Rahr & Sons Brewing Company opens its doors to the public every Wednesday from 5:00PM – 7:30PM, and every Saturday from 1:00PM – 3PM.
A tour of the brewery and a Rahr & Sons pint glass are included for only $10, and, as always, the beer samples are free (only guests 21 years or older get to taste the beer).
Once inside the brewery you can expect to line up for a pint of beer. After that, feel free to visit the gift shop or find a spot to sit at one of the picnic tables. Smoking is permitted on the back dock (not inside the brewery). PLEASE no pets unless they are service pets.
The guided tour typically starts at 2:30pm, near the place where you check-in. If you’re lucky, the tour will be led by Fritz Rahr, Founder of Rahr & Sons. His family has a long history of brewing and he has some pretty good stories to tell.
Don’t worry if you can’t find time to eat before visiting the brewery! We’ve teamed up with some of the best family-owned restaurants Fort Worth has to offer to bring great food to the brewery!
Don’t be surprised to see an artist displaying work or a bakery handing out samples of bread made with spent grain from the brewery. We have a great opportunity to highlight an important part of the North Texas arts community and we want to make the most of it!
When Rahr & Sons Brewing Company opened its doors in 2004, the tag line was “The brand new beer with a 150-year history!” and there’s a real story behind that statement:
The Rahr family started making beer in America in 1847 – almost immediately after William and Natalie Rahr immigrated from Rhineland, Germany to Manitowoc, Wisconsin. The steadily increasing population of European settlers created a demand for beer of better quality than “the typical kitchen brew” and William – having come from a long line of German brewers – knew he was the person to fill the void (and the beer steins). His Eagle Brewery was the first lager brewery in Wisconsin.
The soil and climate around the Eagle Brewery produced a barley of particular virtue to the brewing of fine beer and William eventually added a malt house that not only supplied the needs of his brewery, but also the needs of neighboring breweries. Eventually, William started shipping his malted barley as far as St. Louis where another German pioneer and enterprising brewer used all he could for his nationally famous brand.
Tragically while on an inspection tour of the brewery in 1880, William fell into a brew kettle and suffered burns from which he never recovered. To honor their father, his sons changed the name of the brewery/malt house to William Rahr’s Sons Co.
William’s sons continued guiding the malt house and under their direction the first scientific malt testing laboratory was installed and German patents for the production of roasted and caramel malts and malt-coffee were acquired. (Today, Rahr Malting Co. produces and supplies malt and industry-related brewing supplies to roughly 90% of the breweries in the United States.)
160 years after William Rahr founded the Eagle Brewery, his great-great-grandson and namesake, Frederick William “Fritz” Rahr, Jr., felt the pull to brew and with the blessing of his wife, Erin, opened Rahr & Sons Brewing Co. on the south side of downtown Fort Worth in 2004. Knowing the family history, staff at Rahr & Sons tend to get nervous if Fritz leans over a brew kettle too far.
Rahr & Sons Brewing Co. of Fort Worth, Texas is the perfect venue for any party featuring an over-21 crowd.
The brewery offers 30,000 square feet of available rental space. Our main bar can hold up to 300 people. We’ve hosted birthdays, reunions, wedding receptions, sports banquets, holiday gatherings, art showings, CD release parties, music showcases, Baby Showers, Company parties, and more!
The brewery rental fee is $25 per person with a $1000 minimum per event(applied to the first 40 guests). This fee includes brewery rental for three hours, TABC certified bar staff, and a Rahr & Sons commemorative pint glass for each guest to take home. Securing your desired date requires a $500 deposit. At the close of your event your remaining balance based on attendance , along with a $50 cleaning fee, 8.25% state sales tax and Bar Staff gratuity of 18%(of total bill) are due.
The bar will have last call 30 minutes prior to the end of the party and will close down 15 minutes later.
We have worked with some fantastic catering services and restaurants and will gladly give you a list of places we recommend, you also have the option to bring in your own food. Since we are a brewery by day we are only able o serve beer to your guest. Please make arrangements for water and soft drinks if you intend to have those available to your guests. TABC/State Law prohibits the consumption of any other alcohol on the brewery premises. We do ask that you please not bring any confetti or shelled peanuts.
When it comes to entertainment feel free to book your own band or plug your music into our sound system.
Call us at 817-810-9266 to check availability or to ask us any questions.