Rahr & Sons Brewing Company
Claiming more than 160 years of history and a bucket of awards for its beers
Not many craft breweries can claim a history of more than 160 plus years, but the Rahr & Sons Brewing Company of Fort Worth, Texas is the exception to that assertion. Fritz Rahr, the great, great grandson of the German immigrant William Rahr, followed his cherished ancestor into the brewery business in 2004. The original brewery in Manitowoc, Wisconsin, began operations in 1847 to serve the growing number of European settlers in the area. “Our family’s rich history in the brewing business led us to open Rahr & Sons Brewing - we use the same age-old recipes in the styles of the Rahr brew masters of the past,” informed Fritz Rahr.
The relatively old new brewery came into existence in the fall of 2004. Texas Christian University graduate Fritz Rahr had fallen in love with Fort Worth and decided to continue the family tradition. He asked his wife Erin and she agreed to the new business. From a small beginning of around 2,000 annual barrels, Rahr & Sons Brewing has grown to around 20,000 barrels. Additionally, the brewery has captured an amazing 50 nationally recognized awards in various competitions around the country.
Remarkably, Fritz Rahr’s ancestors were also responsible for establishing one of the country’s first malt houses. The soil and climate around the Eagle Brewery (the original name) produced barley of particular virtue to the beers of William Rahr, the first owner of Eagle. So good was his product that he even began shipping the malted barley to beer industry giant Budweiser in St. Louis. This operation supplied the family’s original brewery’s needs as well as many of the neighboring breweries. The operation grew and prospered and today, Rahr Malting Company produces and supplies malt and industry-related brewing supplies to roughly 90% of the breweries in the United States.
Fritz Rahr considers it his destiny to return his family to the brewing business. Fortunately for the residents of South Fort Worth, the decision and resulting success of Rahr & Sons Brewing is a major credit to the area. The brewery totals around 30,000 square feet and is available for rent to any group.