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 went here to visit my good friend Jason who is the assistant brew master. The ambiance was average, lots of people on Saturday and sometimes they will show sports games. The service was top notch, Jason was obviously helpful, but the other workers were real cool about everything too. Rahr has 12 beers, 6 of which were available when I went. Not too bad considering their micro status. The value was off the charts primarily because, well itís free! This is defiantly the coolest brewery we have in the Metroplex.
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.
beer was not that great but it was free. Folks were super nice, and there were a lot of people there for the normal saturday tastings. Brewery tours didnít seem to be available, but it was one big room anyways so you could see everything. A few homeless folks got some beers too.
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.
Nice folks here. The beer insít great but they are very friendly and even give out free beer on saturday from 1-3. Not very fancy its just a big warehouse with lots of stainless steel tanks and a small gift shop and tiny bar. OK.
Stumbled in with ilovedarkbeer on a Saturday at 3:15. We didnít know they had free tastings from 1-3, but we were still able to try a couple of beers for free. We talked to 2 of the brewers for a while about industry stuff, and how they brew there stuff and the history of the company. The staff seems to be all retired people volunteering for free beer. Nice place, and my opinion is much higher of the company after visiting.
Ok, this is a warehouse...ok....what do you expect from a beggining brewery. It is simple, yes, but the staff is very friendly, they give you a generous amount of beer, provide a live band, and local people come in and volunteer to work....This may not be a fancy place, but I feel at home when I go....I meet new people, hombrewers, and others from different walks of life. I go here once a month and I enjoy it....Itís like going to a kind of family reunion.
Iíve been on many brewery tours. This was probably the least fun out of all microbrewies. The tour guide is dull and doesnít keep you interested. Iím a homebrewer and was still bored by all the technical talk. Beers arenít very good either. Most are fairly bland and the hop character isnít good. Hopefully there will one day be a good DFW brewery.