Craft beer is defined as a beer made in a traditional or non-mechanized way by a small brewery. So for this list I am throwing out the big boys of the beer world. Example, Budweiser, Coors or Miller. If you want to try some new beers, hit up these places.

Let me start out by saying I am never going to complain about any beer you give me. You hand me a Keystone, I am going to drink it. I am not trying to come of as some snobby jerk who only drinks craft beer; I do enjoy mixing it up every now and then though. Also for this list, food does not help give anybody a higher number. This is strictly on beer alone, nothing else.

Another precursor for this list, when it comes to trying a craft beer, I prefer draft. I think a few other bars around town serve some craft beer, but they only server in bottles or cans. If somewhere in the Falls has a good selection of craft beer on DRAFT, please let me know. I would love to go try them out.

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    Iron Horse Pub

    615 8th Street

    When I think of a big row of beer taps in Wichita Falls, The Iron Horse Pub is always what comes to my mind. Actually, this is one of the first bars I went to when I turned 21 in Wichita Falls. If you're looking for a specific type of craft beer, they have pretty much whatever you're looking for at Iron Horse. If you're into live music, check out Iron Horse Pubs calender to see who is playing. Maybe you just want to go out to the bar and relax? Hit up Iron Horse for their Monday Movie Nights.

    Stryker Picks: Zigenbock or a Black and Tan

  • Beer taps at Buffalo Wild Wings in Wichita Falls (photo by Aaron Galloway/Townsquare Media)
    Beer taps at Buffalo Wild Wings in Wichita Falls (photo by Aaron Galloway/Townsquare Media)

    Buffalo Wild Wings

    3111 Midwestern Parkway

    I like to call this the place we always had to make a stop in on Thursdays while in college. I think they had 3 dollar drafts on their draft beer, don't quote me on that, that's what they had back then. Once again an enormous selection of draft beers at Buffalo Wild Wings and many of you are probably saying, I think the selection is bigger at Buffalo compared to Iron Horse. Well Buffalo got rid of Zigenbock on tap and Iron Horse has Zigenbock.

    Stryker Picks: Shock Top or IPA

  • Photo Courtesy of Stryker
    Photo Courtesy of Stryker

    Back Porch Draft House

    4214 Kell Boulevard

    Back Porch is the newest establishment on my list. I actually just ate here this past weekend and talked about this place when they first opened. This is a good place to try a lot of different beers because they offer flights of beer. If you don't know what a flight of beer is, it's pretty much a tray of small glasses of beer. Each glass has a different beer in them. If you're skeptical on getting a bunch of beers like that, tell your server what you like and she should be able to bring you a couple to suit your tastes.

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  • Photo Courtesy of Parkway
    Photo Courtesy of Parkway

    Parkway North

    2710 Central Freeway

    I have to give a statement with this one: Generally speaking, I actually prefer the Parkway Grill on Southwest Parkway more. However, Parkway North has more beers on tap and that is why they made this list. When they opened the new Parkway they had more room, so they could add more beer taps at this location. Also this is the only place on my entire list that you can get towers of beer. Now not every beer is available in a tower. If you don't know what a tower is, it's pretty much around 2 and a half pitchers of beer. Before you ask, no, you can not drink one by yourself. You need at least three people to order one.

    Stryker Picks: Zigenbock or Beer of the Month


  • Beer Taps at Opa's Schnitzel Haus in Wichita Falls (photo by Aaron Galloway/Townsquare Media)
    Beer Taps at Opa's Schnitzel Haus in Wichita Falls (photo by Aaron Galloway/Townsquare Media)

    Opa's Schnitzel Haus

    2611 Plaza Parkway

    These last two are what I call the battle of the big beers. I don't know who has the bigger beer mugs, Opa's or Parkway. Either way, you get your moneys worth in those big boys. I actually just went to Opa's for the first time over a year ago. Being the German restaurant they're, all the beers on tap are German. So get ready to try to pronounce some weird names when you sit down. You can also order flights of beer here, if you would like to try a couple new beers.

    Stryker Picks: Franziskaner Dunkel or Warstiner Dunkel

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