Whole Foods Market Brewing Co. established its first brewpub in Houston.

Whole Foods Market Brewing Co. established its first brewpub in Houston.

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Whole Foods Market has gone all in on craft beer in recent years, especially in North Texas. The location in Dallas at Park Lane has become a destination for craft drinkers with two bars sporting 44 draft taps, many dedicated to local brews. It's also one of the only retail establishments in the state to fill crowlers -- for now at least -- which are 32-ounce aluminum can growlers of beer to-go.

That's a beer engine, used for dispensing beer from a cask or firkin.

That's a beer engine, used for dispensing beer from a cask or firkin.

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There's more good news for hopheads: The company is carrying the craft mentality into its newest location in Uptown, which opens on the ground floor of the Gables Residential apartment complex on August 12.

Although the grocery store won't have a brewery on-site like the Post Oak store in Houston, Dallas' new 44,387-square-foot Whole Foods boasts a taproom with 24 draft taps -- 19 dedicated to craft beer, four for wine and one for a bourbon barrel-aged cold brew coffee from the local Noble Coyote Coffee Roasters. 

And to celebrate the grand opening, Dallasites will have the rare opportunity to try one of Whole Foods Market Brewing Co.'s original beers, Post Oak Pale Ale, before it is distributed statewide. Per a press release, it's a golden beer sweet like orange marmalade with tangy notes of tangerine and grapefruit, and a dry hop finish that will be made available at 6 p.m. on opening day. 

The beer will be available on draft at all Whole Foods bars in Texas as of September 18, which is pretty awesome considering Houston was the first in the country with an in-house brewery and it will be the only to distribute off-site.

Additionally, Whole Foods Uptown will have a specialty firkin setup, which includes a beer engine for dispensing from the cask.

Uptown's taproom has a street-level patio, as well as a mezzanine where drinks and food can be taken. There are six TVs, three inside and three outside. 

According to Dallas Morning News reporter Maria Halkias, Whole Foods Uptown will be the sole local grocer vertically integrated into a mixed-used development. The store sits below 222 apartments and 17 townhomes. Here's hoping all those residents come thirsty.

2510 McKinney Ave., Dallas. 214-530-9157. wholefoodsmarket.com/stores/uptowndallas.

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