an appointment for me to come by with friends. The building is brand new, as well as all the equipment. At the moment, they only keg beers. Gavin showed us around and explained in detail their brewing process. At the end of the tour, he gave us a taste of the beers they have available at this time, the unfiltered lager and the wheat, straight from their tank, not a keg, allthough eventually im sure they will do that......but I like the idea that mine was straight from the tank. Gavin stated that someday they will do tours on saturdays, but since they are so new, there are a few things they need to get set up first. Tours are given during the week by appointment only at the moment. This is a very personable expieriance, so if you get the chance, give them a call, you have the brewers FULL attention. Im not sure how to rate the selection at this time since there are only 3 at this time, itís good beer....
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