DART to Great Brews


Bankhead Brewing Co. in downtown Rowlett spurs community pride and stands as an example of new developments near DART stations which continue to add revenue to North Texas’ economy.

If you’re a beer nerd, you probably don’t need an excuse to explore North Texas’ great and growing brew scene. But Saturday, April 7, is National Beer Day. And luckily, you’ve got plenty of DARTable options for grabbing a cold one – from British-style ale houses, to brewpubs, to cafes.

Four Corners Brewing makes an array of popular brews, and it has new digs on nearly two acres just a block from Cedars Station. A 1925 warehouse has been renovated to accommodate 16,000 square feet of brewing space – and, of course, there’s a taproom, inside a separate building that used to serve as stables for the Ambassador Hotel across the street. The brewer also hosts regular Saturday tours.

For great shared plates and craft beer made on-premises, head to Bankhead Brewing Co., a charming spot near Downtown Rowlett Station. The food is cooked in wood-burning ovens, and the premium, house-crafted beers come in a wide variety. Traditional German and English recipes get a lot of play here. The inviting space features plentiful outdoor seating.

The hip Intrinsic Smokehouse & Brewery is located within walking distance of Downtown Garland Station in the heart of the town square. Not only does Intrinsic offer a seasonal selection of its own handcrafted beers, but also keeps a rotation of guest beers and its very own homemade sodas on tap as well.

You’ve seen the beers on supermarket shelves and at bars and pubs – but did you know that Deep Ellum Brewing Company has a taproom? The cool industrial space is open seven days a week and gives tours from 12-3 p.m. every Saturday. Just up the street, don’t miss Braindead Brewing, another spot with a huge and rotating roster of both in-house and craft beers, and a patio perfect for people-watching. They’re both near Deep Ellum Station or the Deep Ellum stops of the free D-Link bus shuttle.

And you won’t run dry near Downtown Plano Station, either. The Fillmore Pub serves it up British-style, with a plenty of beer options and great fish and chips.

And that’s just a start. You want more? Try the terrific drafts at the Irish-to-the-core Trinity Hall (Mockingbird Station), or the almost encyclopedic selection at The Ginger Man (M-Line Trolley).

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