Thursday, April 20, 2023

White Rock Brewing Co. opens new digs in West Dallas

Taproom, patio and pizza views (the 'Off White' with bacon and spinach) at
White Rock Brewing Co. in Dallas (all images © Brian Brown/Beer in Big D).

White Rock Alehouse & Brewery opened its original East Dallas location in late 2017. Now, more than five years later, the company has established a second spot, White Rock Brewing Co. (WRBC), on the city's west side at 2477 N. Beckley Ave.

Brought to you by the team of Dave Kirk and Greg Nixon, along with head brewer Blake Morrison, this core group at White Rock has remained in place since day one. The name on the new front door may be a little different, but the WRBC moniker has been in existence since early 2021. A re-brand was announced at the Alehouse's third anniversary party, and since then the new name has appeared on all of White Rock's to-go packaging.

Something else that has remained constant since White Rock's debut is the brewpub's ability to consistently deliver a solid and stylistic lineup of well-balanced beers. Their recipes have won several awards, but the most prestigious thus far may be a silver medal won last October at the Great American Beer Festival. White Rock's IPO IPA, a New England-style IPA, placed in one of the competition's most competitive categories.

So, what's the plan for the new place? Presumably, it's to build off the recent momentum and to get White Rock beers into the hands of more North Texans.

Production operations have been upgraded from the Alehouse's four-barrel system filling 500 square feet, to a 20-barrel, three-vessel brewhouse occupying 3000 square feet at WRBC. The boost in capacity is expected to allow house beers, which primarily left the Alehouse in to-go containers, to be more easily distributed throughout the Dallas-Fort Worth Metroplex.

As for other amenities at the N. Beckley locale, WRBC has a kitchen on site, though the menu is a bit more focused than at the Alehouse. House-made pizzas are WRBC's featured item, with appetizers, salads and desserts offered as supplementary selections. Cocktails and spirits are also available, as are non-alcoholic beverage options (coffee, soda, water, juice, etc.) for those choosing not to indulge.

All of this, incidentally, is meant to be enjoyed within the confines of WRBC's three distinct public areas. On top of taproom seating indoors, there's a covered patio space (which can be fully enclosed thanks to roll-top garage doors), as well as open-air accommodations in the dog-friendly beer garden.

Going forward, WRBC will serve lunch and dinner seven days a week, with regular hours starting at 11 a.m. (brunch service is coming soon). And if you go, take note that the brewpub's primary parking allotment is on the ground level of the garage out back.

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