Rahr and Sons Brewing Company was established in 2004, before the craft beer boom of America, but the lioness rawr has been heard loud and clear since the doors have opened in a warehouse south of downtown Fort Worth by Frederick “Fritz” Rahr and his wife Erin. Fritz Rahr, a former railroad company worker who has studied brewing in Germany and at the Siebel Institute, is a graduate of Texas Christian University.
Since the summer of 2004, the Rahr and Sons Brewery has been the location of the annual Iron Mash Competition, a homebrewing competition based on the premise of the television show Iron Chef (that is, to brew a beer from provided ingredients) and hosted by the Cap and Hare Homebrewing Club of Fort Worth, TX
At the summer 2005 semiannual United States Beer Tasting Championship (referred to as USBTC from this point on), Rahr’s Blonde Lager won the award of Best of the Rockies/Southeast in the Dortmunder/Helles category. This beer won the same award again in summer 2006, while Bucking Bock won honorable mention in the division as a Maibock. Rahr’s Ugly Pug won Best of the Rockies/Southwest at the winter 2006 USBTC in the Black Lager category. Most recently, Rahr’s Summertime Wheat was recognized as the best wheat beer in the Rockies/Southwest division during the summer 2007 USBTC.
The Dallas Observer awarded Rahr’s Blonde Lager “Best Local Beer” in the summer of 2005.
In the Zymurgy magazine reader’s poll of summer 2006—the fourth annual Best Commercial Beers In America survey–, Rahr was voted the fifth best brewer in the United States. Among the poll’s top ranked beers in the U.S., Ugly Pug tied for 15th place, Bucking Bock and Rahr’s Red both tied for 21st place, and Blonde Lager tied for 32nd place.
Rahr has introduced nine beers, eight of which have been bottled. Currently, Rahr has 5 year-round brews, 6 seasonals and 7 in the To Thee Series, all with amazing labels that tease the tastiness inside the bottles. Want to taste them all in one place? Visit the brewery Wednesdays from 5-7:30pm or Saturdays from 1-3pm. Of course, bring your ID, $10 admission fee for anyone over 18. A tour of the brewery and a Rahr and Sons pint glass that holds up to three free beer samples are no charge. They’ve teamed up with some of the best family owned restaurants in Fort Worth to offer great food to the brewery. The brewery is located at 701 Galveston Ave. For more information, visit their website rahrbrewing.com.