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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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Revolver’s Blood & Honey vs. Armadillo’s Greenbelt Farmhouse Ale

You’ve read our ranking of the best beers in Dallas. Now we want to know what you think. This is the second of four head-to-head match-ups we’re posing. Last week Peticolas Golden Opportunity soundly defeated Franconia Koelsch, 64 percent to 36 percent.

This time around it’s Revolver’s Blood & Honey vs Armadillo Ale Works’ Greenbelt Farmhouse Ale. The vibrant sweetness of that crowd pleasing, yet devilishly complex American Wheat from Revolver is up against the newish bros on the block just to the north, Armadillo. Blood and Honey came in 20th in our blind test, just a few steps behind the Greenbelt at 17th, but maybe you all disagree. Which of these summer friendly wheat beers will keep your jets cooled and poised for excellence?

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