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Drink Local: A Virtual Brew Tour of Fort Worth

February 10th, 2017

A lot goes into choosing where we want to live. Of course, there are the major, inevitable factors like job relocation, affordability, and school systems. It’s pretty hard not to take things like that into consideration when buying a home. But, those aren’t the only considerations one has to make when deciding where to move themselves or their families. You don’t spend your life just working and sleeping. You want to enjoy yourself too. You want to be able to have a night on the town with friends. It’s also important for a place to have its own “scene” and culture to enjoy. That’s why when looking for Fort Worth homes, you want to know what this growing area has to offer in the way of fun.


If you’re not familiar with the dynamic food and drink scene in Fort Worth, it’s time for a crash course. Texas has emerged as a major player in the microbrew beer scene. There’s even an advocacy group dedicated to the state. Fort Worth and the surrounding area is home to some of the great names in American microbrewing. If you enjoy high-quality craft beer, Fort Worth is the place to be. So, if you’re interested in learning more about Fort Worth and are thinking about moving, join us on this virtual tour of the breweries that call Fort Worth home.


Martin House Brewing Company


Martin House Brewing Company was one of the early names on the scene. They are recognized as the second brewery to pop up in Fort Worth and help kick off the North Texas microbrew renaissance. They are a couple of months away from celebrating their fourth anniversary and have long surpassed their initial line of four core beers. The beers coming out of this creative brewery are well regarded and, though quite different from one another, are all great tasting examples of their category. Be sure to stay tuned for any fourth-anniversary festivities that might be coming up soon.


The Collective Brewing Project


The Collective Brewing Project is an interesting take on the whole beer production business. This brewery developed from the idea that community is everything and should be fostered. That’s why they have designed the space as both a production brewery and a unique taproom that encourages visitors to come back as often as possible. If you hold an American Homebrewers Association card, you receive 10% off when you come in for drinks. If you took your bike to the taproom (and show it off) that’s another 10% discount. If you like creative brews, good conversation, and a welcoming, communal atmosphere, the Collective Brewing Project is a must visit.


Rahr & Sons Brewing


Martin House Brewing Company is recognized as the second major brewery to arrive in the Fort Worth area, but the original is Rahr & Sons Brewing which at almost 13 years old is the elder statesman of the North Texas microbrew scene. The brewery does tours of the facilities twice a week and they usually sell out so get your spot in advance. Of course, there is a tasting at the end of the tour, as well. If you can’t make it, don’t fret. Rahr & Sons beer is served all over the city both on tap and packaged in stores.


Hop Fusion Ale Works


Continuing on our virtual brew tour of Fort Worth, there is Hop Fusion Ale Works. Again, we have a brewery that’s taking some creative chances with its space. This time, we have a combination brewery, taproom, and art gallery. The gallery spotlights art created by local artists and they act as conversation pieces while you sample what Hop Fusion Ale Works has to offer. Try unique brews such as Hairpin, Steampipe, and Feisty Blonde.


 Chimera Brewing Company


Finally, we reach the final stop on our virtual tour, which is Chimera Brewing Company. Though the brewery is just shy of its two year anniversary, it’s already made quite the splash in the North Texas microbrew scene. The mythological unicorn is a big part of their branding and you’ll find it across their website and décor. Chimera positions itself as a bar pub, taking pride in both their brews and traditional Italian pizza. Their kitchen and bar serve a variety of beers on tap all year round and even do something called “guest brews” which are temporary “residences” by beers from other companies on their draft lists.




Are you ready to head downtown and start your brewery tour for real? Visit Fort Worth and see all that the area has to offer. Once you get to know what the area has to offer for fun and entertainment, you’ll never want to leave. If you’re ready to start your search for the perfect home in Fort Worth, contact the Biedenharn team today.

The Quick Guide for Relocating to Fort Worth

January 6th, 2017

No one likes to move. Sure, once you’re settled into your new home and can spend time driving around town to enjoy your new neighborhood it’s great. But the actual process can feel overwhelming, to say the least. Luckily, if you’re moving to Fort Worth (and if you are, you’re certainly lucky) there are some great resources and bits of information available to you to make the transition as relatively painless as possible. After all, getting a home in Fort Worth is a great thing. Who wants to feel completely stressed out about it?


Are you in the midst of planning a move to Fort Worth? Maybe you just want to learn more about the area. No matter where you are in the process, this quick guided for relocating to Fort Worth is for you. We’ll share with you the resources you need to ensure you are ready to go once you arrive. Let’s get to it.


Moving from out of state


If you’re like so many other Americans in recent years, you could be moving to Texas from another state. After all, from 2005-2013 4.8 million people moved to the Lone Star State from one of the other 49 states. If that’s you, here are some things you want to do to make this big move go a bit smoother.


Set a moving budget


These kinds of projects can quickly get out of hand. Know going into it what you want to spend and then make your decisions from there.


Secure state to state movers


This is a big one. Do your research and get quotes from a few different moving companies on their state to state services. Then be sure to lock them down well in advance as soon as you decide on one. Moving to another state really can’t be a last minute project and if you wait too long you may be stuck paying a lot more than you wanted to.


Take a detailed inventory


Make a note of everything that is coming with you. There will be a lot to keep track of. Also be sure to set a packing timeline because you won’t be able to do it all in a single day, or even the last few. Finally, clearly mark some “open first” boxes because you’re going to need your essentials when you arrive and you don’t want to be rummaging through every single box.


What to do in Fort Worth


Alright, you’ve made it! Now let’s get down to what you need to know about Fort Worth specifically once you arrive. This is a mix of both essentials and a little bit of fun. You’re going to appreciate the fun after all the work that went into moving.


Get your utilities set up


You canceled your old service, right? Be sure to find out what utility service providers operate in your particular neighborhood and let them know when you’ll be moving in so you can have everything working when you arrive. This is important.


Get your driver’s license swapped


Whether you’re changing states or just changing addresses within Texas, it’s important to keep your identification information up to date. Reserve a spot at the DMV and get your new license as soon as possible.


Figure out spots for shopping and recreation


If you don’t take breaks and leave the house, you’ll feel overwhelmed. Go have some fun. For malls, shopping centers, and specialty retailers check out this list. That is sure to keep you busy. And if you’re not in the mood for walking around and shopping, there are plenty of other things to do that cost considerably less. There are many things to do outdoors that are fun for the whole family. Beautiful state parks, hunting, fishing, boating,and other outdoor activities are all great ways to become acquainted with your new home. Check out all that Fort Worth has to offer when it comes to outdoor recreation.


Become familiar with transit


While you may drive most of the time, you may find yourself in the Fort Worth metro area where there is public transportation to take advantage of. Find maps of downtown Fort Worth and the rail line so you can see how to get around if you’re not traveling by car.




Did you find the relocation guide useful? Do you feel more confident now about your move to Fort Worth? The area has so much to offer. It’s no wonder why so many families have decided to call the Fort Worth area home over this past decade. While other places slow down, things are only looking up here. If you’re still on the fence or you’ve been thinking about Fort Worth, but you’re not sure if it’s the place for you, contact us today. We’d love to talk to you about this great community.