Dallas’ 10 best breweries for 2020 keep the craft beer flowing

Jul 7, 2020, 6:00 am

The year 2020 has not been kind to the Dallas food & beverage industry. With the coronavirus keeping customers hunkered down at home and state laws that seem to change every day, it’s a nostalgic trip to recall the days when you could drop into your favorite spot and grab a drink and a bite. It’s those days that CultureMap Dallas celebrates via its annual Tastemaker Awards, honoring the best in local food and drink.

For the 2020 edition, things will be different: Instead of a gathering, we’ll bring the party to your home with the Tastemaker Awards — Virtual Edition, which you can read all about here. Now begins our editorial series, with entries we’ll post over the next few weeks, lauding candidates for best chef, best restaurant, and best rising star.

To determine the nominees, we drafted a panel of judges, consisting of former CultureMap Tastemaker Award winners and local F&B experts, who helped narrow down the list to 10 finalists, then voted to crown a winner. One fortunate thing about craft breweries is that, despite COVID-19, most are able to keep producing — and we’re able to keep buying — their craft beer. Here are the best craft breweries of the year:


3 Nations Brewing
Launched in 2015, 3 Nations is the brainchild of Gavin Secchi, whose family owns Ferrari’s Italian Villa. The brewery resides in a cool building, a former grain storage shed, in downtown Carrollton, where they’re doing adventurous beers such as Crazy Pale Ale and Mango Smash IPA. Their taproom is currently closed but they have a robust curbside program where you can order online, then swing by their south side entrance from 12-8 pm, and pick up a 6 pack or two.



3 Nations Brewing Open In October

By Tiney Ricciardi  – 8:00 AM on Nov 1, 2019,  Dallas Morning News

3 Nations Brewing isn’t new to local drinkers, having opened in 2015, but the company recently moved into a massive new home in downtown Carrollton. Located in the shadow of a 70-year-old grain mill, the new spot includes five rooms, an outdoor patio and upgraded amenities. “We only had one bathroom [in Farmers Branch],” says partner John Royer. “Now we have five stalls for women.” 3 Nations is also close to the DART line and numerous restaurants where guests can buy food to bring to the brewery.



Best Brewery in Dallas

For 3 Nations Brewing, the end of 2018 brought major news. The Farmers Branch brewery announced that it would soon move to a massive former grain storage shed built in 1950, located in Carrollton’s bustling downtown.

3 Nations, launched in 2015, has moved forward with construction on the new location while shipping out a series of adventurous beers from across the flavor spectrum. Click here to view the full article: hyperlink:



My 2016 Fort Worth Untapped tasting card

Read any recap of Saturday’s Untapped Festival in Fort Worth, and within the first few sentences there’s probably going to be some mention of the weather. It was hot. It was humid. It was sticky. Hell, it was Houston (I grew up there, so don’t go getting all offended if you’re a current resident)!

Thankfully, though, there was beer…and while beer can’t solve all the world’s problems, a cold one or two can certainly help take the edge off a hefty dose of heat-induced delirium. Which reminds me, was I really involved in a conversation about drinking Delirium “Tree”-mens under the gathering point that became the big tree?  Click here to view the full article.




What to Drink Now: Halloween Libations

You have your costumes created, house decorated, menu prepped and candy purchased. The only thing left is figuring out what to sip on this Halloween.

Whether you are hosting a gathering of friends this week, or simply greeting trick-or-treating kids at the door, you’ll need a spooky libation to celebration the day…Click here to view the full article.



Do you know what a mash tun is? Inside the beer brewing process, step by step

With the craft beer boom galloping around town every which way, a brush with a local brew is inevitable — whether you’re into beer or not.

As a beer novice, I wanted to expand my brewing knowledge. (When I say pass me a cold one, I typically am popping the top on a diet Coke.) So I called on one of the newest breweries in town…Click here to view the full article.



Lake Highlands “Advocate Weekly News” Sheds Light On Three Nations

There is the nifty tagline, “RESP3CT TRADITION,” printed across smartly designed cans, the contents of which are universally praised by aficionados who have sipped them and the 50-plus retailers and restaurateurs who peddle them.

A group of investors from Lake Highlands recently provided enough capital to put makers 3 Nations Brewing Co. on … Click here to view the full article.



WFAA Takes Brewery Tour Before Local Brews Local Grooves Festival

WFAA morning news anchor Brandon Hamilton stops by the brewery for a quick tour and run down of the brew process. The ABC morning news team was promoting “Local Brews Local Grooves” at the House of Blues in Dallas.



Dallas Observer Article Celebrates Three Nations’ Arrival

Each month it seems like yet another brewery is announcing their opening, from Texas Ale Project to Bitter Sisters to Four Bullets to Tupps, they just keep appearing. Back in April, I wrote about 3 Nations Brewery releasing beers as early as May.

Unfortunately, the release of 3 Nations’ beer didn’t occur until last week, after its makers received their brewery license… Click here to view the full article.



Dallas Business Journal Highlights 3NB Origin Story And Future Plans

When the North Texas heat peaks above 100 degrees this summer, it will be founder Gavin Secchi’s love of beer that fuels 3 Nations Brewing Co. At age 21, Secchi decided to leave college for a semester to travel to Germany and learn the beer brewing business.

Nine years later, he has started his own company that creates suds reminiscent of old-style brewing methods in… Click here to view the full article and video.