Ambiance - large, nice area for large Saturday crowd, large screen projector with the game on. If it were summer, it would be hot and 3 beers wouldnít be enough. Service - The lines were long but they served beer fast without overfoaming the glass. The main restroom line was slow but I heard they had outhouses available. Good selection of beers (see beer ratings). Food - They serve Gyroís one week, Burgers the next, BBQ 3rd, etc... I did not try the food. Value - was great, bring my glass back and only cost $5 for a tour and 3 free beers; $7 normal price. Overall - Great place on a Saturday afternoon. The tour and beer isnít as good as Saint Arnolds/Houston but I must admit I did like the atmosphere better - though, I might think otherwise during the summer months. I do think i will try to make it back about once a month since this is the only local brewery that Iím aware of.
Hard to rate properly. I enjoy almost all the beers Iíve had from Rahr & Sons. Wednesdays and Saturdays they open up their brewery to the public for tours and tastings. $7 gets you a glass and three pints of their beer on tap and a half pint of a special, in house brew made for the tasting. It is often crowded and sometimes they do not offer all their beers on the taps, and it does get hot. They also bring in pizza for sale from a Fort Worth local pizza joint. I have fun when I go out there. It is worth doing at least once.
Pros: Its a warehouse - so what! This is Texas. If I wanted the Napa Valley Beer Experience Iíd go to Colorado. The people are friendly and the beer is free.
Cons: Its hot and humid in the summer (again, Texas). Beer quality is so-so. The black lager (Ugly Pug) is pretty good - as is the IPA (Stormcloud)...otherwise theyíre pretty bland. Often over-malted and under-hopped.
Overall: Not a bad way to spend a Saturday afternoon.
Cavie (80) Arlington, Texas | March 16, 2009| Updated January 23, 2010
Stopped by for the Saturday celebration. Very busy, with live music and the staff wandering about. Talked with brewers and Fritz Rahr for awhile. It is very evident that they know their product and have a love for what they do. Took the offered tour of the location and very much enjoyed it. This really is just a warehouse, kind of a nasty feeling but the tanks were gleaming. Quite a contrast!
1/23/10 Ok so I will pre-empt this by saying I am quite the Rahr fanboy. I have been on numerous Saturdays and I believe this is a great way to spend the afternoon. Most of the staff know me by now and have taken care of me more than once. It is less of a tour and more of a party now which Iím cool with. Come with a friend and enjoy.
I have only been to the warehouse in the winter time, so bring a hoodie at least to keep you warm until the winter warmer does that for you. Staff if friendly as can be. Live music is provided for you. You can buy unique drinking glasses to put your free beer in. I enjoy this beer and the atmosphere.
Itís definetly best to go on Wed., avoid the crowds and they crack open a keg of an unreleased test batch. The last Wed. I went it was a dark Belgian. Local food is avalible for a price and you get a glass and 3 beers all for only $5. Not bad. Its more of a party than a tour, so donít go expecting a bunch of technical lectures or even much beer nerdiness.
Solid place, went on Wednesday, free glass with 4 pints for only $10. You canít beat that. You can basically check out their entire facility while there. Very cool. It was really busy, so canít complain about service. Beer was fine, didnít blow my mind but very solid, and again that value absolutely cannot be beaten. Almost dangerously cheap.