Into Shelley’s Belly: Dallas Beer Kitchen

The Dallas Beer Kitchen (photography by Matthew Shelley)
The Dallas Beer Kitchen (photography by Matthew Shelley)

Dallas Beer Kitchen opened its doors just a few weeks ago down on Greenville. The blogging duo of Joe Scribner and Bryan Kaeser have settled back from their “Best Damn Things” blog to fulfill their lifelong dream of opening a comfort food, craft beer den, and they’ve outfitted the place with some serious brews. The place has a speakeasy swiftness with thin wooden stools, painted brick, and plenty of air between the seats. Behind the bar is mahogany, textured slate and a tattooed bartender with a warming smile. It’s sparsely decorated with old photographs and minimal accents. There’s food, too, (like movie theater popcorn and grilled chicken wings) but we skipped the solids and went straight for the liquids. Jesse approached our table after fitting the men along the bar with proper drinks, and we asked him to prepare two flights of his choices. He did not disappoint and offered us a rundown of each choice. Here we go.

Menu on table, wood (left) Exterior (right)
Menu on table, wood (left) Exterior (right)
Firestone Walker Solace
Firestone Walker Solace
Flight 1 (L to R) Victory at Sea, 90 minute IPA, Imperial Red Rye IPA, Zomer Pils (photography by Matthew Shelley)
Flight 1 (L to R) Victory at Sea, 90 minute IPA, Imperial Red Rye IPA, Zomer Pils (photography by Matthew Shelley)

 

From light to heavy, our first flight was an excellent preparation by Jesse.

Lakewood’s Zomer Pils

  • spice and attitude. It was a refreshing pilsner befitting its style.

Greenflash’s Red Rye IPA

  • notes grapefruit, was tenderly hopped, and tasted like fall.

The Dogfish Head 90 minute IPA

  • hints of chocolate with a rugged boldness. It reminded us of a man with gristle on his cheeks, sitting on boulders smoldering in the heat. That rhymes.

The Ballast Point Victory at Sea

  • very chocolate-y note, lots of coffee in taste along with roasted nuts. It’s a tribute to the beauty and depth of the porter and it was my favorite of this flight.

 

Little stools (left); someone rode a bike (right)
Little stools (left); someone rode a bike (right)
Flight 2, Double Chocolate Stout, Mosaic IPA, La Socarrada, Belgian Pale Ale
Flight 2, Double Chocolate Stout, Mosaic IPA, La Socarrada, Belgian Pale Ale

Our second flight had some disappointments. But overall, still a winner.

The Ommegang Belgian Pale Ale

  • a cedar spice on the nose with wheat and nutmeg. This also reminded us of fall. It was delicious.

La Socarrada

  • a spiced Spanish ale that was, as my companion stated, “The weirdest beer I’ve ever tasted.” I was inclined to disagree, but it was the most interesting of the night. It had attitude and sophistication, and expressed itself like a spring bouquet in the mouth. Yum.

The Community Mosaic IPA

  • also delicious with well-balanced hops and some mild fruit flavor.

Lastly came the Young’s Double Chocolate Stout. This was a fail for both of us. Being stout lovers, this just felt watered down and thus lost the richness of what makes a stout a stout. Somebody needs to feed this poor guy.

Dallas Beer Kitchen has flexed some inspiring beer muscles with its menu. You could spend weeks running through their bottle list and 30 drafts. The place is relaxed, spacious and plays great music. I didn’t try any of the food, but there is a pop tart on the menu, and I’m sad I don’t have one now. This places is a wonderful addition to Greenville offering a friendly atmosphere and craft brews for all tastes. Go and get lubricated.

 

6 comments on “Into Shelley’s Belly: Dallas Beer Kitchen

  1. Did you engage in any palate cleansing between beers, or flights? By the time you had the Young’s you’d gone through three IPAs, a strong porter, and a spiced beer. It’s no wonder it tasted thin, you’re palate was probably a mess by then. It never stood a chance. Really, the whole second flight’s taste profile was likely compromised by the first.

  2. It wasn’t my first time drinking the Young’s, and while I enjoy it, it’s always been thin for me. I know it’s a very highly regarded beer, but I just prefer something thicker, like Rogue’s or Brooklyn’s chocolate stout. I will say though that I did not do a good enough job cleansing in between. I owe it another shot.

  3. Matthew – Thanks for the kind words! We do our best to set ourselves apart from the crowd and we’re glad you noticed the work we’ve put in. We hope to see you back, as the menu is always changing. As for all of your readers, we’d love for you to spend an evening with us! Free Young’s for everyone! (No, not really…) – Bryan.

  4. Nothing wrong with that. We all have different tastes. I agree that compared to American-style stouts it has less body. That’s something you can say for most any continental style compared to those originating here at home. It’s possible the thinner nature just got amplified, especially after the much bigger Victory at Sea. I had a similar thing happen a few weeks back when I had Saint Arnold BB3 right after Lakewood Temptress. BB3 tasted weak and hollow. I owe that one another shot.

  5. Thanks for the review. Can’t wait to try this place! Matt Shelley, you are amazing!