I grew up in Dallas and spent my teenage years going to concerts in Deep Ellum, the area near downtown filled with music venues, brick warehouses adorned with street art, cute boutiques, and some of the best barbecue I’ve ever had. So when I heard that a brewery had opened, I added it to the top of my “things to do when I visit home” list… And it stayed there for quite some time, unfortunately, because I never got the chance to stop by during my quick long-weekend trips.
But I’m happy to say that I finally made it to Deep Ellum Brewing Co., and I was charmed by its industrial decor and tasty beer.
Deep Ellum Brewing Co. opened in 2011 and is a trend-setting, top player in Dallas’s craft beer scene. Late last year, they filed a lawsuit against the Texas Alcoholic Beverage Commission for the unfair legislation that prohibits Texas breweries from selling beer to-go to consumers. While wineries, distilleries, and brewpubs have the luxury of allowing visitors to buy their products, breweries don’t. You can read more about the issue here: Deep Ellum Sues Texas Over “Archaic” Law and on my previous post: What’s Happening in Texas Craft Beer.
My boyfriend and I started out with a flight of four tasters, but there were so many styles we wanted to try that we decided to get another flight.
The Dallas Blonde is a nice light, balanced option for those who are just entering the craft beer scene, while the Hop Seeker and Deep Ellum IPA are perfect for bitter-loving hopheads. My favorite was the Play Date, an American sour ale that uses Dallas Blonde as its base, then ferments it to dryness and with dates. A close second was the Oak Cliff Coffee Ale, a brown ale made with beans from Oak Cliff Coffee Roasters.
There is plenty of indoor and outdoor seating at the brewery. I’d love to come back during a warm summer night–well, before the Texas heat really sets in–and sit on the patio.
We were fortunate to meet up with Michael Roberts from Brews Travelers 365 during our visit, and he pulled some strings to let us get a quick behind-the-scenes tour. Above is part of the original tasting room set-up.
The Brews Travelers guys are seriously the best.
I love this mural on the outside of the brewery that features several of its characters.
If you’re planning a trip to Dallas, pencil in a few hours to walk around the historic Deep Ellum district. The brewery is open every day except Sunday, and you can take a tour during one of their open houses on Thursdays or Saturdays.