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Dallas is rapidly growing a Texas-sized beer scene. Several quirky and distinctive breweries have started operations in the Dallas-Fort Worth metroplex in recent years. Forget the cold yellow suds; you’ll find a range of German, Belgian, and American-style brews. While we can’t list all the breweries here, below are five of the most creative and celebrated operations.

Deep Ellum Brewing Co.

Deep Ellum Brewing Co., 2823 St. Louis St., has been a funky and dirty wing of east Dallas since Robert Johnson and Huddie Ledbetter lurked the jazz and blues clubs there in the 1920s. Deep Ellum adds top-quality brews to that wild history. The taproom is open daily from 3 to 10 p.m., and tours are at 1 and 2 p.m. on Saturday. Pay $12 online or $15 in person and get a logo pint glass and three samples.

In addition to a range of live music, you can also get a straight-razor shave from the DEBC barber.

Peticolas Brewing Co.

Michael Peticolas quit his legal job to make beer instead, giving Dallas one less lawyer and one more great brewery. Catch a tour at Peticolas Brewing Co., 2026 Farrington St., on the first and third Saturdays of the month from 1 to 3 p.m. For $10, you will get a logo pint glass and three wooden nickels redeemable for samples of Velvet Hammer, Royal Scandal English Pale, or whatever else Peticolas has in the works.

Upstairs, you’ll find pingpong, air hockey, and English Premier League soccer games on TV.

Lakewood Brewing Co.

You need a sharp eye to notice Lakewood Brewing Co., 2302 Executive Drive, hiding among the warehouses in Garland’s industrial district, but don’t miss it. Born in Belgium, head brewer Wim Bens brings his heritage to brews such as the Rock Ryder Wheat and Hop Trapp IPA.

Tours are Saturday from noon to 3 p.m. For $10, you get a souvenir glass and four 8-ounce samples. Relax in the outdoor beer garden or purchase Lakewood Brewing Co. merchandise at the gift shop.

Community Beer Co.

Community Beer Co., 1530 Inspiration Drive, was built on the idea that beer brings people together. With this concept in mind, Community Beer Co. combines music, brewing, food, and people into one cohesive unit. Every Saturday, the brewery hosts an open house featuring tunes and vendors.

For $5, you will get a pair of beer samples. You can write about whatever you like on the Community Wall in the tank room or rent the space for corporate events, weddings, fundraisers, or any function.

Franconia Brewing Co.

Franconia Brewing Co., 495 McKinney Parkway, combines Bavarian brewing heritage with north Texas providers to create great beer that is also environmentally friendly. The company partners with Green Mountain Energy to operate a clean and green brewery. One hundred percent of their leftover mash becomes cattle feed, and no trash goes to landfills. The brewery is open to the public on Saturday only. For $5, you will get two samples and a two-hour tour.

The great breweries of the Dallas area express the diversity and creativity of Texas residents. Which is your favorite? The only way to decide is to visit, tour, and taste.

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