DART to Great Brews

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St. Paddy’s Day is only a start for the serious beer lover. Once the local beer emporiums retire the green food dye for another year, there are still tons of DARTable options for grabbing a cold one – from British-style ale houses, to brewpubs, to one-of-a-kind spots that defy category.

The Wild Detectives, a DARTable Gem, is a bookstore and tavern that features local craft beer, tapas and wine. Located in the Bishop Arts District, the place has become the heart of Dallas’ literary scene. You can get to it via the Dallas Streetcar and a short walk.

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 and 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. Vickery Park offers a huge selection of craft beers; Kelly’s Eastside, a casual restaurant and neighborhood stalwart, has dozens of on-tap selections; and 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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