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 totals 30,000 square feet available for rent and the PALLET ROOM can hold up to 300 people. We’ve hosted birthdays, reunions, wedding receptions, company awards and sports banquets, holiday gatherings, art showings, CD release parties, music showcases, and more!
The brewery charges a rental fee of $20 per person for private parties. This fee includes brewery rental for three hours, TABC certified bar staff, and a Rahr &Sons commemorative pint glass for each guest to use and take home. The minimum rental charge is $800 per event (applied to the first 40 guests) and a $400 non-refundable deposit is needed to hold/book party date. All brewery rentals require a $50 cleaning fee. There is also a 8.25% state sales tax added to all party rental costs and tipping of the bar staff is appreciated.
The bar will have last call 30 minutes prior to the end of the party and will close down 15 minutes prior to the end of the party.
We have worked with some fantastic catering services and restaurants and we’ll gladly give you a list of places we recommend, but you can also bring in your own food. Plan to bring your own water/soft drinks (or make arrangements with your caterer) because we have our hands full just tending to the beer. TABC/State Law prohibits the consumption of any other alcohol on the brewery premises. Please do not bring any confetti or shelled peanuts.
You can 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.