February 2010 -- Timing is everything -- I arrived in DFW on a Wednesday afternoon for a quick business trip and was happy to find that Rahr hosted a "tour" every Wednesday afternoon. After surviving a brutal run thru DFW traffic on a rainy afternoon, I arrived to find this place packed with "tourists" -- But I was really pleasantly surprised to find this "tour" is really just a nice afternoon session. For a mere 7 bucks you can score a nice logo glass and tokens for three full pints of excellent beer. Because I had to drive on, I only had two. Both beers were excellent. There was some food available (local pizzeria?), too, but I didn’t even check if it was free or at a cost. Good visit. If I were local, I’d be back every week. I’ll have to settle for trying to line up every other trip to DFW on a Wednesday! (They do it on Saturdays, too). (Brewery #501)
You’ll find yourself in the same warehouse where they brew, with equipment and pipes everywhere, sitting on "village fair" benches and tables, bare concrete floor and walls... The atmosphere is very dull. The bartender is very kind, letting me try all their beers. They decided to go for low fermentation beers, and this is not a smart choice unless you really know how to brew a classy beer; the flavors are missing and the quality is poor (apart from an interesting Winter).
Stumbled in with ilovedarkbeer on a Saturday at 3:15. We didn’t 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.
Stopped by on a hot Saturday in August and was blown away by the number of people in attendance. Must’ve been over 1000 easily crammed in a warehouse without A/C. It was hot, stuffy, and noisy but the beers were readily available and I had the opportunity to speak, thanks to Cavie, with Fritz Rahr. Probably better in cooler weather, especially for a sweat hog like me. Friendly staff (thanks to all who tried to get me a Buffalo Butt glass!) that really knows their stuff. Gift shop for all the trinkets you might want but don’t necessarily need. Glass prices are a little steep beyond the pint glass included with the $5 admission price, but oh well. Worth a visit.
The brewery is open for visits on Wednesday and Saturday. I took a short taxi ride from the Omni to the brewery. For $10 you received a pint glass and 3 1/2 fills. There were some pizza’s offered for purchase. They draw about 300 people or more for these events. Picnic tables were available to sit and enjoy the beer. No one was leading tours so I just asked questions of people. Kelly at the front desk was very helpful. In the brewing room they had a cask of unfiltered Stromcloud. This was appropriate since a huge stromcloud dropped buckets of rain in a very short time.
Nice folks here. The beer ins’t 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.
Hard to rate properly. I enjoy almost all the beers I’ve 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.
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 I’m cool with. Come with a friend and enjoy.