Yesterday might have been the end to American Craft Beer Week, but that doesn’t mean you can’t keep drinking your favorite suds. On Saturday, June 15 from 2 to 8 p.m., BeerFeast is Flying Saucer on the Lake’s way of saying, “We love you. Here’s an event with 25 breweries and 50 different craft beers for you to choose from. And, yes, we are also providing you with six rare beers throughout the festival.”
Interested? Tickets to BeerFeast are $30 and you can buy them here. OR you can do the smart thing: save your money for the food trucks that’ll be there and try entering for our two free passes to Garland’s big event. I’ll email the winner of this giveaway on Friday (5/25) at noon.
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It’s Monday and you’re already wishing it was the weekend. Lucky for you, these next seven days are going to feel like the weekend. American Craft Beer Week (May 13-19), put on by the Brewers Association, is a celebration of small and independent craft brewers all over the nation. Hold on tight. There are a ton of beer events to geek out over. I’ll keep updating the list as emails flood my inbox. And when I get a second or two, I promise to make this post look more visually appealing. I know, I know. It’s fugly right now.
Incoming request from a gal who partied like it was Cinco de Mayo. Oh, it was. When she woke up this mornin’, she coulda sworn it was judgment day. Give her hope.
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I haven’t done this since I graduated college (83). I went out with friends for brunch and we had a few drinks and then we had a few more and we just kept going. I took aspirin and drank Gatorade but lost it about 3AM. I am in my office and have a long day ahead of me. Does Red Bull work for hangovers? Thoughts? BTW, we stayed at the same bar all day. Shouldn’t they have cut us off? What is the law on that?
One of the owners of Katy Trail Ice House, Buddy Cramer, has told me that they’re opening a second location in the DFW area that’s “going to be out north.”
“I can’t reveal to you a location,” he said, “but we’re going to have a major announcement soon and another one shortly.”
Recently, the bar/restaurant has been embroiled in the Decibel Battle of Katy Trail, Ice House vs. Park Towers residents, so it’s been busybusybusy. Especially with the opening of a new location. Let’s hope this second one won’t be near any apartment complexes.
For the last two years, co-founders Leonard Firestone and Troy Robertson have worked hard at their whiskey distillery in Fort Worth. Their efforts just paid off: Their F&R’s TX Blended Whiskey just won Best American Craft Whiskey and a received a Double Gold award at the World Spirits Competition in San Francisco — the largest spirits competition in the U.S. Thirty-four international spirits experts convened in San Francisco from March 21-24 to judge 1,407 spirits from 63 countries which included 85 different classifications.
Firestone and Robertson have paired with popular Fort Worth chef Jon Bonnell(Bonnell’s) to create delicious recipes made from their small-batch TX Blended Whiskey.
In my junior astronaut training I learned that to nobly love and care for a woman, one must always prepare a dish just before midnight that will titillate and elevate her spirit, bringing her closer to the stars. I have yet to determine however the hell that is possible, but I came pretty close this weekend and decided to celebrate by treating myself to a sumptuous dinner.
The curling winds of last evening’s temperate weather brought me to a destination I have seen before. You probably don’t remember the restaurant in north Oak Cliff called CampO. Well, shame on you. It was divine. However, the owners, John Paul Valverde and Miguel Vicéns have created a new restaurant in the same space called Outpost. It’s an American tavern with comfort-driven food.
Bradford Pearson and I have been following the long, slow demise of Centennial Beverage Group. The company which operates Big Daddy’s, Majestic Beer and Wine, and Fat Dog Beer and wine was smacked with a $4,756,702 tax lien last April and they have appeared on the dreaded TABC Delinquent List too many times to count. They started closing stores in November and I’ve heard from several readers who reported the shelves in most of the Centennial stores are bare.
This morning comes an email from Centennial spokesman Tony Miller:
Warehouse Moving Sale – 2 Days Only
We are moving warehouses and marking everything down for liquidation. We would like you to receive the discount, rather than us move it. Get up to 50% off all spirits, beer and wine. Case quantities, craft beers, Bordeaux’s – do a little treasure hunting.This Friday and Saturday Only, December 14th and 15th, 10am to 6pm,10410 Finnell Street, Dallas TX 75220.
Chain-wide Inventory Reduction Sale – 3 Days Only
If you don’t find what you are looking for in our warehouse, visit any of our Centennial, Big Daddy’s or Majestic locations for up to 50% off everything in the store. This sale begins Thursday, December 13th and ends Saturday, December 15th. Our store hours are 10am to 9pm.
Is “moving warehouses” code for closing? I don’t know but what a great deal for those of us throwing Christmas parties.5 Comments »
Tomorrow the British Beverage Co., located at 2800 Routh Street in the Quadrangle, is opening for dinner service. It opens officially to the public on November 5. And on November 12, lunch service starts. Excited? Not Yet? You probably should be.
Plan B – the same guys who brought you Bolsa and Oak – designed the dark, cozy interior. It looks exactly like a London pub. It’s dim, but doesn’t feel stuffy. Not at all. Communal tables line the front of the room, where there’s easy access to the full-service bar. Just imagine: 45 wines and champagnes, 50 beers on draught, and 100 different bottled beers. Pair that with a BBC burger (blue cheese, onion marmalade, ground beef, croissant bun) or some herb brioche crusted fish and chips made by executive chef Jason Hice, who was most recently at Nana before it turned into steakhouse.8 Comments »
Patti Stanger, the star of Bravo’s Millionaire Matchmaker, has found her match as a partner in TY KU Premium Sake & Spirits.
Stanger will make her first retail appearance as a partner in TY KU to share her thoughts on what makes it the “champagne of all sakes.” She’ll be signing retail bottles and talking about her favorite cocktails at the Whole Foods Market of Lakewood today from 4-6 p.m.
Stanger said that her interests expanded to becoming a partner in TY KU after realizing that TY KU’s sake was different from others on the market. Stanger’s stringent low-calorie, gluten-free diet works with TY KU sake because the premium spirit is all-natural, organic, and free of gluten, sulfites and tannins.
Last night I dropped by Tried and True, the newest bar/restaurant creation by Nick Badovinus. I don’t know how this man does it, but he has pulled together another unique and spirited concept. Badovinus has a loyal team of chefs who helped him construct yet another ingenious food menu. It’s short, but oh so cool: whiskey pate, flat top pork chop and country ham sandwich topped with smoked cheddar and house made apple butter ($13); peppered beef nachos ($11); and platters of country hams from Broadbent (Kuttawa, KY), Meacham (Sturgis, KY), and Benton (Madisonville, TN). The full menu is here!
Cocktails feature 86 Company Spirits, founded by Jason Kosmas. The beer selection is divided into Texas, American, and International. The whiskey program at TNT is vast and includes bourbon from some of Kentucky’s legendary distilleries such as Woodford Reserve’s small batch, Makers Mark ‘46’, and Four Roses’ small batch listed alongside a Old Rip Van Winkle (aged for ten years) and the 100-proof Rock Hill Farms single barrel straight bourbon.
Just off the phone with Nick Badovinus who tells me he is unlocking the doors in about an hour and a half for a private showing of his newest creation, Tried and True. “It’s a cool little bar with a heavy American spirit menu,” Badovinus says. Huh? I’ll translate.
Bourbon and whiskey are the stars at the bar. No fancy craft cocktails; not a mixologist on site. “It’s a heavy American whiskey focus and I’m doing lots of charcuterie with aged hams imported from Meacham Country (Sturgis, KY) and Benton’s Smoky Mountain (Tennessee),” Badovinus says. “Call it an all-American ham program.”
The bar will offer four beers: Peticolas, Deep Ellum, Lakewood Brewing Co., and Boulevard are on the opening rotation.
The menu will feature burgers, sandwiches, bar steaks, a taco program, and little apps such as brisket nachos and fried zucchini. In a few weeks he’ll add a red-eye menu which will basically be breakfast for dinner served until closing. The dude in the kitchen is Johnny “Lady Killer’ Miller who has been with Badovinus for a few years and was instrumental in getting the Neighborhood Services open at Preston Royal.
The interior is “dark and lived in” like a juke joint with a pool table. Two café racer motorcycles hang on the walls. “They are an addiction I have to shake,” Badovinus says. “I’ve got my sons first two years of college on the walls here.”
Doors open officially at 6PM tomorrow (Friday, September 14). Located in the space formerly known as Neighborhood Services Tavern. 2405 Henderson Ave. 214-827-2405.4 Comments »
I just got off the phone with Corey Pond, one of the organizers behind this whole Untapped Festival shebang that’s happening on Saturday, September 8 from 1 to 11 p.m. Not only is there going to be an incredible lineup of Indie rock bands (The Burning Hotels, David Dondero, The Eastern Sea, etc.) at Trinity Groves, but there’s also going to be 50 different breweries with well over 100 beers at this thing. Holy cow. And 20-30 beers are rare and limited editions. Some of them have been brewed especially for this event, like Deep Ellum Brewing Co.’s green tea and sriracha ace (of the hop variety), Peticolas’ vanilla bean velvet hammer, and Rahr’s barrel-aged chile beer.
If you’d like two free tickets to the Untapped Festival, tell us what your favorite local beer is down below in the comments. The ticket winner gets two concert + beer tickets (each valued at $30), which includes a 2 oz. glass so you can sample 12 different kinds of beer. I’ll pick the random winner at 5:30 p.m. today, and that person (with a legit email address) will find out how to claim his or her tickets.
Remember the fish-themed spot Wyland’s Ocean Blue in Willow Bend? No? It was open for at least six months. When they closed, we all wondered what would happen to all of the under-the-sea décor and fixtures. Today we’re worrying no more. We hear The Shark Bar, a sports bar and restaurant, is filling the space that was also once Mercury Grill and other stuff I can’t remember. The website says the spot is “the brainchild of three Dallas entrepreneurs” who, according to this source, are Frederick Sambina Alima, Jimmy Don Hays and Arthur Johnson.
According to this job listing, The Shark Bar is going to be fancy. Think bottle service at Willow Bend. Snippet:
We are looking to partner with experienced restaurant marketers and nightlife promoters that can assist with spreading the word and creating a buzz of excitement for our new spot. Our concept is really dynamic in that we’re locating in a popular shopping mall. By day we’ll be a great gathering place for families, business people and shoppers – great food, high energy environment and a beautiful space. At night, we’ll turn into the premiere gathering place for cocktails, VIP bottle service and live entertainment. The Shark Bar & Grill will be the only establishment in the mall with a nightlife/live entertainment component.
Oh, no! Here comes that song!5 Comments »
Little Miss Snitch has a keen eye. She caught sight of this Dallas Business Journal article which lets on that the 1400 Hi Line Tower is negotiating a lease with Sfuzzi. The tower, located in the Design District, has already signed on with Restaurant America for the gastro pub concept Central Standard Time. We’re still not sure what a gastro pub concept means… but we’ll let that one slide for now.
Restaurant America’s other gastro pub Park Tavern (at the Shops at Park Lane) is opening officially to the public on August 3rd, but just 48 minutes ago, it posted on Facebook that it’s hosting a mock service for anyone who can send a FB message:
If you would like to come by for our mock service tonight please send us a message with your full name, number of people in your party and a good contact number for a reservation. Mock service will be from 6-8pm tonight!!
Tuesday Boozeday, anyone?
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It’s been a beer-y good summer for the dudes at Deep Ellum Brewing Company so far. Last week they announced they were selling their goods to Boston, and now it looks like they’ve got not one, but two beers they’re launching starting July 31. (Say what?!)
Allow me to introduce you to a new ale the bros are adding to their year-round lineup, the Dallas Blonde. She’s alluring, sweet, and definitely mellow. Head Brewer Drew Huerter writes, “Our Blonde is certainly in the American tradition and borrows its hop forward character from the subset known as Extra Pale Ale (XPA) and has the body some of the grainy character of a Pale American Wheat.”
Next up is the seasonal batch Wealth & Taste, which comes from a line in The Rolling Stones’ “Sympathy for the Devil.” This Belgian-style Blonde Ale won’t be brewed again this year, so there’s any extremely low supply. Get it while you can before it runs out, warn the dudes at Deep Ellum Brewing Co. They want to make sure you drink well, as always.
Today we learned Ghostbar, once the highest grossing club in Dallas, is closing. According to one employee, most of the club’s workers found out they were jobless by reading about it on blogs. Ouch, that’s cold.
Our first concern was for Wade Randolph Hampton, the dude behind the vibe at Ghostbar. “What will happen to Wade,” cried one co-worker. “Oh, my gosh. I wish Wish FM were here so I could cuddle with him,” swooned another. If you don’t know Wade/Wish, you can read this interview.
Well, don’t worry about Wish. According to a lengthy press release I received, his has been granted. Listen up.
Hampton’s fans will still be able to catch his local shows every Friday at the intensely authentic yet still hushed discotheque (and 50’s dancehall of the same name) – It’ll Do – where he has partnered with heralded impresario Brooke Humphries. His bombastic Friday hoedown, called The ISH, will feature the absolute cutting-edge in bass music and indie-electro with a bevy of globally recognized artists, including members of the unstoppable Pretty Lights camp and Dallas dubstep prodigy, Spenca.
He’s also joining up with M3 Films execs and producers Michael Cain and Melina McKinnon. They are currently producing multiple projects including the STARCK PROJECT. Jump for the notes and quotes. Continue reading "Ghostbar Has Vanished? Where is Wade Randolph Hampton?"2 Comments »
Each month Moira Muldoon walks into a bar and writes about it. Here Muldoon paints a picture of The Dubliner.
Some Irish bars are a bit twee. The brass fixtures and paper shamrocks feel Disney-lightweight, as if constructed by pixies and Riverdancers rather than regular people. It’s a shame, really, because a good Irish bar should be a place for regulars, a place to hang out.
Which is why I like The Dubliner. The Dubliner’s a little place, wider than it is long. The polished wooden bar top is scored and marked through use, and the wooden stools have comfy places to rest your feet. It’s dark and there’s not much brass, but there are darts and Guinness posters framed and hung. The whiskey list (including Scotch) is good and long, and food is of the sandwich and cheese plate variety. The bar emanates an easy homeyness that makes you think good stories have been told there and good stories have begun there.
The Dubliner sits on Greenville Avenue and hosts bikers (Sundays are for bringing your scooter or motorcycle), as well as see-and-be-seeners settling in for a low-key evening. Peter Kenny, the Dubliner who owns the Dubliner, is something of a fixture on Lower Greenville and in Uptown; he worked at the original Knox Street Pub and also owns the Capitol Pub and The Gin Mill, both on Henderson.
Saturday, July 7
This weekend is kind of light. Everybody is all July Fourth-ed out. In that case, you should think solidly about waking up early this Saturday to attend one of these farmers markets, and buying some of the best peaches and watermelons this season has to offer. Make this boozy watermelon rosemary lemonade once you have your hands on a fat one, then invite me over. Thanks!
Red White and Blue Times Two. Maybe not everyone is done with July 4. The Mansion is still celebrating our independence along with Bastille Day with a menu that includes peach cobber and French Riviera Boullabaise.
Independence Day Smokeout at the Grail. If you haven’t gotten enough barbecue yet, The Holy Grail is offering short ribs, “bacon-injected brisket,” house-made hot dogs, beer can chicken, summer seasonal beer, and vodka-fruit infusions.
Deep Ellum Brewery Tour. A beer tour? Who can say ‘no’ to a beer tour? For $10 you get free beer, a look-see, and a glass to take home.
Check out this vintage sign that was shipped to Dallas. It’s currently getting hooked up inside a local restaurant. Guess the name of the place and you will win a Godiva Chocolate black-almond-truffle-scented candle.36 Comments »
Former professional paintball players now make smooth vodka in Lewisville, Texas.