Meet Brewmaster, Ryan McWhorter, the man behind Panther Island Brewing Company. When not creating (and drinking) amazing beers, McWhorter can be found playing loud music while wearing flannel. If this doesn’t scream “master of the beer,” I don’t know what does. Consider this your fair warning: McWhorter isn’t a fan of the Red Sox, EDM or “your mom” jokes.
If you’re on your way to meet McWhorter and his team, I recommended you order yourself an American Cream Ale and enjoy your time in downtown Fort Worth. The brewery offers local live music, a variety of food trucks and TVs to watch the games!
Would you believe me if I told you that Rahr is over 160 years old? Well, it’s true! Frederick William “Fritz” Rahr Jr. opened up Rahr & Sons Brewing Co. in 2004, but it was back in 1847 when the Rahr family began mastering the art of the brew. You can read more about the history of Rahr here, but I want to focus on my favorite part: his love for Dallas-Fort Worth.
Rahr has deep pride for the DFW metroplex. He graduated from Texas Christian University (go Frogs!) in 1989, and again if 1993 with his masters. His son Will also attended TCU…You could say the family bleeds purple. Rahr also supports local artists by displaying their work in the brewery. He believes that his brewery, located in Fort Worth, is a great opportunity to highlight an important part of the North Texas arts community (along with brewing amazing beer).
To put in nicely, Joel and Laura Malone started making their own cider at home because the available Texas cider was trash. It was necessary to brew their own or be forced to drink overly sweet, candy-like drinks. Here we are, years later, not only with a ton of delicious cider made by Texans, but a Cidercade with over 150 arcade games and 24 ciders on tap.
In case you don’t think hard work pays off, Joel graduated college in 2008 and opened his first storefront in 2014. His entrepreneurial spirit mixed with a love for good cider equals a huge win for the DFW brewery scene. If you’re prepared to keep on winning, head over to the Cidercade, order an Apple Pineapple draft and enjoy some games. If you’re lucky, Joel will be there to school you on the ins and outs of cider, and what makes it so different from beer.