Deep Ellum Brewery has one tremendous presence in this city. Whether they’re offering a brewery tour, pairing their beers with fine food in great restaurants, or just crushing craft beer taps around town with their ever-evolving menu of top notch beers, it seems they never stop. Lately they’ve been assisting with some genuine and inspired upstart breweries from around town, and this past Memorial Day weekend they offered up some of these sexy new breweries for the citizens to taste. They also had BBQ available from Pecan Lodge. I really can’t say anything else about that except that I spent the rest of the afternoon crouched beneath Jason Fourton’s towering silhouette in hopes that some of his smoky genius might sweat off onto me. Maybe then I could cook some breakfast sausage for my in-laws without burning the place down.
There were 24 different beers offered on this somewhat muggy Sunday afternoon during Deep Ellum Brewing Company’s 3rd Annual Brew B Q. The rain that did briefly fall was refreshing, but the humidity that followed was only tempered by drinking more. I’m down. Live music, patio seating, and buffet barbeque goodness carried all attendees into an ecstasy laden trance while they laughed and slapped each other’s backs discussing alcohol content, drinkability, IBU’s and the best route to Black Bear Ranch for the after party. Martin House Brewery, “Fort Worth’s Newest Brewery,” had a delightful saison called River House, and an intensely bitter Imperial Red called the “Imperial Texan.” Rabbit Hole Brewing, out of Justin, Texas, offered 3 beers for the day, and I only made it through the delicious saison named Wonderlust. And lastly, my new favorite, Armadillo Ale Works out of Denton, came strong with four beers on tap. The Quakertown Stout is not to be missed, and I also enjoyed the Farmhouse Ale. These dudes are cooking up some serious craft in the northern lands, and thanks to the open arms of people like those folks at Deep Ellum Brewing Company, their recipes become available to a greater number of people.
The Brew B Q was a huge success with only a few faults that my whiny mouth can think of. The full pours of such hearty beers became taxing in the heat. I would have been more than satisfied to have a 3 oz. snifter for tasting, and then I might even have made it through every beer. Please don’t tell anyone, but I actually poured out some beer so I could continue tasting. To make it through 24 beers averaging around 8% alcohol, I would either need 7 livers or a digestive bypass contraption that I haven’t patented yet. The other thing I wanted to see out there was something to cool me down. Perhaps Carnival Barker could offer some ice cream or someone could pour snow cones over my beer soaked body every 30 minutes while I sang show tunes. Anyway, the event was still a huge success. Deep Ellum’s beers alone would hold enough moxy to bring this afternoon into craft excellence, i.e. the Numb Comfort, Bourbon Barrel Aged IPA, Darkest Hour, Pollenator, Dreamcrusher, Double Brown Stout. With the expanded digs at the brewery, delicious BBQ from Pecan Lodge and all the beer you can shake a stick at, DEBC came with an impregnating punch of brew house esteem yet again and gave us all something amazing to enjoy over the long weekend. I will definitely be back next year.