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.
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 pizzaís 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.
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.
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.
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.
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 didnít even check if it was free or at a cost. Good visit. If I were local, Iíd be back every week. Iíll have to settle for trying to line up every other trip to DFW on a Wednesday! (They do it on Saturdays, too). (Brewery #501)
Stopped by on a hot Saturday in August and was blown away by the number of people in attendance. Mustíve 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 donít necessarily need. Glass prices are a little steep beyond the pint glass included with the $5 admission price, but oh well. Worth a visit.
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.