In 1847, William Rahr brought his passion for beer from Rhineland, Germany—where his ancestors had been stirring hops for years—to Manitowoc, Wisconsin, where he opened his own brewery and, later, a malt house. William's passion passed through the generations, eventually inspiring his great-great-grandson Fritz Rahr to open his own brewery with his wife, Erin, in 2004.
Today Rahr & Sons Brewing Company—whose Iron Thistle brew was named a National Grand Champion at the United States Beer Tasting Championships in 2009—pours more than 5,000 barrels each year. Encompassing amber lagers, bocks, IPAs, and more, Rahr's lineup of year-round and seasonal brews take their names from weather systems, homely dogs, buffalo hindquarters, and the storm clouds William saw on his voyage to America. The 20,000-square-foot facility welcomes visitors on popular Saturday and Wednesday tours, where fans can watch grain swirl and bob before it ships off to local farms and bakeries as a special treat for cattle and unique ingredient in artisanal bread.
Nobody does family dine-in like BJ’s Restaurant and Brewery. There’s something for even the pickiest of eaters here, with their crunchy, cheesy pizzas, juicy, mouthwatering burgers, firm, saucy pastas, and chilled craft beers. Some of their always on tap beer variants include the Harvest Hefenwizen, Jeremiah Red, and Nutty Brewnette. They also serve USDA-choice steaks, ranging from their bone-in New York style to their house-top sirloin. Those who don’t mind tucking in can try the delicious baby back pork ribs, served with their Jerimiah Red BBQ sauce and rubbed with the deliciously savory taste of their Big Poppa Smokers champion rub.
Featuring an extensive menu of creative American food—including The Reuben 1976, born on the restaurant and brewery's opening day—Humperdink's has served the mertroplex area for 36 years. Humperdink's boasts menu items such as barbecue ribs, sustainable seafood, steaks, gourmet burgers, and original buffalo hot wings, along with a number of award-winning microbrews crafted on the premises and served on tap.
Volunteer Center of North Texas (VCNT) exemplifies what it means to work together. More than 40 years ago, the four founders of VCNT wanted to help the community, believing that, if they could do good deeds, it would cause a ripple effect throughout the town, surrounding counties, and even the state. They were right. Today, more than 24,000 active volunteers lend their skills, manpower, and creativity to the VCNT, serving a range of nonprofit causes, from food pantries and shelters to elderly care and animal advocacy. Every year volunteers log more than 600,000 hours of work that's worth about $23 million to the North Texas economy.