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Taste Test Thursday: Holiday Beer

So you’re running late to your sister’s boyfriend’s boss’ holiday party and agreed to grab a seasonally appropriate six-pack on the way. The beer aisle at the liquor store is littered with decorative packaging, each boasting its own brand of holiday delight. Every label taunts the palate with promises of pecans, nutmeg, ginger, vanilla, oranges, cocoa, and even toffee. How the heck are you supposed to choose?

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Braden and Yasmin Wages Discuss Their Beer Journey and Future Plans for Malai Kitchen

You might conjure up images of the owners growing up on generations of family cooking in the heart of Southeast Asia upon slurping down a bowl of beef Vietnamese noodle soup or licking clean a plate of massaman braised lamb shank at Malai Kitchen. However, Braden Wages will tell you he really didn’t even know what pho was until he traveled to Vietnam after college. Braden and wife Yasmin fell in love with the food, culture, and tradition of this country, which serves as the foundation for their Thai and Vietnamese style of cooking.

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Meddlesome Moth Hosts Author and Brewmaster, Garrett Oliver

North Texas Beer Week is well under way and to celebrate the awesomeness, The Meddlesome Moth hosted Garrett Oliver for a Pairdine event on Tuesday night. Let’s face it, they were really just showing off. I actually touched Garrett and I woke up the next morning with x-ray vision and super human strength. Why I am not using these powers to save lives and secure my financial future is for another time. I am here to tell you about the evening prior to my metamorphosis.

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Celebrating Beer With Local Brewers

Whether you take your beer from an ice cold can, by the gallon out of a personalized growler, via red Solo cup after a beer pong loss, or straight from the tap, North Texas Beer Week welcomes you one and all. This week we salute the brewers, the bartenders, the open-patio bars, and the people who make those enormous chalices that take your guzzling experience to the next level.

Now, get to know the faces behind some of your favorite local brews.

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Taco Night at Four Corners Brewing Co.

Some of Dallas’ best taquerias are gathering at Four Corners Brewing Co. on Thursday, November 6 for a full-fledged taco party. The taquerias are serving “el verdadero sabor (the true taste)” of Mexico with tacos de trompo. Dos Primos Tacos will make their Dallas debut at the event with paprika-based adobo tacos de trompo — pork tacos from northern Mexico. El Tizoncito, El Come Taco and Urban Taco are plating DF-style tacos, which stands for Distrito Federal Mexico (Mexico City). These al pastor tacos are usually marinated with a chile-based and achiote adobo.

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The Localist: Lakewood Brewing Company’s Bokkenrijders Altbier

It’s really fun to live in a city that feels familiar yet continually changes all the time. I’m discovering great restaurants, bars, and products all the time, while trying to keep up with all of the new ones that appear to pop up overnight. The one industry that seems to be changing faster than I can fathom is Texas craft beer. Every time I visit a local bar or supermarket, there are beers on the shelves from local and regional breweries that I don’t recognize, and most of them are made in my backyard.

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Grapevine Craft Brewery Wins 2014 GABF Gold Medal

Grapevine Craft Brewery nabbed a gold medal at the Great American Beer Festival awards in Denver, Colorado this past weekend. The brewery placed first in the English Brown Ale category for their Sir William’s English Brown Ale. If you recall, with help from a panel of judges, we dubbed this particular brew the best non-seasonal beer in Dallas earlier in the year.

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The Magnolia Pavilion is Open at the State Fair of Texas

State fair concessionaire, Isaac Rousso, knows how to please a crowd. Last year, he took home a Big-Tex Choice award in the “Best Taste” category for his deep fried Cuban roll. The combination of pork shoulder, ham and Swiss cheese is luscious. In an artery-clogging kind of way. While he didn’t take home a golden Big-Tex statue this year, Rousso was a finalist for his deep fried Texas bluebonnet; a blueberry muffin made from scone batter that is stuffed with blueberries, cream cheese and white chocolate and topped with powdered sugar, blueberries, whipped cream and more white chocolate. Are you drooling yet?

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Taste Test Thursday: Pumpkin Beer

I grabbed a shopping cart at Spec’s this past weekend and loaded it up with every single gourd-infused brew that I could get my hands on. It was apparent that my enthusiasm for drinking all of the pumpkin beers had taken over when it came time to check out. I had to put some back. With help from a lovely beer aficionado, I narrowed down my selection to ten. Surely, ten was a good number? Wrong. It was still too many.

I made a final cut on the day of the taste test, squeezing it down to six, pumpkiny beers. Yes, Lakewood’s Punkel was axed. But everybody already knows how delicious it is, right? I wanted to feature some lesser-known brews. So, for this week’s installment of Taste Test Thursday D Magazine staffers sipped on (and chugged) a selection of pumpkin libations. Here’s what they thought.

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